Round-ups of a pattern are so fun, don’t you think? It’s so helpful 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 under each photo to see more photo’s and read what they think about the Jade skirt. If you make a Jade, add #jadeskirt and @paprikapatterns to your post so everyone can find it!
I hear you thinking – how can repair work be fun?? It seems that mending clothes is one of the things a sewist dreads the most. Mending for others? Even worse! I am no exception, my repair pile is usually quite high. For me this has to do with aesthetics and the satisfaction of creating something beautiful. The thing that makes repair work so annoying for me is that you are usually not creating something pretty. Yes, it is wearable again, but does it look as good as before the tear? Even with a well done patch it’s usually a compromise at best.
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.
For this second episode in the Unusual Sewing Space Series (see the first one here) I have a special guest for you from across the canal: Melissa Fehr. You have probably heard of or sewn with her modern activewear patterns by now, she’s been around for a while! I admire her style and her original designs, even though I’m not that ‘active’ myself hehe. But today is all about her unusual home and her sewing space: she and her partner James live on a houseboat on the Thames in London. This one is close to heart for me – did you know I was born on a Dutch barge like hers? My parents lived and worked on their own barge when I was born, navigating the (mostly) French rivers with cargo. There have been times when we thought about living on a boat ourselves, and seeing Melissa’s space reminds me of that road not taken. But now I leave you to admire Melissa’s beautiful home and sewing space!
We all know how the weather can influence our perception, our mood and our daily life. I’ve found this even more true now that we live in a yurt, in a closer connection to the world outside than ever before. The last time I wrote about our daily life in a yurt (go read here, I discovered I somehow only published half the post last time, the rest is up now too) was the end of March. We’d had snow and ice, rain and wind but the wood stove kept us warm (hot, even) through those months. As I’m writing now it’s like we live in a different world: everything is green and growing, we have door and windows open to keep cool, and the crickets are chirping in the warm evening sun.
At busy times like the yurt building, I tend to knit more than I sew. Knitting is just more portable, easy to do while you’re having a conversation. And it’s more relaxing than sewing. And you can do it while watching something, which always makes me feel less lazy then just watching something. I want to share my knitting plans with you and ask you for your opinion on a finished project. I’m thinking of frogging it but maybe it can still be saved!
I admire Marilla Walkers patterns for their originality and clever drafting, but they’re not my usual style. The Sailor top won me over because of it’s simplicity. It’s a free, one-size pattern that is drafted without any curves. The sleeves and bodice are just squares and rectangles. Just check out that flat lay, so cool! Shape (and room to move) are given by the triangle shoulder insets and the underarm gusset. A striped fabric is the perfect companion to this top, as it highlights the geometric shapes beautifully.