Sew Mama Sew: Giveaway Day 2016

It’s that time again! Sew Mama Sew’s annual Giveaway Day! (NOTE: This Giveaway is now closed)

One of our favorite sewing blogs, Sew Mama Sew, is putting on their amazing giveaway day for bloggers and makers of all kind to share some of their favorite things with their readers. We thought we would join in all the fun and giveaway a set of our favorite button pattern weights and a thimble tool caddy. The perfect gifts for any seamstress this holiday season!

To enter our giveaway, simply tell us what is on your sewing wishlist this holiday season in the comments section below. We will pick a random winner on the evening of Sunday, December 11th and contact them via email.

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The Style Maker Fabrics Team

Giveaway Prize: Set of 4 Button Pattern Weights and Ceramic Thimble Tool Holder

Giveaway Prize: Set of 4 Button Pattern Weights and Ceramic Thimble Tool Holder (other items not included)

12/12/16: This Giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Ellen, our randomly selected winner! Thank you to everyone that commented! A lot of you are wishing for the same thing we are… more time to sew, now to just figure out what store sells it! Happy Holidays!

 

Note: The winner will be randomly selected from those who entered via comment on 12/11/15 and be notified via email. By entering this contest you also agree to sign up for our email newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time.

 

Sew Mama Sew: Giveaway Day!

Welcome Blog Hoppers! (Note this Giveaway is now Closed)

Twice a year the amazing sewing blog, Sew Mama Sew, puts together an incredible Giveaway Day for bloggers and makers of all types.

This December we thought we would get in on all the fun! Simply tell us what you are making and gifting this holiday season in the comment section below for your chance to with a $50 gift certificate to our shop, Style Maker Fabrics. A winner will randomly be selected on the evening of Sunday, December 13th, 2015.

$50 Gift Certifcate

Need some ideas for your holiday sewing or gifts? Be sure to check our our 12 Days of Sewing here on the blog. We are posting a new gift idea and some daily specials everyday. Check out all the post HERE.

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The Style Maker Fabrics Team

 

12/14/15: This Giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to Bobbie, our randomly selected winner. Happy Holidays!

 

Selecting the Random Winner

Selecting the Winner

Bobbie's comment- the 5th comment posted.

Bobbie’s comment- the 5th comment posted.

 

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Gathered Back Top: Zipper Tutorial

A couple of months ago while attending the annual Spring Quilt Market I got a sneak peak at all of the amazing new patterns coming out from Indygo Junction. One that particularly caught my eye was the Gathered Back Top and Tunic Pattern. I love the simple design with the fun element of the gathering across the center back.

Indygo Junction Gathered Back Top Pattern

I was able to get my hands on one of these new patterns as soon as they were ready (Thank you Betsy, blogger at Indygo Junction!) and immediately got planning my own version. After reading through the directions and taking a look at the pattern pieces I knew just what I wanted to do- add a zipper to the back. This pattern has kind of an ingenious construction, with the unique back pieces and center back seam. This makes it perfect for adding a fun, accent zipper- no additional cutting required.

Gathered Back Top in Double Gauze with Zipper Accent

Gathered Back Top in Double Gauze with Zipper Accent

For my fabric I chose this beautiful double gauze from Cotton & Steel. I love the color combination and the irregular stripes- although this does present quite a challenge when attempting to match up the pieces.

First, I cut out both of my back pieces, taking care to make them as symmetrical as I could. Double gauze can ravel quite a bit so I made sure and finished the center seam edges with my serger- this seam will be pressed open so finish the edges now rather than later. If you don’t have a serger, a large zig-zag stitch with work great.

Finished Edges on Top Back Pieces

Finished Edges on Top Back Pieces

I also pressed the seam allowances in place, WST, on both sides of the top portion at the center back. With the help of one of my favorite tools, Clover’s Hot Hemmer, I was able to get that 5/8″ seam pressed in a snap- both accurately and without burning my fingers.

Pressing Center Back Seam Allowance

Pressing Center Back Seam Allowance

Next, I took my lace accent zipper and got ready to add it along the freshly pressed seam allowance. At first I had a hard time trying to match up the edge of the zipper with the folded edge of the fabric and actually catch all the layers when stitching. Rather than fight it, I unfolded the pressed seam allowance and used the fold as a guide for my zipper placement. This made attaching the zipper halves to each side much easier.

Attaching the Zipper

Attaching the Zipper

Once the zipper was attached I just folded the seam allowance back out of the way and pressed well. Just a couple of other notes- I put the top of the zipper right up to the neckline. For the bottom, I stopped it about an inch or so from the bottom of the fabric- above the horizontal cut. Don’t forget to stitch the seam allowance together below the zipper. I also back stitched across the bottom of the zipper just for extra security.

Once your zipper is in place you can continue on with the pattern directions for creating the back gather and stitching the assembled back to the front. Below is what my completed top back looked like complete with accent zipper.

Right and Wrong Sides of the Finished Back

Right and Wrong Sides of the Finished Back

After assembling the body of my top I tried it on for fit. The front was gaping a bit at the neckline so I created a little tuck/pleat right at the center front. It actually created a nice detail while also helping my fit. Once I was satisfied with the neckline I attached the facing bias as directed in the pattern. At the center back opening (at the zipper) I just folded the end of the bias in to finish it off but still leave the zipper opening functional.

Attaching the Neckline bias facing and finishing the edge at the zipper.

Attaching the Neckline facing and finishing the edge at the zipper.

I finished the top as directed in the pattern and love how it turned out. The double gauze gives it a bit more structure than other fabrics would. Paired with my Jamie Jeans this is the perfect summer top for here in the Pacific Northwest.

My Finished Gathered Back Top

My Finished Gathered Back Top

I’d like to try it again in a drapey fabric like a rayon challis for a different look. That in a tunic length paired with leggings would be amazing! I also really want to try this top in a knit, but I will save that for another blog post… Check out some of our amazing summer fabrics, perfect for the gathered back top, in our shop HERE.

This pattern was a lot of fun to make and can be completed in a couple of evenings. The lovely ladies at Indygo Junction have been a pleasure to work with and I would highly encourage you to check out their other beautiful garment and accessory patterns! They are always coming out with fresh looks for seamstresses of all levels.

Last but not least… Indygo Junction sent me an extra copy of the Gathered Back Top and Tunic Pattern. Leave a comment on this post- tell us what you are sewing up this summer. We will randomly select a winner Monday, July 27th. (Update: 7/28/15. Congratulations goes to Karen Smith, our winner for this Giveaway)

~Michelle

Note: Indygo Junction provided us with two free copies of the Gathered Back Top and Tunic Pattern, one to sew with and one to giveaway. All of the ideas and comments in this post are our own and were not influenced in any way. This was not a sponsored post- it is something we put together for our readers and anyone else interested.

Cotton & Steel: Special Deal and Giveaways!

To go with our latest blog post and newest make, my Carolyn Pajamas, we have a couple surprises for our readers!

First, 10% OFF all of our Cotton & Steel fabrics this week (through 6/14/15)! These cotton lawns and double gauzes are a dream to work with and perfect for your summer sewing projects.

I love this top from Made by Rae– she keeps teasing us about the pattern release. Can’t wait to make my own!

Beatrix Top from Made by Rae in Cotton & Steel Double Gauze

Beatrix Top from Made by Rae in Cotton & Steel Double Gauze

Next, we have a Special Giveaway! Cotton & Steel canvas totes!

Last month I traveled to Minneapolis for the International Quilt Market and was so inspired by all amazing designers and displays around the show. Some of my favorite displays were in the Cotton & Steel booth- such attention to detail and beautifully constructed garments.

Cotton & Steel Quilt Market Booth- New Rayon Fabrics

Cotton & Steel Quilt Market Booth- New Rayon Fabrics

On the trip, I picked up a few of the Cotton & Steel’s limited edition canvas totes and I want to share them with you! You can get one of these amazing totes in 1 of 2 ways.

1) Win ONE here on the Style Maker Blog! Leave a comment below- maybe tell us what sewing projects you have planned for this summer. We will pick ONE random winner on Sunday, June 14th. (US entrants only please).

2) Save 10% on Cotton & Steel- The next FOUR orders placed at Style Maker Fabrics that include any of our Cotton & Steel yardage will receive one of the totes! Hurry, they won’t last long! (Minimum total order of $25).

Cotton & Steel Limited Edition Canvas Totes

Cotton & Steel Limited Edition Canvas Totes

Watch for new Cotton & Steel fabrics coming to the shop this Summer! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest arrivals and to keep up with what is going on here at Style Maker.

Happy Sewing!

Michelle