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The Sew Bossy Initiative


I’m sure you’ve heard of Oona and Heather Lou’s recent ingenious sewing scheme, also known as, The Sew Bossy Initiative. The general idea behind this amazing challenge is to partner up with a long distance seamstress that you admire and swap a sewing project. This is a great way to bond with your fellow crafty pals while pushing yourself to try something new. Pretty neat, huh? I think so! Heather suggests sending a pattern, fabric, notions, and any other special somethings you’d like to send along to your sew bossy buddy to help them complete their project chosen by you.

I first heard about this challenge on Oona’s blog when she shared her super awesome dress. (Heather’s dress is equally amazing!)

Needless to say, I was overwhelmed with awesomeness and intrigue and decided I was going to pounce on this opportunity to boss someone around. I was super excited to notice a certain someone who also commented on the Sew Bossy Initiative page, so I hit her up on Twitter immediately and suggested we give it a go.

So who did I lure into my Sew Bossy web?!


The gorgeous and very talented, Miss Julia Bobbin! Julia has a real knack for matching tailored silhouettes with solid colors and classic prints (see her amazing projects here). I want to send Julia a project that she’ll really love, so I’m not going to push her too far from her comfort zone, but I’m seeing a real lack of “Rochelle” type prints in Julia’s wardrobe 😉 😉

Julia is a brand new mother so I’m sure she’ll appreciate a super cheery, comfortable dress that’s also super washable. You know I love quilting cotton for those exact properties. Expect a true Julia-Rochelle love child of a sewing project here!

This is going to be so awesome. 

There is no time limit or deadline with The Sew Bossy Initiative so I think it’s a perfect challenge for any seamstress with far away friends. There are some other amazing ladies out there that I’d love to do a vintage project swap with in the future (Erin, Sarah, and Tasha to name a few!) but for this specific challenge I think Julia and I have such great complementary styles that would really benefit from being bossed around 😉

Stay tuned to see how this challenge unfolds!


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  • Julia Bobbin

    Lady you have no idea how excited I am about this challenge! Thanks for the blog post!
    P.s. i have finished my sew for victory dress and will be posting about it before Friday. Such an awesome challenge!

    • Julia I can’t wait to see your SFV dress!! Make sure you add your photos to the Flickr pool too 🙂

  • Oh, I’m SO excited to see what you two make! What a fun combo!

    • Yeah it should be fun! You should totally team up with someone 🙂

  • I can’t wait to see what you two make for each other. This will be fun!!!

    • Erin you and I should totally do a similar swap with vintage patterns sometime!

  • WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! This is me, squealing and clapping. SO SO SO happy Oona and I lured people into our web… and Julia rocks! Cannot WAIT to see what you beauties come up with!

    • Thanks for being such a genius and having a web to lure us into 😉

  • I love being able to see all the goings on, I have no one around me whom sews so the contact and resources are so dearly loved.

    • I don’t really know many people who sew locally either so it’s awesome to have such vast inspiration online!

  • Rebecca Wagner

    oooohh, that will be great. I love Julia’s dresses 🙂 Would be great to see what she sends you too!

  • What fun!! I can’t wait to watch this unfold, this is going to be great!

    (And you bet we should do a vintage project swap in the future! 😉

    • Yes. Totally doing a vintage pattern swap in the future, Lady!!

  • Hannah Smith

    That is one pretty great match up! Can’t wait to see what is created 😀 Going to go and take a look at the sew bossy initiative right now xXXx

    • You should team up with someone! It’s such a great idea for a challenge.

  • What a great match! This will be fun to watch 🙂

  • Ditto what Sallie says!

  • sallieforrer

    Oh great match!! I can’t wait to see how this turns out!


    Excellent match, can’t wait to see what you both make!!!

  • Sweet. Great match up. Can’t wait to see what you girls come up with 🙂

  • Cathy Bundy

    Nice one dudette, this will be so fun for you! Good luck 😀

    • Thanks! You should totally team up with someone too 🙂

  • Awesome! You two are going to be a great match! I’m joining in too, as part of a three-way exchange with some #sewcialists! I’m *so* nervous about picking our just the right thing to send them… but so excited to see what they choose for me! Have you got a specific pattern or print in mind yet? (I won’t ask what – That would ruin the surprise!)

    • I’m not sure on the exact details yet, but I want it to be a true mix of Julia silhouette and Rochelle fabric!