Who knew I would love a duster cardi as much as I love this Phinney Ridge duster cardi. I just keep looking at the pictures and am surprised I like it so much. I am convinced it’s the amazing loose weave sweater knit I picked up at Joann Fabrics. It gives it such a light flowy look that suits my body shape so much.
When I designed the Phinney Ridge I was going for a classic cardi that was missing in the indie pattern market. What I didn’t even consider was how it could easily be made into a long or extra long cardi with just a few alterations. So today I am sharing the alterations you need to do to lengthen your Phinney Ridge into any length, although I would encourage a duster length!
The best part about releasing a new pattern is when I get the chance to show off all of my testers. While I can show you 10 different views of the pattern on my body, it is hard to know whether it will work for you if we don’t have the same body. So the tester roundup is a great way for you to see the pattern on all different body shapes and sizes.
A classic cardigan is a staple in my wardrobe and to finally have a pattern that allows me to customize it is wonderful. Phinney Ridge really is classic meets comfort and is sure to become a staple in your wardrobe as well.
When designing this pattern I wanted to add a couple more modern details to the pattern while still keeping the classic lines you expect from a cardigan pattern. Phinney Ridge has a wider cuff and bottom band and thanks to a wonderful suggestion by some testers, it also has 3/4 sleeves and elbow patches. Great details that set it apart from other cardigan patterns available.
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.
I am so excited to be joining Melissa of Melly Sews for her 5th Annual 30 Days of Sundresses. This series is always so much fun to follow along with because you never know what everyone is going to share.
With the temperatures rising here in Seattle I knew this was the perfect opportunity to draft a relaxed fit dress that could be worn dressed up or casual. I am all about relaxed and flowy so a dolman style shift dress seemed right up my alley. It was from these ideas that I came up with my newest pattern, Carkeek, which is also a free pattern for all of you!
I am most definitely a broken record when it comes to the tester roundup for my patterns. I am always so lucky to get such a great group of ladies helping me test my patterns. So many of them keep coming back to help me so I guess that means I am doing something right. I have made so many friends through this process and many of whom I can email with pattern questions because I know I can count on them to give me the feedback I need and want.
Introducing the newest pattern to my collection, View Ridge!
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.
I pretty much start every tester roundup saying the same exact thing, I have the best bunch of pattern testers around. This amazing group of ladies make every single pattern I create so much better and I love working with new to me sewists with each round of testing. My favourite part of a pattern release is definitely this post, so without further ado I am sharing with you the Wedgwood tester roundup! Make sure to click over to the shop and grab your copy of the skirt while it is still marked down.
The Wedgwood skirt pattern is ready for all you lovely ladies.
Every girl needs a pleated skirt in their wardrobe, something I didn’t realize until I started designing this pattern. You see I wasn’t really a skirt wearing girl, sure I wore them occasionally but I just always found something I preferred to wear instead. But once I started sewing and resewing the Wedgwood skirt pattern I realized just how much I enjoy the versatility of a high waisted skirt. You can dress it up with heels and a silk shirt or keep it casual with a tee shirt and converse. I am already dreaming of wearing one of these in the summer with a Greenwood tank and my favourite Birkenstocks.
My favourite part of releasing a new pattern is sharing with everyone what my testers sewed up, and the ladies that I worked with this round were amazing. You know you have struck gold with testers when they are equal parts constructive and encouraging. Testing is such a collaborative effort for me so I truly value all of them and the impact they have had on the final Montlake pattern. Enjoy the Montlake Tester Roundup!
Heidi of Handmade Frenzy used a fabric that has been in her stash waiting for the perfect project. I love the white with the subtle texture. Read all about here version here.