Friday, 31 January 2014

January Indie Pattern Update!


So it's the end of January already and time for the first of my posts rounding up the news from our favourite Independent Pattern Companies from the past few weeks.

New Pattern Companies!


New Patterns


Sew-alongs

  • Colette patterns launched a separate website (sewalongs.com) to host all their sew-alongs. You can already easily access all their previous sew-along posts there, it's a fantastic resource! Their Albion coat sew-along started on 24th January so there's still time to catch up. They're running a competition to win a Bernina!
  • The By Hand London Georgia Dress sew-along has just started. I know a few of you (including me!) have been eagerly awaiting it to help achieve the perfect fit on your dress so I can't wait to see the results. They're including instructions for bonus strapless AND baby doll versions so get sewing!
  • Lolita Patterns' sew-along for the gorgeous Spearmint coat starts on Monday 3rd February - I'm hoping it will inspire me to make my own coat
  • The Blue Ginger Doll sew-along for the Stella blouse is up and running. New contributer to the blog Heather from Handmade by Heather B is writing some of the posts and it looks to be packed with some great tips and diagrams.
  • Sew Over It are starting their very first sew-along for their recently released pattern line on 4th February. They'll be sharing their tips for constructing their 1940s Tea Dress

Other Exciting News


As always I have been so inspired by how you guys have made up these patterns in your own unique ways. Here are 5 that caught my eye in January:

Images borrowed from the lovely ladies' blogs. Click links below to see more

  • Anna from Paunnet's absolutely stunning dress made from the bodice of By Hand London's Anna and the skirt of Christine Haynes' Emery. She used the wool blend border print to perfection.
  • Oonaballoona's smoking hot Georgia Dress. It fits like a glove and the decision to add that fringing makes it totally unique.
  • Chantal from A Handmade Wardrobe's amazing plaid wool Minoru by Sewaholic. It's the first I've seen made up in such a smart fabric and looks so beautifully made.
  • Sally from The Quirky Peach's floral Riegel Bomber Jacket from Papercut Patterns is just beautiful! I need some of that print!
  • Miss Amy's Deer & Doe Plantain with leather elbow patches and shoulders is such a great example of using a pattern creatively to suit you! I love the fabrics she chose and how it turned out.

39 comments:

  1. I love this round-up! I read loads of blogs which is great but it often means I miss or forget about new pattern releases and such. I cant wait to start seeing all the Georgia dresses appearing after the sewalong,

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    1. An awesome round up! Thank you for compiling it :)

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    2. You are both very welcome! I need to get cracking with my Georgia...

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  2. I love these posts! So helpful since I frequently miss new patterns.

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    1. It's really easy too isn't it? Although I'm sure missing them is a good thing for our bank accounts! I'm sure I've missed some so if you hear of anything else let me know!

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  3. Wow, thanks so much for this round up, it's great to hear about things I didn't know of yet.

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    1. You are very welcome, I had a great time putting it together!

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  4. This is super awesome thank you for compiling this x

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  5. I thought I was vaguely in the know about independent pattern companies but I'm clearly not! Great post, thank you :)

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    1. I don't feel like I am either! There's always something new popping up!

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  6. Thanks so much for the shout out!
    And what a great round up - there's some great stuff here that I didn't know about :)

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    1. You are more than welcome! I just love your plantain(s!)

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  7. This is a totally great post! So cool to have all this information in one place - you must have done a lot of research - thank you! :) And thanks also for the shout out! :) I was having such a good time reading the post and then I was like - hey that's me! LOL! I think this is a great idea for a blog series and I can't wait for the next one! :)

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    1. O good! It's so good to hear people are enjoying reading it. It's partly for my own benefit to be honest as I just can't keep track!
      Your bomber is awesome! It may be that pattern that breaks the seal on buying patterns this year, I've been good so far!

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  8. Thanks for the round-up - it's SO helpful to see all this info in one place. You are doing us all a huge favor!!

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    1. You're very welcome! Here's hoping there's even more news next month!

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  9. This gets me so excited!!! Awesome post, thanks for the share :)

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    1. You're very welcome! It's going to be testing everyone's resolve not to buy patterns I know!

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    1. My pleasure, so glad that people have enjoyed it!

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  11. Thank you!!! Totally missed the SBCC new patterns-looked them up a while ago and they've come a long way since. Great post as ever!

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    1. They really have haven't they? I hadn't looked at them for a while but was tempted by a whole lot when I was putting this together!

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  12. Great post! Can't wait to start buying some of these.

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    1. Thanks! I apologize to your bank balance!

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  13. I love this round up, thank you for posting it. There are so many pattern companies that I do not know of, so this is great for me to pick up new patterns!

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    1. There are so many amazing one's out there to choose from! Your Anna's are beautiful so I can't wait to see what you choose next!

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  14. Thanks for this round up! I'm going to show my by the goldstream peacoat, since he really wants me to make him a coat.. It looks like a good pattern!

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    1. It looks like a really great classic coat doesn't it? I've heard good things about the Thread Theory patterns in general so I think I'll probably take the plunge soon!

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  15. Thanks for the mention! This is a brilliant round up, I'm off to check out all the rest ;)

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    1. You're welcome Caroline! I'm looking forward to seeing your patterns popping up around the internet!

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    1. You're so welcome! That Georgia is knock out but you blew it out the water with your first week Project Sewn Outift!!!

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  17. This is such a great round-up Fiona! Thanks for taking the time to do these. I didn't know about quite a few of these patterns & it's great to know what sewalongs are coming up.

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    1. I think the list of sew-alongs was the bit that got me most excited! It's putting the time into doing things like sew-alongs that really makes me love Indie Pattern Designers!

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  18. Hey, great info Fiona, thanks for sharing this! It's hard to keep up with all the new patterns and versions out there, isn't it?

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    1. It really is! There's been so much going on recently, it's amazing!

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  19. Thanks for the round-up Fiona and putting all the info in one place. The up-coming sewalong section is brill and will probably help me with my sewlution for this year which is joining in in a sewalong. And your indie pattern list is usually my starting point when I'm looking for new patterns and it's also responsible for some accidental shopping ,D

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    1. I thought I probably wasn't doing any bank balances any favours with that list! The sew-alongs are such a great resource, I definitely recommend joining in with one or referring back later on

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