Thursday, April 19, 2012

"I Will Wear it in Public" Sewing Challenge Homepage

In previous challenges we have made pillows, tote bags, clutches, and home decor items.  One area we haven't dipped into yet is clothing.  Personally, I have had very little luck and gotten very little satisfaction out sewing garments.  Nobody wears any of the clothes that I sew for them, including myself!!!  I want to change that.  I want to take the time to do it right and (fingers crossed) be happy with the results.  How about you?  Are you ready to sew something only for you?  Don't you think it's about time you pampered yourself with something nice, something you'll love, something you'll actually wear in public?  I am!  Please join me and accept the I Will Wear it in Public Challenge!

  1. The theme of this challenge is to sew any garment that YOU will be proud enough to wear in public. 
  2. This is a sewing challenge so machine or hand sewing is a required element in your entry.
  3. You must make a new garment for this challenge.  
  4. Upcycling and refashioning of existing garments is acceptable and long as you follow the second guideline.
  5. Don't confuse garments with accessories like hats, scarves, belts, etc.
  6. You must try something new when creating your garment.  That's where the "challenge" part comes into play, right?  Maybe you've never used a pattern, or sewn with knits, or installed a zipper.  Here's your chance!
  7. It's not mandatory, but please take a few minutes to get know your fellow participants.  Check out their blogs, facebook pages, pinterest boards, etc.  We're all in this together so let's show some support!

The Challenge Timeline:

  • Sign up and submit your entry by May 31, 2012.
  • Voting will take place throughout June, 2012.
  • Winners will be announced in the beginning of July, 2012.
The whole challenge in a nutshell:

  1. Fill out the easy sign-up form so your profile can be displayed at the bottom of this post.
  2. Accept an email invitation to the challenge's Google discussion group.
  3. Become a contributor to the challenge pinterest board.
  4. Promote the challenge through your blog/twitter/facebook etc.
  5. Finish your challenge entry by the deadline.
  6. Make a blog post (I can make one for you if you're not a blogger) about your entry.
  7. Vote once a day for your favorite entry.
  8. The entries with the most votes receive bragging rights and fancy buttons.

Grab a button for your blog:

Garment Sewing Challenge: May 2012

Garment Sewing Challenge: May 2012

  • Find the Garment Challenge Pinterest Board HERE.
Here are some pinterest boards from previous challenges:

Maha Lub from Spain
I made the same challenge to myself some time ago and came out with a fantastic yellow skirt! ;)
Pam from Austrailia
Threading My Way
I've just retired after 30+ years of Teaching, so for the first time in my life, I can wake up each day and decide how I will spend all the free time that I have. Amazingly, I wonder how I had time to fit in work. The majority of my spare time is spent sewing, blogging about sewing, or outside in my garden.
June from Iowa
Creations by June
Oh so happy for this challenge!!!  I have started sewing again in the last year and my new years resolution was to not buy new clothes unless from the person who made them or thrift store or make them myself!  I have a wedding at the end of June and have bought some really cool fabric to make a dress out of...but sort of nervous about it as it is harder than the elastic waist skirts I have been sticking with.  This will make me do my practice dress before using "good material" for the real dress!!!
Lakshmi from India
Adithis Amma Sews
SAHM.  Freelance fashion designer.
Kadie from Texas
Seven Alive
I am a craft mama to 5 fantastic kiddos.  I love to do all kinds of crafty things from sewing to cooking to crocheting.
Kei from the UK
Unfortunately Oh!
Crafter, bargain-hunter and volunteer!
My Photo
Steph from Nebraska
Steph Jacobson
I am married and have a 5 year old son.  I work full time as a pharmacist.  I hate housework.  I love to sew.
Marci from California
What you have to say
sleek maxi
Lee from the Phillipines
Lee Sew Junkie
Advertising copywriter by day, crafter 24/7.

Melody from New Zealand

Married, Mother of 2, love to make, bake, craft, knit & sew.  Also love a good challenge!
Lucija from Croatia
2 cut(e) 2 sew
I am Licija, work-at-home momma from beautiful Central European country Croatia.  I began to sew 16 years ago and it was true love.

Jasmine from Ontario
I love to sew.  I haven't sewn in a long time, so this will definitely be a challenge for me.
Katie from Minnesota
Unconventional Katie
I am fine tuning my skills as an artist and exploring whatever I can get my hands on.  I live in a cozy home with my boyfriend and two dogs. 
Traci from Scotland
My Handmadehappiness
Hi my name is Traci and I'm a SAHM of 2 boys.  When I'm not caught up in life & laundry, I'm sewing and crocheting!!
Kristin from Australia
pritty tings
Hi, I'm Kristin a 29 year old mother to a very busy little boy and wife to a very agreeable and understanding husband.  I work part time and when I'm not busy with chores or playing with blocks on the floor, you will find me baking, sewing, shopping or blogging.  I have been sewing for less than a year and have learnt heaps but still have so far to go!  This will be my first attempt at sewing a garment and I am quite frightened but hey, what better way to learn!
Helen from Alabama
Nanna's Place
Nanna to 7, party/wedding decorator for my church, love to sew for my home.
Kate from Australia
My Very Own Happy Ending
I'm a 20-something uni student with a small handmade business who NEVER sews clothes for myself!
Nancy from California
I sew and craft.  Brother this'll be the first time in a long time for me!
MiaJonique from Maryland
Decor Galore: DIY
I am new at sewing but I think this will be a great challenge for me.  I love pushing myself and I'm super excited about this contest.
Adele from England
Mammy Made
I am a SAHM to two beautiful girls and I normally sew and crochet things for them to wear.  I hardly ever make anything for myself so it will be a nice challenge to make something I will be able to wear!
Donatella from Italy
At some point, I'll figure out how to make...almost everything.  From head to toes and around the house.  Never let the battery of imagination run out of juice!
Melanie from
North Carolina
Bear Rabbit Bear Crafts
I'm Melanie from Bear Rabbit Bear Crafts.  I love crafting, DIY, sewing, and writing.
Katy from California
Mom of four, recent college grad...ready for the next adventure in my life & hoping for some free time now to craft and unassigned reading!
Lana from
The Netherlands
Lana Red
Hi!  I'm Lana, and I have been doing crafty thing for as long as I can remember.  I love a challenge and this sounds like a lot of fun!  Happy sewing everyone!
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Rikka from Montana
Challenge Hostess
Ricochet and Away!

I know I've got enough sewing skills to sew a decent garment for myself.  I just need to get over my dread of "wasting" fabric on myself.  It's so much easier to sew for others.....
Thanks to everyone who accepted this challenge.  You all are such an inspiration!  Now let's spoil ourselves with a cool garment we'd be proud to show off!


  1. Another great challenge for May!
    Unfortunately, I'll be sitting this one out, but I'll be following your progress and waiting for the challenge that will follow.

  2. Count me in, Rikka... wouldn't miss it!!!

  3. I am really excited about this one!! I REALLY hope it I can pull it off. Count me in!:)

  4. I am in ! this is my cup of tea; i make more of garments than accessories. So game on . i will surely make this challenge count; is it only for ladies or can i make one for the little lady my daughter who is 5 year old;

    1. Please make something for yourself. You know Pam from Threading My Way has a linky for girl's clothes? Her button is on my sidebar. Excited to have you in on this challenge! Your expertise will be appreciated!

  5. this is so funny.... hope to learn some of the correct ways of doing things with you girls, I have a lot of ideas but 0 technique.

    1. Good! I'm not the only one! Here's our chance to improve our skills!

  6. Cautiously signing up for this one; it sounds like fun but I need to come up with something new to try--am thinking shirring, since my first ever attempt went horribly wrong (as in, the bobbin case shredded the elastic D= )

  7. Does an apron count ? Sorry probably a dumb question

    1. I'm gonna say no on an apron being a garment. No need to be sorry, though. I'm sure some of my other readers were wondering too. I love aprons and plan to have an apron sewing challenge some time this year.

  8. I signed up but not sure if it went through or not, after signing up I saw the word "entry" due by 31st lol I thought that was the sign up deadline, glad I caught that! lol!

  9. Hey Ricochet, thanx again for hosting this challenge... I so look forward to getting stuck into it!! I have the pattern and fabric! I was wondering how do I get my pic up next to my bio :)

  10. sorry for not being as active as i would like on the challenge but am having a lot of work to do lately and also i'm starting a new job on a tv program...... am gonna reChallenge myself!!!! i have to make something (i don't know what & how yet) that i will wear on the tv show!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahaha! hope that this temerity helps me with some extra points to compense my lack of participation ;)
    one lub

    1. A positive attitude goes a long way with us as well. Good luck on your new job!

  11. Wow! I hope it's not too late to join, I just found the challenge via Seven Alive's blog. How FUN!

  12. Hi, I just signed in, I hope it's not to late! What a great idea for a challenge!



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