Ok fine folks, i've finally organized all you need to know with the upcoming Winifred sew-along, start and end dates, competition dates and a few more goodies to make this sew-along awesome, so read on!
Sew - along start & finish dates:
The sew-along will run for the below dates and i will posting everyday throughout.
Sew-along starts: Monday 24th of March. An extra bit of time for all your patterns to arrive :)Sew-along finishes: Monday 31st of March
Can you sew?
If you are a newbie on the sewing machine or have been sewing for yonks, then the Winifred dress will suit you all. The Winifred dress is rated as a beginner pattern. And if you are a little unsure of sewing up the pattern and the possibility of tackling the elastic waistline or fitting it correctly don't fear I'm here too help! We will be covering these during the sew-along, and i will be holding your hand the whole way through. Hopefully you will pick up a few new & neat sewing skills along the way as well.
How this sew-along will roll:
For the week or so that we shall sew the Winifred dress together we will follow the below schedule:
Post #1: Getting started with the Winifred dress fabric suggestions, sizing, tracing and cutting the pattern. All the necessary info to get you on the right track of sewing up a gorgeous Winifred dress.
Post #2: How to complete and SBA & FBA with Heather.
Post #3: Stitch up the dress back and attach the elastic waistline plus an alternative to the elastic by Heather.
Post #4: Front tuck darts, stitch dress front and shoulder seams.
Post #5: Stitch up the dress collar.
Post #6: Assemble the belt and attach, dress side seams and hem the sleeves ( both versions)
Post #7: Attach the slide buckle and finally hem our Winifred dresses.
*The Sew-along will incorporate both versions of the Winifred dresses, the difference between the two are the sleeves lengths. So no matter which versions you're sewing up follow along with all posts as they're covering both dress versions.
Count me in! What do i need?
* The Winifred sewing pattern
*Fabric - I recommend fabrics such as cotton and cotton blends, lawn, batiste, shirting, voile etc
* Matching thread
* 1'' Wide single fold bias binding
*2cm Wide elastic
* 2'' Slide buckle
* One safety pin
* The usual sewing supplies : Your trusty sewing machine, pins ( lots of them), sharp fabric scissors, an iron, tracing paper, pens & pencils, measuring tape.
The competition dates:
If you're entering the competition to win the awesome prizes, take note of the below dates:
Final date to upload your Winifred photos : 10th of April to the Flickr group.
Make sure to join the Flickr group sooner rather than later, if you're planning on entering the sew-along competition.
The couple of days following i will be collating all the entries ready to be voted on.
Voting will begin : 14th of April and run through to the 20th of April. This is your chance to vote on your favourite Winifred dresses!
Once i've tallied all the votes i will be announcing the 3 winners here on the blog roughly around the 23rd of April.
How to enter the competition:
You must upload your completed Winifred dress photos onto the Bluegingerdoll Flickr group and also use the tag Winifred on your photos to officially enter into the contest and go in the running to win the prizes. Don't tag, not entered - Easy.
How does the voting work?
A quick recap on the awesome prizes up for grabs for 3 lucky winners:
INDIE STITCHES - $50 online shop voucher
This indie pattern shop caters for you, the lovers of Indie patterns as well as supports all of us indie pattern designers!
SEWBOX - £40 pound online shop voucher
Check out the beautiful range of fabrics they have in stock, this voucher will get you some pretty cool fabric for your stash.
A FASHIONABLE STITCH - PRIZE PACK
The lovely Sunni, has together and amazing prize pack from here shop, A Fashionable Stitch which lots of sewing goodies.
Join the Facebook sew-along group:
A lot of you already have been asking questions on a variety of subjects with the Winifred pattern, and i'm sure you have a lot more questions still. So you help you find the answers you need i have created a Facebook group especially for Bluegingerdoll sew-alongs, the first one being the upcoming Winifred sew-along ( eventually i'll upload all the other pattern sew-alongs).
This will be a one stop shop where you'll be able to find all the sew-along happenings, new and old blog posts, progress shots etc This is a group where you can be interactive with each other, upload your progress photos, get fabric envy, be inspired by each other or kick each other up the butt! Or simply just following along with fellow sewing fanatics :)
I'm sure you would agree its a lot more fun sewing with others, and being part of a community then sewing alone and especially as we're all spread all around the world its a nice place to drop in and hang :)
So you can join the Facebook group here.
Instagram/bluegingerdoll - #bluegingerdoll or #winifred
Twitter/bluegingerdoll - #bluegingerdoll or #winifred
Flickr.com/bluegingerdoll - #Winifred
Remember to use the hashtag #winifred on these sites so i/all of us don't miss anything!
In the coming days i will be posting some snippets of inspiration here on the blog leading up to the start of the Winifred sew-along, so stay tuned for those :)
I hope you all can join in with the sew-along, but if not the sew-along posts will be availble forever on the blog.
In the meantime grab the sew-along blog button below and share the love.