I’ve finally used that gorgeous crepe I’ve been hoarding, and I found the perfect pattern for it: the Roscoe Blouse. It’s a garment that will last me at least a few more weeks into my pregnancy because it has so much ease, but it’s not a maternity design so I can wear it for the summers to come, too! Read more about it on the Maternity Sewing blog.
Did you know I’ve never owned sweatpants before in my life? Somehow I never thought I’d need them. I have a pair of ‘chill pants’, one of those striped ones everybody who traveled in Peru 10 years ago had. I think they’re even my oldest piece of clothing that is still in rotation. I made my sweatpants as a first sample of a pattern I’m working on, and even though the pattern needs to be tweaked, I’ve found it really hard to take them off! They are so incredibly comfortable I want to wear nothing else. I understand the danger of sweatpants now, they make you want to ignore every style advise ever. Comfort is what you need on long cross-country drives though. Last week we paid a short visit to the Netherlands and for the first time I had the perfect hand made travel outfit for the 12 hour drive.
When a new pattern appears, some people jump on it right away, and some wait to see other bloggers make it. For me it definitely helps to see a pattern on different bodies and in various fabrics. Sometimes I’m put off by the samples a designer has made, but then am completely convinced when it’s made up by a blogger I follow. So for the Onyx release I asked for reviewers, and the people below volunteered to write something in exchange for a free pattern. I have definitely gotten some ideas myself after seeing these! Click through to their blog to read what they think of the Onyx shirt and see more photos.
Let’s talk about the size of our fabric stash today! I know – being honest about the amount of fabric and patterns you have might induce a certain amount of embarrassment and guilt. I seem to have an alter ego that takes over when looking at fabric. This other version of me has all the time in the world, the wildest ideas and never loses her mojo. Unfortunately this alter ego is not much connected with reality. I buy that fabric or pattern and then find that I have no time at all. Thus my stash accumulates and with it my guilt about purchases.
We’re proud to present our new pattern, the Opal Cardigan! This garment has filled a hole in my wardrobe and sparked a love for cardigans. I’ve always thought I was a sweater person, but the truth is that I just hadn’t found the right style yet. It can be described best as no fuss with clean lines. It has a relaxed fit so you can throw it over anything if you need the extra layer. It’s just as easy to take off again since it has no buttons or buttonholes. Sewing buttonholes in a stretchy knit can’t be anyones favourite and you won’t have to with the Opal. This makes it a really quick sew as well, to be finished in just a few hours. This cardigan is perfect to throw on if you want to add more dimension to your outfit, or just to stay warm this winter. It’s even better for those days where you’re not sure you’ll need the extra layer since it’s so easy to throw on and off.
A couple of amazing Jaspers have popped up in the last month, and I thought I’d share them with you. The amazing thing with creativity is that it takes every person in a different direction. I think a pattern only comes to its full potential when sewed up by other people than the designer. The makes below prove my point!
Not exactly the release of a new pattern, but the improvement of an existing pattern. The Jade Skirt has been out for four months now, and she needed some attention. We’ve had the time to see what people’s experiences with the pattern were. To g some distance to think about what could be improved. It feels good to complete this project now with an improved design and a larger size range. The Jade Skirt V2.0 is now available in our shop, and at a sale price of 15% off! And keep reading for another little surprise…