Crescent Sew-Along: Let’s Do it!

Great news, the Crescent Skirt is arriving in the shop very soon! Pre-sales started last week through the mailing list, and this skirt pattern is a hot seller. Very exciting!

If you’re not on the list yet, it’s not too late. The pre-sale ends tomorrow, so sign up here. (No spam, I promise. Just sales, updates and a special offer!) After that, you’ll still be able to buy the skirt, but pre-ordering means you get your copy sooner!

So it’s time to ask, who wants to sew-along with me again? Let’s make pretty summer skirts together! (Or fall skirts. This skirt would be equally lovely with tights and boots, too!)

I really appreciated all of your comments and thoughts on the Pendrell Sew-Along after it was finished. It’s great to hear what you think!

Here are the improvements I’ll make this round:

  • I’ll choose a solid-coloured fabric so the construction photos are easier to follow.
  • I’ll do my best to add other sewing posts, not related to the Sew-Along, in between posts to keep the blog interesting. I can totally understand if you’re not sewing along, you still want to check in for pretty dresses and helpful sewing tips!
  • Pace-wise, some of you loved it, some of you thought it was too slow. Some of you thought there was too much prep work before getting down to the actual sewing. I’ll keep the pace similar, but I will have an official “start-sewing date” so you know what to expect.

Questions for you:

Regarding measuring, prewashing and cutting – would a round-up of links be fine? I have the posts from the previous Sew-Along, and if there are any new tips I’ll be sure to share them for your reference.

How do you feel about a Start Sewing Date of April 18th?

I’m in school every day, starting today until the 15th of April. After that, we’re set free into the world to work in our businesses. So if that works for you, I’ll be accessible and much more responsive after the daily classes are done! It can be later than April 18th if you want more time for your patterns to arrive. Let me know what you think!

Who’s in? If you’d like, grab a Sew-Along badge!

Right-click the image to save it to your computer. If you’d like to add a link to your badge, use this one to find all of the Crescent Sew-Along posts quickly and easily!

Looking forward to our second sew-along together! Happy Monday, everyone!


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38 Responses to Crescent Sew-Along: Let’s Do it!

  1. Suzie March 21, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    Sounds great! I have committed to signing up to sew-alongs in the past and failed miserably….but I’d really like to join in on this so I’m going to try my best to stick to it!!! Pattern bought so just waiting for it to arrive, when will you be sending them out? It has to make it’s way to the UK tho so I guess it will take a little while.
    Really looking forward to this sew-along!

  2. Angela March 21, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    I’m in!!

  3. Ashley March 21, 2011 at 6:53 am #

    Yay my first sewalong! The date is perfect too, my friend has asked if I’ll make her a dress for a ball on the 18th of April, so I’ll be done with that by the start of your sewalong! (the dress she wants is simple, but she has a huge chest so can’t find anything to fit!)
    Ashley x

  4. Joy March 21, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    April 18th is great. It’s turning warm in the American South, so I’m ready to sew up some summer pretties!

  5. Lindsay March 21, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    April 18th is perfect–I hope to have the dress that I’m working on finished up by then. I am definitely going to participate in the sew along this time! I can’t wait to get the pattern!

  6. Megan March 21, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    Yes, I’ll be joining the sew-along! Could you put the envelope back on the website some time soon, as I’ll need to order fabric online (my local stores don’t have good fabric selection), that way I’ll be ready when we start!
    Thanks for doing another sew along! I’m way excited about a new spring skirt.

  7. Mayalili March 21, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    I’m in !!! ^^

  8. Corinne March 21, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    This skirt is so cute, but waay to young for me! Therefore, I will follow along, vicariously, and enjoy the spirit of the sew- along! Your sew -a -longs are so nicely done that I am sure beginners and more experienced sewers will have a great time!

  9. Shannon March 21, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    I just ordered my pattern! So excited! I’m definitely coming along for the Sew-Along ;)

  10. Krysta March 21, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    I’m hopefully in! Hesitant to say for sure because I’m sure it’s a jinx… That’s what happened to me with the Pendrell sewalong xD

    The 18th is great! My finals wrap on the 20th, so I’ll be itching for something fun to keep me busy after that.

    I’m such a dork, I’ve already got my fabric and I’ve been doodling outfits to go with this skirt. And I may or may not have bought tights to go with it that don’t go with anything else I own. And the fabric I bought may or may not have saved a cardigan I never wear from the Goodwill pile in my closet. Hehehe.

  11. jadestar March 21, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    Yay! I’ll definitely try. Having got extra hours at work, and been ill ofr three weeeks I still haven’t finished the swing dress sewalong, but with luck I’ll be caught up soon. :)

  12. K March 21, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    Yay! This will be my first sew-along and I’m already excited!!
    Off to buy my pattern now :)

  13. Funnygrrl March 21, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    I am so excited! I agree that the pattern back showing fabric amounts would be helpful. I can’t wait to make a skirt to go with my Pendrell’s!

  14. Carlotta Stermaria March 21, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Woops! I believed I had suscribed to sewaholic mailing list till I read you post, Tasia! Now it’s done and I received a suscription confirmation, but nothing about the pre-sale yet…

    Some people asked about a lining tutorial, and I would have liked to know wether you planned to make one. I personnally think it’s a great Idea, especially for those who would like to make it in a slightly thicker fabric for fall. Also, contrasting linings are always such a pretty detail!

  15. Bhoomika March 21, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    So…I never finished my Pendrell. But that doesnt mean I dont have a huge crush on your pattern company. and have about 5 pendrells planned. I’ll totally join. and I also lOVE the idea of a lining tutorial for this one.

  16. Val March 21, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    That sounds like fun! I should be done with Easter dresses and prom dresses by that time and one of my girls wants me to start making skirts anyway… hmmm.

  17. Caro March 21, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    I’m in Tasia! But I need to buy the pattern! My first sew-a-long!

  18. Sewingdina March 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Yes I’m totally in. I’ve just subscribed to your mailing list to get my pattern! Can’t wait.

  19. Louise March 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Oooh, I’ve never done a sew along, but I’ve ordered the pattern so why the hell not!

  20. Kerry March 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    I’m in! Just ordered the pattern. Start date sounds perfect for me as I have a few things lined up to finish before then.

  21. Debbie March 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    I’m in! The pattern is ordered already. If you could post the back of the pattern envelope with the fabric requirements that would be great. I can start looking for fabric. I am busy doing the Me Made March and have discovered a big gap is my wardrobe is separates. So I need several skirts!!!! (to go with the Pendrells!). the date is good too. time to finish up my other projects.

  22. Rachel March 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    In my opinion the sooner the better date wise. Would that date get us sewing byt the 22nd? As that long weekend for easter (super long here as it’s also ANZAC day, woohoo 6 day weekend!) is perfect for sewing!

    I also agree with those who have commented above that if you could put the envelope back up sooner that’d be amazing so we can start keeping an eye out for fabric, and also a lining tutorial.

  23. Reana Louise March 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Yay another sew along! I’m happy that you reminded me about your special little deal running out tomorrow!
    I think if you link to the previous posts on washing / measuring / cutting that would be more than Ok as you explained it all SO WELL last time. I can’t wait to make a summery skirt for my trip to Italy! ReanaLouise x

  24. Karen in VA March 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    Think I might have to join this sew-a-long. Guess I better order the pattern…have some fabric in my stash that will make a cute skirt..

  25. sophie March 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    I just pre ordered my skirt – yay me! I am in Australia so it will be a Winter skirt for me. How exciting, can’t wait!

  26. Joolz March 21, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    I won’t be sewing along (because that skirt shape is pretty much exactly wrong for my body!!) but I am looking forward to any tips I can pick up from watching along :) I’m definitely curious about the zip insertion because I’m wondering if it is anything like the weird way I have cobbled together from about five different online tutorials!

    Using a sold coloured fabric is a great idea if, and it’s a big if, it has two easily distinguishable sides.

    I know I made a comment about the Pendrell fabric along similar lines, but it is only because I know from experience that it is frustrating to see photos of a brilliant tutorial and then realising it is very difficult to work out which side of the fabric is which.

    I find the best online tutorials have a fabric with an obvious right and wrong side, and often the sewist uses a contrasting colour zip, thread, etc, to make it really clear.

    I wouldn’t even have made my original comment if you had been sewing someone else’s pattern with your choice of fabric, but as you are trying to sell your patterns, then the absolutely clearest instructions possible can’t do anything but improve your sales. I just wish I could find your carnival mirror sister who is an apple not a pear and join in her sew-alongs with her patterns :)


  27. Lex March 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    I am in for my very first sew-along! Just ordered both patterns, but will have to wait for them to get to Australia.

    I have to say as well, I didn’t do the pendrell sew-along, but had just found your blog and just started sewing, and found it endlessly helpful and still really interesting to follow along with. I was even able to incorporate some of the skills into my one sewing project so far!

    Tasia, I basically just love the way you explain things. It makes sense to my poor non-sewing brain…

  28. Caro March 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    Oh I am curious though, is the sizing for all your patterns the same? As in the size chart for the Pendrell Blouse (which showed bust, waist, hips) will be the same for the skirt? (I know, maybe this sounds like a stupid question but I have to ask!) I understand the Crescent skirt is only fitted for the waist and flares out for the hips, correct? It’s just that I am not a pear shape, so the waist-hip ratio is off for my shape. Would I still be able to make the skirt and look cute like you Tasia? :P

  29. Kat March 22, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Hello! I would love to join with this sew along, the skirt is gorgeous. I have signed up to the mailing list but only did it recently, so i think i missed the pattern pre-sale. Is it to late, or am i missing a very obvious link somewhere?!


  30. Suzy March 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Similar question to the one Caro posted just 2 posts above. I’m not really a pear shape but this skirt is so cute and and do need more skirts in my wardrobe. Can i get away with it without having to do massive pattern modifications?

  31. Stephenie March 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    Well….considering my track record for signing up for sew alongs and not completing them, I probably shouldn’t. I do hope to see if the skirt can be lengthened easily (long legs!) so that it is of a respectable work length for slowly aging pear. I am sure it can be, but gotta wait for the pattern(s) to arrive!

  32. Kelly March 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    i am so in! Looking forward to sewing another one of your wonderful patterns!!

  33. msmodiste March 23, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    I’m in! Looking forward to it!

  34. Jennifer March 28, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    I’m in! Can hardly wait…and I’m also starting the Men’s Jeans Sew-Along with MPB, so it will be a fun and busy Spring of garment sewing. Hooray!

  35. Ginny March 31, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    Count me in on the fun as well :D!

  36. Jodi April 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    I’d love to join, too! My pattern is ordered and I’m excited for its arrival. I’ll shop my fabric stash for something pretty. I’ve got several fabrics that should be suitable.


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