I’ve been batch sewing lately – choosing 3 of 4 patterns, and then doing all the steps simultaneously. Have them all printed (I always have the A0 files printed, here’s some resources), then cut or trace them all, then cut them all out of fabric, then sew. This means that there is sometimes a big gap between sewing periods, but I’ll soon have a few new garments! The Cappuccino Cardigan was in my last batch, and it’s a design that I’ve been wanting to make for a few years. I love that you can just let it hang loose, you can wrap yourself, wrap your belly, or wrap your baby as you’re nursing. I have an RTW cardigan like this and I wear it all the time! MinervaCrafts was kind enough to provide me with the fabric, and I chose the most obnoxious color I could find. My wardrobe could use some color!
It’s been a few months since I wrote part 1 and part 2 of these mini series, and I thought I’d report back on how my system has worked so far. The first post was about how my large stash was inhibiting my creativity, not fuelling it. Because I didn’t know what fabrics and what patterns I had, and there was no way to quickly browse through them, thinking about a new project made me indecisive rather than inspired. Instead of using great fabric I already had, I just purchased new fabric. I’ve found that organising my stash, patterns and fabric both made it easier to see what I have and to come up with new projects that didn’t require spending money. Today I’ll talk about whether this system has held up and some new insights I gained.
So a few weeks ago I wrote about how I’m not sewing for baby, but it turns out things can change! As long as I still had a while to go it was more rewarding to sew for myself, but with only 4 weeks left I don’t see the point anymore. Instead the cute tiny clothes are tempting me now, so I’ve sewed some stuff for the baby anyway. I’ve made a couple of things on the serger, which is really fast (and such short seams!), but they’re not that special. As with my own garments, an involved project like a button down is much more satisfying, and this seemed like a tiny version of that.
This week we’re working towards the release of our next pattern: the Onyx shirt! I’m excited about this one (obviously – never not excited about a new pattern!) and I hope you’ll like it too! I don’t want to give too much away, but I consider this one our take on the woven T-shirt. Perfect for summer, and as always there’s some fun variations to play with! It’s set to launch next week if all goes well. I’ve just developed a cold sore and we were supposed to have the photoshoot in a few days… So I’ll have to either postpone or trust my photoshop skills :) Anyway, here’s a sneak peek – see you next week!
Happy New Year to you!
We’ve been through so much this past year that it’s as if five years have past instead of one. It seems so long ago that we left our life in the Netherlands. Even though it had some repercussions for getting Paprika Patterns off the ground, it was the best decision we could have made. Now it’s time to concentrate fully on Paprika and I’d like your input on that! So in this post I want to look back a bit and discuss with you how we should shape this blog in the coming months.
A few years ago I bought a mens sweater at a thrift store, meant for Stef. It was a bit snug on him and comfortably oversized on me, so I kept it for myself. It was never a very beautiful sweater, but I still wore it a lot. It was big enough that I could throw it over anything else I was wearing. I think every wardrobe needs a sweater like that, a go-to sweater when it’s cold or you’re just not feeling great and you want to have the next best thing to a blanket. Holes started to appear last winter though, so I thought it time to replace it with one I knitted myself. It became my most ambitious knitting project so far, but I had so much fun designing and knitting the cables.
I used to be a winter knitter: I started in late fall making a cozy sweater only to finish it in spring when the weather got warmer and it was too late to wear it. And then to find that by next winter my taste had changed and I didn’t like it so much anymore. Or maybe I just learned to be honest about what I’d made and not try to convince myself that it turned out well :). I’ve started to knit in summer too, now, but I’m still always a season behind. I started in May, when we were still in Italy camping by a beautiful blue mountain lake.