Bundle Sale Extended!

The bundle sale has been extended until September 12th! Now you have a little more time, don’t forget to take advantage of this sale while you can!

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For some inspiration, here’s what other sewers have made using patterns in the bundle:

Pattern Hacking Sewalong Contest 2015

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The Pattern Hacking Sewalong category is hosted by Rhonda of Rhonda’s Creative Life. Follow Rhonda’s blog to see her latest posts. As the sewalong progresses you can find links to her sewalong posts added to this page.

Sewalong posts:

The entry deadline for the Sewing Indie Month Pattern Hacking sewalong contest has ended. Vote for your favorite entry by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner of entry photo.

To enter your Sewing Indie Month 2015 projects in the Pattern Hacking sewalong contest, add them to the InLinkz button at the bottom of this page. Remember, to be eligible to win your project must be made based on a pattern or tutorial from one of this year’s 21 participating designersClick here to see participating designers and click here to see the contest rules.

Excited to participate and see what you can win?! Read on!

Pattern Hacking Prize Pack

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The entry deadline for the Sewing Indie Month Pattern Hacking sewalong contest has ended. Vote for your favorite entry by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner of entry photo.

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Everyday Casual Sewalong Contest 2015

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The Everyday Casual sewalong category is hosted by Mary of Idle Fancy. Follow Mary’s blog to see her latest posts. As the sewalong progresses you can find links to her sewalong posts added to this page.

Sewalong posts:

The entry deadline for the Sewing Indie Month Everyday Casual sewalong contest has ended. Vote for your favorite entry by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner of entry photo.

To enter your Sewing Indie Month 2015 projects in the Everyday Casual sewalong contest, add them to the InLinkz button at the bottom of this page. Remember, to be eligible to win your project must be made based on a pattern or tutorial from one of this year’s 21 participating designers. Click here to see participating designers and click here to see the contest rules.

Excited to participate and see what you can win?! Read on!

Everyday Casual Prize Pack

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The entry deadline for the Sewing Indie Month Everyday Casual sewalong contest has ended. Vote for your favorite entry by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner of entry photo.

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Dressed to the Nines Sewalong Contest 2015

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The Dressed to the Nines sewalong category is hosted by Laura of Lilacs and Lace. Follow Laura’s blog to see her latest posts. As the sewalong progresses you can find links to her sewalong posts added to this page.

Sewalong Posts:

The entry deadline for the Sewing Indie Month Dressed to the Nines sewalong contest has ended. Vote for your favorite entry by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner of entry photo.

To enter your Sewing Indie Month 2015 projects in the Dressed to the Nines sewalong contest, add them to the InLinkz button at the bottom of this page. Remember, to be eligible to win your project must be made based on a pattern or tutorial from one of this year’s 21 participating designers. Click here to see participating designers and click here to see the contest rules.

Excited to participate and see what you can win?! Read on!

Dressed to the Nines Prize Pack

 

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The entry deadline for the Sewing Indie Month Dressed to the Nines sewalong contest has ended. Vote for your favorite entry by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner of entry photo.

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Sewing Indie Month & a 2nd Bundle Sale!

Pop the champagne! Start the music! Sewing Indie Month is back!

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Last year I started Sewing Indie Month (SIM), a month-long celebration of indie sewing patterns and the people who sew them. This year SIM is taking place in September with Sew Independent acting as SIM HQ. I’m so excited to bring you a fresh batch of 21 different independent designers who are ready to share fascinating interviews and fantastic tutorials.

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Like last year, there’s a sewalong contest with fabulous prizes up for grabs. Read about the contest rules here and take a peek here to learn about the fabulous prizes.

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This year’s sewalong categories are Pattern Hacking, hosted by Rhonda of Rhonda’s Creative Life; Everyday Casual, hosted by Mary of Idle Fancy; and Dressed to the Nines, hosted by Laura of Lilacs and Lace. There will be another bonus prize this year too, which will be given to one randomly chosen contest entrant!

To help you with your sewalong sewing we’re throwing huge bundle sales. The first happened in early August and consisted of mostly woven patterns, so you’d have time to make muslins (toiles) before the contests.

Today I’m excited to announce the launch of the Sewing Indie Month Bundle 2 sale. This bundle includes more knits and some easier to fit wovens which would make perfect, faster projects for the sewalong contest. What’s special about this sale is that you get to decide how much you’re going to pay and 20% of proceeds go to the charity Women for Women!

Bundle-2-Flat-2-rowsWhile you can enter any project in the sewalong contest so long as it was created from a pattern or tutorial by one of the participating designers, you may be sorely tempted to try a pattern that’s in one of the bundles because of how deeply discounted they are. So run over to the Sew Independent shop now to steal your patterns!

And don’t forget to show your Sewing Indie Month love with a blog button! With 300, 200, and 150px width buttons you can find the best button for your blog.

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Hello Sew Independent Readers.

Just a quick announcement and an apology- the contact form of the contact page has not been working. I’m so sorry if you’ve tried to contact me there! I haven’t received any of your messages through that form.

While the contact page is still up, the form has been taken off it until I can get it fixed. In the meantime, please email me at hello [at] sewindependent [dot] com.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

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Last Day for the SIM Bundle 1 Sale!

Hello Sew Independent readers! Just a quick note to let you know that today is the last day of the Sewing Indie Month Bundle 1 sale! The sale ends tonight, Wednesday August 12th, at midnight PST. So fly over to the Sew Independent shop to get your patterns while you can!

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Not sure what to make with the bundle? Check out these great projects for inspiration:

Special Features in the Sorrel Top & Dress

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Since we went over some special features in the new Saltbox pattern, I figured we ought to go over some in the new Sorrel Top & Dress by Seamster Sewing Patterns (that’s me!).

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One of the things I find difficult about using PDF patterns is storing them, so I made printable envelopes for all my patterns. The envelopes use just two pieces of paper that you can print on regular US computer or A4 paper. They’re not big enough to store the taped and uncut pieces, but once you cut out the pattern pieces you should be able to fit them all in.

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The pages that are printed, folded, and taped together to make your pattern envelope.

There are four different versions of the Sorrel you can make, two of which are dresses, which means you’ll be using up a lot of paper if you print the entire pattern at home. Thankfully, there’s a printing guide that tells you which pages to print for which version of the pattern you want to make.

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When it comes to sizing, the majority of Seamster patterns have been graded so that the larger sizes can accommodate larger bra cup sizes and the smaller can accommodate smaller sizes. The medium will work on many C/D cups. While the smaller end of the size range has been graded for smaller cups than the larger, you may still need to make a small bust adjustment if you have a  proportionally smaller bust.

 

Sorrel Top & Dress size chart

Speaking about sizing, the faux collar takes up a lot of shoulder room, which may worry you if you regularly need to adjust patterns for narrower or wider shoulders. Fear not, because there are directions and measurements in the Sorrel pattern that tell you how to grade between sizes to cut the right shoulder size for your body.

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Ready to sew the Sorrel Top & Dress? Snag it in the Sewing Indie Month Bundle 1 sale now. Tomorrow, Wednesday August 12th, is the last day for the sale!

 

Special Features in the Saltbox Sewing Pattern

Because it’s a brand new pattern that’s never been released before, I thought you might want to find out a little more about the Saltbox by Blueprints for Sewing.

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Its interesting name comes from the colonial style Saltbox houses that inspired the fun seaming on this pattern. You see, Blueprints for Sewing takes inspiration for its patterns from architecture. The asymmetrically sloping roof of these houses is reflected in the asymmetrical triangle that makes up the front and back of this top.

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Since you can learn more about the design of and inspiration for the top on the Blueprints for Sewing blog, I’m going to share some neat features of the pattern with you.

You may have noticed in the flat garment illustrations that there are no darts in the Saltbox pattern. That makes for a quick sew! And I’m not really sure I’ve ever heard of anyone who actually likes sewing darts. But if you have a larger bust that could put you off making the top, especially since it’s been drafted for B cups. Thankfully the designer, Taylor, has made altering the top for larger and smaller busts incredibly easy.

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Different bust adjustment lines have been drawn for each size of the pattern.

She’s put Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) and Small Bust Adjustment (SBA) lines right on the pattern pieces! This is an especially nice feature since the lines end up crossing multiple pattern pieces. You won’t be in danger of cutting your shoulder pieces at different spots than your front bodice piece.

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There are some other really nice things about this pattern too. A sign of good drafting is when the armholes are drafted differently for sleeves and for sleeveless tops. Normally, when you have a pattern with sleeves and sleeveless options you’ll get separate full sized pattern pieces for the bodices. On this pattern that’s accomplished by providing different shoulder pieces. But, the smaller shoulder piece on the back doesn’t take up the entire armhole.

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Instead of making you print out and tape together a completely separate back piece when you want to make the tank top, you simply cut out a little rectangle of paper and tape it onto the back pattern piece. It’s easy to add to the back piece since there are alignment marks printed on the back piece.

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One other feature I really like about the pattern is that it has a space on each pattern piece for you to write the size you’ve cut out and the date you cut it out. It can be so easy to grab an old Tried ‘N True (TNT) pattern (or even one you cut out but never got around to sewing!) and sew it up without realizing that your measurements have changed, so you end up with an ill fitting garment. This is a really easy way to remind yourself to recheck your measurements and size before cutting into your fabric.

Saltbox Pattern Notes

I have sewn this pattern and really enjoyed making it! I’ll be posting about it on the Seamster blog. But before I do I just wanted to let you know that everything on this pattern lines up perfectly. I mention this since it may look like things don’t when you’re sewing the front shoulders to the front. It’ll look like the shoulder piece is too long at the neckline, but I promise it’s not! Here’s what it will look like.

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Once you sew the remaining front shoulder piece to the front you’ll see that everything lines up perfectly. It only looked too long because of the seam allowances. If the piece were shorter you wouldn’t have enough of a seam allowance to sew your facing to the neckline.

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I hope you end up loving sewing the Saltbox as much as I did!

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SALE – Sewing Indie Month Pattern Bundle 1

Hello Sew Independent Readers! My name is Mari, designer and owner of Seamster Sewing Patterns. Donna, the founder of Sew Independent, decided to step back from this site so I took over.

I’m incredibly excited to be running Sew Independent because it’s the perfect home for Sewing Indie Month (SIM). SIM is a month-long celebration of indie sewing patterns that I started last year. And it’s going to be even bigger this year when it fully kicks off in September.

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We’re starting the celebrations a little early though by throwing a huge sale. From today, August 3rd, until next Wednesday August 12th you can buy a bundle of 10 PDF sewing patterns from different indie designers for as little as $3.80 per pattern! What makes this insanely discounted sale even more exciting is that 20% of proceeds go to charity!

The way the sale works is that you get to decide how much you pay, starting with a minimum of $25. Paying the minimum will get you a great wardrobe building pack of 5 patterns. The more you pay though, the more patterns you’ll get, with up to 10 patterns for as little as $38!

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Of course you can pay over those minimums, and when you hear about the charity you’ll be supporting you may very well want to! The charity is the International Folk Art Alliance, which means you’ll get to help artisans from around the world create sustainable livelihoods through education and by giving them access to exhibition opportunities. Through the International Folk Art Alliance’s efforts, artists from around the world have been able to build schools and feed their local villages, find shelter from abuse, and recover their ability to support themselves and their families after the destruction of war.

With your generosity you’ll get to help makers from around the world and even those in your own backyards (us, the pattern makers!) create sustainable livelihoods. And because we appreciate your support, the 10 people who spend the most will receive a free bonus reward- printed copy shop versions of the patterns mailed to them anywhere in the world!

By now I’m sure your fingers are itching to start sewing!

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If you spend $25 or more you’ll get the following patterns:

  • Sutton Blouse by True Bias
  • Cressida Skirt by Jennifer Lauren Vintage Patterns
  • Sugar Plum Dress by Lolita Patterns
  • Mississippi Ave Dress & Top by Sew House Seven
  • Ultimate Trousers by Sew Over It

If you spend $32 or more you’ll receive the previous 5 patterns and the:

  • Cookie Blouson by Waffle Patterns
  • Bonnel Dress by Dixie DIY

And if you spend $38 or more you’ll get all of the above patterns plus the:

  • Melissa Dress, Blouse & Skirt by Muse Patterns
  • the NEW Saltbox Top by Blueprints for Sewing
  • the NEW Sorrel Dress & Top by Seamster Sewing Patterns

That’s almost $100 off the full retail cost of $132.61! Because making a sewing pattern is so work intensive, we designers can only sell our patterns for such a low price when they’re bought in bulk- just like with Groupon. Chances are you’ll never again see these patterns offered at such rockbottom prices. We just couldn’t keep the lights on in our studios if we regularly offered such big discounts. So take advantage of this deal while you can!

This is a great way to try out a bunch of different designers. Plus, you’ll be able to get the brand new Saltbox from Blueprints for Sewing and the Sorrel Dress & Top from Seamster Sewing Patterns before the designers even start carrying them in their own shops. That’s right! During the bundle sale you won’t be able to buy these brand new patterns anywhere else.

Are you as excited as I am?! Head over to the new Sew Independent shop to support your fellow home sewers and artisans from around the world. Remember, the sale only lasts until August 12th!