March Madness SewAlong Series Wrap up

March Madness SewAlong Series Wrap up

March Madness SAL Series featuring patterns from George + Ginger
It’s that time of year again, when the madness sets in… the preparation, the hard work, and the determination, the dedication… all to get you to the finals… It’s March Madness (sewing edition)! For the past four weeks of March “The Sewing Menagerie by Aurora Designs” has been hosting a March Madness Sew Along Series featuring patterns from George + Ginger ( Each week participants sewed up a different pattern from George + Ginger’s arsenal of amazing designs, including two of their freebie patterns found in the files section of their Facebook group, George + Ginger Pattern Group.
First up was the Lovesick Bralette…
Bras are so personal and finding a great fitting one is sometimes nearly impossible. Fortunately for us, the Lovesick gives people the opportunity to get their feet wet in bra making using this free file from the group. Once you create a muslin and get the fit just right, with the help of some key fitting tips, then the sky’s the limit on what you can do with it. I was able to make my new favorite sports bra using our green Andromeda athletic double brushed poly ( and some heavy nylon with a crossed strap hack – for a step-by-step video on this hack check out the Lovesick album in The Sewing Menagerie by Aurora Designs.
Week two featured the Rave…
The Rave is so much more versatile than I expected before I sewed it up. You can quickly and easily change up the feel and look of this staple tee pattern just by sewing it with a different neckline. The offset V neck is a great twist on a classic look, giving it a modern edge.
I also sewed up the traditional scoop neck, and then hacked the square neck to add a little gathering and personal flair. (Hack and photos available in the Sewing Menagerie.)

 The third week brought us to the I Heart You Set…
 The second of the two freebie files, the I Heart You Set makes for great lounge wear with its dolman style top and bootylicious bottoms, the skippies, to go with it. But, as Brandi showed us, the I Heart You is more than just lounge wear. She used some of the shop’s striped French Terry ( to take the I Heart You out of the house and straight into a perfect woman-on-the-go outfit. Cute and comfortable, does it get any better?
 Finally, we wrapped up our series with the Heat Wave Hot Pants…
Don’t let the name fool you, the Heat Wave Hot Pants are designed to be a fun and flirty high-waisted SHORTS pattern. They are adorable as such and look great made in our quilted knits too ( They are sure to be a go-to for me when the weather decides it’s ready to warm up.
But, I wasn’t satisfied with just a pair of awesome shorts, especially since we have a threat of snow still looming over our heads here. So, I took some of the lovely Liverpool from the shop ( and made Heat Wave Hot PANTS! I cannot tell you how comfortable these are! I love the classic wide leg trouser look combined
with the drape of the Liverpool.

Looking back, I think we had to be a little mad to think a 4 week SAL series would be a good idea, but after seeing all the amazing creations that came out of it, it was definitely worth the crazy! Thanks to everyone who participated, and congratulations to the winner of the grand prize, Cathryn! To check out all of the wonderful creations and hack tutorials from each of the weekly SAL series, check out the albums section in the Sewing Menagerie. Want in on the next SAL with your chance to win a prize? Join us for next month’s SAL featuring a soon-to-released children’s pattern by Pickle Toes Patterns. Mark your calendars for April 16th, and until then happy sewing!

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