Join Me?

EDIT:  I’m giving away a $50.00 shopping spree to to kick off this challenge!  Enter here!

Join me in the Pattern Challenge!!!

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I’d love to have anyone who is interested in stretching their skills with apparel construction to join me in these efforts!  It’s simple:

1.  Choose your goals  (ex. To sew 4 garments before your next vacation, or to sew 1 swimsuit before summer, etc.)

-Make your goal(s) attainable and realistic for your personal life.
-Not interested in sewing clothes for yourself?  That’s OK!  Make your goal to sew clothes for your children, or your husband, anything goes!

2.  Put it in writing!

-Blog about your goals, or if you don’t have a blog, get it in writing.  You’re more likely to challenge yourself if you have someone to keep you accountable.

3.  Grab the “Pattern Challenge” button and Join our Flickr group.

-Post on your blog’s sidebar to get the word out!  Post about this on Facebook!  Tell your friends!
Send me an email if you are participating, and I will add a link to your blog to my sidebar of participants.

Copy the following code:

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4.  Blog about your finished garments and categorize/tag them as “Pattern Challenge” .  In addition to this, you can post them to our Flickr group.  Be sure to add a note to your picture with a link to the blog post that describes the garment, if there is one.

-Title your blog post according to the sewing pattern name, and include “Pattern Challenge.”  For example, my first pattern was Burda 7550, so I’ve titled my first post, “Pattern Challenge:  Burda 7550.”  This will help when others are searching for pattern reviews.
-How awesome would it be if someday we had a whole pattern library from these posts?  My mind is spinning!  Please, feel free to offer suggestions!

My vision for this project is that in just a short amount of time we will have a virtual pattern library full of our reviews and photos of finished garments. We will also stretch ourselves to learn more about garment construction and we will have a way to share in the joys (and sometimes terrors!) of sewing clothes!

Please consider joining with me if you have any inkling of a desire to sew more clothes!


34 Responses

  1. Great idea, Sarah! I might join the fun after I finish my quilts.

  2. I’m in! I don’t know how to join the Flickr group though…

  3. Hi Sarah – thanks for your email. I’ll just have to check with the calendar and see if I might join and let my readers know about it – it’s a great idea! 🙂 I’ll get back to you on this!

  4. I’m thinking about it!

  5. I’m so up for this! I’m totally in, my challenge is to sew one garment a month.

  6. […] instead I’ve joined in Sarah’s Pattern Challenge with the intention of making my own dress! (What’s a second addition to my to-do list!) […]

  7. I’m in.

    Sounds like a great plan and I already do projects like this on my blog anyway. I’ll kick it up a notch and try something really technical for myself — maybe a pair of pants!

  8. This is a great idea! I’m looking forward to making some summer dresses!

  9. I’m in too! Simplicity 2725. Thanks!

  10. This is great. I have many patterns I need to make for summer. I am having a problem getting the badge though. I have a wordpress blog but can’t seem to make it work with your badge. Do I use the text widget?

    • Hey! Yes, I used the Text widget and I updated the code on the “Join Me” page, so hopefully that will work now! I will also email it to you.

  11. […] I came across as “sew-along” type group in the Sew, Mama, Sew Forum today. It is called “Pattern Challenge” and is being hosted by […]

  12. I was linked here from another blog – I’m definitely joining soon! I should have plenty of free time coming up and goodness do I have enough patterns!

  13. I would love to join, for some reason I cant email u from the computer I am on right now I will try to email u later from home…
    I am very new to sewing but excited to get some goals set and some experience ….

  14. […] a Comment Tags: goal, pattern challenge Sarah of Come and See the Seitz is hosting a “Pattern Challenge” where she is challenging herself (and you!) to make more clothes. Her hopes are to have a […]

  15. Love this idea! I’ll definitely join in!

  16. […] February 15, 2010 With all those still unused sewing patterns lying around, I just had to join the Pattern Challenge over at Come And See The Seitz. […]

  17. […] with that, as I pledged to sew at least one garment a month, I am also joining the pattern challenge hosted by Sarah […]

  18. […] Pattern Challenge Goal 1. Published February 18, 2010 Stuff Leave a Comment I’ve already mentioned my goal to make myself a party dress for the beginning of May. But I figured I could squeeze another clothing project in between then and now. (Oh, so ambitious!) Besides I got myself a Japanese Beginner Dress and Tunic book back in December and have yet to make anything from it. However, I am a bit worried. I have already cut the fabric pieces and they look…small. I forgot that a Japanese Large is not a US Large. So I am going to go ahead sewing it up and hope it fits. *fingers crossed* If it doesn’t fit at all, guess who will get a chance to win it! Yes! You! I’ll be using a vintage cotton/poly fabric I received from a family member back in December. To join the Pattern Challenge, head over to Sarah’s blog. […]

  19. Hi Sarah,

    I’ve just found your blog and found this challenge and I would love to join in! Is it too late??!!!!
    And is there a time limit to complete the challenge?!

    Hope I can join in too,
    Suzie 🙂

  20. […] | Tags: baby hat, cap, hat, pattern challenge, sewing, Sweet Pea Pilot Cap I am joining the Pattern Challenge over at Come and See the Seitz and my first goal is to craft the Sweet Pea Pilot Cap for a few of my friends with little squirts […]

  21. I want to join. I can’t get your button to work on my blog.

  22. […] beginner dress and tunic book, pattern challenge, Sewing I’ve officially finished my first Pattern Challenge goal! Remember how I said I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t fit? Well, it fits! It might even […]

  23. Ok, I’m slow to tell you this, but I’m joining the challenge!

  24. […] 11, 2010 Ive decided to join Sarah Seitz in her sewing challange ( in an effort to use up some of my sewing stack, and get on to the projects that keep getting […]

  25. YAY.. I am SO in..

  26. […] 16, 2010 Over the weekend I finally had the chance to finish the first of my Pattern Challenge projects. I chose the Cabo Halter pattern from Amy Butler to get the challenge […]

  27. […] while, and there are so many things I want to make. I actually wanted to take part in Sarah’s Pattern Challenge, but I haven’t had the time or energy to make concrete goals for myself, so I’ll just […]

  28. […] Sarah’s Pattern Challenge […]

  29. SUPER late, I know. But I just stumbled upon this and thought it looked like a lot of fun! So I’d love to join if it’s not too late! 🙂

  30. […] I know I’ve talked about my adventures with this pattern but here is my official Pattern Challenge Review. (Check out the other entries here and […]

  31. Have you ever considered about adding a little bit more than just your articles?

    I mean, what you say is important and everything.

    But think of if you added some great visuals or videos to give your posts more,
    “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and videos, this website could definitely
    be one of the very best in its field. Fantastic blog!

  32. Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thanks, However I
    am experiencing problems with your RSS. I don’t know why I cannot join it.
    Is there anybody having identical RSS problems? Anyone that knows the answer will you kindly respond?

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