So folks, it’s going to be Sew Indie Month next month & there is going to be stacks going on all through September celebrating indie sewing where designers collaborate to bring you fun blog posts and informative tutorials. It’s accompanied by a sewalong contest with fantastic prizes. And to accompany it there is a cool Sew Indie Month bundle of patterns from your fave designers – the sale has just a few more days to run – see below where I go into the deets.
So this time I was asked to take part in the promotion & whip myself up something from one of the patterns in the bundle. It was so hard to choose, & clearly these patterns are highly desirable because I have already bought some of them! So I decided to choose something that was totally new to me the Mississippi Ave Dress & Top by Sew House Seven.
I was totally taken by the images of a few Mississippis hung on the washing line, light filtering through from behind, showing the seam lines & evoking, yes, something of the deep south. Or pics of my Great Grandma…..
The Mississippi Avenue dress & top is sleeveless with a v neck & not quite an empire waist that is cleverly constructed using elastic, thereby making it comfy & simple with no zips or buttons! No facings but bias is used instead- you can cut your own from the fabric – or I used store bought.
I made this in just a few hours, but made it a bit more of a challenge for myself by being awkward and using a secondhand Boden linen bias cut skirt that I had bought at a car boot sale a few years ago. Yes. note italics. This could have gone horribly wrong. I had to cut all of the pieces on the bias as there were no other options for squeezing this top out of it. And I was being stubborn.
The fabric was perfect – soft, light & with flowers in vintage faded hues. Ideal summer top material. And I could eek this skirt out to cut out all pattern pieces except for the bias facing pieces to make the arm hole & neckline bindings. As long as I contended with each piece being 45 degrees off grain with the risk that a. it would come out bigger or b. stretch out of shape. To combat this I cut out carefully trying not to stretch the fabric out of shape at the outset. I also cut the pattern notches whilst the pattern pieces were still in situ, on the floor, just having been cut & before I moved them. I then stay stitched every edge of every piece 1cm from the edge, using a long straight stitch. It worked a treat. The stay stitching helps to keep the shape of the fabric true to the original pattern piece & avoid stretching out of shape, and the pattern notches are really useful to make sure I did not stretch seams in the wrong places. I also used my walking foot when I sewed & used a light touch – not dragging the seam through at all!
So, as I said, I made this beauty in a few hours. It just has a few pieces & a few seams. The pretty gathering at the waist is created with elastic & made by an elastic casing. This is done the same way that Bettine’s elastic casing is made- with separate pieces for the upper bodice and lower bodice – & then using another seam to enable the seam allowance to become an easy to sew casing. But there is slightly more sophistication in the design as this casing does not quite encircle, but starts & finishes either side of a pretty shaped centre front.
I think this is such a pretty design with the diamond like centre front bodice.
It has ties to gather the shoulders. I tried making it without – but you can see that the shoulder seams are not designed to be worn tie-free – there is extra fabric designed in. Better tied. You can see I took some of the other photos in this write up pre-ties too.
I can see me wearing this lots. And I do fancy making a dress now. It’ll not only be a quick make, but in the right fabric (light weight, a bit drapey with definite vintage florals), I know it would become a firm favorite.
So onto the Sew Indie Month Pattern bundle details.
The sale will run from Monday August 3rd to Wednesday August 12th, so only a couple of days left!
Remember the Perfect Pattern Parcel? Well SIM bundle builds on the success of this and supports charity like the Perfect Pattern Parcel.
This is what is in the bundle, including the launch of two new Patterns:
The Saltbox by Blueprints for Sewing and Sorrel Dress & Top by Seamster Sewing Patterns are brand new patterns that are being released with the bundle. During the sale you can only buy them as part of the bundle.
Links to participating Bundle 1 designers and their patterns: OOOOhhhhh!!! what goodies!
- Bonnell Dress by Dixie DIY
- Cookie Blouson by Waffle Patterns
- Cressida Skirt by Jennifer Lauren Vintage Patterns
- Melissa Dress, Blouse & Skirt by Muse Patterns
- Mississippi Ave Dress & Top by Sew House Seven
- the NEW Saltbox Top by Blueprints for Sewing
- the NEW Sorrel Dress & Top by Seamster Sewing Patterns
- Sugar Plum Dress by Lolita Patterns
- Sutton Blouse by True Bias
- Ultimate Trousers by Sew Over It
- 20% of bundle proceeds will be donated to the International Folk Art Alliance, which provides education and exhibition opportunities to folk artists from around the world. Just a few examples of what the International Folk Art Alliance has been able to accomplish by helping artists create stable, year-round livelihoods includes helping shelter women from domestic violence in Ecuador, building a school for children in Pakistan, empowering women in repressive cultures around the world, and feeding villages in Niger.
So remember I said that Sewing Indie Month (SIM) takes place in September and is accompanied by a sewalong contest with prizes. Well, since the patterns in the SIM Bundle 1 are mostly wovens, this sale gives you time to make muslins before the contest begins in September while supporting small women-owned businesses and raising money for charity.
This year the Sewing Indie Month HQ will be Sew Independent, which Mari from Seamster Sewing Patterns took over from Donna, who decided to step back from the site. You can buy the bundle and keep up to date with the latest SIM news on SewIndependent.com
Pay what you want for the bundle! The more you pay, the more rewards you’ll receive.
- Pay $25 or more to get the Sutton Blouse, Cressida Skirt, Sugar Plum Dress, Mississippi Ave Dress & Top, and the Ultimate Trousers.
- Pay $32 or more to get the Cookie Blouson and Bonnell Dress.
- Pay $38 or more to get the Melissa Dress, Blouse & Skirt, the NEW Saltbox Top, and the NEW Sorrel Dress & Top.
- The 10 people who spend the most will get printed copy shop versions of the patterns mailed to them as a free bonus.
Pop on over to the other bloggers taking part and see what they made:
- Almond Rock
- Casa Crafty
- Girls in the Garden
- Grey’s Fabric & Notions
- Handmade by Carolyn
- House of Pinheiro
- How Good is That?
- Idle Fancy
- Lucky Lucille
- Miss Crayola Creepy
- Pretty Girls Sew
- Sew Busy Lizzy
- Sew Sweetness
- Ten Thousand Hours of Sewing
- Thread Theory
- Workroom Social
Exciting! And did you see it is called ‘Bundle 1’ which suggests there will be another one……don’t you think?
I love Sew Indie Month, I can’t wait. There is always so much activity, new ideas, hacks & challenges. I really appreciate the extra work all the designers put into it as it is a month of inspiration. Really looking forward to what’s in store. Are you?