|Feature Fridays - Entering a Contest||By AlexisW on 1/23/15 3:47 PM
Contests on PatternReview are a great way to get motivated for the New Year! Not only do you get a chance to win prizes, but you’ll also get the satisfaction of creating a brand new garment. It’s all about having fun and feeling accomplished about your work. With that in mind, we’ve introduced an honorary third prize to a randomly selected contestant this year.
Ready to sign up for a contest? Simply click the Join button and read over the contest Summary and Rules before you enter.
Now for the fun part! Our Official Contest Forum is where you can discuss your questions with the Contest Manager and get cheered on by your fellow contestants.
Follow the works in progress by your peers on the Contest Report page. Here you can view the yardage used, items made, and total points (for non-voting contests).
Once you've completed your project and you're ready to enter it, first write a new pattern review.
After you've added your new review, go to the Enter Items page. Choose your contest and it will load the project entry form for you. Select your pattern company and review entry, then add it to the Contest Report.
Your entry will appear in both the Contest Report and Contest Gallery, alongside all of the other submissions. At the conclusion of the contest, all voting will be done on the Contest Gallery page.
Want to see what’s in store for 2015? Let’s take a look at all of the contests we’ll be running this year...
Join the fun and enter a contest today!
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|New Indie Designer Patterns||By AlexisW on 1/22/15 12:21 PM
We’re always on the lookout for the next best thing from indie designers and Sewaholic Patterns and Grainline Studio’s new releases don’t disappoint!
It’s pretty cold here in New England and Grainline Studio’s new Cascade Duffle Coat looks like it’ll be warm and toasty in a heavy-weight wool. While the front toggle closures add nice detailing, it’s the hidden zipper that will keep you bundled against the winter chill. Intended for advanced sewers, techniques involved for the Cascade Duffle Coat include inserting a lining, attaching a collar or hood, and setting sleeves. Create your perfect winter coat by choosing from two different length variations and an interchangeable hood or collar to suit your taste.
Make this today! The Cascade Duffle Coat is now on PR as an instant digital download.
Sewaholic Patterns' new Granville Shirt has all of the thoughtful details to become a fan favorite. This button-down collard shirt has a fitted yet flattering shape, designed to complement the curvy female figure. For more interest, add optional front pockets with flaps to solid-colored fabric. Refashioned from traditional menswear, the Granville Shirt is a classic staple for both business and casual wear.
PR member Jstarr4250 has sewn up a beautiful example of this clean and crisp design. Jstarr4250 says, “After sewing fuzzy fabrics and knits for the last few months it was a true pleasure to be sewing and ironing smooth crisp linen. Once this shirt becomes popular around the blogosphere (which it undoubtedly will) there are sure to be sewalongs and tutorials galore.” Read Jstarr4250’s complete review here.
A little more feminine and sleek is Sewaholic Patterns’ new Oakridge Blouse. We love the effortless elegance of the classic bow blouse. If you’d prefer a modern take on this style, the Oakridge Blouse spices it up with a bias bow collar with options for contrast fabric. Or, choose the collarless alternative in a drape fabric such as silk charmeuse for an upscale look.
Both the Granville Shirt and Oakridge Blouse are now available in sizes up to 20. Learn more details here.
Have you sewn these up? Tell us what you think!
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|PR Weekend Los Angeles - April 24th-26th Registration is OPEN||By Deepika on 1/19/15 1:41 PM
13th Annual PR Weekend - Los Angeles, California April 24th-26th
See highlights from last year's event
Headquarters of PR Weekend will be the Hotel Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles. This is a historic property built as a YWCA in 1926, converted to a hotel in 1930. The hotel is decorated in a Moroccan theme harking back to a bygone era. The hotel features plenty of public space on the first floor so there will be ample opportunity to enjoy a beverage and hang out with your PR friends. We will be ideally located across the street from LA Live and a short 4 block walk from FIDM so you can visit the Scholarship Store and the Museum.
Thursday, April 23rd -Pick up your program booklets, ID badges and make connections! Optional group dinners will be planned (TBD)
Friday, April 24th
Shopping day! Board a bus and explore a wonderland of fabrics. We will be running buses from the hotel to Mood Fabrics, The Fabric Store and to the downtown shopping district with more fabric stores than you can count. Your program will include a write up on members favorite stores in the district as well as listing the specialties of many stores.
Friday night – You don't want to mis this! Bernina is sponsoring a fun evening of show and tell (to share your favorite fabric purchase of the day), there will be a table for pattern adoptions, Bernina will be demonstrating their newest machines and there is plenty of space to move around and visit with all the other participants. We will be serving hors D’oeuvres with a cash bar.
Saturday, April 25th – Interactive Fit Seminar with Lynda Maynard
Renowned fit expert and author of Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques, in her all day seminar Lynda will fit upto 4 garments (time permitting) on our live fit models. She will start with an A-Line Skirt, moving on to the Sheath, Pants and a Jacket! 4 volunteers will bring their pre-sewn muslins to the seminar and Lynda will show us how to fit them right there. She will then demonstrate how to transfer the alteration on the pattern pieces. During lunch break, we will have practice workstations so people can try those alterations on half-scale patterns. Lynda will be available to answer questions during this time.
Saturday Night - Group Dinner at a local restaurant.
Sunday, April 26th (optional)
Plans for Sunday will be on your own but the program will include options for bunch and other things to do in downtown LA. If you haven’t bought enough fabric, most of the stores in the garment district will be open for business.
Ready to Party?
PR Weekend Registration - $150 (Non-refundable) If for some reason you cannot attend, you can transfer your registration to another member.
Registration will cover
1. Guided fabric shopping and transportation to Mood Fabrics and LA Garment District.
2. Friday night reception with hors D’oeuvres (cash bar)
3. Transportation to fabric stores
4. Interactive Fit Seminar with Lynda Maynard on Saturday
5. Saturday night group dinner
6. Information Packet and Souvenirs
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|Feature Fridays - Store Search||By AlexisW on 1/16/15 12:23 PM
Whether you’re exploring your own backyard or traveling to a new place, a great way to discover hidden gems in your area is by searching our store reviews.
Find new-to-you brick and mortar fabric and sewing shops by simply entering your zip code and the distance you’d like to travel. Press the search button and you'll see what our members have to say!
Try out the store search feature here!
Want to rave about a shop near you? Add a new store review to share your experience.
Add Store Review
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|Sew your own Activewear||By Deepika on 1/15/15 2:59 PM
New Year, New Beginnings.. New Resolutions :)
Sewing world or not, one goal which is common amongst us all is to incorporate some form of exercise in our routine.
So you've set yourself a goal of getting fit this year (raising hand here). Great! Now what? Well you have the option of spending an insufferable day and exorbitant amount of money at the store. But since you’re smarter and you have some pretty nifty skills (go you!) you can make your own snazzy workout wear.
Want to do it? Our Activewear Contest starts today!
To get you started I thought I’d gather up some resources for you.
You need a pattern of course. Well most of us do. Not all of us can design and draft our own active wear like Melissa of Fehr Trade. (See her line of activewear patterns). Melissa gives great advice on Activewear Fabrics in the new Seamwork Magazine by Colette Patterns.
Her XYT Workout Top has gotten rave reviews from members.
Another indie company – Jalie Patterns has tons of active and dancewear patterns. One of the coolest thing about Jalie patterns is that they have a REALLY wide range of sizes all in one pattern. From a 3 year old to an Adult. Now that’s really awesome.
Check out 2796 for awesome running skorts.
Pair it with 2563 and you have yourself an outfit.
3247 Crop tops and shorts are a blank slate for your imagination.
Into Yoga and Pilates? 3022 is a great option.
Kwik Sew 3988 is also a nice pattern for yoga pants. This one has a crotch gusset.
And of course we can’t forget kwik Sew 3115 which has been a widely popular pattern for a number of years.
Want more patterns? Click here to see the entire range of activewear patterns on PatternReview.
Some Tips which might be helpful while sewing activewear
Heat Sealing Tape on Outerwear
Adding a Shelf Bra
Adding Bra Cups
Inserting a Zipper into Stretch Fabric
Perfect Swimsuit and Underwear Leg Elastic
Using Clear Elastic to Stabilize Necklines
Want more inspiration for your own gear?
Read member reviews
Need to find fabric for your activewear?
Melissa of Fehr Trade has a long list of global fabric suppliers on her site.
What are you waiting for? The Activewear Contest starts today! Read Rules and Join Now
You would win a gift certificate to Mood Fabrics (Activewear Sponsor)
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|Member in Focus: Lynnelle||By AlexisW on 1/12/15 3:27 PM
Member Since: 2007
PR Name: Lynnelle
Birthday: August 8th
How did you learn to sew?
"I learned to sew by taking a class at a small fabric store while living in Brooklyn, NY. Having vowed never to touch a sewing machine again after that class, something in me said to try again. I bought a sewing machine and haven't looked back!"
What aspect of sewing do you find most challenging?
"Like many people, I find fitting the most challenging aspect of sewing. Since most patterns are not drafted for my short and curvy body, I have to make adjustments almost every time."
Which sewing book do you refer to most often?
"Does Google count? I don't have a single book that I refer to most. I try to hit up as many resources as possible to find answers to my questions."
What are your sewing goals for this year?
"I want to make a full-length winter coat complete with interlining and lining and to finally sit down and make a bra. The bra situation is bordering on critical again and I loathe shopping for bras."
What are you sewing right now?
"Right now, I am working on a fourth version of New Look 6407 (button-front blouse). The first version went well and I love wearing it. The second and third versions? Not so much."
What’s your favorite pattern?
"Aww, just one? In terms of most made and most worn, my favorite pattern has to be Jalie 2908. To date, I've made this pattern twelve times! I don't think I will ever buy another pair of jeans again. J2908 fits so well and is my go-to when the sewjo needs boosting."
What you love most about PatternReview?
"I love the pattern reviews the most. I find the information that people generously provide to be extremely helpful. PR is the first place I check when I'm considering sewing a pattern."
Any other favorite hobbies?
"I love to make pottery on the wheel, travel, and roller skate (not derby!)."
Tell us a little more about you – profession, where you live, etc.
"I am a mathematics teacher and I live in Michigan. Whether school is in or out, I try to stay busy all of the time!"
Thank you for sharing with us, Lynnelle!
See more reviews by Lynnelle in the gallery.
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|Feature Fridays - Daily Digest||By AlexisW on 1/9/15 11:43 AM
There’s lots of information on PatternReview and we know it’s sometimes hard to keep up! Especially if you’re new to PR, we’d like to introduce you to all of the tips and tools the site has to offer. On Fridays, we’ll highlight a few of the fun features that you may have missed.
One of our member’s favorite features is the Daily Digest. You will receive an email each morning with all of the previous day’s reviews, blog posts, and forum topics. The Daily Digest keeps you up to date on all the recent activity on PR, perfect for busy bees on the go. Here’s a peek at one of our latest digests…
If you’d like to start receiving the Daily Digest, you can do so anytime by updating your account settings in the Notifications Center.
You will also need to be a Friends of PR member to sign up for this feature. Learn more about the benefits of the FoPR membership here.
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|Famous Frocks Book Review & Giveaway||By AlexisW on 1/8/15 12:21 PM
If you can't get enough of the timeless fashion icons of history, Dolin O’Shea’s Famous Frocks: The Little Black Dress will fit right in your bookshelf. Drawing from the likes of Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn, patternmaker Dolin O’Shea refashions the little black dresses throughout the decades into chic, modern versions.
Famous Frocks begins with a general refresher of common terms and techniques that you’ll encounter as you make your way through this pattern book. For confident beginners, this will be a valuable cheat sheet to brush up on your skills. Before starting your project, Dolin explains the tools you’ll need along with the basic methods of pattern tracing and muslin mock-ups.
A sewing book at heart, Famous Frocks gets straight to the good stuff with 10 complete paper patterns with variations to create 20 unique dresses, perfect for immediate to advanced sewers.
Learn to sew contemporary reinventions of Ava Gardner’s ‘40s halter dress, Grace Kelly’s ‘50s pencil skirt, and Mary Quant’s ‘60s mod mini. These sophisticated frocks have got you covered from business to cocktail hour.
Each chapter opens with fascinating tidbits of how these famous women defined the style of their generation. Shown side by side are the original and contemporary interpretations, using both vintage photographs and modern full-color examples of the finished garments.
Fitted for a wide range of sizes from extra small to extra large, Dolin’s reinvented little black dresses are designed for the curvy modern figure.
Famous Frocks is wonderfully presented with a clean, minimalistic look. With straight-forward instructions for the more experienced sewer, this pattern book would make a great gift for a sewing friend. You’ll get miles of style from a bygone era with Dolin O’Shea’s Famous Frocks.
One lucky PatternReview member has the chance to win a copy of Famous Frocks!
To enter, simply post a comment below telling us who is your favorite fashion icon of history.
Book Giveaway closed Midnight EST on Sunday, January 11th.
1. Have a picture for your PR icon (add one here!)
2. Be a member on PR for at least 1 month
Missed out on the giveaway? Dolin O’Shea’s Famous Frocks: The Little Black Dress is available now on Amazon.com.
Update 1/12 - Congratulations, dinagideon! You've won the book giveaway!
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|Sewing Machines - Review Highlights||By AlexisW on 1/6/15 12:19 PM
Looking for a sewing machine store near you? See our recent store reviews for overall ratings, member experiences, and locations. You'll learn more about the ins and outs of local shops and chain stores to help you on your search.
Juki MO-654DE Serger
Mariajw on the Juki MO-654DE
“Before we begin, I think I can tell you 3 things about me that will help a great deal in review of this serger. 1) I had never touched a serger before this one arrived on my doorstep. 2.) I was already in love with my Juki HZL G210 for a couple of months, which sealed the deal on which brand to try. 3.) Watching that rascal Darlene Cahill on HSN convinced me I would never reach my potential without having a serger in my sewing room (really she seems to be a total *ahem!-enabler* sweetheart).”
Learn more about this machine from Mariajw.
Janome S5 Skyline Sewing Machine
EastwoodFan on the Janome S5 Skyline
“Most definitely I recommend this machine. See the website and Youtube, as well as online reviews by people who have tested this machine. It has a lot of great features that I cannot even begin to list here. The machine also has a nice storage compartment built in. Easy access lever to drop the feed dogs. Great lighting too. And the throat place is easy to remove. There's a lever for that. You don't use a funky screwdriver. Also FYI, some quilters like to get one of those acrylic extension tables to expand their work surface. I feel, at least at this point, that I won't bother, since this machine has a large workspace to the left and the right of the needle. I sew garments as well as quilting. I think this machine meets both of those needs.”
Read EastwoodFan's complete review on PR.
Browse more member reviews.
Discuss your machine by posting a new review!
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|Sewing for Children Contest Voting||By AlexisW on 1/5/15 2:26 PM
Our last contest of 2014, the Sewing for Children Contest asked members to create baby and children’s garments (under age 12). Since there was no limit to the number of entries, participants were allowed to submit multiple garments as one outfit entry or as individual entries. Contestants sewed up a variety of clothing including dresses, costumes, and pajamas. Accessories, such as bibs and coordinating doll outfits, could be included as long as they enhanced the garment and were not a standalone entry. Review the Contest Gallery to see all of the participant submissions and vote today!
When voting, take into consideration the quality of construction and how well the entry meets the guidelines. Voters should be reviewing the submissions that best fit the spirit of the contest. Read the complete list of rules here. Winners will be chosen through an open vote to members of PR, so make yours count!
Voting for the Sewing for Children Contest will close on January 9, 2015 Midnight EST.
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|Contests in the New Year||By Deepika on 1/2/15 1:43 PM
Happy New Year everyone! What a great year we had for contests!
Thanks for participating, volunteering and for all your feedback. The contest committee and I have been analyzing the results of the voting and based on your votes and feedback we have picked these 18 contests which will be run this year. In this year's lineup we have something for everyone. Stash contest this year will be run with some twists (more details later). The Sew Small is a new contest this year which I am really looking forward too. We've also added a Sweater knit contest seeing the popularity of this fabric. And for our inspiration contest this year we're going to run an Inspired by Books contest which will be really cool!
We know how much you loved the Sewing Bee. We've moved it up to September this year which is also the National Sewing Month.
And now lets take a look at the contests shall we?
If you volunteered to manage a contest in the poll, we will be contacting you soon to assign a contest. OR if you want, you can simply post here with the contest of your choice.
We know that prizes are always nice but we also feel that the sew-along aspect of the contests we run on PatternReview is itself a lot of fun and the finished garment is also a reward! With that in mind we will also add an honorary prize for most of the contest. We haven't decided what it will be but we will keep you posted.
The contest gallery has been updated based on your feedback. It now looks exactly like that review gallery.
You provided excellent feedback throughout the year and we know how important contests are to you (and to us as well). We will be making changes throughout the year to make them even more fun and easy to use.
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