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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.

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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!


Pattern Challenge: Burda 7550

I’m on a major apparels kick, and I bought 4 new patterns on Friday.  I’m challenging myself to sew each of the new patterns in the next couple of months (leading up to my trip to Europe!).  I’ll blog about them here, which will hopefully keep me accountable.

Update:  CONSIDER JOINING ME!!!  See this post for details:

Here are the 4 patterns I’m working with:

  1. Burda shorts (finished as of this weekend, see below!!) 
  2. Cute jersey dress (complete, see this post!!)
  3. Super fancy and chic skirt
  4. Simple shirt (recommended highly by Amy Karol).

(on the off-chance that I finish all of these before my Europe trip, I also want to try this one)

The first of my finished patterns was Burda 7550:

I’ve never made anything this tailored/structured before, and it was so much fun to work through.  The pattern was a really good intro to making pants.  Also, the next time I try this pattern (I’m already thinking about making another pair out of a nice cotton/linen blend) I will add some pockets.  I like that added barrier of fabric to separate the world from my backside :).  What else….the zipper part was super scary.  I was SO confused when looking at the pattern about how this was going to work out, but it turned out beautifully!  The fabric perfectly covers the zipper and it stays put when zipped up.  My main advice to those trying this pattern:  don’t over think it.  The instructions seem way simpler than they should be, but it really is simple!

You’ll notice that I haven’t made the button-hole or added to button closure yet.  That’s because of two reasons:  I hate making buttonholes.  I suck at making buttonholes.  Anyone else share my pain?  The second reason is because I need to get some of these jeans snaps.  I’m hoping Joann’s carries them so I don’t have to order a million….I highly doubt I’ll be making 12 pairs of denim shorts/jeans….but, who knows?!

Stick with me to see my progress and to find out if my European wardrobe turns out exactly how I imagine!

Quick question:  Would it interest you to see how these actually fit/look on a human?  Or are you just more interested in seeing how the finished garments turn out?  Let me know in the comments!