Friday, April 17, 2015

Fabricworm Birch Knit Challenge!

Have you been meaning to try sewing with knits?  I know this is a quilty kind of place, but you can't be out and about reading sewing blogs and shopping at online fabric stores without running into enticing knits, can you?  If you're like me, you've thought about sewing with knits for awhile and need only a last convincing push.  I finally tackled knits when I made those baby gowns during my pregnancy.  And I'm soooo glad I did!  It was much easier than I imagined and opens up new sewing possibilities.

What about you?  Ready to take the Knit Challenge?

The good folks at Fabricworm have sponsored our Knit Challenge to bring knits to a sewing machine near you.  Challengers will choose from among four Birch Organics knit fabric collections, selecting a total of 2 yards of knits.  Armed with free fabric and a motivating deadline, this is your chance to go forth and conquer knits!

You could choose from...

Serengeti Knits by Jan-Cyn Designs


Knit Solids


Nurture Knits by Charley Harper


Mod Basics


That's right, so many great choices!  And, we can even help you out if you need a pattern.  Fabricworm is offering challengers a 50% coupon for the purchase of a knit pattern to ship with your free fabric.  You might consider...

baby clothes!
a comfy wrap

chic dress
or sweet girl's blouse


So really now, what would you sew with Birch knits?  Seriously, start thinking because their yours for the taking.  Four participants will choose 2 yards of Birch Organics knits from among the collections shown here!  But, of course there's a catch.... you have to sew with it.  Like soon!  This fabric is not going to languish on those shelves.  Nosirree.

You can use a Fabricworm knit pattern or any knit pattern or free tutorial you like!  You can also participate if you've already sewn knits here and there.  Just promise us you'll branch out and try something a little outside your comfort zone!

Here's how it works...  On Monday I'll announce the 4 participants, our knit challengers.  As soon as we have your address info, Fabricworm will mail out those fabrics, likely getting them in the mail by Tuesday.  Then, you must make something... anything!!!! using only the Birch Knits you selected.  Participants can use their own buttons, trims, etc. to embellish if needed.

There's a deadline!  Really, it's a good thing, cause that means you'll enjoy this now.  You must finish sewing your project and post pictures by Sunday, May 10th.  (For that reason and due to unpredictable shipping speeds, we're going to have to limit the challenge to U.S. residents.)  Participants can either share the results on their blog, or if they don't blog, sharing pictures on flickr or anywhere else online will do.  We want to see what you make because...

You and your project will be featured here!
  On May 11th I'll be posting about our challengers, with pictures of your project and hopefully some tidbits about your process.  Looking forward to it!  You people never fail to inspire me!  Now, all we have to do is figure out which of you 4 are destined to get your knit on.

So, go ahead, convince me.  What you would sew with knits if you become one of our challengers?

******Update******

Due to a shipping glitch, the challenge is being delayed by one week.  Finished projects will be shared on the 18th!

35 comments:

  1. I can't wait to the challenge open for international folks:)

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  2. A skort!! My daughter loves skorts and wears them all time (and I love them because I know she's covered when she's doing all her cartwheels on the playground!). Her absolute favorite skort has reached its shortness limit and I just told her this morning that today is the last day she can wear it (the skorts have finally made their way out of the closet after such a long winter!). That resulted in a big, sad frown. To make her (and me) feel better, I suggested I try to replicate the skort in new material and make it longer. She perked up with that idea. So, whether I'm part of the challenge or not, skort making is in my future!

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  3. Oh wow! Can you believe I just found out my cousin had a baby and she is a tiny <3lb thing in the NICU. I would love to make some tiny clothes for her for when she comes home. And organic knit would be perfect!!! Please please pick me :) I will not disappoint!!! Thanks for hosting this.

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  4. this sounds like just the nudge i need to get over my trepidation about sewing with knits -- which would be great, since that's mostly what i wear! i've been dying to make a wrap dress, and lucky me, there is on for free on craftsy: http://so-sew-easy.com/wrap-dress-pattern/

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  5. My daughter lived in her little knit dresses last summer, and I'd love to sew her a couple more for this year. She had the cutest little striped racerback dress with a drop waist that we almost wore out from washing. I'd love to recreate that dress for her!

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  6. I would love to tackle a dress or skirt for myself! I've only dabbled in knits for the kiddos. I've never sewn clothes for myself, it's about time I did some selfish sewing.

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  7. I just finished my first ever successful t shirt, and thought, wow, knits are actually pretty great. I'm looking forward to jumping into a casual summer dress. I love the Nurture giraffes and think that I could have a lot of fun making a whimsical (slimming?) look with them. Thanks for this great challenge/opportunity!

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  8. Oh pretty pretty please! I'd love to take the plunge into really sewing with knits and want to do a little selfish sewing :). This tutorial looks just about right - http://www.randomlyhappyblog.com/2014/05/diy-colour-block-maxi-dress.html - enough of an idea to get me started, but simple enough to build my skills and challenge myself at the same time. It would be especially cute in one of those fun Birch prints on the top and a beautiful solid on the bottom. (oh my! those solid colors have me swooning!) The trick will be choosing which ones. It'll be a fun challenge to work with the 2 yards of fabric. P.S. I just recently had my stretch needle on the machine working on this embellished onesie - https://flic.kr/p/rHAqGY. P.P.S. I do my best sewing with deadlines and this one is perfect... not too long, not too short... just right! :)

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  9. Okay, here goes my shot at trying to convince you to pick me..... I have a little girl and for the past eight years I have enjoyed making things pink, purple and very girly. But I secretly desire to make something 'all boy'. I have been avoiding making such things after our baby boy passed away in 2009. For me it would be a huge challenge to work with playful boy colors. I'm thinking that maybe I would make some bibs or make a pair of overalls with a matching hat. Nervous and excited about the possibility. Good luck to everyone entering the challenge.

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  10. I would LOVE to give it a try. I've had this knit capri/sleevless shirt pattern for 2 years and I've never tried it because I've never sewn with knits before. I can sew a serious handbag, but I'm lost on knits and clothes for that matter. But for fabric as cute as this I'd get that pattern out and give it a try! :) Cindy

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  11. Oh wow, it's going to be difficult to choose 4 from all these wonderful posts! Well, here's my go:
    I have a shawl collar cardigan that my 9-year old granddaughter adores. She has asked that I make her one like it - it's cotton jersey - and I'm terrified. I've never sewn with knits before. I even purchased a serger from a friend thinking that I had to have one to sew knits. Now I see that you can sew knits on a regular machine by using a zigzag or stretch stitch. And when I saw those Charley Harper Nurture knits, and those Serengeti animals ... I must have courage! I can do this! Please please pick me so I can make my granddaughter the happiest little girl in New Orleans!

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  12. I'd make something for our granddaughter who loves to change her clothes all day long - 4 years old!! The new knits are so much nicer than the old ones I used when my children were little.

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  13. Dearest Rachel,
    I have worked with knit some but with varying degrees of success. I have three very young grandsons (6 wks, almost 2, just 3) who would wear little 'board' shorts well and these prints are so cute. I know I could get three pairs out of 2 yards, and since I sew for the grandgirls often, maybe this is the boys' turn?
    Thanks for the chance; this would be fun!
    Blessings.

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  14. I have been always been afraid of sewing with knits! For the last few years I've been wanting to sew the Every Day Tunic or Go-To Top from the book Sew What You Love by Tanya Whelan. I think I'd make one of those!

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  15. I have twin 22 m and 2 m old boys. I would love to take the Serengeti Tribe print and possibly Right Angle and make them into pj pants for the twins. I would take cordnitating solids and make shirts or a third print for a sleeper for baby brother. I've never sewed with knits and haven't made a garment since my 4H make it with wool days but I get so little sewing time these day that a "quick" completion (and a deadline to boot) would be a real boost. It would also be nice to weed out some cartoon character hand down pjs.

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  16. Sewing with knits scares me, but I would love the challenge! I would make matching mother daughter skirts for our upcoming trip to the beach for a wedding!

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  17. Forgot to say which fabrics...the herd teal and quills cream from Serengeti

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  18. My fourth child is due May 22nd and since I thought #3 was our last, I gave away all our baby clothes! I've sewn a few things for the new one but he/she could use a few other items. I'm eyeing that modern layette pattern and seeing some awesome gender-neutral combinations among the lovely solids and prints. So there you have it ... I'd make baby clothes!

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  19. I would love to make a new wrap dress from one of these knits! I have a knit wrap dress that I purchased several years ago and absolutely love. Unfortunately, this particular style is no longer available. I would like to take a pattern from that pre-made dress and create a new dress using one of the lovely Birch Knits.

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  20. Oh, what fun! I've always avoided knit fabric, but I love the look and feel of it soooo much! I've had my eye on the Mariposa Tee, and they sell it at Fabricworm! ;) I've been afraid to work with knits, but I could jump in with both feet now! And I've been making so much stuff for other people, I deserve a little something for me, right? The mid-blue solid, or something peachy would be great. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  21. Oh I would totally go for the monetta dress in the multi colored feathers, or pastel quills knit fabric.

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  22. So sorry you can't pick me (I'm in Italy!) but this is a great challenge, would love to join. How about an International division?! Anyway I would love to try knit fabric to make a matching set for my daughters: skirt, bracelet and scarf that doubles as a headband!

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  23. Dresses and dresses and more dresses. With six girls running through this place, we never have enough dresses. I've had this one pinned for the oldest http://sweet-verbena.blogspot.com/2011/07/boho-maxi-dress-tutorial.html

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  24. this is the year i'm going to sew with knits. i have several yards of both practice and "real" knit waiting to be made into sundresses for myself. no reason other than i really don't want to mess this up! when i saw the collections, i literally bounced when i saw the charlie harper penguins (i love his birds! i love penguins! match made in heaven!) having an official deadline would make me do this. bonus: i'd be able to wear my new dress in time for my birthday!

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  25. Omg! Their knits are stunning!! Can you an out and about dress, a lady skater or meridian cardigan? I'm swooning!

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  26. I would love to get my hands on some of this knit fabric and use the One Hour Top pattern from Fancy Tiger Crafts. I think it would be fun to add Alabama Chanin inspired design details to the top.

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  27. I am wanting to get better at knits! I got a serger for Christmas and have only used it 3 times so I'm ready to go and finally having more time. I want to make a wrap style dress that I can nurse in (like the Yaletown Sewaholic pattern) or a new skirt like the Crescent skirt for summer since I hate shorts! And I'm so blahh with all my clothes after having a baby over the winter.

    I would probably pick either Charley Harper Twigs in the gray or a solid. Or maybe I would get brave and do a more fun Charley Harper, since I love birds and his design sooo much!

    Can't wait to see what somebody makes, I need the inspiration.

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  28. I have been looking all night! I love Charlie Harper and have never sewn with knits. This may sound bad but I'd like to make a Bess Top. I already have the pattern. Using the Charlie Harper Nuture Koala Koala and a solid green that match or gray. I think it would be great for summer and I know the kids at the Library would love it. I am ready to accomplish this challenge if you assign it to me. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  29. This is awesome! I made three baby gowns using knits from fabricworm after seeing your post (they are on my ig feed) and then I used the leftovers to make a t-shirt and baby leggings. Really, truly the interlock knit is so easy to sew with, and I happened to pick up a used server on Craigslist so now all my seams look professional. I'd make the lemon drop tunic/dress by AMH for my daughter in Charley Harper ladybugs and solid tomato sleeves. I already have the pattern:). Thanks for the push to try knits! Everyone should give them a go!!!

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  30. Ah, so cool!! For several months I have been dying to sew the Moneta but the knit-fear keeps holding me back. My greatest fear concerning knits has been that ever since my old machine busted and I bought my Juki, I no longer have the fancy stretch stitches that I used to. I have my mom's very, very old kenmore that I have used for zig-zagging that might have a stretch feature (what it does, I do not know!). But, I have also read on the Colette website about using a very long zig-zag as the stretch stitch...scary to think about, but it would open a whole new world of knit opportunities for me. I would be honored to sew a Moneta (maybe in one of the Nature prints) and report back on the trials and successes concerning this!

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  31. The Cake Patterns "The Tee!" I've been wanting to make it for years and years and years and I just ADORE working with knits! I DESPERATELY want to share my love of them with the rest of the world!!!!

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  32. I love these challenges and would love the chance to be in one! I've been eyeing the Soleil Dress and think it would be absolutely adorable in the Charlie Harper mice print. Maybe with the red feather knit as the bias trim.

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  33. I used to sew almost all the clothes for our family decades ago. Yes, I'm old. I loved those clothes. It took a long time to convince our youngest child he needed to wear cloth long pants to go to school after having the comfort of knits on his entire, short life. Knits have so much forgiveness in them. Then I got busy teaching for another few decades. My knit clothes finally wore out. Obviously, my children grew out of theirs. I would love the challenge!!!

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  34. I'm not new to sewing with knits, but I've not branched out beyond the flashback tee for the kids! I would love to make something for my youngest boy, about to turn two (!), with the charley Harper knits. He is my little naturalist and I know the designs would delight him! Maybe a sailboat top or a tee and some comfy shorts. Thanks for such a fun opportunity!

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  35. I'm not interested in the challenge but I recently found your blog with the onsies and there are 9 nurses pregnant at my daughters hospital so that's what I will be sewing with Birch knit and her best friend from elementary school. LOL

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