Testers are what keep this business going. Every time I put out a call for testers I am blown away by the people that want to help me with my patterns. As I start to see the versions pop up in the testing group I get more and more excited. I had a friend ask me recently what it was like to see your work on other people, and I am not sure I can put it into words because it really is amazing each and every time.
I have learned over the years that I can’t determine whether I will like a pattern based on my ideas of what will look good on my body. We are not neutral about our bodies even if we love and accept our bodies for what they are, we will still always see the ‘flaws’ and how a pattern may accentuate those flaws. High waisted wide leg pants were definitely a pattern I wasn’t convinced I would like on my body.
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I like to keep things simple in my wardrobe because honestly I rarely wear things that are much more than jeans and a tee shirt. Working at home and living the mom life means I generally grab for comfort but as I have always said you don’t have to sacrifice style when choosing comfort. A woven tank is my newest obsession, it feels like a dressed up version of just a simple knit tank and is the perfect layering piece as we head into fall.
Creating Eastlake was quite the process, there were multiple iterations of the pattern before I finally decided to just go for it and make a DEEP v-neck top. I am smitten with how it turned out and with each new version that I sew I get even more excited. With a closet full of these tops I can definitively say that this style top is going to look amazing on everyone!
The obvious striking detail of this pattern is the v-neck front which is finished with a facing, one of my favourite finishing techniques for knits. It gives it such a pulled together professional finish without being any more difficult. To secure the front facing I wanted a wide topstitch which mirrors the bottom hem.
I couldn’t be more excited to share with you my newest pattern, Magnuson. The evolution of this pattern over the last two years has been fun as the designer to watch happen. What started out as a utility/military inspired jacket has turned into a more modern take in vest form. So many of the original elements are still there with so many new and fun details.
Magnuson has a button placket, stand collar, side slits and oversized pockets, not to mention the gathered waist. So many utility or military inspired vests have the waistband casing on the outside of the jacket giving it a very casual look. I wanted the ability to cinch in the waist but not have the ties hanging down, so inside the waistband went.
Cozy really should be my middle name. I pretty much aim to have all clothes I wear have an element of cozy, but sometimes I would like to look a bit more put together. Fauntleroy is the perfect combination of cozy and refined. With raglan sleeves and shoulder darts, Fauntleroy is a twist on your traditional turtleneck, I like to call it a relaxed turtleneck. Definitely not the turtlenecks of the 90’s.
If you missed the big announcement yesterday, my newest pattern Leschi is now available for purchase. The pattern is marked down 20% through Friday so don’t wait to buy the pattern.
When I started dreaming about this pattern a few years ago I knew I wanted a blouse that could be sewn in a variety of fabrics to either elevate my everyday momiform or rock on a date night. Leschi is everything I had hoped it would be and today I want to share the different fabrics I chose to use for my blouses.
Leschi has been on my mind for over 2 years and from the beginning I knew it was going to be a pattern that could shine in a variety of woven fabrics. I am so happy to be releasing this pattern to the world today, it is everything I had hoped it would be and looks stunning on all different shapes and sizes.
I have quite the growing collection of woven fabrics, but for years I almost exclusively sewed with knits. I never felt completely confident in my fabric knowledge and that kept me from really exploring more woven garment patterns. Now that I have a better handle on picking the fabrics that are more appropriate for the garment, I have a new love of woven garments.
Last week I was looking for a quick morning project and decided to find a pattern that would be perfect for this rayon chambray from Indiesew. Unfortunately this fabric is already sold out, but this black and white crepe would be amazing for this pattern. After scanning through my pattern collection I came across the Seamwork Loretta and knew it was the perfect choice.
When I celebrated my first businessiversary in 2015 I compiled a HUGE blog tour highlighting some pretty fantastic bloggers. If you weren’t around then, I highly recommend going back and checking it out. So much inspiration. Full Collections of Posts Here
The theme of the blog tour was Remix the Stitch, where the bloggers took one of my patterns and remixed it any way they wanted. The end result was a huge collection of pattern hacks, so many I never would have thought of.