One of my favorite parts of creating a new pattern is the testing phase. It’s a chance to finally see my pattern on other sewists while getting crucial feedback on the fit and instructions. While it makes me feel really vulnerable to put the pattern, flaws and all, out there for the first time to be scrutinized, by the end of the process I feel so grateful for the people that donate their time and resources to help me make the pattern the best it can be!
To make the Byrdie sleeveless you’ll have to make a couple of simple pattern adjustments in addition to leaving off the sleeves.
When I’m designing sewing patterns, I’m thinking of all the different ways that a pattern can be sewn by you! I love pattern hacks and I especially love when a pattern can be made over and over again with easy adjustments for new styles.
During testing for the Byrdie Button-up, several testers gently prodded me to add pockets to the pattern. While I thought it was a great idea (!) I wanted to keep the instructions as streamlined as possible. So I opted to leave them out with the promise to do a tutorial on adding them. And I finally did it! Honestly, it’s one of the easiest pattern hacks EVER!
If I had to choose one word to sum up 2019, it would be…I can’t pick just one!
This year has been, honestly, pretty great.
During testing for the Hana Tank + Dress Pattern, one of the testers suggested that the dress version of the pattern would make a great pinafore over a shirt and tights for fall. Since then, it has been on my mind to make it!
I love making jeans! If you’ve been following me for the last year, you know this. Jeans always seem so daunting because of all the fancy stitching and hardware detailing, but they are actually quite straightforward. With a good pattern and the right fabric, you can make a custom-fit wardrobe staple.
After almost a year of sewing mostly basics, I’ve been feeling the urge to bust up outta my sewing shell and add a few fun pieces to my wardrobe. To date, I’ve made about 5 pairs of jeans and 3 or 4 pairs of leggings. so I think I got my basics covered in the pants category. It was high time I sewed up these Closetcase Patterns Sasha Trousers!
Animal print is SO in right now. Wait, was it ever really out? I have to be honest, I used to shy away from animal print. But these days, I’ve been embracing it in small-yet-gradually-increasing doses.