The Sew Weekly Sewing Circle

I don't know about you guys, but I LOVE getting stuff in the mail. And I LOVE sending stuff! And, of course, I LOVE sewing! So, I ask you, what's better than getting a pattern in the mail!??

As such, I'd like to do a pattern swap. I did some research into how Kat did this last year, and her method seemed pretty successful, so I'm not going to re-invent the wheel  here. I am going to add a few items to the directions (see below), just to ensure maximum happiness for participants. So here goes (I totally lifted this from Kat's post, BTW):


  •  Everyone who takes part will send a pattern to their swap partner. ETA: With so many lovely seamstresses/sewers/sewist/sewasauraus rexs located globally, the swap is international. Be prepared to ship internationally! 
  •  Patterns: New or vintage--it's up to you, but try your best to match a pattern to your partner's interests. ETA: Patterns may be cut or un-cut. However, if you choose to send an cut pattern, please make sure all pieces are included! 
  •  I'll take sign-ups for the swap until SUNDAY APRIL 1, 2012
  • I'll then put all the names into a magic hat (aka a spreadsheet and's number generator) and email you the name, address, likes/dislikes, measurements and Sew Weekly name for your swap mate. 
  • After that, we'll all have 2 weeks to find a pattern we think our swap partner would like and get it in the mail. 
  •  Once we all receive our swap pattern, we'll post it up on here (use the tag patternswap2012) so we can see what we all got! (Don't forget to thank your partner!)
  •  And then your challenge is to use that pattern - either as a separate challenge, or as part of a Sew Weekly challenge, whatever works for you.  Then post the picture of your creation up on here, using the tag patternswap2012 again so we can all see them.

A brief little survey, if you will. Please email me the following info at tina_crossgrove(at)hotmail(dot)com:
  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Measurements/Pattern Size 
  • Sew Weekly Name
  • Likes/Dislikes
For the likes/dislikes, I was thinking something like this (using myself as an example): I like vintage, retro, or modern patterns inspired by/with a vintage or retro feel; specifically I like the styles 1930s-very early 1970s . I do not like empire waist shirts or dresses or "boxy" designs. 
Okay! Go ahead and sign up!  


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Hello lovelies! 

Want to confirm the following sign-ups: Emma Simuns, Joann, Sullyliz3. 

Thank you for signing up ladies!

So excited!!

I'm game to participate. I'll try to send you an email this week. Please feel free to nag me if I don't. ;)

I'm in, now I just need to email all my info to you : )

Please count me in.  I have lots of patterns - some used vintage and some new modern vintage

Tina- I'm just looking at this again, and I can't remember if I joined or not earlier this week.. Could you take a look and let me know?

You care good to go! 

Hello all! I have 13 people signed up right now. Last call for participants! Sign ups close April 1st (that's Sunday! Eeeep! Where is this year GOING???!)

I totally missed out on this! Let's do it again. I have so many patterns to share, that are no where close to my size.

Hello friends! By now you should have shipped a pattern off to your partner! I would love to see what everyone got in the mail if you have the time, and are so inclined, to post what you got! 

I blogged about my loot here:

Thanks for organizing this! It was awesome!

I got a WONDERFUL package from Diane (whose address includes a totally fairy tale book named road: Grimshoe Road)! She sent me this lovely pattern--New Look 6750. Which is totally up my alley as it has a bazillion different mix-n-match options!  Two different bodices and skirt options coupled with three different sleeves... 

Being as awesome as she is, she also included these little goodies (I couldn't get pictures to upload here, so I wrote a blog post).  Thank you very much Diane! 


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