Phew, what a momentous journey this years’ #sewtogetherforsummer has been! The deadline of 21st June came and went followed by some serious data checking and number crunching! A staggering 767 garments were entered this year from all over the world – including Brazil, Tasmania, Europe, UK, Canada, America, Denmark and Australia – showing just how universally strong the Jumpsuit trend is – it’s proved to be, quite literally, global!
So on to the fun business of announcing the Winners!
Not just of the Challenge prizes but also the pattern companies and sewing patterns that came out on top – so I thought I’d present some stats for you – we all love to geek out over this stuff don’t we – not just me?! I’m always curious to see which was the most used pattern company and what were the most sewn patterns for the Challenge so let’s take a look (I’m not a statistician; these are just for fun!) :
Have you ever wanted to create your own unique garment, by hacking together certain features from your favourite sewing patterns but find yourself unsure where to begin? Perhaps you’d like to enter this years’ #sewtogetherforsummer challenge but can’t quite find a pattern that has all the elements you wish it had? Today we bring you a guide to get you started mashing up your own unique style – since it relates specifically to Jumpsuits we’ll be talking about putting your favourite bodice to your favourite trousers, perhaps adding your favourite sleeves and other features … from the patterns already in your stash!
The Yantas by Helen’s Closet are a relaxed approach to this years’ major Jumpsuit / Overall trend, described as a casual artist-style overall with a loose fit through the waist hips and legs (with the option to add a side zip should you want one). I’d describe their overall shape (see what I did there) as somewhat cocoon or lantern like; with shaping darts to front and back. Also included are classic features such as the ‘V’ shaped back and pointed front patch chest pocket. They can be made either cropped leg or as shorts.
Although these are listed as an ‘Intermediate’ sew, I think Helen has completely excelled herself with the instructions to this pattern, making them accessible to confident beginners (who aren’t afraid of buttonholes!) Her instructions are crystal clear; being extremely well thought-out and presented. She also offers plenty of easily digestible information regarding sizing and grading to get the fit you want from this pattern. I truly believe they’re fool-proof.
What I like about the Yanta pattern is, I feel, that it can act as a blank canvas for your imagination! You could embellish them in a multitude of ways; adding in-seam pockets; decorative belt loops or patch side pockets; jazz up the insides with contrast fabric for the facings and embellish the topstitching – there are so many ways you could customise these! Also you will get a very different look depending on the type of woven fabric you go for; from a structured pair using a denim or cord to softer warm-weather Overalls in a linen/viscose slub, for example.
Looking for some #sewtogetherforsummer pattern inspiration? You may be aware this years’ theme is all about the Jumpsuit (dungarees / romper / playsuit / overalls / boilersuit / coveralls). Suzy,Monika and I have picked a range of patterns which hopefully shows the diversity and range of styles available (some of which will be making ourselves and will review and post on separately) but, for simple inspiration, we thought we’d share the patterns that got us all excited for this years’ theme in the first place!
We’re selecting from Burda, The Big Four and Indie companies. Before we jump into that (pun intended 😉 ), a reminder that we have also listed some great discount codes on some fantastic patterns not listed here, over on our Launch blog post.
If you are looking for a great freebie pattern, perhaps you’d like to check out Lisa Kisch’s YouTube Channel ‘And Sew On’ – she’s posted a vlog listing 30 FREE Jumpsuit sewing patterns!
If you’re interested in any of the patterns listed here, you can click on the graphics to find out more!
BurdaStyle Pattern Picks:
First up is Suzy with her pick from the BurdaStyle collection:
“BurdaStyle is a great resource for patterns, in fact if you search ‘jumpsuits’ on their site you will find a cool 72 of them! One of the things I love is they have many versions for petite and plus sizes too. So without further ado here are my picks (but I also definitely recommend taking a look at their website!)
What could be more summery than a halter neck jumpsuit? This version 06/2015 #119 with its loose trousers but closefitting bodice ticks all the boxes, and you can make a shorter romper version too!
This dress works perfectly for evening wear…
If you are rocking the Overalls look, you might want to check out this next pattern from 04/18, #106B, which has so many gorgeous details. It’s also great if you want to join in the Challenge but it’s not actually summer where you are!
Thank you all, yet again, for so enthusiastically and overwhelmingly embracing this years’ Challenge! (If you’ve missed what the Challenge is all about, you can read the Launch Post – which also contains discount codes on selected patterns and fabric – HERE). In essence, it’s about supporting and encouraging your fellow sewists whilst you all #sewtogether a Jumpsuit – or a Romper, Dungarees, Overalls – even a Catsuit if you fancy it! At the end of the Challenge, our fantastic Sponsors will send out a whole host of amazing gifts to randomly selected participants worldwide! Sound good? Read on to see exactly what our Sponsors are offering!
We’ve tried to include companies big and small that represent the diversity and vibrancy of our sewing community; they’ve all been fantastically generous and it’s quite an extensive list; there’s over 30 sponsored gifts! I present them in no particular order :
(if you want to find out more about any sponsor, you can click on their graphic to visit their site) :