Moneta Madness is Here

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Moneta what? MONETA MADNESS! This year we’re hosting a special event for the entire month of March. Together with Colette Patterns we are offering  20% off any and all Moneta Dressess. Just use the discount code MONETAMADNESS as many times as you like.

To take part in the tournament, just share an image on Instagram with the hashtag #MonetaMadness. You may take a photo of either your printed Sprout Patterns project, or the sewn dress, but the Sprout tag must be visible in the photo. On March 31st we will choose 4 finalists who will each win a $100 Gift Certificate to Sprout!  Not too shabby!

Need some inspiration? Check out the amazing Moneta projects already created on Sprout, or design your own!

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True Love’s Stitch: Learning to Sew

Today’s guest Blogger, Katie Allen, is part of the Sprout Patterns team.

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Are you tired of flowers and chocolate, overpriced gifts, and store-bought cards on Valentine’s Day?  Today we bring you a heartwarming story about how meaningful a handmade gift can be.  Even if you have never sewn before, making an extra effort to create something for a loved one is easy with a Sprout Patterns project.

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Todd and Leah – the early days!

Last summer, Todd joined our Sprout team as a front-end engineer.  A man of many talents, sewing was one thing he hadn’t tried.  Until now!  As we started printing out Sprout projects, Todd decided that he would like to sew one for his wife, Leah.  Cue the “Awwww”s.

He wasn’t about to start with something easy like our Lined Zipper Pouch, either.  Leah’s birthday was coming up, and he knew she would love the Myrtle dress by Colette Patterns.  The Myrtle is a great beginner’s project because it has a simple construction, and it looks flattering in various materials and on different body shapes.
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The first challenge Todd took on was picking a design from the Spoonflower Marketplace, which is no small feat…there are so many options to decide between!  After looking at pages of designs, he finally chose Lela Ikat in Plum from Willow Lane Textiles because Leah enjoys wearing purple.  Next was choosing the perfect fabric from Spoonflower’s offerings; after consulting with the Sprout team, he decided on Silky Faille to add an elegance and drape to the cowl neck of the Myrtle. Plus, Silky Faille has amazing colorfastness and washability, ensuring many wearings of the dress in the future.

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When the fabric had been printed, it stayed in a little box with matching thread under his desk for weeks!  No matter how much we encouraged him, he was a little apprehensive about actually starting to sew.  The Engineering Department sometimes has sewing nights where we all bring snacks, sewing machines, and our current projects.  At Todd’s first one, we showed him how to thread a sewing machine and sew straight stitch lines on scrap fabric.

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The serger was even more intimidating than the sewing machine. Nicole, the product developer at Sprout, helped him navigate the ins and outs of finishing edges with a serger.  Once Todd learned the basics of sewing and serging, he began staying late into the evenings to secretly sew the dress. His story to Leah was that there was a “bug” in the code on the website that he needed to fix 😉

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After following the sewing instructions, with a bit of guidance from Nicole and I, the week of Leah’s birthday arrived and Todd finished a beautiful Myrtle. For a final finishing touch, he created a belt from the leftover fabric in his Sprout project to tie around the waistband.  The only question that remained was–would it fit?

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The weekend of Leah’s birthday, he threw a surprise party for her with family and friends, and then whisked her off to a bed and breakfast in the mountains the next day.

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When it was time to go to dinner, Todd sneakily asked Leah what dress she was going to wear. She replied, “The one I packed!” and went to get it out of her suitcase. When she walked into the room, there was the handmade Myrtle hanging in the closet.

Leah was so surprised and amazed that Todd had sewn it by himself just for her. Plus, the dress fit and looked great on her. Success!

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The happy couple today

So, if you’re thinking of making something for someone, a Sprout pattern is a great way to start.  Allow yourself a little extra time for practicing your stitching, and don’t rush your sewing!  You can use your scrap fabric to practice, or for a #sprouthack like Todd’s coordinating belt where you add your own custom detail to the pattern. If you love the dress Todd made and would like a copy to sew yourself, you can find the project on the Sprout website.

Do you need help sewing?  See if there are any sewing meetup events in your area, or ask a sewist friend for advice!  If you are near Durham, NC, Spoonflower throws a “Pins and Needles” craft night every month in our Greenhouse, and there are plenty of experts around to offer tips and tricks.

Happy Sewing!  – Katie


12509779_951623122887_894740084662195081_nKatie is an artist, an engineer for Sprout Patterns, and a developer at Spoonflower. Her latest adventure has been learning Ruby on Rails. With a background in sculpture and costuming (including having worked for visual artist Nick Cave!), if she isn’t sewing, she’s building dovetail boxes in the wood shop. She also loves hiking, contra dancing, Iyengar yoga, and mindfulness meditation.

“Cool” Christmas Shirt

Today we are featuring a guest blogger—Curtis from Pudleston Patchwork. He is an extremely talented crafter who lives in a little village called Pudleston (hence his blog title Pudleston Patchwork) in Herefordshire, England. He says it’s a perfect place to relax and unwind with a needle and thread. Curtis used Sprout to create a lovely Negroni shirt by Colette Patterns, using Nicole Porter’s design Smarty Pants Deer, Navy.


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This was my first time using a pattern from Sprout and it did not disappoint! The men’s sewing pattern that they have on their website is a Negroni shirt, with the choice of either long or short sleeves.

The most exciting process of doing this project is picking which design to go with the look. With thousands of designs to use through Spoonflower you can really personalise the item you make. For this shirt I decided to go for a Christmassy theme as the festive season approaches.  The reindeer with glasses on was the pattern of choice and probably way too cool for me!

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When the pattern arrives it comes printed in the shapes that need cutting out, which saves a lot of time compared to using a paper pattern. All the shapes are clearly labeled. In addition to the instructions, I also received the original PDF pattern with all sizes. Just in case you need a bit of assistance, there are also plenty of online tutorials available.

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Starting point for me was inserting the front pockets pattern matching, and sewing the ‘lids’ for the pockets. Once the fronts are assembled I inserted the facing for the fronts (which I haven’t done on a shirt pattern before but really works to anchor the fronts in place).

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Working on the back I inserted the yoke to the top part, including top stitching to reduce bulk. Then attaching the fronts to the back at the top shoulder seams, again top stitching.

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The hardest part of the sew for me was the placket part on the lower sleeve. It took some playing and some googling but I managed to pop them in. Ironed interfacing into the cuffs and then attached to the sleeve.

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Overall I am really impressed with the fit and finish. And I LOVE the fact that it is all prepared which makes it easier to put together. In total it only took about three hours to create the shirt. (The power of Sprout!)

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We think Curtis did an AMAZING job with his shirt and wanted to thank him for being not only a wonderful sewist, but a gorgeous model as well!

If you’d like to try your hand at a Sprout Negroni, you can create one today in one of six fabrics, or copy the reindeer shirt that Curtis created. Also check out the suggested designs from Colette Patterns.

GR8FUL. 8 Days of Joy: 25% off Patterns

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8 DAYS OF JOY

It’s always a good time to be grateful! We wanted to show our appreciation for all of you with a fun pre-holiday thank you. Starting on Monday, November 16th at 10am EST, we will feature one patternmaker each day with a code to get 25% off any of their patterns. BONUS—there is no limit to how many items you can purchase, just use the code for that day to get the discount.

Each code is good for 24 hours*

The eighth day is a wildcard day – stay tuned, we’ll announce it shortly before 10am that morning! The schedule and codes are below. Enjoy!

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*Each code begins at 10am EST on the specified day and ends the next day at 10am EST. At this point, that code will no longer be valid, and we will switch to the next patternmaker’s code. The wildcard sale will conclude at 10am EST on Thursday, November 26th.