Monday, June 17, 2019

New patterns in the shop!

Today there are 8 new patterns in the Project Run & Play shop.  They are all designed by Project Run & Play designers in recent Seasons, and you're going to love them all!  
These patterns are perfect for summer sewing.

Over the next 2 weeks, each of these new patterns will be featured in detail.  Some of your favorite past Project Run & Play designers have sewn up the patterns and will be sharing them daily.



Plus there's a sale!  What would a pattern release be without a sale?  Here are the details:

Use the code newpatterns20 for 20% off your entire purchase in the Project Run & Play shop!
If you buy 3 or more patterns, use the code newpatterns25 for 25% off your entire purchase

And finally, each designer will be giving away 1 pattern of the winner's choice from the Project Run & Play shop, so be sure to check out their makes everyday.

Pattern collections are already discounted and excluded from the sale.  Sale begins now and ends at midnight EST June 30.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Season 20 Sew Along Winners

Today the winners of the sew along are revealed!




Prize Package #1: Chosen by panel of advisors from USA/Cananda entries
Approximate value $300

The winner of this package is:


@babynestusa on Instagram for the Wanderlust theme.

And she will be recieving:


$40 Gift certificate from Raspberry Creek Fabrics


6 yards of fabric from Michael Miller Fabrics


$20 Gift certificate from Simply by Ti


$50 package Sewing tools from Fiskars


8 patterns from Violette Field Threads 


Prize Package #2: Chosen by panel of advisors from International link ups
Approximate Value $100

The winner of this package is:


@bomblesandmookin on Instagram for the Signature Style theme

She will be receiving:

Oliver + S Building Block Dress book ($25 value)


$25 gift certificate from Sofilantjes Patterns


$25 gift certificate from Suco by Susana


$25 gift certificate from Iris May Patterns



Prize Package #3: Popular vote winner
Approximate Value $170

The winner of this package is:


@mk_waddell on Instagram for the Monochrome Mania theme

She will be receiving:


$40 Gift certificate from Raspberry Creek Fabrics


4 yards of fabric from Michael Miller Fabrics


$20 Gift certificate from Simply by Ti


3 patterns from Violette Field Threads 


Prize Package #4: Random winner
Approximate Value $145

The winner of this package is:


@creativebutton on Instagram with her Wanderlust look

She will be receiving:


$40 Gift certificate from Raspberry Creek Fabrics


2 yards of fabric from Michael Miller Fabrics


$20 Gift certificate from Simply by Ti


5 patterns from Violette Field Threads 

Thank you so much to everyone who sewed along and took the time to link up!  What do you think of this new format for the sew along?

Oh, and come back next week when we get to announce something VERY exciting!
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Flat Lay Photos {Part 3 - Editing and Finished Photos}

This week our Season 20 designer are discussing flatlay photos.  Up today is editing and finished photos.  Scroll to the bottom for links to the other posts in this mini series.

Hi, I'm Susana from Suco by Susana, and welcome to part 3 of the Flatlays blog post series!  Today we're taking a look at lighting and how to edit your photos to get beautiful flatlay photos of your creations.
Let me just start by saying that I'm not a professional photographer.  I'm a pattern designer, a mom who sews, and I take my own photos for my patterns, listings, website, and social media.  I take most photos with my phone, and I know a bit of how to use my DSLR camera (so that I don't have to shoot in full automatic mode). :-)  My photographing skills and knowledge have been improving over time, and I'm happy to share some tips that work for me.

As Monica wrote in part 1 of this blog post series, lighting is very important.  Ideally you would set up your gear next to a large window with lots of natural light coming in in just the right angle, and wouldn't need to use anything else.  However, most of us (me included) don't have a perfect setting to take photos in our homes, so sometimes we need to use a flash, or edit the photos later.

Most smartphones today have really good cameras and lenses, and you can even adjust some simple settings while shooting, so you can take gorgeous photos with them.  Iris from Iris May says that "when using a mobile phone (an Iphone or any Android phone) you can manage the brightness of your picture right before shooting.  Tap the screen before taking the picture and a sliding bar with a sun symbol will appear.  You can move the sliding bar with your finger to make the image brighter or darker."

If you have a DSLR camera you can use a specific lens.  Iris uses "a light sensitive lens (50mm) with which you can take very bright indoor pictures by opening the diaphragm".  Lenses can be expensive, but you can find good 50mm ones for around €100.

If you still don't have enough light, for example if you're shooting at night or if it's a very dark day, you'll need to use a flash.  Here the first rule to remember is to not use your camera's built-in flash.  It produces a very bright and harsh light, pointed directly at what you are photographing, so it creates deep shadows and the result is not pretty at all.
What you can use is a Speedlite flash.  It attaches to your camera's hot shoe, and you can rotate it to point at the ceiling or a wall behind you.  This way the light bounces off the ceiling (or the wall) and brightens up the room without creating shadows.  You can find good and inexpensive speedlite flashes on Amazon that fit most brands of DSLR cameras (for my Nikon camera I have a Neewer 750II TTL that costs a little over €50 on Amazon.)  If you decide to buy a Speedlite just make sure to choose one that fits your camera's particular brand and model.


In these photos you can see the difference of shooting with or without a Speedlite flash, and also with a smartphone.  The first one, with no flash, is obviously very dark, and would need a lot of editing.  The second one is bright and has no shadows at all.  The third one, with the smartphone and no flash, is also bright but has some soft shadows giving it a more natural look.




After all that comes editing your photos.  First up you don't need any fancy editing software to edit your photos.  I think that most people use Adobe Lightroom to make simple edits, I have Photoshop but I don't really know how to use it :-), and you can use any program that you have (free or paid).
 If you took care to shoot the photos in good lighting and background, you won't need to edit a lot.  You may need to crop and rotate the photo, and to adjust the brightness or contrast.  If you need to brighten the whites, turn up the exposure just a little.  Simple edits can make a big difference.  When posting on Instagram you can even edit all this right inside the App in your phone.
I took the photo below with no flash because I had sufficient light coming in the window and it just needed a few editing to have it as I wanted.



I hope you liked this blog post series, and that you found our tips helpful!  If you're on Facebook, there's a group where you can learn a lot, share tips and get help with your pdf pattern photography called PDF Pattern Photography Posse.
Happy sewing!
Susana

Flatlay photos arrived on the Project Run & Play scene a relatively short time ago.  Their purpose is to level the playing field by helping the public focus solely on the clothing when they are voting.  But flatlay photos are hard!  Perhaps they can even be described as an art!  

The extremely artistic flatlay photos of the Season 20 designers are undisputed in quality.  So I asked them to put together a series of posts to help the rest of us in our flatlay photo game!  Here's the schedule and the main contributors:

by Monica of MaMeMiMo and Iris of Iris May Patterns

by Anne of Sofilantjes and Christina of K√§ferlgschaft

Day 3 (today) Flat Lay Photos {Part 3 - Editing and finished photos} 
by Susana of Suco by Susana