Rachel of Imagine Gnats designs super cute patterns. Let’s just start there. And she has two super darling girls to model them for her–and for us!
Rachel has been releasing her patterns as downloadable PDFs for a while now, which is such great instant gratification. For those of us who like to trace, PDF patterns are immediate and allow you to scratch your sewing itch even late at night (as I am prone to do).
Rachel is good at lots of things, though, and one of those is being really thoughtful about the designs she creates. She set a goal for herself this year to translate those PDF designs into printed paper patterns–a really big step for a pattern designer, and such an exciting move for those of us who love her patterns and sew with them! Printing on paper allows designers like Rachel to expand the reach of their reach and to share their ideas and their passion way beyond those who know them from the Interwebs–it takes the aesthetics and concepts we all love and interact with here and brings them to your local quilt shop or to sewing retreats near you. I’m so, so excited for Rachel to take this leap, and she’s given us a chance to be part of it!
This week, Rachel launched an IndieGogo campaign to help her meet her goal of printing five of her designs on paper in 2014. This is a crowd-funded campaign, meaning that each of us have the chance to chip in a smidge to help Rachel get to her goal–and we get some pretty sweet treats as a thank you. Everyone wins!
Over the summer, Rachel invited me to help pattern test one of her newer designs, the Bess Top. I loved the details of the design, the way I learned small tricks and techniques while working through her pattern, and I loved the finished product:
I’m so excited to help Rachel spread the word for the campaign–and that she has generously offered to provide PDF copies of ALL her patterns to one lucky winner!
Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win a FULL SET of all five of Rachel’s PDF patterns. There’s the Meridian (above), a faboo cardigan for women. There’s the Bess top (above, in red), a woven pull-over top for women. There’s the Roly-Poly pinafore, the Meridian, and the Tumble Tee, too, all for girls. So many great garment patterns, and you could have them all! The giveaway here on Whipstitch runs through midnight on February 13–you could have your patterns by Valentine’s Day! That’s what love looks like, y’all.
The Imagine Gnats IndieGogo campaign runs through February 28, 2014, with early bird deals going on right now! I hope you’ll be part of it, and thanks (as always, always, always) for your support of independent design.