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’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 have a confession to make guys. I’m ashamed to admit it, but even though I am well aware of what it takes to make a garment, and of the bad circumstances garment workers live and work in, I still bought fast fashion until fairly recently. It got worse when we settled in France. The only clothing shops here are big brands that practically advertise with the fact that they are cheap, and I often went for the most convenient option. I never felt good buying these clothes, but I did it anyway. I found myself thinking of the person who had made it, and apologising to them for supporting the system. The sweater below is the most recent item I bought. My body had returned to normal after my pregnancy, and I felt I ‘deserved’ some new clothes. With hardly any time to make something, I went shopping. But two days after wearing this sweater, it was pilling like crazy and there were two holes in the back.
Everybody needs a pair of joggers – they’re just the most comfortable thing to wear on a day off. What has always bothered me about regular elastic waist or drawstring joggers though, is that they have so much fabric that bunches around the hips. It just seemed unnecessary to me, so I set out to create a pair of joggers that don’t make your hips (or belly) look twice the size. The Ruby Joggers are my answer, inspired by the Amber Trousers. They have the same (but re-shaped) V-shape wide yokes that create a smooth tummy area. There is elastic in the back yoke, but it is used as a stabiliser and doesn’t gather the fabric. There are two length options, a 3/4 length where the cuff sits just under the knee, and a full length option. Both views have roomy slash pockets to hold your essentials, finished with a welt strip.
I have some very exciting news to share with you today, as my new business has gone live last week! It’s the reason why it has been quiet over here at Paprika Patterns, as it took us over a year to get it all set up. And with us I mean Erin and I, as I also have an awesome business partner! You probably know Erin fro Tuesday Stitches, formerly SeamstressErin. So let me introduce you to Maternity Sewing: your source for Maternity, Nursing and Postpartum sewing patterns! It’s a marketplace where we have gathered all the maternity and nursing patterns from indie designers we could find. We have over 70 patterns right now, and many more in the process of onboarding. We hope to create a community for pregnant and nursing sewists, where we’ll share maternity style inspiration, tips and hacks, designer interviews, and promote body confidence. The latter is also why we included ‘postpartum’ in our mission. It can take a long time for your body to return to ‘normal’, and even if you manage to get back to your old weight, the shape of your body will probably have changed. A lot of women struggle to get reacquainted with their changed body, and that’s why we want to include postpartum too.
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!
We’re down to the last stage of finishing our new pattern! If all goes well we’ll have the launch next Tuesday. This one is a true winter pattern again, and if you follow me on Instagram you might already have seen some sneak peeks. Every release is a cause of celebration, and that’s why everything in the shop, including the new pattern, will be 20% off! I know we’ve just been bombarded with sales this past weekend, so I hope you have some room left in your budget.