You might remember me recently saying that I wanted to find a way to keep the fun in my sewing. To not let the pressures of deadlines and pattern designings spoil my fun. To get out of my rut and to get back to doing a wider variety of sewing. One of the ways that I have been doing that recently has been to join in with #Mayisformakers.
This was an initiative started by Lindsey Rhodes. I urge you to go and read her post as to why she decided to buy a new indie pattern each week during the month of May. As someone who uses pattern writing to supplement our family income, this is a subject close to my heart. Free tutorials and patterns are great and I will always provide a few freebies, but at the end of the day, I can't afford to give my talents away for free all the time. I fully endorse what she says and wanted to get on board and support other creatives who are trying to make a living from their work.
The first pattern that I bought was the Scout Tee from Grainline Studio. Although I have sewn plenty of clothes for my children, I am not particularly confident at making clothes for myself. The pattern was straightforward and the result was surprisingly good. Unfortunately the pattern is just a teensy bit too tight across the back so I will have to work out how to alter it for the next time that I give the it a go. I will admit that its not a shape of top that I normally choose, but I actually like the way that it sits so I have also learnt something!
With this initial clothes making success under my belt, I decided to buy a second clothes pattern in the second week. This time I chose the Sidekick Wrap Skirt by Amy Barickman. I must admit that I haven't had a chance to sew it yet but I am looking forward to giving it a try. I have had the fabric for this skirt for a while so I am looking forward to finally being able to wear it.
My next purchase was the Maker Tote by Anna Graham. I have sewn a few of Anna's patterns in the past and am really enjoying making bags at the moment so this one will be a fun one to try.
I must admit that I stressed about the forth week. I just couldn't decide what pattern to buy. There were so many awesome patterns out there and I wanted to try them all. Eventually, I accepted my indecision and bought three patterns by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness.
1. The Aeroplane Bag (I may need to make one of these for my trip to Edinburgh in September!)
2. The Annex Double Zip Pouch (this will make a great pencil case for my daughter who has taken to complaining that I never make anything for her!)
3. The Ultimate Art Organiser. It would be fair to say that I am more than a little bit intimidated by the idea of this pattern, but having sewn a few of Sara's patterns recently I really trust her to walk me through all the steps in a clear and logical way.
My final purchase was also for my daughter. Her teacher has asked her to take slippers to school so that they don't traipse mud into the classroom on damp winter days. I was thinking it would be pretty cool if I sewed her some fun unique slippers so I bought the Indygo Junction Sleepytime slippers pattern. It looks pretty straight forward, I just need to find the energy to work out how big her feet are, find some suitable fabric in by stash and get sewing. It shouldn't be a big job...
I am really looking forward to sewing all of these patterns.
Even if you didn't take part in May is for Makers, remember that there is no wrong time to support independent designers.