It's Sewing Indie Month and, true to form, I have left it till the very last couple of days of the month to write anything about it.
Sewing Indie Month is the brainchild of Mari of Seamster Patterns, who has rounded up a group of 21 independent pattern makers from all around the globe for interviews, sew-a-longs, how-to's and much more. It is a month to celebrate all that is good about independent pattern makers (and that is a never ending list really) and promote collaboration and support between the pattern makers and those who follow their blogs.
As you can see from my site, I normally make all my patterns myself. But this month I decided to make an exception in the name of celebrating the first (and hopefully not the last) Sewing Indie Month (as supporting our fellow makers is what it's all about, right?) and get involved in the festivities.
I have decided I will enter (thankfully still have a few days to get my entry in) the 'Pattern Hacking' category, hosted by Rhonda of Rhonda's Creative Life, as it seems the most appropriate choice for me.
I have been madly pattern making and sewing all week and now have a some-what complete dress (just awaiting buttons and button holes) that is very different from the original pattern. I will put up all the tutorials as soon as I can (as well as photos of the dress) which will include: narrowing a sleeve, checking your sleeve patterns, adding a cuff, playing with pleats, facings and adding pockets into your side seams.
I was planning to go back to making my own patterns for my next project, but after a look at the Mathilde Pinterest page, I am feeling that there may be room for one more Mathilde in my life.
It's not too late to get involved (you still have one more weekend up your sleeve)!