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Qualicum Jumpsuit Separates Tutorial

I am back with another tutorial for the Qualicum jumpsuit and this one is a fun two for one tutorial.  With a few steps you are left with two separate garments that are fun to wear together or even mixed and matched with other garments in your closet.

When sewing this tutorial I went for the long pants and sleeveless top but the tutorial works for any of the views, in fact I already have a pair of shorts with inseam pockets planned.  The possibilities are endless.

Qualicum Cinched Waist Zipper Tutorial

The sign of a great pattern is the ability to reimagine it in new and different ways. What I didn’t expect when working on this pattern hack of the Qualicum jumpsuit though, was for the finished garment to be such a difference from the original pattern.  Who knew 3 changes would result in what might be my new favourite garment.

Zipper Tutorial

The first change I made to the pattern was to switch out the button placket for a zipper.  Small change that has big impact, plus I think it adds a bit of oomph to the garment.  You need a 20″ zipper for this step.

The Qualicum Jumpsuit

Introducing my newest pattern two years in the making, the Qualicum Jumpsuit.

Qualicum is a relaxed fit woven jumpsuit available in 3 different views.   The jumpsuit features front button placket, two oversized pockets, and beautiful inside finishes.  Sew it with or without sleeves and a choice of three different lengths.

Qualicum is designed to be oversized with a positive ease of 4″ through the bust, 14″ through the waist, and 5″ through the hips.  As with my other patterns, it is drafted for a height of 5’9″ and provides you with either a B or D sewing cup.

Pajama Party – Matching Family Pajamas

Disclosure: I was provided the pattern and fabric for free but all opinions are my own.

Matching family pajamas is one of my favourite parts of the holidays.  For many years I made matching pajamas for all of my nieces and nephews, but when it got to be something like 14 pairs ranging in size from baby to teenager I decided I just couldn’t do it anymore so I focused on just my little family.  

Montlake Sewing Workshop with Spoonflower

Other than a good pattern, fabric is pretty much the most important part of any sewing project.  The biggest question I get from my students before every sewing workshop is what kind of fabric they should get for the class, it can be so overwhelming when looking at all of your options.  So I decided to take the work out of guessing and partner with Spoonflower for my next sewing workshop  to give all the students fantastic fabric to make their first Montlake Tee.

Craftcation Conference in Ventura CA. Makers Conference held every April by Dear Handmade Life.

Craftcation 2019

Registration for what has become my favourite 4 days of the year starts at 9:00 am PST this morning, and for the first 50 people to register there is a discount, so if you have been thinking about it I highly recommend clicking over and snagging your tickets.  

Craftcation was life changing for me and my business last year, something I wasn’t expecting at all!  Now I just want all of you to come to California with me and craft and sew and visit and learn during the 4 days.  This is so much more than just a conference for people with businesses or those thinking about starting a business, if you are a maker or interested in trying other creative mediums this is also for you.

Seamwork Loretta

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.

Expanding Your Pattern Business to Print

Two years ago I decided to take my pdf pattern business in a new direction.  At the time I had 3 patterns in my collection and big plans for expanding the collection.  But wanted to find a way to reach a subset of my customers that may only purchase paper patterns or who hasn’t really explored the world of pdf patterns.

My biggest frustration through the initial process 2 years ago was that there was no central source of information with the steps it would take to transition my patterns to paper.  Every time a designer decides to make this move in their business they are forced to start from scratch  So this course was born from that lack of information and has been in the works from the start.

Facebook Live Course Chat

I just wanted to pop on here and let you all know that I am going to be on Facebook Live today at 10:00am PST to chat some more about my PDF to Paper pattern course offered for pre-sale now.

This is a great chance to get your questions about the course answered as well as see a bit more of what I am going to be offering.

Join me here at 10:00am.