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May 1, 2014

It’s Sewing Indie Month… sew Everyday Casual looks with me, and win amazing prizes!

Have you heard? This year, May is Sewing Indie Month!

It’s no secret that I love indie patterns – they’re by far the closest a home sewist can get to RTW fashion without self-drafting, and it’s fantastic to see so many new patterns popping up all over the world, whether it’s downloadable PDFs from fellow sewing bloggers like Sew Caroline and Dixie DIY  or gorgeous packaged goods from the likes of By Hand London. Many of them are also available in plus sizes, which earns them a *high five* from the Curvy Sewing Collective (and to those who aren’t yet… we’re waiting!). Sewing Indie Month brings together a wide range of independent pattern designers ranging from Tilly and Buttons to Thread Theory, Garmenter to Kate & Rose, Fehr Trade to Dixie DIY – see the end of this post for the full list.

Anyhow, Mari Miller of Seamster Patterns asked me if I’d like to host one of the Sewing Indie Month sewalong contests, and I jumped at the chance!

The Cashmerette theme for the month is… everyday casual. Yep, that’s secret pyjamas, folks. In the frosting —> cake continuum I’m firmly a cake lady – I mostly sew what I like to wear on a daily basis, which means lots (and lots) of knits, “throw it on with a pair of boots/flats” dresses, and simple tops paired with colourful jeans. I firmly believe that you don’t have to look schlumpy when you’re  comfortable (what is it with all the college sweatpants, Boston ladies?!), and I hope this month I can help you continue to build a stylish, but dreamily comfortable capsule wardrobe for wearing every day.

I’m one of four hosts, and we each have a different theme, so check them all out! 

Here’s how it’s going to work:

CONTEST RULES

PRIZES!

The winner of the Everyday Casual sewalong category will win these cool prizes:

1 year subscription to Sew News Magazine
1 year subscription to Sew News Magazine

Sew Smarter, Better and Faster book from Threads Magazine
Sew Smarter, Better and Faster book from Threads Magazine

$30 gift certificate from Girl Charlee
$30 gift certificate from Girl Charlee

$25 gift certificate from The Smuggler's Daughter
$25 gift certificate from The Smuggler’s Daughter

Comox Trunks Supplies Kit from Sewing Indie Month designer Thread Theory
Comox Trunks Supplies Kit from Sewing Indie Month designer Thread Theory
And last but by no means least….Sewing Indie Month Everyday Casual designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Maria Denmark, Sew Caroline; PDF Duathlon Shorts by Fehr Trade; paper pattern of your choice from Sewn Square One!Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Maria Denmark, Sew Caroline; PDF Duathlon Shorts by Fehr Trade; paper pattern of your choice from Sewn Square One 

AND… BONUS PRIZE!

A Bonus Winner randomly drawn from all the sewalong participants will win the following prizes:

Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Waffle Patterns; PDF Wardrobe Builder Pack by Thready Theory; paper pattern of your choice from Kate & Rose, Sew Chic

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    1 year subscription to Sew News Magazine

    Britex-logo 

    $75 gift certificate from Britex Fabrics
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    1 year Friends of PR membership from Pattern Review
    Love at First Stitch signed book by Sewing Indie Month designer Tilly and the Buttons 
    Love at First Stitch signed book by Sewing Indie Month designer Tilly and the Buttons
    Phew! That’s a lot of prizes!  During the month, I’ll be posting inspiration, tips and tutorials to help you along, and I can’t wait to see all your entries.

    HOW TO APPLY
    Use the InLinz widget below to link to your blog post, Pattern Review or Kollabora post.
    Remember, you need to make something (at least one bit of your outfit) from one of the participating companies – it could be a pattern or tutorial! Click on the “add your link” button and follow the instructions!

    ***UPDATE (June 4) Please note that any submissions for patterns that are not from the list of participating designers aren’t eligible for the competition, and will be removed before voting 

    ***UPDATE (June 5). Hold tight for voting! Mari, our fearless organizer, has arranged two rounds. The first will be a round of voting by the pattern companies and blog hosts to create a shortlist. Then, the shortlist will be voted on by everyone on my blog! Questions on the process? Email howdy@seamsterpatterns.com


       

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    You can also grab button below for your blog, and don’t forget to head over to the other Sewing Indie Month hosts.

    Sewing Indie Month

    Here are all the independent pattern companies participating in Sewing Indie Month:

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    41 Responses to It’s Sewing Indie Month… sew Everyday Casual looks with me, and win amazing prizes!

    1. Mary Nease May 1, 2014 at 5:50 am #

      Oh yay! I literally just finished a Mission Maxi at like 2AM, so I am *totally* submitting it. Hmmm who knows what else I might whip up before the deadline? 😀

      • Jenny May 1, 2014 at 7:56 am #

        YOU”RE IN!

      • Mari Miller May 1, 2014 at 11:20 am #

        Thanks for your enthusiasm Mary!

        Because of the months of hard work the participating companies put into making Sewing Indie Month the best it can be, only patterns from participating companies qualify. You’re welcome to pair your Mission Maxi with a pattern from a participating company for an indie fab outfit! But only the pattern by one of the participating companies will count for your entry.

      • L**, Bathtub Fabric Queen May 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

        My henley pattern from Thread Theory just came in so I think the hubs is going to score!

      • L**, Bathtub Fabric Queen May 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

        Just an FYI– I don’t remember which page it was on, but at least one of the sponsors has a lovely image of indie patterns to promote Indie month. The image includes a number of pattern companies NOT sponsoring the event. When I saw that image, I did get an impression that I could sew Cake, Colette, and Sewaholic for this competition/ sew along.

      • Mary Nease May 8, 2014 at 9:50 am #

        Ah, alas. Well then, I believe I’ll have something else sewn up this month by a participating company. ^_^

    2. Nettie May 1, 2014 at 8:11 am #

      SECRET JAMMIES!!! I’m am always there for that!

      • Jenny May 1, 2014 at 8:25 am #

        My whole sewing life is basically one long quest to find things made out of jersey with no waistbands….

    3. anotherhatchettjob May 1, 2014 at 8:54 am #

      I finally got up the nerve to learn to sew and bought a Moneta pattern and they aren’t on the list. Hmmm. Gotta see what else is out there, I guess! 🙂

      • Jenny May 1, 2014 at 9:06 am #

        Ah bum! You might want to try Dixie DIY’s Ballet dress – it’s a similar knit style, but without the gathered skirt, and it will qualify for the contest!

    4. Symon May 1, 2014 at 10:13 am #

      AWESOME!! I literally just finished a dress that totally fits the secret jammies description – haha! I’ll be entering for sure, and I have another project almost finished that I can enter too – YAY! 😀

      • Jenny May 1, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

        Aweeesome! As long as it’s from one of the participating companies, you’re golden!

    5. tanyamaile May 1, 2014 at 11:11 am #

      So awesome!!! I’m definitely taking part!

    6. Tina May 1, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

      I’m tempted…

    7. Katy Patzel May 1, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

      Girl you are unstoppable. Can’t wait for your sewalong!

      • Jenny May 1, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

        I will probably keel over in my sewing room soon… ENTER MY CONTEST! You will see a little bit of Katy inspiration in the next post 😀

    8. MaciNic May 1, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

      So exciting!! I love so many of the indie designs sponsoring this – now, which ones do i ‘need’ before the start of June! Thanks for hosting! 😉

    9. Laurwyn May 2, 2014 at 2:40 am #

      Oh boy you are going to be busy!!! That’s a really cool initiative!

    10. Katie May 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

      Fabulous idea, and I’m definitely Team Everyday Casual! But what to make….

    11. onejolie May 3, 2014 at 10:52 am #

      Here’s my first cake, I love secret pjs!

      http://griffinfoodandsewing.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/another-coco/

      • Jenny May 5, 2014 at 8:28 am #

        Cool! You can enter the competition by clicking the “Add your link” button above and adding your link!

    12. verypurpleperson May 8, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

      I tried to add my link but I can’t seem to find the ‘Add your link’ button?

      • Jenny May 9, 2014 at 3:50 am #

        Hi! It’s just above where it says An In Linz Linkup. If it’s not appearing, try in another browser (eg Chrome)!

      • Gillian May 10, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

        I”m finding the link up thing confusing, too!

      • Jenny May 10, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

        It’s working now!

    13. Karina May 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

      This is awesome! I have the Dixie Dyi summer concert tee in my stash which I’ve been wanting to have fun and colour block with…perfect incentive 🙂

    14. Jenny May 10, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

      Hi everyone – sorry the inlinkz doesn’t seem to be working for everyone but I’m looking into it. Am just on my phone while abroad so trying to fix it!!

      • Jenny May 10, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

        Aaaaand I managed to fix it on my phone at Bangkok airport 🙂 are you proud of me? I am!

    15. dressingtherole May 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

      Just tried to add a link and it looks like it’s not working again :(. Or am I doing it wrong?

      • dressingtherole May 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

        Oops, nevermind, I think it was me – my link is up now! 🙂 Sorry about that!

    16. Gillian May 23, 2014 at 11:36 am #

      Hiya! I managed to add a link on Rhonda’s page, but over here it’s saying that the registration is closed… I tried two browsers, but no luck. Help! (When you’ve got time! 🙂 Thanks!

      • Jenny May 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

        Hey Gillian – inlinkz seems to be sporadically working but right now the link is active and accepting applicatopns

      • Gillian May 25, 2014 at 9:02 am #

        Yay, thanks! It’s worked!

    17. Chrisagriff2 May 26, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

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    18. Chrisagriff2 June 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

      What if it’s something I started today?

      • Jenny June 2, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

        Hi Chris – it needs to be completed and submitted by June 4!

    19. Chrisagriff2 June 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

      Are my Coco-Renfrews okay? They are mostly Coco, and therefore Mostly Tilly!

    20. The Wardrobe Project June 5, 2014 at 7:06 am #

      Hello! I can’t really figure out how we vote the links.

      • Jenny June 5, 2014 at 7:58 am #

        Voting hasn’t opened yet!

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