Happy Monday! Well, we’ve all survived another Kid’s Clothes Week. How much do you have to show for the last week of sewing? For me it’s only one Celestial tee, one Hanami Dress and a handful of upcycled tees that I haven’t bothered to blog about. Not my most productive KCW but hey-ho, onwards and upwards….
Now that our children are all accounted for in the clothing department (or at least that’s the idea!) we can happily turn our attention to selfish sewing. There are two events coming up in the next month that I can’t wait to get involved in…and I hope you will too.
The first is Selfish Sewing Week and runs from 28 April – 3 May. It is organised and run by Rachael of Imagine Gnats and this year, for the first time, will be hosted on Kollabora (as opposed to on Flickr).
Do you know Kollabora? It’s a great place to share your makes and gather inspiration from others and aims to “unite makers, crafters, and DIY enthusiasts of all skill levels to get inspired, share projects, buy and sell PDF patterns, and connect with each other and their favorite brands.” If you have a moment why don’t you get familiar with it before SSW gets underway? You can see all my makes here and you can follow along with all the Selfish Sewing Week projects here.
If you’re familiar with adding your projects to Kollabora the only thing extra you need to do is add Selfish Sewing Week to the Inspired by box. It will look something like this:
I’ll be posting over at imagine gnats that week as one of the featured stitchers. I’m going to be sewing and reviewing the Julia Cardigan from Mouse House Creations. I love the look of this pattern and I can’t wait to get started on it!
You can also get lots of inspiration from the Selfish Sewing Week Pinterest board.
Once all that selfish sewing is complete, you’ll want to start wearing it, right? Well, why not get involved with Me-Made-May 2014?? It’s hosted by So, Zo…What do you Know? and is a one-month long personal challenge of wearing your handmade duds. You don’t need to have a blog, you don’t even need to sew anything in particular – you simply take the pledge and set yourself a personal challenge of wearing your handmade clothes for a certain proportion of the month. For example, I have pledged to wear at least one item of handmade clothing a day for the month of May as well as having at least one handmade item on at least one of my kids each day. You can read all about it and sign up by clicking the image below.
I also love this initiative because it gives us all pause for thought over the clothes we wear and ties in nicely with Fashion Revolution Day taking place NEXT WEEK on 24th April. Sorry for repeating myself for those of you that already know, but Fashion Revolution Day is a wonderful opportunity for all us home sewists to stand together the help shape and change the future of the fashion industry on the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza textile factory collapse in Bangladesh. I would love for you to take a moment to read about it and sign up to wear something handmade inside out (#insideout #handmadeinsideout) on the 24th and share on social media. Over 120 people have taken the pledge so far! You don’t want to miss out!!
Now for the juicy bit…
To help get you ready for these two events and to kick-start your sewing mo-jo,
I’m hosting a giveaway of Liesl & Co’s new Cappuccino Dress and Tunic Pattern! GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED.
A while ago I wrote a Top 10 for Tuesday list of patterns similar to the Lisette Portfolio Dress (Simplicity 2245). It’s this pattern that I used to sew the orange dress you see on my profile picture up there on the right. Sadly this pattern has been discontinued but Liesl Gibson has updated and re-released the pattern as the Cappuccino Dress and Tunic under the Liesl & Co brand!! Lucky for all us sewists!! You can read all about the pattern here.
Liesl has kindly offered a copy of this PDF pattern to one lucky reader! What a great way to kick off Selfish Sewing Week and Me-Made-May!
To enter all you have to do is leave a comment and tell me something fun! The giveaway will be open until midnight on Monday 21st April (CET). What fabric would you use for the Cappuccino dress? How do you think the pattern compares to the original? Do you have other specific plans for Selfish Sewing Week or Me-Made-May? Have you signed up for Fashion Revolution Day?? I would LOVE to see some more names on the sign up!! You don’t have to have a blog to participate. To make it easy, all you have to do is click on the image below to take part: