It’s almost that time! Are you ready to work on an Albion together? Because this contest and sewalong are going to be different than any we’ve done before.
The grand prize for our contest this time is pretty exciting. Bernina USA has generously offer one US winner a Bernina 380 sewing machine, worth over $2000!
Grand Prize: Win a Bernina 380!
Let’s start with the fun part… the contest!
As I mentioned, we have a pretty incredible grand prize for you this time. One US winner will receive a Bernina 380 sewing machine, provided by Bernina USA. This is a versatile machine suitable for both beginner and more advanced sewists, and you all know how crazy I am about my Bernina. This is just about the most amazing prize I could think of.
This grand prize is available only to those within the US. My humble apologies to those outside the US, but Bernina distributes their sewing machines through their network of local dealers, who will become your support for your machine going forward. For this reason, it’s important to them that the winner is within the US and able to pick up their prize from a dealer.
But if you are outside the US, please consider entering and sewing along, because you can still win one of the other prizes!
Runner Up Prizes: Two crafty gift packages worth over $400
Two runner up winners will receive a gift package from Colette Patterns, full of wonderful sewing tools, patterns, fabric, and more worth over $400 each!
Each gift box includes:
- A $100 Colette Patterns gift certificate
- Gingher 45mm rotary cutter (retail of $70 alone!)
- The Art of Manipulating Fabric by Colette Wolff (one of my all-time favorite sewing books)
- Paris Studios 1 and Paris Studios 2 books from Paumes (gorgeous, inspiring books of Paris ateliers)
- Handmade cupcake pincushion (colors may vary)
- Sublime Stitching Ultimate Embroidery Kit
- 4 Sublime Stitching embroidery patterns
- Woven Sew-in labels (“fait avec amour” and “made with #%&!?”)
- My favorite leather thimble
- 1 bamboo point turner
- Curious Doodles geometric embroidered notebook kit
- Vintage bow buttons from France (color may vary, I have peach and blue)
- Vintage lace collars and/or cuffs (selection may vary, since they’re one of a kind)
- Vintage paneled fabric with roses (6 panels each, perfect for making pillows!)
Again, anyone can win these gift packages, whether you are within the US or not.
Our new sewalong site!
Now, let’s talk about the Sewalong.
There’s one thing that has always plagued me about sewalongs, and that’s the fact that they take up so much of the blog while they’re going on. I always feel a little bad for those who aren’t participating (or just aren’t participating at that moment), because the blog becomes completely jammed with sewalong posts.
I asked about this problem on Facebook, and many of you responded with the suggestion of starting a separate site for sewalongs… so that’s what we’re doing!
It’s actually really cool, because each sewalong will be a lot more organized and browsable, instead of getting lost within the archives of this blog. It will be a resource you can turn to again and again.
We might even host other indie pattern sewalongs there in the future (if you’re a designer or blogger and interested, drop us a line).
It will be up and running by the time the Albion sewalong officially starts, and we think you’ll love it.
The Albion Companion
We’re still working on getting The Albion Companion book ready for the sewalong. It will be launched at the same time, on January 24.
As usual, the companion guides are totally optional extras to go along with the sewalong. If you want all the sewalong information and more laid out beautifully in one handy-dandy PDF, this is the option for you.
Sewalong (Rough) Schedule
I’ll be posting a detailed schedule once we get going, but for now what you need to know is that the sewalong will begin Friday, January 24. That’s in about two and half weeks. We’re starting on a Friday so that you have the weekend to get started.
We’ll be sewing together for about 5-6 weeks, which will include time for fitting.
How winners will be chosen
There will be only one category this time, with one grand prize and two runner up prizes.
Finalists will be chosen by the Colette Patterns staff and voted on by participants.
What does that mean? Well, I am a little concerned about keeping this contest fair because of the prizes involved. I’d like the winner to be chosen based on his or her creativity and skill, and not just popularity on twitter or facebook or a blog.
So the people participating in the contest will be the ones who vote. Not just the finalists, but everyone who enters. We’ll be asking everyone to submit their entry with a quick form, after posting it to Flickr. Only those people will receive the voting form. As usual, we will use instant runoff voting, so you can choose more than one favorite.
Get started today!
Are you ready?
Since there is only a little over two weeks before the official start, you probably want to start shopping for fabric.
Later this week, I’ll do a separate post about buying supplies, sort of a pre-sewalong post. That should help get you on your way.
If you have any other questions, just let me know.