Rhonda’s Creative Life

Sewing Indie Update

–Yesterday I had the opportunity to post a tutorial created by Amity of Lolita Patterns! Scroll down to view–I am going to have to try out her innovative shirring method for future summer dresses when I have some time. It is an understatement to say I am overwhelmed my upcoming graduation. My first garment made it through the grading process so moving forward!

–That aside, the next exciting Sewing Indie Month event: Rhonda from Rhonda’s Creative Life used our Paper Bag Pant pattern for a “pattern hack” posted on her blog.

She chose to add this awesome zipper detail (pattern originally called for patch pockets)

But my favorite “hacked” element is the cuff detail (rather than a regular cuff or the elastic option) she added a band of fabric and a drawstring. This is great with the linen-look fabric she used (and the shoes!)

Rhonda gives info as to how she added these details on her blog.

(the last 2 pictures used are from Rhonda’s Creative Life)

Here is info regarding the Pattern Hacking Contest on Rhonda’s blog as part of Sewing Indie Month (there are 3 other contests to enter on other blogs as well). Participants have until June 4th to get entries in so you still have time–and the prizes are kind of amazing!

–Ok, last but not least: the upcoming blog events for Sewing Indie Month (more tutorials! more interviews!) can be found on the official calendar here! All the Sewn Square One events are completed 😦 but of course the month still holds 2 more weeks of amazing events on the other blogs!

Sewing Indie Month

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It’s happening! Mari of Seamster Patterns contacted me a few months ago regarding a rad idea: Getting indie pattern designers together for a month of tutorials, interviews, sewalongs, contests, and giveaways! I immediately accepted the invitation to participate, no-brainer! There are 21 participants so every weekday during the month of May there is going to be new stuff happening!

There is a lot of information here so let’s dive right in! The participants are listed below. Here is a link to a calendar, outlining who is doing what (or just stay tuned–I’ll let you know!) I was fortunate enough to be teamed up with Dixie DIY, Waffle Patterns, Lolita Patterns, and Sew Caroline!

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Regarding Sewalongs, Contests, and Prizes

There are 4 sewalong categories hosted by separate bloggers–all with amazing prizes!

Below are the categories and contest rules:

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Here are the prizes for each individual sewalong contest. I’m already jealous!

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Hosted by Sown Brooklyn:

The winner of an Indie Love Affair category will win these great prizes:

1 year subscription to Sew News Magazine

1 year subscription to Sew News Magazine

2013 Threads Archive DVD from Threads Magazine

2013 Threads Archive DVD from Threads Magazine

1 class of your choice from Pattern Review

1 class of your choice from Pattern Review

Sassy Librarian Blouse Craftsy class by Sewing Indie Month designer Christine Haynes

Sassy Librarian Blouse Craftsy class by Sewing Indie Month designer Christine Haynes

Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Stepalica Patterns; PDF Nettie Dress & Bodysuit by Closet Case Files; PDF Twisty Top Pattern by Soma Patterns; paper pattern of your choice from Tilly and the Buttons

Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Stepalica Patterns; PDF Nettie Dress & Bodysuit by Closet Case Files; PDF Twisty Top Pattern by Soma Patterns; paper pattern of your choice from Tilly and the Buttons


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Hosted by: Lilacs & Lace

The winner of the Dressed to the Nines sewalong category will win the following fabulous prizes:

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1 year subscription to Sew News Magazine

1 year subscription to Threads Magazine

1 year subscription to Threads Magazine

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$25 gift certificate from The Smuggler’s Daughter

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Sewing Vintage: The Flirty Day Dress Craftsy class by Sewing Indie Month designer Sew Chic

Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Lolita, Pauline Alice; paper pattern of your choice from By Hand London, Christine Haynes

Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Lolita, Pauline Alice; paper pattern of your choice from By Hand London, Christine Haynes


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Hosted by: Cashmerette

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

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

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


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Hosted by: Rhonda’s Creative Life

The winner of the Pattern Hacking sewalong category will receive the following prizes to help them on their next creative journey:

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1 year subscription to Sew News Magazine

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1 class of your choice from Craftsy

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£20 gift certificate to Minerva Crafts

Kate and Rose Embroidery Pattern Pack

Hot Iron Transfer Embroidery Pack from Sewing Indie Month designer Kate & Rose

Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Seamster Sewing Patterns, Sinbad & Sailor; PDF Movie in the Park Shorts by Dixie DIY; PDF or a paper pattern from Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick

Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Seamster Sewing Patterns, Sinbad & Sailor; PDF Movie in the Park Shorts by Dixie DIY; PDF or a paper pattern from Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick


Bonus Winner!

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

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1 year subscription to Sew News Magazine

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$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

To check out all of participants blogs, links are as follows:

Phew. What an event! Until tomorrow!