If you’ve been on Instagram and perhaps follow me too then you’ll know that my sewing friend Helen and I announced a new challenge on Instagram which we’ve set to run from now until August 31st.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN....
It all started a few month's back when the germ of an idea started to percolate around my brain. If you know of The Sewing and Design School of Seattle and follow them on IG then you’ll know that Ryliss started off the hashtag #yearofthesleeve. Unusual style sleeve designs have never been so prevalent as they are this year so I began to wonder if it would be good to get people designing their own wonderful creations within the sewing community on IG.
After mulling on the challenge idea for a while I decided to get the wheels in motion and so I asked my lovely friend Helen if she would co-host the challenge with me and she was more than happy to join me. I’ve known Helen of Valentine and Stitch for several month's now and we get along so well. It’s been an absolute pleasure plotting and planning with her and we’ve had many a laugh along the way...more on Helen in my next blog post though…
HOW TO JOIN IN AND OTHER DETAILS....
- The challenge runs from now until August 31st
- To sign up : Firstly you must have a public Instagram account....Then simply re-post the launch day graphic and follow the hosts myself @dream.cut.sew and Helen @valentine.and.stitch
- Make a garment...any garment...with a creative sleeve design. Use pattern hacking, embellishment like embroidery or beading. Frills, ruffles, lace, cut-outs, pleating….anything goes. Basically. Just have fun and unleash your creativity!
- Posting guidelines- Post photos of your finished garment using the hashtag #sleevefest2017 and also tag the hosts myself and Helen. If you want to make more than one garment you can. Also feel free to upload some in-progress pictures if you want, so that we can see what you're working on.
Don't worry, we will be showing you lot's of inspiration ideas on Instagram to get those creative juices flowing.
MEET THE SPONSORS.....
5 winners of the challenge will be picked at random by myself and Helen to receive gifts from the following fab sponsors:
Run by Ryliss Bod, the Tacoma based school in Washington State, US, offers all sorts of expert sewing tuition in all aspects of construction, fitting, pattern cutting, alterations, fibre arts and design. Skilled tutors like Ryliss herself, Kenneth D King and Lynda Maynard head up many of the classes. The fabulous gift being offered by Ryliss is a pattern alterations and fitting method by Jan Minott author of the Total Pattern Fit, The Minott Method. The comprehensive text is on a flash drive so can be posted anywhere in the world to our lucky recipient.
Founded by owner Linda Podietz, EmmaOneSock is a treasure trove of a US based online fabric store. Many of the fabrics are ex-designer having been used for sample runs and the carefully curated selection of fabrics is often a reflection of the latest trends. There are lovely knits, brocades, wovens and faux furs, and evening fabrics and denims. You will be spoiled for choice when you spend the $35 gift voucher being offered as the gift from EmmaOneSock
From East Sussex in the UK, Dragonfly Fabrics is an online fabric store that specialises in many gorgeous natural fibres like linen, boiled wool, Japanese cotton, soft jerseys and cotton voiles. They also stock sewing patterns and an expanding range of haberdashery. The lovely prizes being offered by Dragonfly fabrics are two sewing patterns. The Azaire top and dress, by Gather and the Sew Caroline Primrose peplum top.
Another UK store, this time from Brighton. Ditto Fabrics founded by Gill Thornley stocks many end of line treasures from Italy and UK fashion houses. You can find beautiful suitings, natural linens, soft viscoses and printed cottons, to name but a few. Ditto are kindly offering a £25 gift voucher to spend with them.
This magazine is a relatively new and independent publication. Aimed at fashion forward sewists who want to stand out from the crowd. Each issue is full of up to date and on trend sewing inspiration and interesting articles. Two issues of this magazine are being offered as a prize.
The final prize going to one lucky recipient actually consists of two gifts...
One is from none other than my fab co-host Helen of Valentine and Stitch and the other from wonderful online superstore Sew Essential who stock everything from machines to thread. I will actually be talking a little bit about the two prizes being offered in an outfit post next week. But to tell you all about the prizes and exactly how the winner of them will be decided, I’m going to hand you across to Helen over at her website. Go and take a look HERE
All I’m saying is voting!
Stay tuned as there will be more posts to come with a Sleevefest theme. And don't forget to follow along on Instagram.
See you soon!