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!
If you want some more tightness at the waist of the Jade Skirt you could add elastic in the waistband. This could be especially useful if you have traced the pattern with the waist size bigger than the hip size (hopefully making it easy for yourself by using this method), or when you’re using a jersey fabric. Inserting elastic is not hard to do, and in this tutorial I’ll show you how it’s done.
Sometimes when there’s a new Indie pattern company I buy their pattern just to see how they’re doing things. How have they styled their instructions? What do their PDF patterns look like? What new inventions have they come up with to improve user experience? And I imagine you’re wondering about the same when you see a new company pop up. We’ve gotten used to a certain standard from Indie patterns and expectations are high. Since we’re new in the neighbourhood I thought I’d show you some previews of our patterns and instructions so you know what you get when you buy a pattern from us.
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.
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!
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.
Well, a month without a post, I think that’s a record :) I’m back here to give you a heads up on what’s going on. Last month was a very busy month. We packed our stuff, handed in the keys to our house and left the town where we lived for the past 10 years. After a week of getting the necessary truck maintenance and goodbyes, we drove off to Kassel, Germany to meet our good friends. We had a lovely few days with them before driving down to France. We’re in the Morvan region now, staying at the house of Stef’s parents. It’s a 300 year old farm situated on a hill overlooking a green valley, and we have it all to ourselves!