The fall always makes me want to start fresh. I don’t know if it is the kids going back to school or the aisles full of fun office supplies in every store, but whatever it is, fall is the time where I reflect on how the year is going and what ways I want to change for the upcoming year.
This fall is especially exciting for me because for the first time since starting this business in September of 2014, I am going to be a FULL TIME PATTERN DESIGNER. You guys it’s actually happening!!
I have been DEEP in pattern testing Eastlake this week, learning more about full bust adjustments and waist darts than I ever realized possible, and totally forgot to post about my Sew the Year May plans. So I am remedying that today.
May is bogged down with Me Made May and this pattern test so I am going to focus on basics for myself, something I don’t sew nearly enough.
It is no secret that my life is a funny combination of pattern designer and momming. Basically I am all over the map and need basics I can grab for when I am running out the door to dance/gymnastics/preschool or just doing work on the computer.
Believe it or not the cuffed sleeves was a last minute addition to the Bryant pattern right before testing started. So what was just a quick addition turned into one of my favourite elements of the pattern.
Right after I decided to add the cuffs I realized that lengthened slightly this pattern would be perfect as a dress. Not to toot my own horn, but I was totally right about the dress.
My husband pointed out when I put this on today that I have been on a grey kick lately. Maybe it’s the never ending rain here that is getting to me.
One of the elements of the new Bryant pattern that I didn’t expect is the wide range of looks you can get simply by the fabric you choose. So today I wanted to show you how the pattern looks depending on your fabric choices.
Each of the tops I will be showing you was made with the exact same pattern pieces. This will be even more apparent tomorrow when I share the tester roundup with you. I actually have a few more tops that never got photographed, simply because the rain in Seattle the last few weeks has been insane. I will make sure to add them to this blog post as soon as I photograph them.
Bryant is a knit dolman top with a boatneck and two sleeve options. Whether you decide to make the short sleeve cuffed version or long sleeve, you have the perfect pattern to transition you through the seasons.
This pattern is a little different from your average dolman top, it’s cut on the bias! By cutting your top on the bias you are not only getting the chance to play with fun prints but you get a level of added drape you wouldn’t normally have.
It’s March 1st so that means I get to share my plans for Sew the Year this month.
Last month my plans were very ambitious so this month I am going to keep it nice and simple for very exciting reasons…
I have two new patterns almost ready for testing!
If I have any hope of getting two patterns done for the month, I can’t also have a bunch of extra sewing planned. That is part of the reason last month was a stretch, but more on that tomorrow in my February recap.
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.
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.
With no specific plans for the month that would dictate my sewing I decided to take Sew the Year February as a chance to tackle patterns that have either been sitting around partial finished or patterns that just never seem to get cut out.
We all have mental or written lists of patterns that we want to work on and in many cases even have the fabric and notions. But for whatever reason those projects just sit untouched. The flip side is the patterns that are a work in progress. For me the works in progress usually have something that bothers me to the point of knowing I will never actually wear them.