I am coming up right at the end of the sales period for the second bundle of patterns for Sew Indie Month (SIM). Whilst you probably haven’t missed it, you might be like me with things like this & think that you’ll remember to grab it later- well if so, hurry! Today is the last day people to get your mitts on this cornucopia of sewing goodness- up to 10 patterns at good value with 20% going to charity. Plus of course this is about support to those Indie sewing designers too. This time there are even more lovely patterns on offer- what a treat! This bundle contains some patterns for knits, which of course grabbed my attention as you know how I am a sucker for a knit project. (I’ll put more information about the bundle, pricing and the charity supported this time around at the end of this post. )
I reckon this bundle could be a new season’s wardrobe with :
There are a couple of new patterns unavailable except through this bundle for now until they are released & I have to say I was almost tempted to make the Kinga skirt, by Kate & Rose myself & keep getting drawn back to it….I could imagine it in a needlecord with chunky boots for the autumn (check out three dresses’ goth version) . There is also a lovely coat – the new April 1962 Coat by Soma Patterns, drawing on style inspiration from the 60s. In fact I want to make the Nettie (which I already bought), the Jasper hoodie & I quite fancy a proper swimsuit too…so what did I make?
Well, I knew how busy I was going to be so elected to make a couple of speedy makes- The Walkley vest by MIY Collection(it can also be a dress) as well as the Pinot Pants Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick. Now I could wear them both together, and maybe I will ….at the end of this post?
I chose the Walkely vest because I was attrated to its boatneck – it looked quite sharp – in a smart kind of way. I really liked the nautical striped dress featured on the cover art as well & almost made a dress, but considered what would be most useful- the top (vest) won this time.
I had some black & grey stripe bought in the Village Haberdashery sale – & there’s still some left – am I repeating myself if I say grab it before it runs out? It’s a lovely quality- perfect tshirting & not too flimsy.
Or tucked in
The Walkley vest can be made with a centre front/ centre back seam – or cut on the fold. As much as I was tempted to be lazy, I decided to make something of a centre front seam as a feature. The sharp style of this vest made me think sharper & I deliberately mis-matched my stripes- bot at centre front & centre back. Now I could have kept one of the pieces on the fold, as they are both cut from the same pattern piece – this top is reversible. But I cut out four individual bodice halves, thereby ensuring the stripe mismatching (& side seam matching) that I required.
The pattern suggests that you can cut diagonal seamlines for effect too- but instructions tell you how to do this, there are no specially printed pattern pieces already made. This means you can slash your bodice to suit you.
The vest is a very simple sew, especially if you cut the front & back on the fold. All the hems & neckline are just turned over to hem – no bands or cuffs.
I wonder if I would have done better by using a little elastic to support the neckline? Not sure.
It’s turned out to be a sharp top though – one that’s just a bit smarter & could be worn with jeans as well as a potential work appropriate tee shirt. Useful fit to have in your wardrobe!
OR how about going all out ‘lounging in style’ & pairing with the Pinot pants? I was interested in sewing these as they look as if they are your classic yoga pants & I almost made them up in a running fabric (but did not have a long enough length of something suitable). So I did manage to rescue some jersey that has been sitting in my stash for a good few years now. It was from Croftmill & is a metallic effect gunmetal jersey. Disco! Or is it wet look? You tell me!
As well a bit of a shimmer & glimmer it also has a twill weave effect, & its reverse is quite a soft cotton. No idea what I had in mind when I bought it, but making some Pinot pants out of it seemed a good idea.
They were a very straightforward make – I think it took me no more than an hour to make them using my overlocker, if that. Four pieces for the two legs & a waistband with elastic. The pattern has inside legs options marked – how helpful! Unless of course you mis-measure.
But it wasn’t the end of the world- it just meant that I did not have enough for a hem, so I just overlocked the raw edge to reassure myself that they were ‘finished’ & not half made.
I’ve been wearing them around the house & will also be brightening up my pilates class with them in the autumn. They will love me & my shiny Pinot pants.
So that is two elements of the SIM bundle 2 that I have made in just a few hours. I am still thinking about the Kinga skirt though …for winter….
Here is more detail about the bundle. yes, it’s true. you are more than likely to have seen these same words used on others’ blogs. Why reinvent the wheel?
- The sale will run from Tuesday September 1st through Thursday September 10th (yes just a few hours more!)
- Visit the sale at: https://www.sewindependent.com/index.php/product/sewing-indie-month-pattern-bundle-2
- 20% of bundle proceeds will be donated to Women for Women, which helps women dealing with violence, marginalization, and poverty due to war and conflict.
- Sewing Indie Month (SIM) is a month-long celebration of indie sewing patterns where designers collaborate to bring you fun blog posts and informative tutorials. This year SIM is taking place in September. It’s accompanied by a sewalong contest with fantastic prizes. Since the patterns in the SIM Bundle 2 are mostly knits, this sale gives you time to make quick projects for the contest 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 VNA Top, 6101 Fit & Flare Skirt, Bess Top, Nettie Dress & Bodysuit, and Pinot Pants.
- Pay $32 or more to get the Walkley Vest & Dress and Jasper Sweater & Dress.
- Pay $38 or more to get the Nautilus Swimsuit, the NEW Kinga Skirt, and the NEW April 1962 Coat.
Check out these Bundle 2 bloggers to see what they made:
And apologies for the sudden rush in blog posts this week. I really did not plan it at all well ! There were a couple of timescales I forgot about.