Sew Long Summer sew along has concluded. It was fun to see all the creations you made and it’s hard to say goodbye to seeing what everyone has been sharing in the link ups, facebook, flickr, and Instagram.
I’m thankful for my co-hosts who have put in a lot of work behind the scenes to make the sew along happen, including offering some of the prizes for our contests.
The winner of the Sewists’ Package giveaway is Melissa S. of Thread and Scissors. Take a look at what Melissa made for the sew along and send her your congratulations on the box of sewing goodies coming her way.
The winner of the Summer Crush contest for a $25 Wawak gift card & a Striped Swallow Designs pattern is Diane at Gatorbunny Sews.
We especially liked how well the jumpsuit fit and that big smile reveals how happy her daughter is with it.
The winner of the Jasper Sweater pattern for our Fabulous Fall Contest is Maartje from huisje boompje boefjes.
We especially liked the color combination, and creative piecing to make this dress a great fall piece.
Winners, watch your inbox so we can get you those prizes.
Thank you all for following along and participating in Sew Long Summer.
Are you excited for a chance to win the Jasper Sweater pattern from Paprika Patterns? Be sure to link up your Fabulous Fall creation for your chance to win.
I love the Jasper Sweater pattern. I’m a sucker for a cowl neck, the hoody version has an interesting asymmetry at the neckline, princess seams are for everybody, and welt pockets make you look like a sewing super star. Now, I rarely make a pattern twice and this is my third Jasper, so you know I’m a true fan.
For my dress version, I picked up this quilted knit jacquard in a royal blue from Fabric Mart. The fabric did not have as much body as I was hoping for in my fall/winter dress, so my solution was to underline the bodice with an interlock knit from my stash. The jacquard doesn’t hold a press, so I omitted the welt pockets.
The underlining worked perfectly to give me the warmth I was wanting. This Jasper dress is going to work nicely for fall’s cool days and easily worn through the winter with tights or leggings.
Paprika Patterns designs clean and clever sewing patterns.
The Jasper comes in a top and dress version, hooded or cowl neck.
Cowl neck Jasper Sweater
The Onyx is right on trend with it’s boxy shape, cropped option, and a colorblocking tutorial.
The Jade Skirt comes in a mini and midi length, features origami inspired front folds, and includes an exposed zipper option.
Paprika Patterns includes everything you need to make one of their patterns; clear and well though out patterns and instructions, guides for picking your size and the right fabrics, and tutorials to walk you through techniques.
If you need a reminder, here’s what Never Ending Summer is about:
Never Ending Summer is Monday August 31st – Sunday September 6th.
Love summer? Me too. This week’s focus is making items that keep you thinking sunny thoughts all year round.
I’m really looking forward to see what you’ll create.
I have a Never Ending Summer Party page set up were you will find all the details for this weeks theme and the Never Ending Summer Linkup party. Look for it under the Sew Long Summer tab in the upper menu.
My interest was piqued last fall when the Jade came out, but it wasn’t until spring that I decided what fabric to use. Thanks to #sewlongsummer the Jade is finally taking up residence in my closet. I can really see this being a key part of my Core Wardrobe. The length is good for summer and paired with some colorful tights will be cute in fall and winter too.
I used a Maggy London ponte from Fabric Mart for the shell and a cotton jersey from Girl Charlee for the lining. I’m very pleased with both fabrics for this project. The ponte is a good quality and the jersey has the right stability needed to support the folds on the Jade. The color is not as saturated on the jersey as I would like, so it may only be used in supporting rolls in other garments.
The pattern is not as difficult as those front folds make it look. There’s a tutorial video and a practice sheet to make sure you can do the folds correctly. I watched the video a couple of times and followed the tip to use colored pins and had no trouble with the folds. In fact, I got it on the first try.
Once you tack down those folds, the rest of the construction is elegant in its simplicity. The instructions include options to add an exposed zipper or an elastic waistband. I didn’t need to do either.
The Jade Skirt should take you about 3.75 hours cut to finish.