Archive for September, 2010

Sewhat wins our “Sew your song” contest!

September 30th, 2010

Although our “Sew your song” brief obviously didn’t inspire you guys as much as we had hoped (only six entries this month!!), we have a winner that we are really, really happy about: Sewhat‘s little bolero jacket is titled “Our Own Pretty Ways” and proved to be everybody’s darling from the very beginning of the contest.

So this is the next pattern we will publish (once we’re done with last month’s dress by jens), and we have a feeling that it’s going to be an instant classic!

In the meantime, why don’t you have a look at our brand new contest? The theme for October is “The Sophisticated Skirt”. We hope that after the tricky musical subject this is something that more people can relate to, so let’s see what you come up with! 🙂


Work in Progress

September 29th, 2010

I know, I know, we’re running late with the pattern for jens’ dress – but I think it’s going to be great and so worth the wait! We hope we can shoot the pictures on sunday… in the meantime, here’s what it looks like so far (not finished yet!). What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments!

jens dress - work in progress

Paperbag Ensemble Dress

We know that a lot of you found this month’s “Sew your song!” contest really hard, which is probably why we don’t have so many entries this time – but the ones we did get are brilliant, so make sure you get your votes in by tomorrow. Our next contest is going to be much easier – promise! 🙂



Picking fabric

September 19th, 2010

In our forum, Shannon asked for some general guidelines to follow when choosing a fabric for a sewing project. Here are a number of things to consider before you go to the fabric shop:

If you are working with an established pattern (Vogue, Burda etc), you need to look at which fabrics are recommended on the back of the envelope. Since these patterns have already been tried and tested by people in the know, it is a good idea to follow the designer’s suggestions.

When looking at the picture on your envelope, make sure you take into consideration the profile of the garment – this means checking out the drape: does the fabric stand away from the body or is it snug? Is it a tailored outfit or is it loose and flowing? Are there lots of details?

When you are at the fabric shop it is important to unroll a length of the textile you are interested in so that you can judge whether it is suitable for your project.

How does the fabric feel? How does it fall? Will you be able to pleat or gather this fabric if necessary?

Look at the print or design on the fabric – a plain fabric will highlight the design lines of your outfit (think Jil Sander) whereas a patterned or textured fabric is very suitable for simple lines. Observe the fabric’s nap, shading and design (is it one-sided?).

Play around with the fabric. Stretch it – does it spring back? Crush it – does it wrinkle? Fold it and experiment with pleats.

Don’t forget to check out the label on the roll for care, fibre content and finishes.

Make sure you take a very close look at the fabric before you go to the check out desk. Take it to the window and hold it up to the light. Is the colour even? Are there imperfections in the weave? Observe the weave more closely – is it loose or tight? Will it unravel or fray easily? Does your design and grain correspond (if you are buying a printed fabric)?

And most importantly… how do you think the fabric will look on you? Does the colour suit your skin tone? How does the fabric feel on your skin? Will it match your intended wardrobe?

If you are still not entirely sure about your choice, take the pattern with you and ask the shop assistant – they usually know very well what works and what doesn’t!



Sneak preview

September 10th, 2010

Hello everybody!

Looks like this month’s contest is going a bit slow… is the topic too hard? Or is everybody just frantically working at their designs? Please, do let us know!

In the meantime, here is a little sneak preview of our next pattern, jens’ winning entry for last month’s contest:

Of course this is only a prototype of the top part of the dress, not the final fabric etc., but it does show pretty nicely what the neckline is going to be like. We also went through a huge pile of different fabrics last night and singled out three options for this dress. They’re all fantastic and we couldn’t decide which of the three it is going to be, but as soon as we know I’ll post a picture here!


PS: I just realized that in the photo you can see a paper model of our first pattern, the Celebrate Summer dress, in the background. Just in case you were wondering why it looks vaguely familiar! 🙂

Getting to know jens

September 2nd, 2010

I thought it would be interesting for everybody to know more about our first contest winner, jens, so here is a little e-mail interview I did with her:

Congratulations on winning the „Sunday, lovely sunday“ contest, Jen!

I am so excited for the pattern! I love the concept for your site and can’t wait to participate every month in the design contests.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where you are from and what you do?

I live in Huntington Beach, CA and am a stay-at-home-mom of two kids, a 4 yr old girl, and an 8 month old boy.  I have a small internet business that I also run- an online course to become a notary public.  I have a sewing blog that I am about to launch, just waiting for the photographer (my husband) to work some magic on some of my recent projects.  It has no posts yet, but it is called

What was your inspiration for the Paperbag Ensemble Dress? How did you get the idea for it?

I just made a dress using the Anda pattern from Burda-Style which has the same sleeve and neckline.  I think the style is so flattering on most women.  I also am in love with paperbag waist skirts, and thought the combination would be fun.  I have not seen a pattern even remotely like it, so I thought it would be perfect for the contest.

Do you sew your own clothes? Or are just into the designing bit?

I started sewing at 15, started a fashion design program my freshman year of college, and it didn’t work out.

Fast forward 15 years… I hadn’t sewn in a really long time, and a few years ago, when I started watching Project Runway, that desire to design and create my own clothes came back.  I didn’t really act on the idea until I got hooked on sewing blogs about a year ago and just a few months ago started sewing for myself again.

Do you have any advice for our other users when it comes to sketching a design idea?

If you google “croquis,” you will find some excellent fashion figures that you can print out.  I am not an artist, so I traced the body to draw my dress on.  It is so much easier to draw on than trying to draw the figure and the design!

And finally: which piece in your wardrobe do you love the most?

I love dresses.  I don’t have very many, but I am working on it and have plans to sew quite the dress wardrobe this fall!

Thank you, Jen! Looking forward to seeing more of your ideas in our contests!


We have a winner!

September 1st, 2010

Our “Sunday, lovely sunday” contest has just ended and we have our first winner here at Your Style Rocks! – check out the wonderful Paperbag Ensemble Dress, designed by jens, who is our first Style Rockstar. Congratulations!

We are now going to work really really hard to bring you the pattern for her dress later this month. And of course we’ll keep you posted about our progress, so come back often to see how we’re doing!

We have also just started our brand new contest. September’s subject is “Sew your song!” – read all about it on the Contest page. We can’t wait to see your ideas!

I would like to thank all our visitors for making our first month such a success. When we started this website on August 1st, we were hoping for 100 registrations in the first month and maybe four or five submissions for the contest. We never even dreamt of having 650 registered users and twenty truly amazing contest entries after only four weeks. It makes us feel even more excited about the future of this community and all the lovely designs and patterns we are going to see here! Thank you all – you rock!