Hi! Just a quick note to say that we will be having a sale from Friday to Monday, starting at 12:00 CET (Paris timezone). All our patterns will be 20% off, and that includes the new pattern we’re also releasing tomorrow! You don’t need a code, they are already discounted in the shop. We don’t have sales very often so now is your chance. Happy sewing!
I am so exited and I hope you are too! Sewing Indie Month is back with 21 participating designers who will bring you loads of good stuff. All month long you can enter to win in a sewing contest with three categories and great prizes. There’s interviews te get to know the designers better, and we’re offering you a new pattern bundle at a huge discount! Now if that is not a reason to get excited I don’t know what is. In this post I’ll give a summery of all the goings on this month.
Now that we’re mostly settled in I’ve had some time to think about what I’d like to focus on this year. I’m really looking forward to getting creative again! Frida is past those all-consuming newborn months, which means I can start thinking of sewing again. Let’s be realistic though, until she goes to la crèche it’ll have to happen during nap times. With less time to spare, I’ve even more reason to think about what I’ll spend my precious time on. I thought some guidelines were in order lest I just order lots more fabric for projects I don’t have time for. Here’s what I came up with:
In the previous episodes we’ve shown you how we came to our decision to live in a yurt, the construction process and the industrial sewing machine I used, This episode is about mounting the yurt, not the most difficult technically but certainly hard on our patience. We have this saying in Dutch: the last piece of lead is the heaviest. It means the last part of anything you’re doing is the heaviest part. The end is in sight but you’re not quite there yet. This was certainly the case for us!
I’ve got two mint projects lined up to post, but I’ll start with this one since the other one is another Archer. I purchased Sewaholics Gabriola back in March when we were still in Italy. It seemed like a maxi skirt perfect for people with wide hips since it’s fitted at the hips and flares out from there. I’ve tried a simple maxi gathered at the waist last year, but that was a big fail. I looked huge and out of proportion, a bit like if you’d gather up a bedsheet and put a waistband on it. Yeah, not good :)
As I’m writing this the wind is howling around the yurt, the rain pattering on the roof. I was thinking it wasn’t too late for one last summer dress, but you never know what the weather will do. The Southport Dress from True Bias is probably no new sight to you, it seems to have been a very popular pattern this summer. And I can see why: it’s easy to sew and easy to wear. However, if you’re not a fan of sewing buttonholes I’ve got just the tutorial for you. For Sewing Indie Month I’ve created a tutorial on how to change the front closure into buttons and loops. Check Kelli’s blog to see the tutorial!
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.