Monday, September 30, 2013

SEASON 2 begins TODAY!!!! Week #1---The LBD

As if you can't tell by all the capital letters in the title, but we are just a teensy bit excited to get Season 2 of Project Sewn going.  And this first week's theme is one that we are thrilled about.

This week we are all about.....

Most fashion historians credit "The Little Black Dress" to the 1920's designs of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou and were dresses that were intended to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest market possible and in a neutral colour, which was most often black.
While there have been lots of famous "Little Black Dresses" in fashion history--the most famous is probably Givenchy's version that Audrey Hepburn wore in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's.  I still ohh and ahh over that dress. It is Little-Black-Dress perfection!
And while the LBD is still considered a staple in any wardrobe in any fashion is oftimes hard to find one that has a great fit.  So, we thought that it would be a perfect way to begin season 2, where we can all make some LBD's for us to wear this fall/winter season.

And wait until you see what the designer's have come up with tomorrow (you are going to be oohhinng and ahhing all over the place---we have been behind the scenes.)
But, now we get to ohhhh and ahhh over the Little Black Dresses that you have been working on! 

We are opening the linky party below....and it will close Thursday night sharp at 8 pm (MDT).  The voting will open up over the weekend so that you can vote on the Sew-Along winner!
So, let's see them.....The Little Black Dress.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Season 2 Starts Monday!!!

Season 2 starts Monday.
It's going to be epic.
(Yea, that's right I said epic.  Didn't you see who the contestants are?)
See you Monday.
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Meet the Designer: Melissa from The Polka Dot Chair


Hello! My name is Melissa Mortenson and I blog at the Polka Dot Chair. I am so excited to be joining this season of Project Sewn. I have been sewing seriously for over 25 years but admit that I don't ever sew clothing for myself. I love to sew quilts, bags, children's clothing and accessories... but not adult clothing.

In my teens and twenties I loved making clothing for myself! I even made a tailored dress shirt once and competed in a sewing competition (any other Make it Yourself with Wool alums out there?) However as I grew older the challenge of fitting clothing to my changing frame became to great and I gave it up for other types of sewing.

I admit that I have made ONE item of clothing for myself since I was 20. Project Sewn is going to pose quite the challenge for me, but one that I am happy to take on! Here's to trying new things!!! (fingers crossed *wink*)

twitter: @polkadotchair
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Meet the Designer: Adrianna from Crafterhours


Hi there! I'm Adrianna and I blog with Susan over at Crafterhours. We've been blogging for 4 years now and we each have three daughters. Like most of you, I got into sewing because I quit my J.O.B. when I had my first kid and in my sleep deprived and simultaneous bored and stressed out state I figured it was a good time to buy a sewing machine and start making garments for my hapless infant. Luckily for her it was a hobby that ended up sticking (unlike knitting. And grad school.) and I got better at it.   Now she and her sisters receive the fruits of my sewing machine which are hopefully starting to look more professional in the 6 years I've been doing this. One year ago, I opened my pattern shop, Hey June. It's been a great outlet for me because I love to sew, but I also really love the technical side of pattern drafting and digital drawing. And maybe it'll help me avoid getting another J.O.B. when my youngest goes to school! I enjoy sewing for myself but it happens very infrequently, so this competition was a perfect excuse. I prefer simple garments that work with my stay-at-home, carpooling, grocery shopping, toddler-chasing, stain-cleaning-upping, wall-writing-scrubbing-offing life. It's tempting to go full on runway when you're in a competition, but I'm excited to try and step outside my sewing comfort box while still staying true to myself and the life I'm in right now.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Meet the Designer: Krista from Lazy Saturdays


Hi! I’m Krista! I’ve been crafting, sewing, and creating since I was a kid and discovered I was terrible at sports. I went to school for fashion design and interior decorating and loved every second of it! I started blogging as a way to share my trashion designs (clothes made from trash. I know, it’s weird.) and it became a hobby that spiraled out of control in a very good way. I have fallen in love with making old things new, like making skirts out of thrifted men's shirts.

I have a lot of fun with my clothing. I love colors, patterns, and I love to get funky with my outfit choices. I’m married to a talkative nerd named Mason and we have a crazy-haired little boy named Max with a personality to match the hair. We’re both California grown and are now living in and loving Idaho. I'm thrilled to be on Project Sewn and hope to meet a few new friends along the way! Happy sewing!
Monday, September 23, 2013

Meet the Designer: Julia from Julia Bobbin

Today we are meeting Julia, from Julia Bobbin.......

I’m mother to one eight-month-old boy and a four-year-old sewing machine. I live in Melbourne, Australia and I’m a sewing addict.

Four years ago I turned on a sewing machine for the first time and my whole world changed. I originally took up sewing as I was fed up with clothes not fitting me properly, and I could never find in stores the clothes that I wanted to wear. What I didn’t expect is just how totally I would fall in love with sewing.

Sewing became a crazed passion that I could not get enough of. I would spend hours in fabric stores, daydreaming about what I would make next. I love both vintage and modern garments and my sewing tends to be a combination of both.

Sewing has not only provided me with a creative outlet but has educated me on what suits my body shape and helped me define my style.  I only wish I’d started sooner!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Meet the Designer: Katy from No Big Dill

Let's meet Katy from No Big Dill today.....

Before I had six kids, I sewed for myself.  Exclusively.  But then not only did my attention turn to the raising of my kids, but my sewing did as well.  It's faster, easier (less curves!) and uses less fabric, so I forgot over the years how satisfying it can be to sew for myself.  I've always loved sewing, but I got really serious about it when I had Mrs. Price in high school.  I was in a car accident and missed a term of school my freshman year and they needed to "stick" me in some class that where missing half the semester was critical.  Mrs. Price instilled in me a desire for precision, but creativity as well. Fabric stores make my heart race.

Ryan is the love of my life and we made some pretty cute kids together, if I do say so myself.  We were blessed with 5 girls and finally a boy.  When I'm not sewing, I am doing laundry, baking, playing the harp, gardening, keeping bees, and sweeping my white floors. I couldn't think of a better job in the whole world than being a mom.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Meet the Designer: Anna from Noodlehead

I'm a mom to two crazy but incredibly inspiring little girls {my noodleheads}.  I love to sew and be creative. 

Like many of you, I grew up sewing with my mom. It definitely wasn’t my favorite thing to do, but I loved being able to make something on my own.  I'm really into DIY so it wasn't surprising that I started sewing, there are just so many things you can make yourself! So why not?!

Having two daughters gave me the drive to start sewing more and after discovering the blogging world, I never turned back. I’m having fun creating, making up new things as I go along, discovering new techniques, and making my house a home. 

I wouldn’t be sewing today if it weren’t for the support of my family and friends along the way.
Monday, September 16, 2013

Project Sewn Season 2 Schedule (and a few Q&A's)

With Season 2 just around the corner and now that you know the themes.....let's just do a recap on the schedule.

 Tomorrow we get to start with our "Meet The Designers" series so we can get to know each of the designers a little better.  We are so thrilled that they are here with us for Season 2.  I can only imagine what is going in each of their sewing spaces, but wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall? Maybe I am just nosy ;) but I would love to see how everyone gets their inspiration and how they make it into a lovely look.

Ok, back to the subject.

Here's how Project Sewn will go.....

Monday, September 30th will be our begin date!  We will open the linky party for all of you who are sewing along (the first week is the "Little Black Dress" challenge) and the linky party will remain open until Thursday, October 3rd at 8 pm (MDT).

Tuesday, October 1st through Thursday, October 3---The Designer Voting will begin!  Bright and early that Tuesday morning we will release the Designers' Looks and open the poll so that you can vote for your favorite designer's look.  This reader's poll will account for half the designer's general score.  The other 50 % percent will come from how the designer's rank each other (we kind of love that twist because who better than to judge than someone walking sewing in your shoes!).

Friday, October 4th we will announce the Designer Winner and then the Sew Along Voting will open.  Each of you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite sew-along look.  This poll will close Sunday night and we will announce the sew-along winner on Monday morning.

Some frequently asked questions:

What if I have sewn something in the recent past that fits into one of the themes?  Can I submit it?  YESSSS!!!! Anything that you have sewn in the last 6 months may be submitted for any of the Sew-Along themes. 

Can I submit more than one look? We would ask that you choose your favorite and only submit one look per person/per blog.

What if I don't have a blog?  Can I still enter the Sew-Along Contest?  YES!!!  You  can submit a picture from flickr if you don't have a blog.  You just submit the link as you would a blog link when the linky party is open.  (Or you can set up a blog if you prefer---it's free to do so!)

Are there prizes?  YES....but you are going to have to wait to hear about those.  That's a whole post for another day....

What are the themes?  Go HERE to read about each of the 4 themes....

I hope we have covered the basics, but if I haven't...please ask away in the comments.  We would love for each of you to participate!!!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Project Sewn Season 2---Meet the Designers

Today is the day we FINALLY get to announce who the designers are for Season 2 of Project Sewn!

To say that we are excited about our line up of designers is a HUGE understatement.  The women we have lined up for you are phenomenal!  Really...everything from their individual style to their photography to their mad sewing skills is phenomenal and I can not wait to see what they come up with.
So without further ado I'm happy to announce our Project Sewn Season 2 contestants:

Anna from Noodlehead

Julia from Julia Bobbin

Krista from Lazy Saturdays

Katy from No Big Dill

Melissa from The Polka Dot Chair

Adrianna from Crafterhours

See what I'm talking about??? 

October can't get here soon enough!
Monday, September 9, 2013

Project Sewn Season 2---Here are the Themes!!!!

There are just 21 days left until season 2 of Project Sewn begins!
Soooooo.... get ready for the weekly sew alongs...
today we are giving you all of the themes!
(That way you can get started cutting and sewing!)
Here we go:
Week 1:  (Sept. 30)  Your Little Black Dress
Create for yourself that one item every girl needs...the little black dress.
Week 2:  (Oct. 7)  The Era Challenge
Choose an era from modern history (like The Roaring 20's, The Cold War Era, Turn of the Century, The Guilded Age, The Industrial Era, etc) and create a look for yourself influenced by the fashion of that era.
Week 3:  (Oct. 14)  The Graphic Print Challenge
Choose a print...big, bright, bold, whatever and base you design off of that fabric!
Week 4:  (Oct. 21)  Your Signature Style
Create a design for yourself that is authentic to your personal style.
Now you've got your themes...get sewing!
(We are DYING to get into our next's going to be so much fun!)
Oh!  And stay tuned...on Wednesday we will be announcing who the contestants are for Season 2 and let me tell you the ladies we have rounded up for you this season are AMAZING.  A. MAZ. ING!
(I still can't believe what a fantastic group of ladies we have to share with you!)
See you Wednesday!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fall Fashion Trend with Alida from Alida Makes

Today our fall fashion trend comes from our great friend Alida of Alida Makes.  She even took this lastest fashion trend and made a wearable version for herself....wowza!!!

Thanks Alida for joining us today!!!

Y'all, I have a secret. I'm kind of obsessed...with jumpsuits!  They were a huge trend for Spring and Summer and are still going strong.  Here's what I love about jumpsuits: they are effortlessly chic.    

I love the look of layering with a jumpsuit, the Rachel Zoe look above is a great example.  If you think of a jumpsuit like a maxi dress and layer and accessorize accordingly, you can really come up with some fun looks.  

I love the way jumpsuits look on the catwalk, but I really wanted to know how they look on a curvy mom of 4, so I made one!  This is McCall Pattern 6083.  I made it out of rayon knit and it feels like wearing pajamas! 

Here I layered it with a cardigan, but it looks great with my black blazer and black kitten heels.  I think it would look cute with a turtleneck underneath, or a button up shirt buttoned and tied at the waist.  Oh the possibilities!

There are so many scarves, hats, and layers to try on with this piece, I'm pretty excited for it to get cold outside!  For now a light infinity scarf on it's own is going to have to do.

Or all on it's own.  

I know jumpsuits are kind of a love it or hate it thing, what's your take on them? 
Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fall Fashion Trend with Sunni from A Fashionable Stitch

Hello Everyone! I’m Sunni from A Fashionable Stitch and I was asked to step in today and give you my favorite fall trend. Fall is my absolute favorite time of year so this was easy. Yay! I’ve been seriously digging more androgynous styles lately, especially as concerns blazers. One trend – call it old or new – that my next blazer make will most definitely be including is elbow patches. I die every time I see well executed elbow patches. I love them so. Definitely not something that would be all that difficult to add to a project - be it shirt, sweater, jacket or coat - and you can make them up into just about any shape you really want. I’m a fan of the traditional oval shape. 

Sunni, the expert author at the blog A Fashionable Stitch is today's guest for our Fall Fashion Trend Series and we are thrilled to have her here today.  

Thanks Sunni for popping over today!

For all the image sources/credits, visit my pinterest board
Also, if you’re digging the elbow patch craze like me, here’s a few resources for you when looking for leather:
 Dritz just came back with some cowhide elbow patches that you can purchase from Joann or Hancock, or here if you don’t live near a chain store. 
  • Brettuns Village Leather sells leather of all kinds.
  • Marcy Tilton has some leather hides for sale that you could split with friends for elbow patches.
  • You can also use ultra suede (a little on the more expensive side).
  • Or think about cutting up thick old wool sweaters for elbow patches.
 What do you think about elbow patches? Happy fall trending everyone!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fall Fashion Trend with Sophie from Cirque du Bebe

Today's fall trend preview comes from our great friend, Sophie from Cirque du Bebe......our Project Sewn season 1 winner.

Take it away Sophie.....

If you're heading into fall wherever you are in the world, you might be starting to nut out your cool weather sews. Unless you're super organized and sewed them all in summer? In which case I don't want to hear about it, having just left winter behind as of a few days ago, along with all the things I wished I had sewed and didn't. But if I had to pick a favorite season to sew for, fall is it. It's the perfect time to sew some cosy knits, have a crack at outerwear and play around with the color palette equivalent of a log fire. Here is a collection of some fun fall 'trends' with sewing patterns to match, or at least use as a base. Granted, a printed 'Bomber' jacket is not everybody's cup of tea but that's the best part about 'trends' can play it safe or as adventurous as you like.

The humble parka in the spotlight, who would've thought! When I first witness the parka doing the rounds as a 'trendy' item it was hard to move past the fairly strong association with daggy camping attire. Parka's are for climbing mountains and keeping off bush ticks, right? Not so, parkas are now for pairing with cute dresses and tights and ankle boots. Give them the fresh start they deserve... 
Pattern #1 Sewaholic Minoru

Put those judging eyes away! The 'Bomber' jacket is having a renaissance and this time it actually looks good. Pretty Bombers are the way forward. Play with lace, prints, neon or neoprene. You know you're tempted! 
Inspiration 'Bomber' // Somedays Lovin Botanic Bomber Jacket

A fall wardrobe wouldn't be complete without a little 'granny' style. Cardigans are a cool weather must, they go with everything, add layers and color and keep us cosy. But have you considered the over-sized variety? When in doubt, embrace the trend that embraces you...
Inspiration cardi // Mi Armario en Ruinas
Monday, September 2, 2013

Favorite Fall Fashion Trends....

We hope everybody is enjoying their long Labor Day weekends.
We are busy working behind the scenes getting everything squared away for Season 2 of Project Sewn (which will be starting next month!) but meanwhile we have some fun things that will be going on over here.
Like this week....
We have invited 4 of our favorite fashionable friends from around blogland to share some of their favorite fall fashion trends with us.
So check back in tomorrow to see whose up first and what her favorite fall fashion trend is!
See you then!
Sunday, September 1, 2013

Quote of the Week: Mary Quant

'The fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don't wear her.'
- Mary Quant