Time for the summer sew-along!
I was paging through an old issue of Sew Beautiful magazine, and there was an outfit with a long sleeved T as part of it. They actually said something like, “If you don’t sew knits, use a purchased shirt”. I thought…are you kidding me? This magazine, now out of print, was for very advanced sewers that could smock, embroider, shape lace, etc. and they didn’t think their readers were all capable of sewing with knits?? Well, I won’t let that happen with my readers! 🙂 This year’s summer sew-along will be a step-by-step sewing school to build up your skills and make you confident about sewing knits.
The sew-along patterns start very easy and get a little harder, but should be do-able by even beginning sewers. At the beginning, I want you to be able to focus on technique, not worry about how complicated pattern pieces fit together. Your incentive for finishing the sew-along is a free pattern for an outfit that will put all your new sewing-with-knits knowledge to work and will only be available to participants that complete at least 4 of the 5 weeks! More details to follow…
These patterns have been sized for AG/Maplelea. This week an untested version for Sasha and 14″ dolls is also included, but I can’t promise that for every week, so if you have an AG/Maplelea, I’d suggest you use her as your model.
Last year, to keep you accountable, you had to submit a pic each week and email me to get the following week’s pattern. It took FOREVER to compile each week’s list – time better spent sewing or enjoying your photos, in my opinion. 🙂 So this year, I’ll post each pattern on Thursday as usual, and then take it down over the weekend. You’re responsible for downloading, sewing, then putting it in the group here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/summersewalong/. At the end, you’ll just need to submit one form with a link to your pix to receive the free pattern.