July-August: FREE
Jul
1
to Aug 31

July-August: FREE

When I first suggested a free for all as a theme, Jen laughed at me and said I was spiraling. And then I explained that the idea was simply to show use free patterns. There's loads out there and many are great! Maybe you have a favorite that has become a tried and true. Maybe it's time to try some new ones. Maybe you've already downloaded or even printed them out. Sew them! Share them. We love being sewcial with you.

I've got a couple of suggestions to get you started if you need a jumping off point (because pinterest is bananas anymore and I'm not going to suggest you go down that broken rabbit hole)-

Peppermint Sewing School

A peplum, wide leg pants, a boxy top (first on my list), a jumpsuit AND MANY MORE. All free.

#peppermintsewingschool

Sew Loft

You'll find a whole collection of free patterns in the Dropbox album linked in the post! I've only tried Diana (I don't even like spaghetti straps but I'm gonna make a not-an-Ogden-cami anyway), but there's plenty of free sewing opportunities here. (Thanks, Gwyn, for finding this treasure trove.)

Upcraft Club

Over a dozen simple freebies here.

Facebook

After I started this post, Gwyn also shared Robynne's "Complete list of almost free patterns." The list is now maintained on her blog and it's a pretty comprehensive list of the patterns offered by indie designers for free in exchange for joining their facebook group.

I hope you enjoy your summer, folks! Hopefully you can splurge on extra fabric since you've saved some dollars by working with free patterns. :) 

Edited to add-

LA Finch Fabrics has generously offered to sponsor this session!

Be sure to use the #letssewthistogether hashtag on Instagram between July 1st and August 31st, 2018 when sharing your makes to be entered. 

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June: Florals
Jun
1
to Jun 30

June: Florals

They say May showers bring June flowers, right?

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Sew any floral fabric with us in June. Bonus points* for Les Fleurs.

*Bonus points redeemable for my love and admiration.

Actually! Jen is offering a legit prize!!


I'm behind on the round up, but it's coming!


No. It's not. I'm clearly not doing a round-up.

Congrats to Elizabeth, though. Her tropical kimono was randomly drawn as the winning post for June.

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May: Summer Whites
May
1
to May 31

May: Summer Whites

Summer Whites

We've had some random snow storms in Ohio this month, but yesterday is was 85 degrees and 80 the day before. I HAD TO TURN ON THE AC LAST NIGHT. It got me thinking I need to start working on the things I want to be wearing this summer.

(Now I know, I've still got a bag to make for this month...Edited to add- IT'S DONE!)

For May's #letssewthistogether, we're sewing summer foundation pieces. Tops and bottoms in white that will pair with those other bright and bold pieces in our summer wardrobes. A white tee. A white button up/down. White cropped pants. A classy white jean jacket. Pull the whites from your fabric library and Let's Sew Them Together!

And bonus!! LA Finch Fabrics is sponsoring May's sewing session! Josie has a 6 yard case of knits we'll be giving away to a participant. (International sewers welcome, shipping charges due.)

You can use any fabric you've got that's mostly white to sew with us, but we're giving bonus points for using Finch-sourced materials and there will be a bonus prize ($10 UpCraft Club credit) for one random participant. 

So pull out all your white (or mostly white) fabric. If you don't have something in your stash already, show our sponsor some love and check Finch's stock first-

Sew it together. Share it. Win some Finch.

We look forward to sewing together with you.


Jen and I both wrote inspiration posts! Find them here and here.


Round up time!

Meg (@cookinandcraftin) tagged 2 gorgeous white linen tops! Meg is always so classy; she's totally one of my idols.

Read more about her Liesl and Co Classic Shirt and her Closet Case Kalle on her blog.

Laura Sinkbeil (@laurasinkbeil) shared 2 fresh new white sews as well, and both happen to be from Hey June Patterns!

Everything Brittani (@untitledthoughts) sews is jaw dropping. Check out all 3 of these amazing sews.

Like, whoa, right?

Isn't that the most elegant Charlie Caftan you've ever seen? Brittani teaches a workshop for Charlie; if you're down around New Orleans, check her workshop schedule out!

Ellen (@ellen.mchugh) hacked a Made by Rae pattern and then wore it to her 20 year renunion! Bravo!

We got some sneaks of a few projects in the works-

Theresa (@imsewciallyawkward) was working on a tank based on a rtw version. Katie (@domestic.t.bliss) had a Seamwork Mesa planned. Saritha (@samlovestosew) had a lovely bright white mystery sew left to finish.

We were in awe of these hand-basted pockets by Anne (@anne.makes.things) which are obviously perfect on her layering shirt.

Anne also sewed an embroidered tank using the Kate pattern from Tessuti.

How perfect is this striped top by Sonya (@handmadebymrsk)? She says Constance is a go to for her. I'll be checking that pattern out!

Lauren (@rosegardenln) managed to NOT DYE the thrifted fabric for her Cleo skirt and IT IS JUST STUNNING. (I used all caps here, because hello! this is a big deal, folks! Check her gorgeous blog and you'll understand what I mean.)

Stephanie (@stephaniesews) said she was easing into sewing white (many folks are somewhat opposed to wearing white!) by starting with a gray and white Lark tee.

Check out Jen (@makerheart)'s sleeveless Cheyenne. I mean she modeled it #greigewall style! #bestillmyheart.

Brianne (@bricrafty) joined in again! Her Farrah in swiss dot is summer in a nutshell. 

Whitney (@whitney.makes) shared a pair of makes. A win on the Driftless, but not so much on her Plaintain.

Oh, and hey! Andie (@sewprettyinpink) almost forgot to tag her make. We're glad we didn't miss this!! More on her incredible caftan in her post.

It's no longer a mystery; Saritha (@samlovestosew) finished her Becarra! So classy!

Check this gorgeous spread by Sonya (@handmadebymrsk)!

And last, but not least is Gwyn (@clever_colleen)'s rainbow coverstitched Artic racer tank (Harristar patterns/shop closed).

Thanks everyone for sewing with us! And special congrats to Andie, who won the fabric bundle from La Finch Fabrics

ETA- A summary of my Summer Whites makes can be found here.

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Mid March-April: Bags
Mar
15
to Apr 30

Mid March-April: Bags

We sewed bags, man! 

Check out what we all sewed together-

Sarah (@rocketsarah) made a delicious Traverse bag.

Sarah's full blog post is here and, holy smokes, it's lovely!

*adds traverse bag to sewing queue

Lauren (@rosegardenln) pieced all the colors of her garden into this Santorini tote.

A sweet Double Zip Pouch came off Brianne (@bricarfty)'s machine.

And Jen (@makerheart) made a Double Zip Pouch too.

(Clearly it's a must have pattern. I was lucky to get in on testing it!)

...as well as a matching drool-worthy Poolside Tote!

I think I was the last one to finish. The blog post for my Caravan Tote is here

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Thanks, all!

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February-Mid March: Sewist's Choice Finch Picks
Mar
15
12:00 AM00:00

February-Mid March: Sewist's Choice Finch Picks

We had a terribly hard time narrowing down the options for this month. When we put it to a vote it ended essentially in a tie, so we left it to sewer's choice of any of these from La Finch Fabrics.

February is a few days shorter than the rest (and maybe I got distracted by #nofearnewjeans month), so we extended this session through mid-March.

This is the only one still be available-

 Famous Maker Graphite Space Dye Tri-Blend Knit

Famous Maker Graphite Space Dye Tri-Blend Knit


Roundup-

 I had this fabric on hand before we started and it became a cozy Halifax with exaggerated cowl/funnel.

I had this fabric on hand before we started and it became a cozy Halifax with exaggerated cowl/funnel.

Jennilee was the first to share her hoodie.

Brianne joined in!

 I made another view of Halifax with the modal FT. Details  here .

I made another view of Halifax with the modal FT. Details here.

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