Today we want to introduce you to the rest of our generous sponsors and reward our hardworking judges!
Our first sponsor is Lolita Patterns. If you’ve never heard of this company (and for my Mom who just did a back flip at the company name) a short explanation. One of the major Japanese fashion movements is the Lolita movement. First off, this is not the lolita from the s*xy novel. In fact, there is less skin showing in this fashion style than in most others worn by young people. The young men and women dress in a fashion related to doll costumes of the Victorian era. There are a number of categories of the fashion, but frills, lace, petticoats and half-dresses are common elements. This concept of kawaii or cuteness can be related to a desire to return to a more innocent past time, a sort of reaction against the psychological pressures of present-day life that the young people have to contend with. Amity Gleason founded Lolita Patterns in 2013 for the woman who has a bold and eccentric style but is confined by the professional wardrobes required in many work places. She designs all Lolita Patterns to work as essentials in a professional wardrobe with Japanese lolita style elements. My favorite pattern, hands down, is the Spearmint, but then again I seem to be in a jacket phase right now!
Amity developed separate blocks for the smaller sizes and larger sizes results in a dramatically better fit. That’s why many of us sew, right? Each pattern is designed to be created in an assortment of different fabrics with the ability to make multiple style variations from one pattern. Another reason we sew! There is a sizing page explaining it very clearly. As each pattern comes out, Lolita Patterns produces numerous tutorials and sew-alongs on the website and blog. Be sure to visit Lolita Patterns and connect with them on Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitter (@lolitapatterns) and Instagram (LolitaPatterns)! Tell them thanks for rewarding our judges of Challenge Create: Adult Edition.
Sarah over at Sew Squirrel also agreed to sponsor Challenge Create: Adult Edition. When asked to describe the team at Sew Squirrel she replied, “The “us” at Sewsquirrel is currently a very liberally used term, that is generally used to describe me (Sarah) and my occasional helpers who assist with their areas of specialty. I started SewSquirrel due to pure frustration that I couldn’t get the Sewaholic Cambie dress quickly in Australia. To date, the Cambie has been my most sewn and worn pieces of clothing. Everything is packed, shipped and cared for in Melbourne Australia.” Don’t worry about shipping though, it’s $3 flat rate from Australia!
Sew Squirrel carries a large selection of patterns for Men, Women (like the Charlotte peplum pencil skirt above!) and Children as well as assorted Haberdashery (or plain old Notions, as we say over here!) One thing that’s very helpful about their store is that the patterns are categorized into patterns for knits and patterns for wovens. That’s for those of us who hoard fabric and need to use it up! Be sure to connect with Sarah and the Sew Squirrel Team on Facebook Twitter and Pinterest.
Up next is The Ribbon Retreat. The Ribbon Retreat is a global ribbon and fabric store that is amazing, fun, and full of top of the line products that inspire creativity daily. This fantastic business started as an online store in June of 2004. Over the years it has experienced a great deal of growth and in addition to an ever growing online business, also has an amazing retail store located in Shelley, Idaho.
The Ribbon Retreat was started in a most humble and simple way. In 2004, the owner, Lanae, decided she wanted to earn a little extra cash for Christmas. After stewing over what she could do to achieve this desire, she discovered that she could make and sell bows in a local craft show, on eBay, and on a small website. Not only did Lanae accomplish her goal and desire to make a little extra cash, she realized that she loved bows AND ribbon!
Because of her new found love for bow making her business was started and housed in the basement of her home. However, with love and nourishment, Lanae’s ribbon business grew and grew and grew to the point that she needed help and lots of it. With the help of her husband, Justin, they created a bow maker to aide in the bow making process and in the creation of a more finished and professional looking bow. With the creation of this bow maker, The Ribbon Retreat business expanded even more and at great lengths to the point of both Lanae and Justin becoming full time employees of The Ribbon Retreat.
Although The Ribbon Retreat began with such humbleness, it is now a successful and thriving business comprised of over 25 employees and is housed in a 10,000 square foot building, including a beautifully modern and brand new retail fabric store and a wholesale business that furnishes a large number of businesses and business owners with top of the line ribbon and exclusive ribbon. The business website showcases all of their fabulous products, from ribbon to fabric, from hardware to notions and everything in between, available to both local and virtual customers. Along with all of the above, The Ribbon Retreat also has a 3 year old blog that is full of greatly creative and fabulous tutorials, contests, and giveaways that are sure to inspire the newest beginner to the most advanced bow maker, seamstress, and DIYer. The blog has crafts galore and something for all!
They would LOVE for you to pay them a visit at their retail store in Shelley, the website or the blog. Also be sure to visit them on Pinterest Facebook and see their great tutorials on YouTube.
Natalia Lekala runs the TipTopFit Etsy Shop. The company has specialized in software engineering for tailoring clothes and designing tailoring patterns since 1989. TipTopFit offers pattern for every gender, occasion and age. The whole idea behind Lekala Patterns is that you get the patterns customized to your fit! They offer modern patterns that you will love making knowing they will be custom fit to you when you are finished! You can also check out the website or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter. Not only is TipTopFit Etsy shop donating 25 patterns for one of the contestants, but also 3 patterns for each sew along winner! (Yes, I forgot to mention this weekly, but be assured the weekly sew along winners will receive their patterns!)
Maria Denmark Sewing Patterns is run by Maria who lives in Denmark! She loves to sew, knit and do other crafty stuff. She designs her own patterns, and came about it like this: In 2002 she started sewing her own clothes, mostly because she didn’t like any that were available in the high street stores. She didn’t know anyone who sewed, so looking for inspiration, and likeminded people, she joined Patternreview.com and started reviewing patterns she had sewn. Soon other members asked her to help them get the Danish patterns she used. And shortly after she made an exclusive translation agreement with the designer of the ONION sewing patterns and Dennis (her husband) began programming a shop. And ShopONION was born.
Since then she became more and more interested in drafting sewing patterns herself and took a lot of classes on the design, drafting and grading.
So in 2012 she started publishing the MariaDenmark pdf pattern line, which are all patterns intended for everyday wear with very detailed instructions, making them easy to sew even for complete beginners.
Here is one of Maria Denmark’s skirt patterns. Don’t you just love that pleat? And I love the fact that Maria herself made and wore this skirt to a PR meeting!
This is another MariaDenmark skirt I just may be sewing up soon! I think that yoke would be perfect for holding in the post baby belly! I love the pockets on it too!
Here are several ways to connect with Maria: Twitter, Facebook, Pattern Review, Craftsy, Ravelry, Flickr Google+, and Pinterest! Basically, if you’re not connected with MariaDenmark, you’re just not connected!
That’s the round up of our awesome sponsors! Please go visit them and thank them for their awesome donations to our contestants and sew along participants. They truly made Challenge Create: Adult Edition worthwhile! Be sure to come back next Friday (May 9th) when we fill you in on where Challenge Create: Adult Edition is headed next!