imagine gnats February 06 2014, 1 Comment
Just recently Rachael informed me she is hosting a Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds to print her pattern line and I couldn't be more happy to see her patterns in print! Here is some more information from Rachel herself!
imagine gnats started as a little etsy shop, selling small sewn items to help support my family and also to give me a creative outlet in a corporate world. it's come a long way in just five years... from a hobby to a full-time job. my love of sewing and design has grown as well, and now my own sewing patterns help and inspire others to create. i am proud to have created patterns for garments that are easy to sew and easy to wear. imagine gnats patterns feature classic silhouettes with a modern twist that incorporate clever details and practical techniques currently, my patterns are all offered as printable pdfs. the money raised on indiegogo will help cover the costs of an initial run of paper patterns, which means sharing my designs with even more sewists and inspiring more people. for the cost of one pattern, you can help me reach my goal AND be one of the first to get the printed pattern of your choice. for a little bit more, you can get a full set of imagine gnats printed patterns. plus, early bird specials offer even better deals for the first contributors! my initial print run will include 500 each of my existing five garment patterns. all of the money raised will go directly to that effort. once patterns are printed, i begin the selling and distribution phase. i would love for you to tweet, share on facebook, email your friends and family... anything that will get the word out. every share helps and is so appreciated.
Tomorrow we'll be stopping by I Seam Stressed to see what Figgy fun she has in store for us!
Happy Sewing - Shelly
it's my turn to sew with imagine gnats! January 30 2014, 3 Comments
It is very rare that I sew for myself using designer patterns. Why?
1. Habit. I think my entire wardrobe consists of only denim and knits and when I find the perfect layering tee, maxi dress or knit pant I'll lay it out on top of tracing paper and make a quick pattern to use again and again. I am all about low maintanence and the quicker the better.
2. Time. I just don't have a lot of it these days and when I do I try my best to spend that extra time with my family. Women's patterns usually have a lot of detail because they need to. We have gorgeous curves and we need darts and pleats in all the right places so the garment will hang exactly how it's designed to look. Don't get me wrong I LOVE to peruse adult patterns and I purchase them directly from the designers with the intention of using them for myself. But most often I end up teaching a class to other adults and enjoy the garment finished on other people.
3. Sewing for Kids. I LOVE to sew for children, it is most certainly my most favorite item to sew. These days my boys are into sportswear so most of my sewing is for my niece Ofelia or samples for my students.
The pattern is designed for knits and its cozy. Before I began to sew I crossed my fingers that it's any easy sew. Guess what? It is!! It took me 1.5 hours from start to finish (that includes taping the pattern together). When I use a PDF pattern and print in black and white its sometimes hard to follow the lines so I always use a pen or marker and mark it out before I trace. It's always easier to see through the tracing paper when the line is highlighted. Try to use a pen/marker that has the same tip width if you do this so you don't effect the sizing of the garment.
Want to make your own Meridian? Purchase your copy of the pattern from the Imagine Gnats Shop, and use coupon code JANUARYTOUR to save 20% through the end of this month. Thank you Rach for having me along this super fun Imagine Gnats blog tour! It was a pleasure using your pattern and you've inspired me to start sewing for myself a little more often!
This is the last day for the tour but if you'd like to see more pattern sewn up by some fabulous bloggers click through this list:
la inglesita / Miss Matatabi / Rae Gun Ramblings
Welcome to the Mouse House / Casa Crafty
Make it Handmade / Made with Moxie / Buzzmills
girl like the sea / just me jay / Play Crafts
Sew Well Maide / Sew Charleston / Mingo and Grace
Caila Made / Sewbon / do Guincho / call ajaire
Alison Glass / a.Amelia Handmade / Bored & Crafty
you & mie / Stitched Together / things for boys
fake it while you make it / Sanae Ishida
Behind the Hedgerow / I Seam Stressed / Charming Doodle
The Crafty Kitty / Siestas & Sewing / Figgy's
Happy Sewing - Shelly
Next week on the Blog:
Figgy's "Heavenly" Pattern Tour Begins!