Are you in the mood for a #sewingdare?

Sewing Dares

I’m bringing them back: Sewing Dares!

Once upon a time, way back in 2013, I dared K-Line to knit a pair of socks. She did, and then she knit more! I started daring a few other people… and 8 months later (aka. the last time I blogged a roundup) thirty eight people had completed sewing dares, including Sew Busy Lizzy, Grainline, Crab and Bee, Busy Lizzie, Maria of Denmark, Quirky Peach, Ginger, Heather B, Three Dresses, and a heap more. It was fun, and I think it’s time for another round!

Here’s the deal: Basically, if you want a dare, ask for one. You could get a dare from me, or ask any other blogger… or maybe just ask, and someone, anyone, will give you one!

A good dare should be a fun challenge, just slightly outside your comfort zone. I like looking through people’s blogs before giving them a dare, to see what gaps there might be and look for anything they’ve mentioned wanting to make but haven’t. Don’t be scared! You always get to approve the dare by accepting – it’s a dare, not a demand! 🙂

Here are an example of some of the dares from last time:

  • I got dared to try piping and dart rotation
  • use a vintage pattern
  • sew from your stash
  • make a new-to-you silhouette
  • hack a favourite pattern into something new

A good dare should inspire you. Last time, I felt bad posting a list of unfinished dares – I wanted those people to feel included, but not guilty! Let’s consider those old dares, erased, and start fresh.

Here are the official Sewing Dare Rules: 

  1. Have fun. Stop if it is not fun.
  2. Sew your dare by May 31st (with an honourable extension until the end of June, because life is busy. After that, we’ll wipe the slate clean again.)
  3. Did I mention to have fun?

IF YOU WOULD LIKE A SEWING DARE, COMMENT WITH YOUR REQUEST/PARAMETERS! It might help to mention your blog, IG or Twitter so we can find out more about you. And if you’d like to dare someone, check through the comments and give them a dare!

On your marks, get set… GO!


138 thoughts on “Are you in the mood for a #sewingdare?

    1. You make lovely things! Alright, here are two choices for your dare:
      1. Make a maxi dress for the festival you are going to, bc festivals are 100% more fun if you are swaning around in a maxi and large sunglasses.
      2. Use one of the fit and flare dress patterns you like to make an office-appropriate peplum blouse!
      You chose!

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  1. Aww… I hope you bring this back for a third round sometime. (Like maybe in the fall or winter, hint hint?) I feel like I didn’t get to participate as fully as I would have liked last time, since that was in the midst of sewing my wedding dress, and I have even less ability to do so this time around! I will be looking forward to seeing what dares pop up out of this, though.

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  2. Well, I’m just about to start MMM15, and my sewjo is at an all time low! I’d appreciate a dare as a way of rebooting my creativity and actually getting something made.

    I think my main limitation is that I’m on a stashdiet, no new fabrics to be bought, so it would have to be something I can make with what I’ve got.

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      1. Oooh! Well, the obvious dare is to sew a cardigan, if you have an appropriate knit in your stash. As a backup – dig through the stash and find a piece of fabric you were *SO* excited about when you bought, and is now going unloved. Don’t stress it, just cut it up and sew it into something!

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        1. Nice dares! I’m definitely up for both of those. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else gets dared!

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  3. hey maybe i should finally post the ruggy shirt i made for my sewing dare!! hahahahaaaaaaa!!!

    actually, i can’t…i just pilfered the buttons off of it for my southport dress. oops. but he has another (new, and better) shirt waiting for buttons…

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  4. Your dare challenge is fantastic! Happy to have got the ball rolling 🙂 This time, I suggest you dare me to start a skin care line – that’s about as much out of my comfort zone as I can go this season! But I cannot wait to read about how it goes for others…

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    1. Dude, I’m just going to dare you to FINISH starting a skincare line and open your shop by the end of the month! 🙂

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    1. You just got back from Japan? Now I’m super jealous. I lived there off and on for a total of 5 years, but I haven’t been able to afford going back now that no one is paying me to be there!
      Dare-wise: I dare you to either make something inspired by your trip (J-fashion, Japanese pattern books, architecture, colours in pictures, whatever) OR hack a wintery pattern you’ve used before to make a summer version! Your choice!

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    1. I always enjoy your makes! But in the name of MMM, I’m going to dare you to make another pair of jeans/pants by the end of the month! (Or, if you prefer, do me a favour and make the Southport dress in a knit, bc I’d love to know how it would turn out!)

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    1. You are a hard one to dare, because you already make such a fabulous range of stuff! Cute dresses, knitwear, mummy costumes… What could I add? You mentioned it’s your last year in highschool – does that mean you’ll be heading to uni next year? If so, I”m going to dare you to sew either a bathrobe or quilt/pillow to take with you! There’s nothing better than a little bit of homemade style when you set out on your own. On the other hand, if you’ll be living at home for a while longer, then I’m going to dare you to make high-waisted Ginger jeans!

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      1. Yes I am heading to uni next year, to do costume production! It’s funny that you mentioned a quilt, because it’s something i’ve been thinking about, so challenge accepted! I’m a complete novice at quilting so this is going to be interesting!

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        1. Excellent! But learn from me – my first quilt (still unfinished) is a king size, and that is just TOO MUCH QUILT! Good luck and have fun!

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    1. Muhuhahaha – I’m going to have to think about this one! Hmmm….
      Option 1: Sew some cute pjs for summer.
      Option 2: Do you have a handmade quilt on your bed/couch? You are always making quilts for other people!
      *edited* OOH! Or: Make a leather jacket! (Partial leather also acceptable.)

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      1. Oooh! Interesting choices!! I’m saving up fabric for a big quilt right now (although I have a few that my mom made for me, so I’m not in desperate need of one… just seems like fun!). But looking down at the seriously ratty pajamas I’m wearing tells me that I really need to go with option 1! I never take the time to make things for around the house, but my pajama collection is SAD! Thanks for the dare!!!

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  5. I am absolutely in. What a great idea Gillian! I’ll take on anything just no bras or anything that can’t be worn with a proper bra. Ha!
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    1. Hmmmm…. Hmmmm…. I dare you to… sew something with reverse applique! (Unless you already have and I’ve forgotten it!) Could be knits or wovens or anything! Alternately: sew a throw pillow for your new couch that reflects your love of embellishment and creative sewing techniques!

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    1. In honour of all the refashioning you do, and being more sustainable, I dare you to frog an old piece of knitting (yours or from a second-hand shop) and make it into something new!

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      1. A dare for you… that’s a challenge, actually, because you seem pretty fearless and adventurous in your sewing! How about lingerie? Swimwear for summer? Or maybe a vintage pattern?

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        1. Scratch that: I triple-dog dare you to sew a piece of outerwear! Bonus points if you use leather in some way. You are the queen of topstitching, so go forth and conquer jackets!

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          1. Now that is a challenge – and my husband seconded it when I told him. I’ll have to think of a pattern I want to use. Thanks Gillian! Expect to see a jacket of some sort in my future.

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    1. Hmm. I know you have a collection of vintage pins on pinterest. How about making something modern-day wearable inspired-by or that incorporates a particular feature from something vintage-y you’ve pinned lately.

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    1. Ok, the simple dare is to sew curtains for your new sewing room… the harder dare is to figure out and make something that you could wear as part of at least 2 different outfits in MMM – the intangible missing link to make orphaned clothes into the perfect outfit!
      Your choice!! 🙂

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      1. As I sit here on this cool, rainy May morning I realize that none of my handmade garments are pants or jackets or anything warm. So I accept your dare to figure out and make something for at least two outfits. (I will likely also make curtains – I completely forgot that as an option for our windows).

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    1. Oooh! I love the stuff you’ve been doing lately knocking off RTW… and you’ve got your whole spring wardrobe planned… hmm…. how about a date-night outfit, and ask your parents to watch the baby? (Seriously, I think you could rock a Nettie dress!) Alternately, have you ever made a jumpsuit?

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        1. For the cost of 1m fabric and an hour or so of your time, I think you’d better make a Nettie dress!! But a jumpsuit would be great on you – I wonder how the new republic du chiffon one would be in a challis or a rayon jersey?

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    1. You’ve been busy pattern testing! And since you mentioned wanting to get more comfortable with knits (now you are talking my language!) your dare is: Sew a secret pyjamas knit dress!

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      1. Gah! Wait, can I go back and choose truth instead? 😀 I did say dare me and that’s certainly taking me outside my comfort zone! I have four yards of a lovely ITY navy and white polkadot. Can you suggest some patterns?

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        1. ITY will be great for a dress! I always find it surprisingly well behaved. My all-time favourite dress patterns are the Kitschy Koo Comino Cap (Search for it on my blog and you’ll see a bunch of versions) and Sewing Cake Tiramisu (awesome pattern, but most people find it fits better if they size down a bit in the bust). Something like the Christine Hayes Marianne dress is nice if you like dresses without a waistband, or any of the classic skater-style dresses with a snug bodice and full skirt are easy to sew and wear!
          Or if you don’t wear dresses much, maybe a skirt or top instead?

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          1. Oooo! Some great options! And Simplicity just released a couple of cute knit dress patterns too. So, are you just handing out dares our are you taking one yourself?

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  6. I’m so glad sewing dares are back. I missed out last time. As you can see from my blog, carihomemaker.com, I like to make dresses. I can’t wear just dresses this summer though, not when the family is talking about going camping. The thought of my plus-size self trying on rtw shorts literally makes me want to cry. I have both Gertie books, the Gertie butterick capri pants pattern, kwiksew 3854, BHL Holly, Ginger jeans, and the Colette Clover pattern. Please someone narrow it down for me and choose one of these bifurcated options to dare me to make.

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    1. Oh, a shorts dare it is then! I love Ginger jeans myself, but I think altering them to make shorts that aren’t skin tight down the thighs would make for a stressful project. The Gertie and colette pants I’ve heard might have some fit issues sometimes, so I’m going to suggest the BHL Holly pants (because everyone looks glam in them, and people seem happy with the fit) and the Kwik Sew pattern for shorts because it so cute and the shape looks flattering and straight forward! Ho about aiming for a finished pair or either pattern, or muslins of them both?

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    1. /\ (evil clasped hands) Two choices: 1. Write and submit a post to CSC by June (pattern reviews are easy!) or 2. Sew up one of the patterns you mention liking in any of your past new pattern round-ups!

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      1. I forgot to come back, but yes, I accept! I will definitely do #1 (I actually started working on a post after you wrote this), and I hope to do #2, as well.

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    1. Dare #1: MAKE THAT GRANVILLE SHIRT! Now! Go! Sew it!
      Dare #2: (Because dare 1 is something you already said you’d been meaning to do for months…) Try sewing something with a knit! A pencil skirt maybe, or a tee shirt?
      Choose one dare or both! 🙂

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      1. I actually spent half of yesterday taping the Granville pattern together! And I now have a sewing machine with actual zigzag stitch. I accept.. both, I think.

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    1. Your dare, mi’lady: Sew something inspired by your Wardrobe Architect project, or a second project from either the Gertie book or the GBSB book!

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  7. YES! The dares are back! I’m so up for one but I don’t really have any idea what… except No Jeans Please! I couldn’t stomach that, heading into summer. Or a knitting dare?? Still got a lot to learn there too 🙂 Hmm, sorry to be so non-specific!

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  8. Duh wordpress accounts! I suspect I just sent a comment that links to the wrong place… so let’s try again…

    Dare – yes please! Anything except jeans! Or maybe knitting?

    Hope I’m not unintentionally spamming you. 🙂

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    1. Ok, it’s on: I think you need to try sewing a Japanese pattern! (Or knocking off one) You are rocking the modern volume look late.y, and I feel like Japanese just might be perfect for you!

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    1. For you, a special teacher dare not to be finished until July!
      1. I feel like you could rock wide-legged pants (at least on a day you aren’t cycling.) I dare you to muslin a pair!
      2. If there aren’t days you don’t cycle, then I dare you to sew something by a Canadian designer other than Sewaholic!
      (Oh dear, both of those involve buying a new pattern. If you want a different dare, just let me know!)

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      1. Actually… I have patterns for both of those things. And both are on my to-do for this year. One of them is the Wearing History Smooth Sailing trousers (and thanks to chain guards, anything is bikeable), and I have a Victory pattern and a couple of Jalie patterns… like the jeans, which I really need to get cracking on. (I’ve also got the Ginger jeans pattern, but skinny jeans are not really my thing, so I need to cut my teeth on boot-legs first).

        Challenge accepted!

        Oh, wait. MUSLIN?!!!

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        1. Hahaha – I only said muslin in case you didn’t want to waste/buy good fabric. Make real pants of you want to!

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  9. ‘Oh Gillian, what FUN!’ says me.

    I haven’t played ‘dare me’ since I was a kid, and trust me, that was a very long time ago. ‘k, I’ll bite…

    ‘Dare me to….?’

    I wasn’t going to put in any parameters, but I’m having serious flashbacks, LOL. I have a sewing blog…so…something sew related?

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    1. It cracked me up that the day I posted about sewing dares, I walked out of school and heard some kids playing truth or dare! Their dare was to lick a post…. glad I’m not 8! I promise not to dare you to do anything unhygenic!

      In the name of flashbacks though… I dare you to sew something inspired by a childhood outfit or an old favourite item that’s been lost/worn out/outdated. Give an old classic a new twist!

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    1. Wow, you’ve covered a lot of ground in just a few months of blogging! Pants, shorts, knits, wovens, bathing suits, dresses… You’ll have sewn everything soon!
      Have you considered the Grainline Morris blazer? I think it would look really good on you! And perfect for spring and summer. That’s your first option for a dare: Sew the Grainline Morris!
      Option 2, bc I feel bad daring people to buy a pattern… a maxi dress for summer!
      (I’ve got summer on the brain!)

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      1. Ha thanks Gillian, I don’t know that I’m thaaaat close to sewing everything, but I sure am trying… and to keep the ball rolling, I’m up for your dare(s)! Maybe I’ll start with a maxi and see if I can’t get the morris blazer in as well. I have been wanting to tackle a blazer ever since I started sewing…so maybe it’s time!

        Thanks for the nudge 🙂

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        1. Excellent! A maxi and possibly a Morris blazer it is. (The good news is that the Morris Blazer only takes maybe 3-4 hours, so it’s not a big project!)

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    1. Wait, did you JUST have a baby? And you want a dare? You, mi’lady, might be a superhero. I will make it a quick dare then, nothing too time consuming!
      Two options, and you pick the one that sounds most fun for you!
      1. Make a special pillow case for your daughter’s bed – I bet she’d love picking fabric from your stash! (I made some here: https://craftingarainbow.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/sewing-a-rectangle-can-be-more-fun-than-i-thought/ but there are lots of fancier tutorials online with pockets and trim and extra details!)
      2. Do some hand/machine embroidery/embellishment/applique on something for either of your kids!

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  10. This is exciting and scurrrrrry- but sign me up for a dare, please! Unfortunately it’s been radio silence on my blog for a bit, so maybe this is the kick in the pants I need!

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    Thanks!

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    1. Did you ever make a wrap dress inspired by the DVF exhibit? If you haven’t, that’s your dare!

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    1. I don’t see many people actually sewing from their pattern books, so I’m going to dare you to make at least one this from a pattern book this month! And barring that: CULOTTES!

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    1. Sorry to be late handing out your dare – life got crazy! Ok, for you… How would you feel about a dare to sew for someone in your family? They take such nice pics for you – maybe it’s time for payback? Or if you are already sewing for them, how about **dah dun dunnnn** something to wear to the beach? Doesn’t have to be a bathing suit, but something summery and beachy!

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    1. Hi Karen! Sorry to be late with the dare! And now May is 1/3 over.. but I’ll extend the deadline, I’m sure! 😛 (Don’t all sewing deadlines get extended?)
      For your dare: How about making a project bag for your crocheting? Or if it sounds like more fun, I dare you to make yourself a summer top!

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    1. It’s never too late for a dare! (Well, especially as I’m quite late handing out the last few… 😉
      And oh my gosh, you made the dino tales I’ve had pinned forever! They are amazingly cute. Well done!
      Since you mentioned needing more everyday clothing for MMM, I’m going to dare you to make 2 everyday basics! (I’d accept one – you DO have little kids!) For bonus points, use a TNT or sew two versions of the same pattern at the same time. Chain production is the way to go!

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      1. Once again I am late in coming back to check for a reply! Ok so how is this for a coincidence! After lamenting my lack of basics for me made may I decided to whip up two basic tanks for myself. I used a variation of the scout tee for both of them. One I blogged not long ago and the other is yet to be blogged. It’s like I pre-empted your dare! How funny. Here is a link to the one that I have blogged – http://www.houseoflane.com/sewn-vogue-1247-a-scout-tee-hack

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  11. I’m a bit late to the party, but if you pick up this comment I would like to [nervously!] put myself forward for a dare, although I might have to aim for the extended deadline of end of June being realistic. I have a small (but growing) stash and a few patterns including some I haven’t tried yet. My blog is http://whosewssusews.blogspot.co.uk/.

    🙂

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    1. Seems like your dare really needs to be about making tops for MMM!!! So I either dare you to finish that Scout from the shelf before you sew anything else, OR to bang out a Renfrew or two!

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  12. Oooh dare me please! (If I’m not too late, that is?!)

    My only requests are no trousers or non-wrap skirts (waist size still changing too much post-baby) and any tips/dresses need easy access to boobs due to that aforementioned baby 😜😁

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    1. Well, you mentioned a couple months back wanting to make more vintage patterns… but I don’t see any in your recent posts, so I dare you to do that! Vintage sewing, maybe on a vintage (matching era) machine? Happy sewing!!

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      1. Ha ha that actually matches a lot of my sewing plans for the best couple of months! Including the vintage machine part 😉 although I will take this as a good kick in the pants to finally do the post I’ve bren planning around that for a few weeks now! 😊👍

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  13. Gillian, I’m latecomer to the dare party, but it sounds so fun that I am hoping that if it’s not too late that you can conjure up one for me :D. I’ll be away from home the first half of June, but I’d love to have a sewing dare to tackle when I arrive home. I’m a lousy (ok, uber lazy ;P) blogger, but you can check out my neglected blog ( http://www.ginpins.blogspot.com ), my Kollabora ( link on the blog ) or flickr ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/9086011@N06/) if you like, which will give you a small glimpse of some things I’ve made. I’ve been sewing forever and have the huge stash of fabric and patterns to prove it — I’m up for trying any sort of dare you want to toss at me. You might need to dare me to actually blog my dare project too LOL!

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    1. Damn girl, your lingerie sewing is amazing!!!! I’d like to dip my toe into those waters this summer, but I’m a little chicken… guess I need to dare myself! 😉
      Two possible dares for you to choose from, then:
      1. Try a pattern designer you haven’t used before, or
      2. (Watch out, this is a toughie and a bit self-serving) Since you don’t get around to blogging often, write a guest post for the Sewcialist blog (which I coordinate and which is sadly quiet this spring) about “Getting started on sewing lingerie!” Could me about patterns, materials, how much to invest on supplies, resources to look at… We could do a month of bra-making stuff in July, and you could be part of it!
      https://sewcialists.wordpress.com/

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  14. Ooooh, you’re the absolute dare expert Gillian! I’ll accept both dares :D. I have a couple recently purchased patterns from designers whose patterns I’ve not sewn before (Papercut, Christine Haynes), so I’ll move those to the top of the sewing queue. However, #2 is the perfect dare for me — it’s within my capabilities, but outside my comfort zone. I’ll think about the topic and contact you in a couple days to focus in on ideas for a post.

    I enthusiastically encourage you to dive into lingerie sewing this summer — it sounds far more difficult than it actually is. You’ve made undies already, so you’re really halfway there. Personally, I think that bra sewing is easy & fun, it’s the fitting that’s the challenge. However, once you achieve a good fit fancy custom lingerie is all yours for the making, and at a fraction of the price of buying something similar :D. Thank you for the both the dares and your kind compliments :D.

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    1. Yaaaaay! I’m glad you are interested in a guest post – and if I’m organising the monthly theme, I’ll definitely have to bite the bullet and sew some bras myself! This is going to be fun!!

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