Hinterland Dress + Sew-Off Announcement!

I am so excited to share what Sara from The Sara Project and I have been working on for the last few months! We are hosting a Hinterland Sew-Off! We wanted to team up and do something fun that would include the sewing community and get everyone excited to make a pattern together. The Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated was the perfect pattern for just that. The Hinterland is a recently release pattern, and it has been VERY popular, but I am still surprised at the amount of people who haven’t heard of it yet!

After we chose the Hinterland as the pattern we wanted to use, I went straight to Pinterest (anyone else do that?). Basically 1/3 of the things I had pinned in my Wardrobe Inspiration Board could easily be recreated with the Hinterland pattern. I created a separate board for my Hinterland Inspiration, so here is the link to help you start brainstorming your own Hinterland!

The rules and information are down below, but I wanted to share my experience making the dress too. You can check out Sara’s Hinterland on her blog too!

Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated
Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated

This was my very first time making a Sew Liberated pattern, and it definitely won’t be my last! The Hinterland pattern is organized and easy to follow. I especially love the illustrations! It looks like Meg’s Illustrator draws and scans all of the illustrations so that they stay looking very natural and easy to understand what they are showing.

I would definitely recommend this pattern to a confident beginner. The front placket is the only thing that would be new to a beginner, but it’s not scary at all. Just take your time, and you can do it! I am always so grateful that my sewing machine handles buttonholes like a champ and I didn’t have a single frustration while working with the buttons.

Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated
Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated
Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated

I was a little surprised that there wasn’t a button hole guide included, but Meg explains the best way to mark the button placement and that was helpful. I actually used another pattern’s button placket as a little bit of a guide, but then had to space them a little bit closer together. I marked all of the button hole spots with my chalk liner and it worked great! I only had 11 of these Arrow Mountain buttons and when I got done with the button holes, I realized I hadn’t counted the button holes!! But don’t worry. I had added exactly 11, which the pattern suggests for the midi length. (*HUGE sigh of relief*)

And while we’re on the subject, aren’t these buttons gorgeous!? These are The Shirt Button (four hole) from Arrow Mountain. They are the most gorgeous buttons! Even though they ship from Australia, they were here (California) in less than 2 weeks! I have been eyeing The Asterisk Buttons too. Aren’t they the coolest?!

Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated
Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated

I would be doing you a HUGE disservice to not tell you about this fabric because it is seriously AMAZING! While I was wearing it, I realized that it’s the same type of fabric I made my Kalle Shirt out of; rayon/linen! I LOVE rayon linen. If I could have a whole wardrobe made of it, I would be totally happy. This fabric is Linen & Viscose Slub from Blackbird Fabrics. I made mine in the color black because I really wanted a nice woven black dress, but they have so many other colors! If you haven’t worked with this type of fabric before, you really need to. It is the perfect marriage of the two fibers. It’s a little bit heavier than rayon challis, more opaque, and more tightly woven. It is a lot like linen, but has a better drape and softer hand. It also doesn’t wrinkle as much, which I really love.

Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated

My sewing tall adjustments were to cut above the bust dart and lower it by 1.5″, which was perfect for me. I didn’t muslin, but I did try the pattern piece up to my body to decide how much I needed to lower the apex. I also lengthened the skirt by 4″, and made sure to lengthen the placket pieces by (the total) 5.5″.

We hope you all love the Hinterland Dress pattern as much as we do, and we are SO excited to see your creations!! Take a few minutes to skim through the information for the Sew-Off and don’t forget about the promo codes when you’re searching for all of the right materials to make your own! Good luck and happy sewing!


What is the Hinterland Sew-Off?
The Hinterland Sew-Off is a 4 week long Instagram sewing event hosted by Sara of The Sara Project and Tori of The Doing Things Blog! Make your own Hinterland Dress and share it for a chance to win a prize. Anyone (US or International!) is welcome to participate and can enter to win!

How do I participate?

  1. Make your own Hinterland Dress!
  2. Take a photo of your Hinterland (must show the whole creation, so ask a friend to take it, or there’s always the mirror selfie!).
  3. Post your photo on Instagram before October 22, 2018 at 11:59pm PST.
  4. Use the #hinterlandsewoff hashtag in the caption or comments.
  5. Tag Sara (@thesaraproject) and Tori (@thedoingthingsblog) in the caption or comments to make sure we see it!

Where can I get the Hinterland Dress pattern?
The Hinterland Dress is by Meg of Sew Liberated. Meg is offering 25% off if you use the code HINTERLANDSEWOFF. Head over to the Sew Liberated website to purchase the pattern!

Want to win the Hinterland Pattern for free?
Meg of Sew Liberated is giving the Hinterland Dress PAPER pattern away to THREE random winners who share about the Sew-Off! Find out how to enter by visiting my Instagram profile and clicking on our Hinterland Dress photo! We will announce the winners of the paper patterns on Thursday, September 27.

Are there any other promotions during the Sew-Off?
Yes! Arrow Mountain is offering 15% off using code: HINTERLAND, and Blackbird Fabrics is offering 10% off storewide (excluding gift certificates) using code: HINTERLAND10.  

What if I’ve already made the Hinterland? Do I have to sew a new one?
No, you do not have to make a new one. Just make sure to add the hashtag #hinterlandsewoff and tag Sara (@thesaraproject) and Tori (@thedoingthingsblog) in the caption or comments of your photo to make sure we see it.

What if I make more than one Hinterland?
We are so glad you love the pattern as much as we do! Each Hinterland Dress you decide to make and post a photo of counts as one entry.

Do I have to sew the Hinterland Dress?
We’re not stopping anyone’s creativity and love to see you inspire others! This is a sew-off for the Hinterland, so it needs to be recognizable as the Hinterland Dress pattern. As long as your creation still looks like you used the Hinterland as a base, it will count. You are more than welcome to hack it!

What if I don’t have Instagram?
We invite any and all to participate in the Sew-Off, but if you would like to be entered to win any of the prizes, you do need to have an Instagram. Come on over and join in!

What if my account is private?
We completely understand the need for privacy. If your account is private, both judges will not be able to see your entry. To be entered you must have a public account between September 24 – October 22, 2018 (or whenever you decide to post your photo – until the end of the Sew-Off).

Why did you choose the Hinterland Dress pattern?
The Hinterland Dress pattern was recently released and it is a popular one in the sewing community. We both wanted to make the pattern and hadn’t yet, so we decided to make it a fun event for everyone to make and share theirs too!

How are you choosing the winners?
We will be choosing one grand prize winner and two random winners. Anyone (US or International!) is welcome to participate and enter to win.

What are the prizes?
Grand Prize Winner: (our favorite dress pick!)
$50 gift card to Blackbird Fabrics
Collette Sewing Planner
One pair of LDH Tailoring Shears
OLFA rotary cutter and seam ripper from BERNINA USA
One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from Hey June
One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from True BIas
One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from Helen’s Closet

Random Winner #1:
Collette Sewing Journal
One pair of LDH Tailoring Shears
One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from Hey June
One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from True BIas
One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from Helen’s Closet

Random Winner #2:
One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from Hey June
One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from True Bias
One PDF sewing pattern of your choice from Helen’s Closet

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors for all of their contributions!
Sew Liberated
Blackbird Fabrics
Arrow Mountain
LDH Scissors
Hey June Handmade
Helen’s Closet
True Bias

5 thoughts on “Hinterland Dress + Sew-Off Announcement!”

  1. The pictures turned out so well!!! Absolutely gorgeous! 😍 This is such a fun project you’ve been working on! I am definitely going to use the coupon code get the pattern!

    1. Thank you SO much, Sky!! Dallas did such a good job with the pictures! I am so excited that you are getting the pattern and hope you will get to make it soon! You are always welcome here to use my sewing machine for the button holes. 😉

  2. Hey Tori! While researching similar dresses to make for my little girls, I ran across the Hinterland dress pattern and yours as inspiration! I’m extra petite (5ft tall) and with each nursing baby my bust has grown, so I can’t find tops that fit, either. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I’m tired of making my body fit the clothing out there these days!
    Anyways, summer is coming here in the Midwest and I’d like to make some easy to wear momma dresses. 😊 I’ve had my old sewing machine from Goodwill since we got married 8 yrs ago and it’s time for an upgrade to confidently do all those button holes and find a proper waking foot. 😉 I picked up some, I’d say, mid weight linen/rayon blend from JoAnn recently. In your experience with the Hinterland dress and other projects, what other “bigger” notions and supplies should I pick for pattern alterations and construction? (French curve, bias tape maker, etc) I’m happy to use Amazon links if it would help you! ☺️ Your sewing machine you linked looks dreamy! I’m seriously considering it! 🙌 Thanks for any and all insight! (If *really* like to make myself a new dress in time for Easter in 2 weeks, but with a brood of busy little ones, that may be too ambitious!😉)

    1. Your comment made me smile so big this morning, Mindy! You are so sweet to ask for tools that I constantly use. I have been putting it off, not thinking anyone would really care, but I just finished it, even if you’re to only one who sees it. 😉 If you go to this link: https://thedoingthingsblog.com/easy-links/, towards the bottom there is one for “my favorite sewing tools”. I LOVE buying from Wawak.com too, so don’t feel pressure to buy directly from Amazon if you find better options. I am SO glad that I could inspire you to make your own Hinterland Dress! I bet it turns out beautiful!! And even if you don’t finished it in the next two weeks, it’ll still be a great addition whenever you do finish it. Sending good sewing vibes your way!

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