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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.

Wedgwood Tester Roundup

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.

Wedgwood Skirt Pattern

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.

Montlake Tester Roundup

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.

Choosing Fabric for the Montlake Tee Sewing Pattern

Montlake Tee Fabric Options

Choosing fabric for a pattern is my favourite part of sewing.  I love walking the aisles of a fabric store feeling and stretching the fabrics to see how they will behave with the pattern.  When designing my new pattern, Montlake I realized very quickly that depending on the fabric chosen the final tee would have a different look.  The more stretch in a fabric leads to a deeper scoop neck and relaxed fit.  For those fabrics that have only slight stretch it is a more fitted tee.  All the looks are great, it’s just a matter of what kind of mood you are in when sewing up your Montlake.

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 Tester Roundup

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Thank you all for such a great response yesterday to my newest pattern, Greenwood, I was seriously blown away.  For those of you who entered the giveaway on the Betties blog, the winner has been chosen so if it wasn’t you click over to the shop and get your copy of the pattern before the price goes back up on Monday.

Today I am excited to share with you the many amazing testers that helped me with this pattern, they made this pattern even better that where it started.  Seriously they were amazing!  Seeing a pattern on all shapes and sizes helps you realize this pattern really is for almost everyone.

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 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.

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.