#MeMadeMay2017 Week2: Organization & A Look Back

MeMadeMay 2017, first week is done and in the bag. If you follow Sew News on Instagram you’ll have seen all our makes for the week. We’ve shown off lots of indie sewing patterns and a few commercial ones as well. Here’s last week’s round up and a few thoughts about the week past and the week ahead.

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#MeMadeMay: Sewing for Myself

Fun fact: When you’re a professional costumer, making things for yourself is not something you do.

When you sew all day, you don’t necessarily want to go home and do it in your off time. And when I did, it was usually a costume to wear to the local Renaissance Festival or a re-creation of a vintage pattern that wasn’t work-appropriate. Continue reading

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And the Winner of the Sew4Home Bags and Totes Giveaway Is…

Mary!

Congratulations, Mary! We’ll be in touch soon so we can get your prize in the mail to you.

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If you didn’t win this time but are still interested in the book, you can find Sew4Home Bags and Totes at shopsewitall.com.

Look for our next book giveaway on July 6, 2017!

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Giveaway: Sew4Home Bags and Totes

It’s giveaway time!

We’re giving away a copy of Sew4Home Bags and Totes by Liz Johnson and Anne Adams, as seen in the April/May 2017 issue of Sew News:

Sew4Home Bags and Totes 226x300 Giveaway: Sew4Home Bags and TotesCreate one-of-a-kind ways to stow your stuff, then get ready to hit the town, office or school campus in style. In this handy beginner’s guide, the experts behind Sew4Home.com show you how easy it is to make great go-anywhere projects, from clutches and shoulder bags to a sleek yoga mat sling and a vintage kids’ satchel. No paper patterns required!

Throughout Sew4Home Bags and Totes, you’ll find clear, step-by-step sewing instructions. Learn to fussy cut fabric, add an inset zipper, make a boxed corner, and other design details that give your project a professional finish. Thanks to authors Liz Johnson and Anne Adams, learning to sew trend-setting bags and totes has never been easier or more fashionable!

For your chance to win a copy of Modern Machine Embroidery, leave a comment on this post between now and Thursday, May 4, at noon (Mountain Daylight Time). We’ll randomly pick a winner from among the commenters Thursday afternoon using Random.org.

Good luck!

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MeMadeMay 2017 – Week 1: Thoughts & Goals

2015 03 06 02.35.33 11 150x150 MeMadeMay 2017   Week 1: Thoughts & GoalsAmanda: I sort of participated in MeMadeMay 2016 but I was super pregnant…and ran out of memades that fit! This year is very different: on any given week, I manage a memade something most days. But I do have a few specific goals this year: wearing separates together and in multiple different combinations, assessing holes in my memade wardrobe (jeans and pants are one!), focusing on some unselfish sewing. And slowing down on the sewing front – I’ve been thinking I need to build in a little more time for experimenting but it’s hard to do that: I constantly feel like I want something to show for the little amount of sewing time I have. That said, my May to-sew list is hardly small.

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Sewing for the Bump: Maternity (and Beyond!) Sewing Patterns

Being a pregnant sewist is kind of amazing. Not only are you busy making a human, you’ve got so many options to make a wardrobe that will fit and flatter and give you an extra boost of confidence as your belly beings to grow…er, takeover.

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If you’re looking for maternity sewing patterns, I’ve assembled my list of faves for you below. Continue reading

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Top 5 Raglan Sewing Patterns for Women

Screen Shot 2017 04 11 at 11.28.43 AM Top 5 Raglan Sewing Patterns for WomenI love a raglan sleeve. Or rather, I really hate setting in sleeves so apparently I’ll go to great ends to avoid them. But raglans: an easier fit for wide shoulders (at least that’s been my experience!), super quick and easy to sew, and I like the styling they provide, a little sporty but not necessarily so. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite raglan patterns from indie sewists here. Full disclosure: I haven’t sewn all of these. My picks are based on favorable reviews and to show the full range of looks – many not sporty at all! – that you can get with raglan sleeves in both knit and woven fabrics. Here are my picks, in no particular order.

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1. Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio - Are you tired of me talking about this pattern yet? Fresh off a Linden Bender – and I’ve got 2 hacked sweatshirts, 3 tees and a dress to show for it. There’s just so much you can do with this pattern beyond the classic sweatshirt, which I also love! Continue reading

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