Friday, December 28, 2018

Sew Twists and Ties: A Sewing Challenge

I've put together a little sewing challenge!



I was looking at some of my recent pattern purchases (McCall's 7429Trend Patterns Twist Dress and Papercut Patterns Meridian Dress, for example) and realizing that I had a real theme going... lots of patterns that have interesting twists, ties, or knots incorporated into the garment as an eye-catching design detail! I've really been drawn to these simple, but dramatic details, apparently.

With this theme in mind, I decided, on a whim, to organize a little twist and tie focused sewing challenge! This will be a pretty casual and flexible sewing challenge...

Sew Twists and Ties


Dates: January and February, 2019

Challenge: Sew up a pattern that incorporates a twist, knot or tie of some sort and share it with the sewing community!

Hashtag: #sewtwistsandties

Honestly, I'm mostly organizing the challenge to motivate myself to sew up some of my twist and tie patterns. Between now and the end of February, I'm going to sew up several patterns with a twist or tie incorporated into them, and I hope you'll try one, too!



Here on the blog I'll post some inspiration throughout the challenge in the form of pattern round-ups and projects from the sewing community that fit the theme. 

I'll also have some of my own finished projects as well as a few twist-sewing resources like tutorials and videos. There will be a giveaway or two throughout the challenge, so keep your eyes peeled!

Please join in the fun and sew up some twists and ties yourself! Do you have any projects that fit this theme already on your sewing list? On Instagram we can share WIPs and finished projects using the hashtag #sewtwistsandties... hope to see you there!

36 comments:

  1. I can’t wait! I have a number of patterns that will fit the bill!

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    1. Awesome! I can't wait to see what you make!

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  2. Heck yes! I have a Charlie Caftan (ties!) sitting in my closet already cut out but not sewn up. I also keep meaning to make a version of Kate Middleton's engagement dress....since she got engaged. This challenge is perfect - thanks for sponsoring it!

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    1. Hooray! Glad it fits with your sewing plans and maybe will give you a push to sew up something you'd been meaning to make. Can't wait to see it!

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  3. Great idea. Is there a pattern for the dress in the bottom RH corner of your graphic?

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    1. Thanks! Hmmm... bottom right of the image with the word overlay is a Burdastyle pattern. Bottom right of the second image is the tunic thing from Simplicity 8141, I believe: https://www.simplicity.com/simplicity-storefront-catalog/patterns/women/tops--vests/simplicity-pattern-8141-plus-size-knit-tunics-and-mini-dress/

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    2. Thank you! it was the Simplicity one. :-)

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  4. Oh I'm so in on this! Twist pattern is my middle name. Lol! Now please hurry up and tell us what patterns are in that graphic because I NEED at least 5 of them!!

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    1. Yes! I'd be honored to have you join in! As I was thinking about doing the challenge, I was admiring your two-piece faux dress made with the Nottingham Top. So cute!

      Pattern round-up coming soon! ;-)

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  5. Looking good! I don't/can't do Instagram but if I get round to it, will share here and maybe you could do the honours?

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    1. Sure! Feel free to email me a photo- I'll likely do a round-up of some sort at some point (how's that for specifics?). Glad you're thinking of joining in!

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  6. Sounds good -- I was just noticing the same trend in my pattern stash so will be joining in as well :)

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    1. Awesome! There are so many good patterns out there right now that fit the bill. Can't wait to see what you make!

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  7. Oh fun! I've got another version of the Pembroke dress in progress, and I've got a couple of "twist" patterns that I was hoping to sew up sooner rather than later!

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    1. Awesome! I hope this sparks you to sew them up! I was looking for your Hot Patterns pretzel sweatshirt on Instagram or your blog to link to, but remembered I had only seen it in the HP FB group. You should post it!

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  8. I am so with you on this trend!! I have been noticing all the twists and ties, and I do have a few patterns in my stash already. I hope to join in February!

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    1. Yes! Very on trend, apparently, which is not something I can normally say for my sewing ;-)

      Glad you're considering joining in!

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  9. Twist party! I recognize a few of your patterns and am curious about the rest!

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    1. Yes! Can't wait to see what you make! Pattern round-up coming sooN!

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  10. Butterick had a lovely maternity twist dress pattern, which, sadly, is out of print. I made it in royal blue, and again in a burgundy. Really glad I bought that one.
    Kind of enjoy your pattern round-ups, looking forward to it!
    My blue eyed baby boy is almost 5 months now, and gets a lot of attention here, as you can imagine :-)
    Mary in Thailand

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    1. Sounds like a great pattern, Mary! Hope you and the family are doing well - congrats on baby boy!

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  11. This is a terrific idea! Looking forward to reading more and possibly, to participating. Wonderful way to start a new year.

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    1. Thanks! I hope something catches your eye and you join in! :-)

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  12. I love the design elements of the twist and tie, and have already sewn several. I’ll definitely join in! FUN!

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  13. I saw this on IG; I will sew along too!

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  14. Oh, count me in! I love this idea - and it's a great way to set sewing goals for the beginning of 2019!

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  15. This sounds perfect and I have a couple of patterns in my stash, let alone BWOF issues.

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    1. Excellent! It will feel good to use stash patterns! Looking forward to seeing what you make!

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  16. Great idea, Meg! You had me at twists and ties -- love those as design details. I'll definitely try to take part in the challenge.

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    1. Fabulous! So glad you're taking part. Looking forward to seeing what you make!

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  17. I'm very interested in your challenge as well and I have a dress and skirt pattern in mine. I'll be posting my process and final makes using your hashtag.

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  18. This is great because this year I am trying to learn new skills. I have a few patterns that would fit this challenge that I haven't had the courage to try yet so this is perfect motivation for me.

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  19. Sweet! There's so many cool twist patterns out there. I just finished up one for my FM Feb post in golden stretch suede. It'll be fun to see what styles people find!

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