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Bell Town Vest – Free Pattern

Winter has officially hit Seattle and I knew a vest would be a perfect layer to get me through these cold months.  While I love a plaid vest or even a down vest, sometimes you want something that is a little bit more of an elevated look.  Let me introduce you to my newest free pattern, the Bell Town Vest.

SSD Bell Town Vest Free Pattern

View Ridge Pattern

Introducing the newest pattern to my collection, View Ridge!

View Ridge Sewing Pattern by Straight Stitch Designs

This top is the perfect example of when you take your inspiration and make it your own.  As a pattern designer it is easy to get lost in all the possibilities but I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted out of this top and the final pattern is that plus more.

The pattern features 3 views for a variety of lengths and finishes.  You can sew it with or without ruffles and long or cropped length.  All versions have the hi-lo hem which makes it great when pairing with pants, shorts or skirts.

Montlake Tee Pattern

After what feels like a marathon of pattern testing with the greatest bunch of ladies around I am happy to be here today sharing my newest sewing pattern with all of you, Montlake.

Montlake Sewing Pattern by Straight Stitch Designs

This tee is everything you would want out of a new closet staple.  With clean lines and a great shape you can view it as a blank canvas to play around with different knits.  One of my testers couldn’t have put it better when she described this pattern to me, simple fashion.  Sometimes we just need some simple fashion in our lives and the Montlake tee is that.

Greenwood is Finally Here!!

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I am so excited to be joining Swhetty Betties Aspiring Designers Challenge again.  These challenges are just what I need to get my butt in gear and release my pattern.  It’s easy to have a pattern sit on your computer just waiting for a few things, trust me I have at least 3 patterns in various stages of completion on my computer right now.  The pattern I am releasing today, Greenwood, is the first pattern in my new collection Straight Stitch Basics.  This is the most ‘me’ pattern I have made to date and I am really quite excited about sharing it with all of you.

Laurelhurst

There are so many times when I see something in the store and think ‘I can make that’.  Just ask my mom and sisters, I say it all the time.  When you have the skills to make it yourself why not put that knowledge to use.

I have been on the hunt for the perfect layering wrap to wear in the strange weather we have been experiencing lately.  I wanted something that was slightly fitted while still being flowy and ultimately comfortable.  I am especially excited to share with you my newest pattern, Laurelhurst!  It couldn’t be more my style.

Bellevue Tester Roundup

The build up to pattern testing is stressful, I have no idea how the pattern is going to be received and whether the fit is going to be so off that it will take multiple versions to get right.  But every time I test a pattern regardless of how many versions it takes my testers are always so patient with me and the process.  I love having a fresh look at my patterns and take the time to hear what they have to say because I am by no means an expert, I really rely on their sewing knowledge for ever pattern.

Comfort Meets Elegance – Bellevue

I am so excited to release this pattern that has been on my mind FOREVER!  I was in a bit of a pattern design/sewing funk through most of December and January but this pattern finally brought me out of it.  It turned out exactly how I wanted and ended up being even more comfortable than I imagined.

Introducing Bellevue!

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Bellevue has a wide open neckline with two finishing options, either banded or faced, and four sleeve lengths.  I am a sucker for elbow length but the short sleeve is perfect as the weather is warming up.  The pattern is a mix of knit and woven with endless possibilities.

Tester Sneak Peek of Bellevue

My testers knock my socks off this week!  The best part of testing is seeing the pictures start to roll in, even a bathroom selfie gets a huge smile from me.  I am just so excited to see another persons interpretation of my pattern.

My newest pattern, Bellevue, will be releasing next week but I wanted to give you a little taste of the great shirts I have been seeing during testing.  I will have a full tester round up late next week with all the details.  Today it is all about the eye candy 🙂

Don’t Fear the Double Pleat

So excited to finally be showing you the ins and outs of the Capitol Hill pattern I created for the Sew Fab Bundle.  You still have until tomorrow to purchase the whole bundle so make sure to snag your copy before it’s too late.  If you are looking for some of the other patterns from the bundle that I sewed, here is my versions of the Jersey Glam Dress and Palazzo Pants I also sewed up a remix on the Jersey Glam Dress and the Extraordinary Girl Top.  For even more inspiration head over to the Sew Fab Bundle Facebook page to see testers and other bloggers sharing their version.

Sew Fab Bundle Release

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I can’t believe it’s time again for another Sew Fab Pattern Sale, can you? It feels like the time in between sales just gets shorter and shorter! I know that many of you have been keeping up with sale updates through the Sew Fab newsletter, and have been eagerly awaiting this bundle… I think you’re going to be really excited!