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The Great Pattern Hack :: Indygo Junction

The Great Pattern Hack  Indygo Junction

Yesterday we got to see how a fabric designer hacks a pattern and today we get insight into the creative mind of a pattern designer hacking a pattern!  Today’s hack comes from Betsy Blodgett, one of the creative forces behind Indygo Junction.  Be sure to hop over to the Indygo Junction blog to see Betsy’s hack.  She turned one of her own patterns, The Gathered Back Top and Tunic, into a great sleeveless top in the Seedlings fabric and it’s scrumptious.  Plus, I heard a rumor that she is running a giveaway of the pattern. Wahoo! A chance to sew up your own bit of awesome!

Are you a pattern hacker!?!
I’m loving all of the amazingness packed into The Great Pattern Hack and I hope you are too! Are you pattern hacking yourself?  Following along with Jess, Kait, Jane, myself ,Rachael and Tamara!?  Grab some Michael Miller fabric and show off what you made so you can play too!  Hack a pattern and boldly 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  :: Jessica and Ericka at Violette Threads
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 :: Tamara Kate

Great Pattern Hack - Tamara Kate

Elegance. That was the first word that struck me when I saw today’s pattern hack because….wow. This lovely creation comes from Tamara at Kaya Joy Designs and it is not to be missed.  With a simple change, Tamara (who is a surface designer and well-known fabric designer for Michael Miller) transformed her Burdastyle jumpsuit into an awesome lounge-y outfit with stunning Indigo fabric. It looks fit for Frida Kahlo in her garden.  It’s downright sexy.  Don’t miss it!

Are you a pattern hacker!?!
Have you been following along with Jess, Kait, Jane, myself ,Rachael and Tamara!? Isn’t pattern hacking marvelous!  Grab some Michael Miller fabric and show off what you made so you can play too!  Hack a pattern and boldly 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 giveaways throughout the hop—fabric and patterns!–so stay tuned for that goodness as well!

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  :: Jessica and Ericka at Violette Threads
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 :: Rachael from Imagine Gnats

The Great Pattern Hack  Rachael from Imagine Gnats

Prepare yourself for some oohs and aahs!  Rachael Gander from Imagine Gnats is up next on the Great Pattern Hack tour and has made an adorable, spin-worthy dress! Rachael hacked the Lol Swing Top from Jenniune Design into a stunning double-hemmed dress.  So adorable in two prints from the On The Town fabric! Don’t miss her blog post with all the details and a lovely testament to the frustrations and joys of pattern hacking.

Are you a pattern hacker!?!
Isn’t pattern hacking great!  Join Jess, Kait, Jane, myself and Rachael and show us your stuff!  Join in The Great Pattern Hack by grabbing some Michael Miller fabric and showing off what you made! 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.

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

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  :: Jessica and Ericka at Violette Threads
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 :: My Marigold Blouse and Marigold/Alder Dress

The Great Pattern Hack :: My Marigold Blouse and Marigold/Alder Dress

It is finally my turn to share on the Great Pattern Hack tour! I had so much fun hacking this Marigold blouse and Marigold/Alder mashup Dress.  Also, I also have a million things to say and don’t want to forget any of them.

First of all, though, the fabric.  I fell in love with the entire Indigo fabric collection from the moment I saw it at the Michael Miller offices.  I’ve always been fascinated by the gentle art of sashiko embroidery and I love the way this collection mimics both sashiko as well as a woven ikat look. It’s very wearable too.  I ended up making three garments some with Indigo and one with the MMF solids line Cotton Couture and I love them all.  Love, love, love.

But before the nitty-gritty I need to get minorly sappy.  I’ve been kind of cheerleading about this whole pattern hacking idea without really explaining why.  When Kait from Michael Miller asked me for an idea for a blog hop I suggested pattern hacking because I’ve noticed a split in the sewing world.  It sometimes seems there are two persectives and they are polar opposites…you either follow a pattern to the letter or you learn how to make your own patterns from scratch through pattern drafting classes.  I see it all the time among students in my sewing classes; this feeling that those are the only two options.  Yet, I know that somewhere quietly in the middle lives pattern hacking. It’s in hacking up a pattern that some of my best lesson have been learned….frustrating ones for sure, but alongside the failures has been the highs of successes.  I love that I don’t have to be a fit expert to take a pattern, tweak it a little and make it into what I’m looking for.  I started sewing because I wanted to make things that fit my body shape and define my own style.  I like being able to tinker with an existing pattern to make something my very own; my vision and no one elses but without the hassle of figuring out a sloper, etc. I don’t have to reinvent the wheel; I’m a hacker, baby!  I’d much rather pattern hack than pattern shop. I’d rather sew and experiment than read a pattern making book.  You feel me? I want to DO THE THING!  (more…)

The Great Pattern Hack :: Jane from Buzzmills

The Great Pattern Hack  Jane from Buzzmills

There is something for just about everyone in today’s Great Pattern Hack!  Seriously. Jane from Buzzmills joins us and her seemingly endless amount of energy has translated into THREE pattern hacks!  She outfitted her family in Fourth of July garb by transforming a Charlie tunic from Made by Rae for her son in Indigo fabric collection; hacking a Burdastyle short-sleeve jumpsuit in On The Town fabric; and romper-izing a Josephine Dress from Violette Threads in On the Town! She goes through, in detail, on her blog so do not miss it.

Wanna play along?!
Feeling inspired yet? Getting hacking! Join in by grabbing some Michael Miller fabric and showing 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 .  It’s been so fun to see your creations so far! Keep ’em coming.

Wondering if you won 5 yards of fabric in the flash giveaway?  You can enter until noon today! Watch for a winner at 4pm EST.

There will be lots of giveaways —fabric and patterns!–throughout the hop so stay tuned…

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  :: Jessica and Ericka at Violette Threads
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!!!

Great Pattern Hack :: Flash Giveaway

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Surprise! Today The Great Pattern Hack is all about getting fabric to YOU!  Michael Miller is giving away FIVE YARDS OF FABRIC! It’s a generous amount certain to give you the creative freedom to hack any pattern in the universe.   Choose from the Seedlings collection or Garden Glitz.  Head on over to their blog, Making it Fun, for the details and to enter.

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Good luck!!

This is a flash giveaway so all comments need to be entered by Thursday, 7/2/15 noon.  Winners will be announced Thursday at 4pm

For more chances to win, head over to the MMF Instagram account, Facebook or the blog.

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The Great Pattern Hack :: Kait from Michael Miller Fabrics

Great Pattern Hack - Kait from Michael Miller Fabrics

Oh, I love when this happens…when you get to see the person behind-the-scenes! Today’s ‘hacker’ is Kait, one of the powerhouses behind Michael Miller Fabrics. She does social media, the blog, outreach to bloggers and even some fabric design assistance.  She’s a true Jill of all trades and she’s a lovely women and a friend.  I was so thrilled that she decided to join in and sew along with The Great Pattern Hack.  She pulled together a dreamy dress by hacking the gorgeous Anna Blouse from Charise Creates.  Doesn’t it look like a dress Jane Austen would wear on a picnic? I’ve fallen in love with this blouse pattern myself and love Kait’s tweaks.  Be sure to check out how she did it on her blog. Kait used the sweetest eyelet fabric and a flow-y print from Garden Glitz.

Wanna play along?!
Feeling inspired by Kait and Jess? Getting hacking! Join in by grabbing some Michael Miller fabric and showing 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 .  It’s been so fun to see your creations so far!

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 lots of giveaways —fabric and patterns!–throughout the hop so stay tuned!

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  :: Jessica and Ericka at Violette Threads
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 :: The Sewing Rabbit hacks shorts to a skort!

Great Pattern Hack _ The Sewing Rabbit Hacked Shorts into a Skort

Yay!! It’s here! Today is the official kick-off of The Great Pattern Hack co-hosted by myself and Michael Miller Fabrics and we are starting off with such a great pattern hack! The inimitable Jess from The Sewing Rabbit loves bike rides with her husband so she pulled together an ingenious Skort DIY.  She hacked a pair of BurdaStyle shorts in peacock Seedling fabric. Such a perfect, happy summer outfit idea and she stitched up an adorable little girls outfit to boot! Catch all the details (and bury yourself in amazingness) on her blog!

Are you a pattern hacker? Then, 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 just like Jess does? 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 lots of giveaways —fabric and patterns!–throughout the hop so stay tuned!  Tomorrow we get to see what Kait, the behind-the-scenes beauty at Making It Fun the Michael Miller blog has sewn up!

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  :: Jessica and Ericka at Violette Threads
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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