Mel Thorley (Handmade by Ditsy Tulip) and I share a love of pretty florals and beautiful fabric so we came up with this challenge so we can start dreaming of a beautiful seasonal wardrobe for Spring and Summer! Our sewalong is called #alittlelawnparty (thanks to Jo from the Unfinished Seamstress for the idea!), as we thought there is nothing nicer than a picnic or tea party on a Summer’s day, and we can use our favourite cotton lawns to sew our projects. Cotton lawn or similar fabric is ideal because it is lightweight and breathable for hot days, and comes in lots of pretty prints!
The sponsors/prizes are as follows…
- Sew Box – a £40 fabric voucher
- Nina Lee patterns – a PDF or print pattern of your choice
- Abakhan fabrics – a Liberty of London fat quarter bundle
- Friday pattern company – a PDF pattern of your choice
- Sew me sunshine – a £25 voucher
- Sewalicious – a £30 voucher
- Dragonfly fabrics – a £20 voucher
- Helen’s closet – a Suki kimono PDF pattern
- Alice Caroline – a Liberty of London fat quarter bundle
- Grainline studio – a $25 voucher
- Minerva Crafts – a £100 fabric hamper
- Sew over it – a PDF pattern of your choice
- Crafty Sew and So – a PDF pattern from the My Handmade Wardrobe collection
Sew Me Sunshine are offering 10% off cotton lawns with the code ALITTLELAWNPARTY
Crafty Sew and So are offering 20% off floral fabrics with the code LAWNPARTY20.
We wanted to keep it quite simple so as many people can join in as possible, but these are a few guidelines:
- Share the graphics for the challenge from 15th March on your social media, you can save either of the images in this post to use or repost a screenshot
- Make your “spring themed” garment
- Photograph your make and share it on IG and any other social media using #alittlelawnparty (feel free to share your work in progress images too)
- Tag me and Mel in your Instagram posts so we can see your work!
We have some lovely sewists on board as well who will be making projects along with us!
We hope you will join in with us! Mel has also posted about the challenge here and has posted a great Youtube video on her channel with details of a beautiful project she has made for the challenge, so please have a look.
To start things off, I thought I would post a few projects I have made in cotton lawn or voile.
This is my Liberty Painted Portrait Dress which I made last year, the details are in this blog post. I loved making the pretty patchwork bib which didn’t need much fabric at all. Alice Caroline sells fat quarter bundles which are ideal for projects like this.
I made two Helmi Tunic Dresses (pattern by Named Clothing) last year as well, this one is made in Art Gallery voile which I lined in a mint polycotton from Raystitch. It’s a very versatile pattern which can be made as a shirt or dress with a button placket in the centre. It was a bit more of a challenge than previous projects as there is a button stand to make which requires some accurate sewing and cutting, but I love the result.
I wore it on a hot summer’s day for a family trip to Whitstable. The fabric is very light and floaty so it was comfortable to wear.
My second Helmi is made from a vibrant Liberty tana lawn called ‘Oxford A’. I love the tree print which is in turquoise, teal and purple. I adjusted the shoulder slightly so it fits better than the mint Helmi I made.
I often wear this at work as it is bright but the shirtdress design makes it a bit more formal.
These are a couple of the spring prints (the pink ones above) that I’d like to use during the challenge. I’m looking forward to seeing your projects!