Monday, March 2, 2015

Designers: Where are they now? Jessica from Me Sew Crazy

Hello friends! I am so excited to be here today as part of the Project Run & Play March challenge. PR&P hold such a special place in my heart - I feel like when I participated way back in Season 2, it was a true turning point for me. I remember excitedly watching Season 1 unfold, and it felt like the whole world of sewing bloggers was opening up to me. Looking at Shwin & Shwin, The Cottage Mama, Freshly Picked, Sewing in No Mans Land, CINO, No Big Dill, and KOJO, and of course Lil Blue Boo - and thinking - WOW, they are superstar sewing celebrities. I was in awe, and played along e-v-e-r-y week for the link party challenge. It was new, and it was exciting. And I desperately waited patiently each week to see who the winner would be for every challenge. Little known fact - when Project Run & Play first started, Liz & Elizabeth were not running it. *GASP*. Ok, maybe you did know that - but the lovely ladies of Simple Simon & Co. were participants in Season 2 WITH me. I was drafted to participate in PR&P Season 2, and the woman running it at the time was looking for more contestants. With my big ole mouth, I piped up and said. "hey, what about those Simple Simon ladies, at that iCandy Handmade chick?". I should have kept my big ole trap SHUT because Liz & Elizabeth swept the floor with me - taking Season 2 for the win. HA. But I am glad they did, because look at them!!! Not only have they managed to keep PR&P running for NINE Seasons, but they have created the incredible Project Sewn spin off - and who knows what else. They are amazing, and I love them so much! Some of my closest blogging friends are the women I competed in Season 2 with, like Alida Makes, whom I am blessed to be able to get together with in person every few months. That is the beautiful thing about the sewing and blogging world. It seems vast when you first enter it, but somehow through the magic of blogs and Social Media, you become rather close. And what seemed so daunting when you first start, becomes an incredibly small world.

Project Run & Play was the turning point for me.

So what I have been up to since then? First and foremost, growing my blog. When I started PR&P, I was relatively unknown. (I am being kind when I say the word relative). NOBODY knew me. I now lead a team of 8 incredible ladies, and we work together to put out fresh content each week. With the help of my team, we reached over 2 million page views last year alone - and are only growing from there. Why do I tell you this? Because I strongly believe the sewing blogging world is about COMMUNITY. It is about leaning on each other, making friends, and lifting each other up. Project Run & Play was my kickstart into all of that, and it can be yours too. These ladies right here, they are my backbone. The 2015 Sewing Rabbit Team. Team  

    I have also started working with companies. Which I accredit in a large part to attending sewing and blog related conferences, and getting in front of these company connections face to face. I made the decision to go to Sewing Summit more than 2 years ago - and it opened the doors to a whole new world for me. Thanks to Sewing Summit, I met with the lovely people at Bernina. I now work with them as a 'Sewing Expert' on their We All Sew website, and am able to sew every day on their fabulous 350 PE -and- B 580. Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth After my Sewing Summit success, I went to Alt Summit - and have since started working with the DIY Network, HGTV, and Disney's Babble. And most recently, I have become a part of the Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores blogging team as well as Wayfair, and eHow.French Braid Scarf for Jo-Ann fabric & Craft Stores French Braid Scarf for Jo-Ann fabric & Craft Stores[/caption] I absolutely LOVE working with companies, I find that they help me to think outside of the box. And spread the passion I have for sewing with a broader audience then my blog could ever reach. So if ever you have thought about it, considered it, or wondered whether or not you should / should not go. My answer will always be, a resounding YES.

    I have also started a little on-line kids sewing pattern magazine called STYLO, with my good friend and past team member Celina Bailey. Maybe you have heard of it? 2Final   I absolutely adore STYLO. It is such a challenge putting the issue together each and every time, with so many wheels turning and trying to work with 40 different women in this incredible compilation. After each and every issue both Celina and I need to take a gigantic step back, and it is sometimes more than a month before we can even think about it again. It takes up massive amounts of energy, effort, organization, and dedication on my part. And that is not even going into the design elements that Celina pours into it. All of which are only possible because of the absolutely incredible women who come on board each issue and truly give us their ALL. The contributing editors blow me away, every. single. time. I have been asked before, how does one become a contributor for STYLO?!! It changes each issue depending on what we are looking for. But here is what I can tell you:
  1. Participate in the Link Ups on things like Project Run & Play or Kids Clothes Week Challenge. We are always on the look out there!! Hint hint.
  2. Reach out and ASK. I cannot say this will work, because we get loads of e-mails. But we do try our best to respond to them all. And sometimes the right e-mail will come at the right time - and Celina and I will just look at each other and say.....perfect.

    And there you have it! It has been a wild and crazy ride since I first appeared here on Project Run & Play. But I have loved every minute of it. I am truly looking forward to revealing the free pattern tomorrow that you will be working with, and seeing everything you come up with! I always love making new friends, seeing new blogs, and being amazed by the talent out there. Thank you so much for having me here today Liz & Elizabeth, I am honored. And thank YOU so much for reading this and playing along...and until tomorrow, happy sewing!

March's Designer is....

Jess Abbott from The Sewing Rabbit!!!!  And we couldn't be more excited.  We met Jess way back when (even before PR&P ever started) and we have been good bloggy friends ever since.  Come back and see what Jess has been up to since she competed in Season 2 of Project Run and Play and then later in the week to see what project she has for all of us to sew with this month.  I will give you a hint...think Spring sewing.....and I am excited about that!

See you tomorrow!
Friday, February 27, 2015

February's Winner....

Happy Friday everyone! I know we don't say this enough...but we sure love you guys.  REally...all the things you sew for your kiddos---it's so inspiring!  You are all so amazing.
And speaking of amazing, our top ten were so creative! All the things done with a simple tee pattern, I can't believe it. Wowza.....
 
And our winner this month is....

And as our February winner she will be receiving some prizes from our ever-fantastic sponsors:
 
 
$25 fabric bundle from Riley Blake Designs
 


$25 gift certificate from Girl Charlee Fabrics
 
 
 
and a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop
 
Thanks again to our sponsors of Project Run and Play!!!!
 
Next week is our new month and our new contest with another of our past contestants.....see you then!  Here's to a wonderful weekend and hopefully some time to sew!!!
 
 
 


Monday, February 23, 2015

February's Challenge: Susan's Mademoiselle Tee

 
It is our last week in February and that means that it is time to vote!  Our special guest Susan from Living with Punks has narrowed the field down to her top ten choices and now it is your turn to determine this month's winner!!!  The voting is one vote per IP address and the poll will close on Thursday night at 8 pm (MST).  And a huge congratulations to each of our top ten......you are going to have a hard time choosing!!!!! 
 
Scroll down to see all of the top ten and then the voting box is at the end of the post.  GOOD LUCK!
  



2.  Pinafores and Piwheels--Mademoiselle Tween Tunic



3.  Paisley Roots--Zodiac Sweatshirt
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



8.  Shella Blue--Winter White Muscle Tee


9.  Gracious Threads--Romper Remix
 
 
 
 
 
 





Monday, February 9, 2015

February Link Up: The tee Shirt Challenge with Living with Punks!

Alrighty everyone! The time has come to start linking up your Mademoiselle Muscle T creations! Did you follow the pattern directly or did you mix it up? We can't wait to see. So start linking up and be entered to win prizes from The Fat Quarter Shop, Riley Blake, and Girl Charlee!!!
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February Challenge: The Mademoiselle Muscle Tee

We are so excited to reveal this month's challenge!
(There are so many possibilities with this one!)

This month Susan has chosen her free pattern and tutorial for:




Love this!

Now remember....you can sew it up exactly as is, add a little something new to it, or remix it all together.

Then next week when we open the linky party link up your version for a chance to win $75 worth of prizes!

Good luck!  We can't wait to see what all of you make!
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Designers: Where are they now? Susan from Living With Punks

Hello, Hello! Wow, my short appearance on PR&P seems like ages ago, but I'm so honored that the girls asked me back to participate in this unique year! Loving the concept! Since you last saw me, I have kept busy with my own blog, Living with Punks, and I freelance for a few other sites. I have shifted gears a little in the sewing area, trying to focus more on sewing for my home and interior design. I do still sew for my kids, although that has slowed down a bit, especially since my twin boys are 12 and mom-made clothes just aren't cool anymore ;) I'd love for you to check out what I've been up to!
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I've completely redesigned my 6 year old daughter's room and basically DIY'd everything! Even the Diamond Tufted Headboard... boy what an undertaking that was, but I have to say it was one of the most rewarding projects I have completed to date. DSC_0706_thumb I documented all my steps and posted every step and added tutorials for the projects that I thought people would want to know. For instance... DSC_1311_thumb-25255B1-25255D Ruffled Euro Shams. I love these beauties and the fabric is to die for! I found a new love while redesigning her room, and the fever started.... I have slowly moved from room to room and am currently working on my boys' rooms. You can see a few more spaces I have completely redone (and documented along with tutorials) below: DSC_04121 Our Living Room Makeover And, for all you sewing enthusiasts, my most recent reveal: The Sewing Space .
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I can't say that it always looks this clean (like, ever), but at least I documented it this one time ;) Here are a few of my most recent clothing sewing projects. This one was designed for the latest issue of STYLO...
Cali Faye's Gardenia Dress sewn by Living with Punks
 
Easy Bandana Shorts by Living with Punks
This was my latest favorite summer project where I made a pair of shorts using just 2 bandanas I feel so blessed to be a part of this fun series and to have been asked to participate 4 years ago with PR&P. I absolutely love the heart and spirit of Project Run & Play and hope that it inspires you as much as it inspires me! And, I can't wait to pick out your free tutorial.... can anyone guess what it will be?