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Maxi Wedgwood

Making a maxi Wedgwood skirt has been on my radar since I designed the pattern last year.  The lines of the pattern paired with a flowy rayon seem like the perfect combination for a maxi skirt.

I got this amazing rayon challis from Indiesew almost exactly a year ago, right when I decided to make this skirt, ha!  You can see how badly I needed Sew the Year to finally tackle projects that have been laying around forever.  

I decided to pair the fun retro floral pattern of the skirt with my beloved chambray Cheyenne.  It’s a fun way to make a lightweight skirt work during the winter without being too heavy.

Two New Paper Patterns in the Shop

There are two new paper patterns in the shop!

Two New Paper Patterns - Straight Stitch Designs

It is equal parts exciting and nerve wracking when I get the copies of my paper patterns from the printer.  Even though I pour over the drafts multiple times I am always worried there is going to be some glaring mistake and then I will have a huge box of really expensive scrap paper.  Thankfully when the copies came back from the printer for Montlake and Wedgwood everything was correct, or at least no mistakes I can find right now.

Grading Between Sizes

There are very few people that can look at a size chart and find that their measurements fit exactly into one size.  More often than not you have different sizes for the different places you measure such as bust, waist and hips.  For me this was the biggest draw to sewing my own clothes, I could never find clothes like dresses and tunics that would work with a small bust and a larger hip.  As soon as I saw my first nested womens pattern I was hooked!

Behind the Scenes

When I was writing the post last week on letting go of my insecurities and rocking a bikini this summer it really got me thinking about what I want this little corner of the internet to be.  I want you to look at my posts and pictures and see the real me.  The stay at home mom to 2 kids who is juggling preschool, dance, soccer, running a business and sometimes cleaning the house.  The person who drinks way too much coffee and has just as many sewing successes as flops.

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Laurelhurst Tester Round Up

I love my testers! After completing every test I just marvel at the luck I have with every test.  Many of these ladies keep coming back and I couldn’t be happier to be creating a core group of testers.  But bringing in new testers every pattern keeps things fresh and gives me new perspectives on things.

When releasing my newest pattern Laurelhurst, this group of ladies were the patterns biggest cheerleaders.  Which is why it is crazy it has taken me this long to get this post up to share the love of these testers.

No Tape Needed

I have many fun things in store for Straight Stitch Designs in the coming months, I am just so excited about them all I decided to go ahead and show you my first new product hitting the shop for presales tomorrow.

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Paper Patterns!

I have been working hard on all of the details for these patterns and I hope you love them as much as I do.  Each pattern has full colour printing through out the instruction booklet with the same great instructions and line drawings you would find in the pdf version.

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