Started in 2001, with a goal of bringing together sewists who could share their challenges and learning experiences from sewing projects with each other, the site now has a following of over 275,000 members. The best tips from its members were recently published by Creative Publishing international in the book 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips. All royalties from the sale of the book go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
These members have formed deep friendships with other like-minded sewists, most of whom they have never met, but with whom they discuss everything from fashion sewing, TV shows like Project Runway, and life beyond their sewing rooms. While members embrace their online relationships, face-to-face get-togethers facilitate a sharing of energy, enthusiasm, and patterns/fabrics/buttons that is hard to do online. Therefore, the anniversary is being celebrated both online and off!
"It's been an amazing journey to see this community come together over the last 10 years! The
amount of sharing, camaraderie, and help that I have seen members give each other over the years is unique and I am proud to be a part of the celebrations that are happening around the world," said Deepika Prakash, founder of PatternReview.com. "True to the nature of the community, we asked for volunteers to run local meetups to celebrate PatternReview.com's 10thAnniversary, and members in 13 cities decided to organize events on November 19th! We expect hundreds of members to meet, do show-and-tell, and have cake!"
Leslie Lawson, a long-time PatternReview.com member volunteered to run the Austin, Texas, get-together. She comments: "As I've told Deepika countless times, it is no exaggeration to say that PatternReview.com changed my life. I discovered PatternReview.com in my early thirties, not long after I began learning to sew. There, I found a community of sewists who could guide me when I needed help, share with me my successes, and commiserate with me when projects didn't turn out quite right--or disastrously, as the case may be. Ten years of life and sewing experience later, PatternReview.com is still MY community. It's my go-to source for information about all things sewing, but also where I find a true sister- (and brother-)hood, including many of my dearest online and real-life friends!"
Celebrations are happening at a variety of cities including Denmark, Boston, Seattle, and Austin. The Austin celebration runs through the weekend and includes activities such as pants-fitting workshops, a designer fabric trunk show, a visit to the Austin School of Fashion Design, a show-andtell, a pattern swap--all interspersed with meals, cocktail parties, events, cake, and other fun! See more information about the Austin celebration here.
In Seattle, local designers from SEWN Square One are doing a trunk show for members. Other
activities include a fabric shop-hop, lunch with a local pattern designer, cake, and more! More information on the Seattle celebration is available here.
Sewists can learn more about the various PatternReview.com get-togethers and ways to get involved here.
PatternReview.com is the leading independent social network for people who love to sew! Over the past 10 years, its members have shared and discussed more than 1.3 million experiences through reviews of sewing products, conversations, and online sewing classes.