It's the second ever Sewing Indie Month
this September! If you haven't heard about it yet, I will explain what this month is all about. It is a month celebrating independent sewing pattern companies and the sewists who use them. This celebration was begun last year by Mari of Seamster Patterns
. You may remember how I took part last year by offering a tutorial on the Tilly & the Buttons blog
, interviewing the ladies at By Hand London
, and publishing a tutorial from Seamster Patterns on my blog
. This year I decided just to enjoy the month rather than being involved behind the scenes because we were pretty busy moving homes and settling in. Mari very kindly offered to include me in the blog post tour though so that I could take part in the sewing fun (but avoid all of the work!).
This year, for Sewing Indie Month, you can expect more collaborative blog posts, lots of tutorials and another sewalong contest with loads of prizes.
Sewing Indie Month is kicking off early this year by launching a pattern bundle sale
featuring a pattern from each of the companies involved this year. This first bundle is released early to give you lots of time to sew a few muslins before any of the contests begin. The bundle will be on sale until August 12th (this coming Wednesday). The pattern bundle is being offered as a "pay what you want" bundle and 20% proceeds will be donated to the International Folk Art Alliance
. This organization provides education and exhibition opportunities to folk artists around the world. You can read more about the many projects this alliance is involved in here
In order to purchase the bundle, you can head to the Sewing Indie Month HQ at Sew Independent
. You will notice that the bundle is tiered so, you can unlock extra patterns to add to your bundle by electing to purchase it for a certain price:
As you can see, the bundle is huge selection of varied and unique indie patterns including a few of my favorites such as Sew Over It's Ultimate Trousers
and Dixie DIY's Bonnel Dress
(perfect for the last month of summer!). I think the entire set would make an excellent Fall wardrobe this year and it is also a great opportunity to try out a few indie pattern companies that you may not have sewn from before. Patterns and their corresponding companies include:
If you haven't yet heard of the Saltbox Top by Blueprints for Sewing or the Sorrel Dress & Top by Seamster, this is because these are brand new pattern releases that are currently only offered within the bundle. Both would make lovely tops to go with the Ultimate Trousers or the Cressida Skirt!
I decided to sew the Mississippi Ave Dress
by Sew House Seven to pair with this blog post - I hadn't heard of Sew House Seven before and I thought that their dress design was very unique and pretty. It looked like a quick project (which was necessary to convince me to leave my veggie gardening efforts and step into the sewing room at last!). It has been really hot here at night so I sewed up the pattern as a cool cotton night dress.
I used a a rich teal hand stamped and dyed cotton
from Stylemaker Fabrics. I purchased it a couple of months ago and see now that there is only 1 1/4 yards of it left and it is on sale! Wow, it sold quickly! I really enjoyed playing with the border print for this pattern because the panels and shape of the dress are quite unusual. I positioned the bodice and main skirt pieces so that like colours would be together on the dress - I'm pleased with how the red design radiates out from the high waist.
The dress is quite comfortable with an elastic waist and modest neckline. It would also be flattering in a drapey rayon as the pattern suggests - next time!
Feel free to check out what some of the other bloggers have made from Pattern Bundle #1 - there are lots of inspiring projects already posted with more to come before the sale is over!
I hope you'll enjoy Sewing Indie Month
this year and that you might consider taking part in the events to come. Thanks, as always, for choosing to be a maker and for choosing to support small pattern companies such as Thread Theory!