Sewing Indie Month

I’m back now from a ridiculously gluttonous week in Brittany, and having devoured every spec of seafood and salted caramel in the land, I’ve returned right into the throws of Sewing Indie Month!

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Mari (of Disparate Disciples, now Seamster Patterns) approached me months ago asking if I’d like to join in, and now it’s finally here! What’s here, you may ask? Well, it’s a month-long celebration and collaboration between myself and 20 other indie pattern designers, with interviews, tutorials, sewalongs, and a mahoosive bucket of prizes to be won (in all, over $1,000 worth!).

There’s something new going up on one of the participating designer sites every single day in May – mine aren’t scheduled until the end of the month, but you can see a calendar listing everything that’s going up (be sure to click “Read More” on each date to see everything!). There’s already 6 days full of free tutorials and interviews to pour through over your lunch hour today…

For me the best part is being able to collaborate with other designers whose work I really admire, but whom I haven’t really had a chance to talk much with. I love being part of a community of creative women who are all passionate about what we do, and see others in our field as friends and comrades instead of competitors! In the spirit of collaboration, this month would be nothing if it wasn’t for each of us doing our own little part – I mean, I’m only involved directly in four posts, but together we’ve crammed May full of great stuff!

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Oh, and the Sewalong I mentioned – there are four different sewalongs, each hosted by a separate blog, and each with their own prize pack, including (of course!) indie patterns, magazine subscriptions, fabric, books, Threads dvds, classes… seriously, there’s LOTS of good stuff to be won! There’s a full list of all the prizes here.

Anyone planning on entering any of my patterns into the contest? I think they’d particularly work well in Everyday Casual or Pattern Hacking – I’m not sure they’d really be suitable for formalwear, but I’d love to see someone try!

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The full list of participating indie designers is…

(You’re welcome for all the new-to-me patterns to explore!)

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