The Great Pattern Hack Wrap Up {and Challenge}

The Great Pattern Hack
The Great Pattern Hack Wrap up

What a wonderful past two weeks.  I’m sort of heartbroken that The Great Pattern Hack has come to an end but so thrilled with all that came out of it. Look at all these amazing pattern hacks! I’m mean, really.  It is incredible.

The Great Pattern Hack Wrap up So many ideas for how to tweak a pattern came out of this series, it blows my mind! Of course, the pattern hacking was the whole point but the artistry of everything is also positively stunning.
The Great Pattern Hack Wrap up

This, my friends is why we sew.  Because making beautiful things that fit into our vision, our style and our lifestyle isn’t something you buy off the shelf. It’s something that means so much more when it is shaped with our hands.  I’m still a little stunned that I was able to co-host this series with Michael Miller Fabrics.  I feel so grateful to them for running with this idea in such a big way.  I feel so incredible lucky and so indebted to all of the amazing bloggers who pattern hacked their way to a seriously impressive collection!  Not to mention the pattern designers who generously gave us use of their patterns!

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Along those lines, here is everything from the top, left to right:  Kait turned an Anna Blouse into a dress; Jess transformed BurdaStyle shorts into a skort and made a tiger sundress from a Simple Simon & co pattern; Jane served up a patriotic trio and shortened a Burdastyle jumpsuit, turned the Josephine dress into a romper, and a Charlie tunic into a tank; and I tweaked a Marigold Dress into a top and mashed it with an Alder Skirt for a Dress.  Rachael added a double-hem to the LOL Swing Top and Tamara widened the legs on a Burdastyle romper.  Celina re-styled the Twisted Trousers; Sanae transformed the Southport Dress into a strappy top and romper; Delia added a button closure to a Sunki Dress; and Erin turned a Senna Tote into a laptop carrier. Betsey took the sleeves off a Gathered Top and Tunic ; Laura turned a Portside Duffle into the perfect hospital bag; Kristin added pockets to the Antalya dress; and Celina romper-ized the Sunki Dress.

Whew!  It’s a lot of goodness.  And, everyone of these stunning creations was made in the spirit of “Hmm..I wonder what happens if I try this.”  You’ve already heard me pontificate on the virtue of the hack.  I think the experimentation, the trial and error, the creativity…it might seem small but it’s a bold move and it fuels the fire.  It feeds the desire to make things!

Now that I said all that, I’m turning the tables and making it YOUR TURN! Michael Miller has launched an exciting Great Pattern Hack Challenge!

The Great Pattern Hack Challenge

Honestly.  I think you should stop what you are doing right now and enter this challenge.  The details are all up on the Michael Miller blog, Making It Fun.   I don’t want to give away too much but there is a boatload of fabric and patterns up for grabs….AND A SEWING MACHINE!  I KNOW! It’s wild.  And, I’m not going to promise anything but I have incredibly good luck when it comes to winning sewing machines (I’ve won every time I’ve entered to win them.  For real. It’s a little weird.).  So, head over, investigate, sew and WIN! I’m hoping some of my good luck will rub off.

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The Great Pattern Hack :: Delia Creates

Great Pattern Hack _ Delia Randall

Look at that sweet face in such a fantastic dress! I’m so excited that Delia Randall is joining us for the last day of The Great Pattern Hack.  Delia’s style is what I would classify as effortless/meticulous/classy/playful.  There should be a name for this…maybe it’s classic? Either way, I admire her stitching so much!  Her pattern hack sets the same standard. She walks through, in beautiful, clear detail, how to alter a dress with a zipper to have a button closure.  It’s such a small tweak but a really hard to do successfully! And Delia shows how to do it with ease.  I’ll be pinning this one for sure!

Fabric: Delia used Indigo Yukie fabric (one of my favorites, too) and a Cotton Couture solid for the pockets.  Pattern: She tweaked the always-fantastic Sunki Dress from Figgy’s. (It’s my dream that Figgy’s would upsize all their patterns to womens size…how great would that be! I want all of them for myself but especially a Nituna or the Zephyrs, definitely Ayashe…yup, just all of them!)

I can’t believe it’s the last day of the Great Pattern Hack! I’m so sad! It’s been unbelievably fun and inspiring to see everyone’s amazing pattern hacks and I don’t know what I will do with myself when I don’t have another delightful surprise waiting for me.  Hmm…maybe the fun will keep going?  Might just have to watch and see! :)

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Are you a pattern hacker? There is still time to play along!
I hate when blog hops feel like a party I didn’t get invited to and I don’t want this one to feel that way to anyone!  Do you tweak your patterns and stitch up magic, too? Then join in! Grab some Michael Miller fabric and show us your skills! Hack a pattern, any pattern, and share your creation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Make sure to tag your photos so we can find you– @michaelmillerfabrics and @ahappystitch and use the hashtags #GreatPatternHack #MichaelMillerFabrics #AHappyStitch .

No time to stitch something new? Leave a comment and tell me about your favorite pattern hacking experience.  Let’s inspire each other, my fellow sewing ninjas!

There will be a surprise and some giveaways tomorrow so the fun isn’t completely over —thank goodness!

The Great Pattern Hack team:
Monday 6/29 :: kick off with Jess Abbott from The Sewing Rabbit
Tuesday 6/30  :: Kait Witte from Making it Fun (Michael Miller Fabrics)
Wednesday 7/1  :: Flash Giveaway Day!
Thursday 7/2  :: Jane Kohlstein from Buzzmills
Friday 7/3  :: Me!  A Happy Stitch
Monday 7/6  ::  Rachael Gander at Imagine Gnats
Tuesday 7/7  :: Tamara Serrao at Kaya Joy
Wednesday 7/8  :: Betsy Blodgett from Indygo Junction
Thursday 7/9  :: Laura Titchner from Craftstorming
Friday 7/10  :: Kristin Timm from Skirt As Top
Saturday 7/11  :: Celina Bailey at Petit A Petit and Family
Monday 7/13  :: Celina Bailey at Petit A Petit and Family
Tuesday 7/14  :: Sanae from Sanae Ishida
Wednesday 7/15  :: Erin Sundet at Sewbon
Thursday 7/16 ::  Delia Randall from Delia Creates

Friday 7/17 :: Wrap up {and Surprise Giveaway!}

The Great Pattern Hack :: Erin from Sewbon

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It’s the second to last day of The Great Pattern Hack! I can hardly believe it.  So many fun hacks! Today’s pattern hack is no different. Oh yes, the amazingness keeps on coming!

The lovely and talented Erin from Sewbon has hacked the Senna Tote from Willow & Co using fabric from the luxurious Indigo collection and transformed it into a laptop-friendly tote perfect for brightening up her work shlep.  Pretty genius that Erin is, right? She includes wonderfully detailed instructions for how to make your own padded Senna Tote so be sure to pop over and check out the whole tutorial!

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Are you a pattern hacker!?!
I’m getting sad that we are nearing the end of The Great Pattern Hack.  Have you seen the Pinterest board with all the hacks? It’s fantastic!

Are you pattern hacking?  Following along? Join us!  Grab some Michael Miller fabric and show off what you made so you can play too!  Hack a pattern and share your creation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Make sure to tag your photos so we can find you– @michaelmillerfabrics and @ahappystitch and use the hashtags #GreatPatternHack #MichaelMillerFabrics #AHappyStitch.

Even though the blog tour is nearing an end, the fun is not! Tomorrow, Delia will show us what she made! Plus, there will be even more exciting giveaways coming soon—fabric and patterns! Be sure to check back! You won’t want to miss it *wink*.

The Great Pattern Hack team:
Monday 6/29 :: kick off with Jess Abbott from The Sewing Rabbit
Tuesday 6/30  :: Kait Witte from Making it Fun (Michael Miller Fabrics)
Wednesday 7/1  :: Flash Giveaway Day!
Thursday 7/2  :: Jane Kohlstein from Buzzmills
Friday 7/3  :: Me!  A Happy Stitch
Monday 7/6  ::  Rachael Gander at Imagine Gnats
Tuesday 7/7  :: Tamara Serrao at Kaya Joy
Wednesday 7/8  :: Betsy Blodgett from Indygo Junction
Thursday 7/9  :: Laura Titchner from Craftstorming
Friday 7/10  :: Kristin Timm from Skirt As Top
Saturday 7/11  :: Celina Bailey at Petit A Petit and Family
Monday 7/13  :: Celina Bailey at Petit A Petit and Family
Tuesday 7/14  :: Sanae from Sanae Ishida
Wednesday 7/15  :: Erin Sundet at Sewbon
Thursday 7/16 ::  Delia Randall from Delia Creates

Friday 7/17 :: Wrap up {and Surprise Giveaway!}

The Great Pattern Hack :: Sanae Ishida

The Great Pattern Hack  Sanae Ishida

I am not going to lie, I have a total girl-crush on Sanae Ishida.  She always manages to pull together simple, elegant and wearable clothing for herself and her fantastic daughter. On top of that she has such an honest, genuine voice that I’m always giddy and excited to read her blog. Plus, she a children’s book author and illustrator!  I mean, honestly, she’s like a magic unicorn. Suffice it to say, I was thrilled when she joined the Great Pattern Hack and her pattern hack is just as magical as she is.  {Plus, she noticed an M in the back of her top and it made her think of me and Michael Miller.  Catch me! I’m a teenager at a Justin Bieber concert!}

Check out how she transformed the Southport Dress from True Bias Patterns into a romper and scrappy back top using Cotton Couture and Indigo fabric! Oh, all these rompers! They look so fantastic on everyone. I used to think (with great confidence) that I couldn’t wear a romper but I’m so tempted to stitch one up now!

Are you a pattern hacker!?!
Did you know we are collecting all of the pattern hacks on a Pinterest board created by Michael Miller? Go now.  Look at all the awesome and just try not to feel the itch.  Gotta hack all the things!

If you are a pattern hacker, you should really play along with us!  Hint, hint…there might just be some great things waiting for all the play-at-home pattern hackers.  Intrigued?  Grab some Michael Miller fabric and show off what you made so you can play too!  Hack a pattern and share your creation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Make sure to tag your photos so we can find you– @michaelmillerfabrics and @ahappystitch and use the hashtags #GreatPatternHack #MichaelMillerFabrics #AHappyStitch.

It’s been so fun to see your creations so far! Keep ’em coming. There will be even more giveaways throughout the hop—fabric and patterns! Stay tuned for tomorrow when Erin shows off a fantastic bag!

 

The Great Pattern Hack team:
Monday 6/29 :: kick off with Jess Abbott from The Sewing Rabbit
Tuesday 6/30  :: Kait Witte from Making it Fun (Michael Miller Fabrics)
Wednesday 7/1  :: Flash Giveaway Day!
Thursday 7/2  :: Jane Kohlstein from Buzzmills
Friday 7/3  :: Me!  A Happy Stitch
Monday 7/6  ::  Rachael Gander at Imagine Gnats
Tuesday 7/7  :: Tamara Serrao at Kaya Joy
Wednesday 7/8  :: Betsy Blodgett from Indygo Junction
Thursday 7/9  :: Laura Titchner from Craftstorming
Friday 7/10  :: Kristin Timm from Skirt As Top
Saturday 7/11  :: Celina Bailey at Petit A Petit and Family
Monday 7/13  :: Celina Bailey at Petit A Petit and Family
Tuesday 7/14  :: Sanae from Sanae Ishida
Wednesday 7/15  :: Erin Sundet at Sewbon
Thursday 7/16 ::  Delia Randall from Delia Creates

Friday 7/17 :: Wrap up {and Surprise Giveaway!}

The Great Pattern Hack :: Celina Bailey Part 2

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Happy Monday everyone! Celina from Petit a Petit and Family is back with a second pattern hack and she done the unexpected once again! This time she used glitz bars fabric with cotton couture accents on Twisted Trousers from Titchy Threads.  I myself have made somewhere around 5 pairs of twisted trouser and love them. (I should really blog about them soon!)  So, it was extra fun to see what Celina did with hers! Go check out how all of her small tweaks added up to a great pair of pants…be sure to note the back pockets! So fantastic.

Are you a pattern hacker!?!
I’m loving all of the amazing creativity and new ideas packed into The Great Pattern Hack.  Don’t miss the Pinterest board created to keep track of all the hacks!

Are you pattern hacking?  Following along? Join us!  Grab some Michael Miller fabric and show off what you made so you can play too!  Hack a pattern and share your creation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Make sure to tag your photos so we can find you– @michaelmillerfabrics and @ahappystitch and use the hashtags #GreatPatternHack #MichaelMillerFabrics #AHappyStitch.

It’s been so fun to see your creations so far! Keep ’em coming. There will be even more giveaways throughout the hop—fabric and patterns!

The Great Pattern Hack team:
Monday 6/29 :: kick off with Jess Abbott from The Sewing Rabbit
Tuesday 6/30  :: Kait Witte from Making it Fun (Michael Miller Fabrics)
Wednesday 7/1  :: Flash Giveaway Day!
Thursday 7/2  :: Jane Kohlstein from Buzzmills
Friday 7/3  :: Me!  A Happy Stitch
Monday 7/6  ::  Rachael Gander at Imagine Gnats
Tuesday 7/7  :: Tamara Serrao at Kaya Joy
Wednesday 7/8  :: Betsy Blodgett from Indygo Junction
Thursday 7/9  :: Laura Titchner from Craftstorming
Friday 7/10  :: Kristin Timm from Skirt As Top
Saturday 7/11  :: Celina Bailey at Petit A Petit and Family
Monday 7/13  :: Celina Bailey at Petit A Petit and Family
Tuesday 7/14  :: Sanae from Sanae Ishida
Wednesday 7/15  :: Erin Sundet at Sewbon
Thursday 7/16 ::  Delia Randall from Delia Creates

Friday 7/17 :: Wrap up {and Surprise Giveaway!}

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