So I’m sharing something different today.  Renata of Runningnstyle and I have been talking about doing a collaboration for a while.  In talking, we came up with several ideas and decided to do a series of collaborations.  We wanted to involve the sewing community too in these.  We’re calling this Sewist Admiration Society.

What is Sewist Admiration Society?

I got the idea of calling this Sewist Admiration Society as I was thinking about wanting to create something that is about sewing with your friends.  We all have things that we do well in our sewing, so why not celebrate that together?  There’s so many sewing competitions out there, but let’s just do something that’s not competitive at all.

Do you have a friend whose work you admire who you’d like to get to know better?  Ask them to join in on the fun.  It will be a great way to build friendships within our sewing community as well as an opportunity to keep each other accountable for our sewing projects.  It’s easy to get excited about a project and then let it fall by the wayside.  With this, you and your friend can help support and encourage each other to keep going!

September is for Jackets

The first challenge for Sewist Admiration Society is jackets.

  1. Grab a friend.
  2. Sew any jacket from any pattern.  You and your friend can sew from the same pattern or you can choose different ones.
  3. You have from now until September 30th to finish up your project.  I realize that’s not a lot of lead time for a jacket, but you can do it!  Next challenge, I promise we’ll give you more time to plan. 😉

But I don’t know anyone in the sewing community.

Pshaw, friend.  Risk sending an awkward correspondence and make a friend.  Let me help you.

Dear ________, my name is _______.  I’ve been watching you make beautiful sewing projects online for a while, and I think you are amazing!  That _____ that you made was so creative and inspired me so much for my next garment!  I would love to work on a project with you.  Would you consider joining the #sewistadmirationsociety that @elizabethmadethis and @runningnstyle are hosting on Instagram?  We have to sew up a jacket by the end of September and post it together.  Also, let’s be friends.  

Sincerely,  ____________

The worst someone can say is no.  That’s not so bad, right?

How do I participate?

–We’re hosting Sewing Admiration Society on Instagram because I think most of the sewing community at this point is on Instagram, and if you’re not, might I invite you to hang out there?!

So, on Instagram:

-Post a pic of your jacket and your friend’s jacket by September 30th. -You can collage your pics or choose the multiple image.
-Don’t forget to tag me @elizabethmadethis and Renata @runningnstyle when you post your jacket and use the hashtag:

-Spread the word too.  I’d love to have people join us for this!  Feel free to repost on Instagram, or grab an image for your blog.

If you have any questions, please hit me up here in the comments, via email elizabethmadethis at gmail, or on Instagram @elizabethmadethis.

Renata and I have also recorded little intro videos about the challenge, so you can check those out below.

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Elizabeth is a self-taught sewist with a love for all things DIY and creative. Her friend calls her "The Fabric Manipulator" and she's always looking for ways to squeeze the most out of her sewing time in between caring for her 4 kids and husband.


  1. RunningNStyle Reply

    Elizabeth, that little intro card to meet a new sewing buddy is genius!

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