For all those people who were sad not to join yesterday’s meet up in London, fear not little chickens! I’ve come up with a bit of collective fun for our summer sewing, if you think you’re game.
I’d recently noticed the incredible amount of sports-themed sewing that’s been going on, from Fehr Trade releasing her own patterns for running outfits, to Scruffy Badger’s Running Bows, to Papercut’s Ooh La Leggings and Closet Case Files’ Bombshell Swimsuit. I’d even argue that Colette Pattern’s Albion jacket has a place in the exercise sewing arena. This was all so inspiring!
At the same time, I’d become really frustrated with my own lack of engagement with exercise. If it wasn’t for Ella’s dog walks, I’d be in serious trouble. I needed a kick up the derriere, and I finally found it when an idea came to me – the Sporty Summer Sewathon!
The rules of entry are simple. All I ask is that you sew something – anything! – with a vague sports theme, either for yourself or someone else. It doesn’t need to involve lycra. You could…
- Sew an outfit for your kid’s extra curricular sporting activity. (Home sewn ju jitsu outfit, anyone?)
- Embrace the curvacious glamour of a Bombshell swimsuit.
- Eat strawberries and quaff champagne whilst wearing a 70s tennis outfit. (Swoon. Childhood memories come flooding back. Not of the champagne, obviously.)
- Sew yourself a truly self-indulgent ballet skirt.
- Make some comfy yoga pants.
- Shorts for cycling. Shorts for the beach. Shorts for anything!
- A waterproof jacket for walking the dog.
- A glamorous dress for the local salsa class.
- Sew crazy golf trousers for you or a loved one.
- Embrace the 50s with a bowling shirt, as The Spoolettes recently did.
Once you start thinking about what sports and exercise really mean, it can cover almost anything that gets your heartbeat racing and let’s you have fun. (Steady, now! No Nuddy Pant Suits allowed as part of the Sporty Summer Sewathon.)
What am I going to make? I’m torn. I’d love to make a Bombshell Swimsuit, but dare I be photographed wearing it? I’d also still love to solve my dilemma of the Ultimate Cycling Skirt. Maybe I could try a 70s culotte pattern for whizzing around the London streets?
Tempting, very tempting…
So, are you in? I’m going to give us a deadline of Sunday 6 July, which just happens to be the Wimbledon final. There will be an online party naturally, and prizes, double naturally and this Sewathon is open to international entrants, triple naturally. All I ask is that you post a comment on 6 July, linking to your make and/or email me a photograph.
Strawberries and cream, anyone? Any patterns you’d recommend for this challenge?
PS The bicycle shot is from a very old make, blogged about here. I don’t totally recommend this pattern, it took loads of adjustment!