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Sewing Some Shorts on a Sunny Summer Saturday!

As you may know I am primarily a quilter. I occasionally sew bags, or accessories, but very rarely sew clothing. This is in no way because, I dislike sewing clothing just that I don't have much experience with it. When Rachael from Imagine Gnats contacted me about her fantastic upcoming event "shorts on a line", I was ready to jump right in. I feel that sewing a bit of clothing here and there could really broaden my sewing skills, which in turn will improve my quilting.

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In light of my current Quilting & Sewing Events 101 series, I felt this was just the perfect timing to participate in a wonderful sew along. If you haven't heard about it yet here are the details.

This July, imagine gnats, Designs by Sessa, and small + friendly will be hosting "shorts on the line", a summer sewalong.

For the first three weeks in July, they will be sharing guest posts with shorts inspiration, tutorials, and pattern reviews. Those sewing along at home will have a chance to be featured in our sewalong round-up posts the last week of July. Rachael just released the information on the sponsors and it is pretty unbelievable! Even if you too don't sew clothing, get a pattern and get sewing, because these prizes are amazing!

You can read all about the prizes and rules at imagine gnats, but believe me they are amazing. Fat Quarter Shop, Pellon, Sew Fresh Fabrics, Joann, Ikea, Olfa, Sew Mama Sew, Fresh Squeezed Fabrics, and the list goes on!

Here is the super fun schedule for the hop! 

7.1 shorts on the line kick-off!

Week One: imagine gnats

7.2 Rachael (imagine gnats) and Melanie (A Sewing Journal)
7.3 Courtney (mon petit lyons), Inder (Inder Loves Folk Art), and Nicke (Kiss Kiss... Quilt)
7.4 Rashida (i heart linen) and April (Sewing Novice)
7.5 Andrea (the train to crazy) and Kristy (Hopeful Threads)
7.6 Shannon (luvinthemommyhood) and Erin & Carla (Clever Charlotte)
7.7 Emma (Hello Beautiful) and Cassandra (Cass Can Sew)
7.8 Gail (probably actually) and Becky (Owly Baby)

Week Two: small + friendly

7.9 Carla (small + friendly) and Sophie (cirque du bebe)
7.10 Ros (Sew Delicious) and Veronica (sewVery)
7.11 Shelly (Figgy's) and Alyssa (Pile O'Fabric)
7.12 Jessica (a little gray) and Diane (from blank pages)
7.13 Kristin (skirt as top) and Kelley (Casa Crafty)
7.14 Katie (There and Back) and Tara (girl like the sea)
7.15 Alli (B. Yazoo) and Jennet (Feathered Nest Studios)

Week Three: Designs by Sessa

7.16 Vanessa (Designs by Sessa) and Jessica (Me Sew Crazy)
7.17 Cherie (You and Mie) and Jane (Buzzmills)
7.18 Karen (Sew Well Maide) and Stephanie (The Crafty Kitty)
7.19 Bianca (Sweet Diesel Designs) and Tara (true, pure, lovely)
7.20 Jenny (Stumbles & Stitches) and Susan & Adrianna (crafterhours)
7.21 Danny (Mommy for Reals) and Marian (Lady Face)
7.22 Jill (Made With Moxie) and Christina (2 Little Hooligans)

Features and Deadline

7.23 sewalong features, Rachael's favorites
7.24 sewalong features, Carla's favorites
7.25 sewalong features, Vanessa's favorites
7.26 final deadline for shorts sewalong entries
7.27 viewers choice voting begins

Winners Annoucements

7.28 judges' choice third place announced
7.29 judges' choice second place announced
7.30 viewers choice winner announced
7.31 judges' choice first place announced


Okay ladies (and gents) the rules are quite simple:
1. Sew (or knit/crochet) a pair of shorts. Adult and child sizes welcome. Anything that shorter than a pant (capris, clam diggers, bloomers, swim trunks) is considered fair game.
2. Shorts must have been completed during the sewalong: July 1-26, 2012. (It's okay if you started early, but they must have been sewn for the contest and finished during the sewalong.)
3. Upcycling and refashion are encouraged, but simply chopping off a pair of jeans won't win you any fabulous prizes.
4. Enter to win by submitting no more than three pictures to the flickr group. Be sure to add a description (links to blog posts are okay), the more we know about what you did the easier it will be for us to be impressed!

Judging Criteria

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:
1. Craftsmanship: high quality construction, nice finishing
2. Creativity: design, fabric choice, unique style
3. Wearablity: functional, well-fitting
4. Presentation: nice photos, cute styling

Did you see me on the list? Yup, I'm there! I will be reviewing a New Look pattern for toddler shorts. I plan to make slight changes and add a little quilters flare!

Hope you will join us! Now I have to get going and sew some shorts!

Get ready by joining the shorts on a line flickr group and check out our shorts on the line pinterest board for some short-y inspiration.


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Alyssa Williams

Alyssa Williams

Creator of Pile O' Fabric

Alyssa Lichner is a graphic designer turned avid sewist. She writes modern quilting tutorials and shares techniques and inspiration on her blog, Pile O’ Fabric. Alyssa has a passion for exploring different techniques and applying them to modern designs. She is thankful to have the opportunity to share these techniques, through her tutorials, patterns, and classes with quilters around the world. She always encourages her readers and students to challenge themselves to try new things and to approach quilting with a fearless attitude.