Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mississippi Avenue Top and Ultimate Trousers - Sew Indie Month Pattern Bundle

Guess what is coming?  I will just tell you, September is Sew Indie Month, celebrating all the great Indie patterns out there.  What is Sew Indie Month?  It is a month long celebration, of indie sewing patterns where designers collaborate to bring you fun blog posts and informative tutorials.    It's accompanied by a sewalong contest with fantastic prizes. Since the patterns in the SIM Bundle 1 are mostly wovens, this sale gives you time to make muslins before the contest begins in September while supporting small women-owned businesses and raising money for charity.


 This year the Sewing Indie Month HQ will be Sew Independent, which Mari from Seamster Sewing Patterns took over from Donna, who decided to step back from the site. You can buy the bundle and keep up to date with the latest SIM news on 
Sew Independent
Girls in the Garden - Ultimate Trousers and Mississippi Avenue Top for SIM Bundle 1 celebrating Sew Indie Month



To get everyone ready for SIM, Maria has put together 10 pdf patterns in a bundle but the catch is they are only on sale through today, August 12th.  So hurry over to purchase the SIM Bundle 1!  Not only do you get 10 great patterns but you are helping The International Folk Art Alliance, which provides education and exhibition opportunities to folk artists from around the world. Just a few examples of what the International Folk Art Alliance has been able to accomplish by helping artists create stable, year-round livelihoods includes helping shelter women from domestic violence in Ecuador, building a school for children in Pakistan, empowering women in repressive cultures around the world, and feeding villages in Niger.  


How are you helping?  Well, 20% of bundle proceeds will be donated to the The International Folk Art Alliance.

Let's talk a bit about the pattern specifics in 
Sewing Indie Month Bundle 1
New Patterns:
The Saltbox by Blueprints for Sewing and Sorrel Dress & Top by Seamster Sewing Patterns are brand new patterns that are being released with the bundle. During the sale you can only buy them as part of the bundle. 

You might notice from the first graphic the pricing is tiered and here is the details.....
Pay what you want for the bundle! The more you pay, the more rewards you'll receive. 
  • Pay $25 or more to get the Sutton Blouse, Cressida Skirt, Sugar Plum Dress, Mississippi Ave Dress & Top, and the Ultimate Trousers.
  • Pay $32 or more to get the Cookie Blouson and Bonnell Dress.
  • Pay $38 or more to get the Melissa Dress, Blouse & Skirt, the NEW Saltbox Top, and the NEW Sorrel Dress & Top.
  • The 10 people who spend the most will get printed copy shop versions of the patterns mailed to them as a free bonus.
Mari very kindly asked me to be part of the blog tour for this 
Sew Indie Month Bundle 1
and I went with the 
Ultimate Trousers  by Sew Over It 
and the
 Mississippi Avenue Top by Seven House Seven
Girls in the Garden - Ultimate Trousers and Mississippi Avenue Top for SIM Bundle 1 celebrating Sew Indie Month
I knew right away what two garments I wanted to make, the Ultimate Trousers and the Mississippi Avenue Top would make a great combination.  
The trousers are a slim cut, which I made a bit slimmer in the legs for a fitted ankle length pant.  As always, the fabric choice plays a very important part in fit.  My muslin was with a cotton twill but my pants in today's post are from a Mood Fabrics' stretch cotton.  I went down a size with the stretch in mind.  I love my new pants.   I did add 1" to the length and note the waistline is 2" below the navel.  I will lengthen the rise on my next pair.
Girls in the Garden - Ultimate Trousers and Mississippi Avenue Top for SIM Bundle 1 celebrating Sew Indie Month
Now for the top half of my outfit, the Mississippi Avenue Top made from a 
 Imagine Gnats' double gauze.  I knew the geometric print was going to be my pants and I wanted a black for the top.  The  description of the fabric talks about the beautiful drape and the fabric recommendations for the top states..

It can have a vintage look to it when sewn in a fabric such as rayon challis or something with some drape to it.  It can have a more modern look to it when sewn in a crisp linen or cotton.

Girls in the Garden - Ultimate Trousers and Mississippi Avenue Top for SIM Bundle 1 celebrating Sew Indie Month

Double Gauze is a bit thicker so I used some purchased bias binding to finish the arms and neckline. I I love this Mississippi Top so much, that I just need to hem a dress from this same pattern.  The neckline, fit and front panel all combine for such a fabulous look.  My only adjustment was to lengthen the bodice above the waist by 1".    I did omit the ties at the shoulders and do like this look, once again the thickness of my fabric was the consideration for the change. 

Girls in the Garden - Ultimate Trousers and Mississippi Avenue Top for SIM Bundle 1 celebrating Sew Indie Month


Don't forget to head over to purchase your bundle before the day ends, you will love all the patterns.  Check out the other participating bloggers to see the fabulous garments made from the patterns

My tip for the day.... On fabrics that are hard to tell right/wrong side, for example my double gauze.  I write on the pattern instruction sheet if it is RST or WST, using  a pen that disappears with heat (iron touches it).  I really like this especially when I start a project and don't get back to it for a few days.  Saves time and frustration!

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12 comments:

  1. They look great on you!

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    1. Thanks, Stacy, if you make the trousers, the legs need slimming.

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  2. Thanks for all your tips & info. Is the red print the same print you used for a blue skirt earlier this summer ? You have the best eye for color - maybe that's why your garden is also so amazing !!!

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    1. Thanks, Mary Ellen, not it isn't that same print. This red print is actually little circles. I love my color!

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  3. Really like to cut of the trousers. I had to cut two sleeves out the other day for a top I was making because I made to right sleeves so I will be marking the RST next time!

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    1. The trousers have a good shape. I have done that so many times with the right/wrong side, I had to come up with a solution.

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  4. Both came out really well! I like the whole look.

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    1. Thank you, Susan, so do I!

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  5. You look gorgeous in those pieces. Perfect fit and perfect fabrics. Too bad I'm not buying any more patterns plus I don't have a printer anymore which makes not buying patterns easier. I would make that outfit, too!

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    1. Justine, that does make it though without a printer. Good luck on your pattern no buying.

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  6. Lovely outfit and looks great on you.

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    1. Thanks, Sheila, I do really like this one.

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