Last month, Megan Nielsen asked if I’d like to try out one of her new patterns before its official release. I’ve been a big fan of her patterns for years now so I of course jumped at the chance. From the four new patterns, I selected the Dawn jeans. Jeans have been in my sewing queue for a long time and I just always seem to postpone making them so this was just the thing I needed to make a pair. By the way, the Wattle skirt was a close second. I have a red and white striped fabric that would be PERFECT for it.Read More
This project was a little bit of a queue hopper with a large dose of #sewfrosting. If you haven’t heard of the Sew Frosting challenge hosted by Closet Case Patterns and True Bias, you should go check it out right now. This challenge is to sew something that’s completely for fun and not practical, hence the frosting. They had noticed that in their own sewing they were making a lot of things that were very useful but had lost some of the joy in making. I totally understand this sentiment and found it really inspiring. I have a ton of patterns and fabric in my stash that would fall into the frosting category and it’s high time that I actually use them. Hence, this totally impractical but totally awesome jumpsuit.Read More
A few months ago, the lovely and talented Emily from In The Folds sent me a printed copy of her Collins Top pattern. Emily and I have exchanged patterns in the past and I’ve always loved sewing (and wearing) her designs. Emily ran a very successful Kickstarter campaign last year to jumpstart the printed pattern side of her business and it’s been exciting to see her journey. The Collins Top is part of my Make Nine list for the year so it was a bit of serendipity that Emily offered to send me the pattern.
The printed pattern is really beautiful and very well designed. It comes in a large color printed envelope with an instruction booklet and a folded printed pattern. The paper for the printed paper is a nice light weight, much sturdier than tissue paper but not too thick. As always, the instructions are very clear with excellent illustrations. There is also a sewalong on the In The Folds blog with more tips and photos. Make sure to check it out too.Read More