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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.

Phinney Ridge Release

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.

Sew the Year – February

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.  

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

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.

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.

Wedgwood Skirt Test Call from Straight Stitch Designs

Wedgwood Tester Call

It doesn’t get much better than pleats and pockets in a skirt, and the Wedgwood skirt has that and so much more.  Thanks to all the love and super helpful input on instagram from all you lovely ladies, the Wedgwood skirt is everything I thought it could be.  So happy to have it working out and looking great so I can put out the official Wedgwood tester call!

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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.

Montlake Tester Call

Okay ladies I am going to stop taunting you with Instagram pictures and finally throw out some proper pictures of my newest pattern ready for testing.  Montlake is a relaxed fit tee with a very low scoop neck.  The pattern includes two neckband finishing options as well as 4 sleeve lengths.  As with my other patterns, this pattern is available in sizes 0-24 which accomidates a bust size of 32″ – 50.5″.  Montlake is sure to be the ultimate tee that’s a quick sew and very flattering for all body types with a slight swing to the bottom of the shirt.

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