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!
I made an interesting discovery about sizing, combining the knowledge other pattern designers shared with us and the knowledge I gained making our first pattern. I’ve read something about this before, but I didn’t fully understand at the time. So in case that goes for you too, I’ll explain again here. A lot is said and discussed about the size charts different pattern designers use, whether they are based on actual women and the frustration that comes with not fitting into one size column. My survey showed that 78% of you generally do not fall within one size column, so this is a widespread problem. And one of the factors that are responsible for this, is the way sewing patterns are drafted.
There will be so many sales this weekend, either in honour of Black Friday, Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday, we thought we’d keep it simple and just hold a sale spanning all these days! And since you probably already need to remember lots of discount codes, there’s none needed for our sale. Just hop on over to the shop to get 25% off our patterns!
I don’t know what it is with french terry and sweatshirt fleece, but I just love designing patterns for these comfortable fabrics. The Ruby is no exception: joggers are by definition meant to be made in them. Although the current trends fortunately allow you to find more options, such as stretch velvet. The pattern is drafted for a 10-20% stretch percentage. The instructions of the Ruby Joggers provide you with a handy stretch gauge so you can check the stretch of the fabric you want to use. And if it has more stretch, no worries: just size down to prevent the joggers coming out too big. If you’re not sure what to look for in a fabric shop: French Terry has a knit side and a looped side, sweatshirt fleece has a knit side and a soft, brushed back side. Let’s look at some fabric options!
It’s all nice and well if your fit in one size column, but the reality for the majority of women is that they span multiple columns. I know I do; my bust, waist and hip usually have a column all for themselves. Most Indie patterns are ‘nested’, which means that the different sizes are drafted in such a way that you can easily draw a line from one size to another. The Jade pattern is also nested for this purpose. However, the front piece has kind of a zig-zag outline, which makes drawing a neat line a bit difficult. In this post I’ll show you the easiest way of drafting between sizes on the Jade skirt front piece, taking my own adjustments as an example.
Round-ups of a pattern are so fun, don’t you think? It’s so hgelpful to see a pattern in different fabrics and on different bodies. I’ve asked for a few volunteers to help me spread the word about the new Jade Skirt, and a lot of people were excited about this new release too! Here’s some examples for your inspiration. Click the name of the reviewer to see more photo’s and read what they think about the Jade skirt.