#SewMyStyle is back for another year!
And I’m so excited to be returning as #SewMyStyle2019’s coordinator! Jessica is passing the reins over to me, and I can’t wait to keep a good thing going.
Preparations are just beginning, which is great — there’s tons of time for you to get involved if you’d like. I’ll be updating this page periodically with announcements until everything is settled. Then, it’ll end up looking a lot like my #SewMyStyle2018 page does. You can check out all of this year’s posts there, and #SewMyStyle2017 posts here.
How #SewMyStyle2019 Works
Each month of 2019, anyone who wants to participate in #SewMyStyle2019 will have two patterns to choose from. Sew up the pattern however you like, give it to whomever you like! But take a picture of it so that you can post it Instagram with the hashtag #sewmystyle2019 or to our private Facebook group so you’re eligible to win prizes. The last Sunday of the month is always our big reveal day, although you’re welcome to post before that deadline. All posts made before 23:59 in your local time are eligible for prizes. Prizewinners are randomly selected from the combined Instagram and Facebook pool!
Each month, two community leaders will sew up the patterns, and provide posts on hacks, styling, sewing support, and more! If you’d like to be one of those leaders, scroll on down to the bottom of this page and apply at the link.
- Do I have to participate every month? Nope, it’s drop-in! Participate as many or as few times as you like. The prize pool starts fresh each month so your chances are as good in your first month as in your twelfth.
- Do I get a discount on the patterns? Yep! As long as you’re signed up to the mailing by 19:00 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA on the 22nd of each month, you’ll receive the discount codes in your email.
- Do I need to re-sign up to the email list each month? Not unless you unsubscribe yourself for some reason. If you’re having trouble with the mailing list, please email me at hello @ maddiemadethis.com with “SMS19 Mailing List Issue” in your subject line so I can fix your issue super fast.
- I don’t want to sew this month’s pattern. Can I give my friend/sister/babysitter/neighbor/dog my discount code to use? The discount code is intended to be for you, the person signed up to the list. Obviously we can’t track who’s using the code, but we send them out in good faith, so please don’t share them! Plus our mailing list is free and easy to sign up to, and fun. Or at least I think so…
Changes in #SewMyStyle2019
We’re restructuring #SewMyStyle2019 to reflect some of the feedback we’ve already been getting about this year. First, each month will have TWO pattern options. They could be two similar patterns in different size ranges, patterns in a men’s and a women’s look, or a garment and an accessory. We’re hoping that more size, skill, and genre options will encourage people to get involved.
More patterns means more leaders! I’m looking to bring 12 sewists onto the team. Each sewist will be a leader two months out of the year, and a supporting host another two. Thus, you’re only responsible for participating in four months, although we’d love it if you sewed as many months as you’re able. This shift will ease some of the stress on leaders to make, make, make every month.
We’re also adjusting the prize schedule! Each month will have TWO prize opportunities. On the fifteenth of each month, we’ll pick an in-progress photo from Facebook or Instagram to reward with a small prize. We’ll still have the grand prize at the end of each month.
What’s the Same for Next Year
Don’t worry, much of #SewMyStyle2019 will remain the same. We’ll still have two submission opportunities, one in Instagram and one in our VIP Facebook group. We’ll still send out an email at the end of each month with pattern discount code and more fun stuff. And we’ll still be an amazing community of people improving their sewing skills together!
Get Involved in #SewMyStyle2019
There’s lots of opportunities for you to get involved in #SewMyStyle2019!
First, you can take the survey to give feedback on #SewMyStyle2018 and help us keep on improving for next year.
Second, you can sign up to the #SewMyStyle2019 email list here to be notified about all the fun stuff coming! If you signed up for 2018, please do not re-sign up at this time. I’ll let you know if that changes. Signing up to the list doesn’t commit you to joining us (you’re never committed!), but it does ensure that you don’t miss details like patterns and sponsors that might affect your decision about whether or not you’d like to participate. It’s easy to unsubscribe if #SewMyStyle2019 doesn’t end up being for you.
Third, you can apply to be a #SewMyStyle2019 leader! Get the details on what that entails in the image below, and apply at this link.
Fourth, you can email me about being a prize or pattern sponsor! Please email me at hello @ maddiemadethis .com for details.