Sunday, 31 August 2014

August Indie Pattern Update!


I know I say this every month but I'm going to have to say it again because MAN has there been a lot going on in the Indie Pattern world in August! I'm just going to jump on right in there because we've got a lot to get through...

New Pattern Companies!

  • Kat from Modern Vintage Cupcakes has just launched her pattern company Muse Patterns! Each pattern is inspired by a 'muse' which I love the idea of and the designs incorporate historical elements to reflect Kat's love of early to mid 20th Century fashions. The first pattern is the Jenna Cardi featuring lovely curved shoulder yokes.

New Patterns

  • Menswear pattern company Thread Theory have released the next pattern in their Alpine Collection; the Finlayson Sweater. It's currently on sale with 25% off; use code SEWSWEATERS at the checkout.
  • Sew Over It released their new pattern, the classically simple and chic Silk Cami, as their very first in PDF format. It looks like the perfect pattern for PDFing and a great project if you are new to sewing with silk.
  • The most recent release from Iconic Patterns is the Knot Dress. It's got a gorgeous classic shape and really interesting twisted neckline.
  • Named have treated us to a whole range of autumnal patterns in their new Ritual Collection. I love the look of the Mai Zip Jacket and have got it earmarked as a possible challenging sew for this season. Which are your favourites?
  • Along with a free pattern for a Kimono Jacket, Sew Caroline released the Picnic Skirt, which is a simple high waisted with subtle high-low hemline. It's very soon to be available in printed form along with all four of her other patterns!
  • Papercut Patterns released the Clover Dress which is their very first collaboration with a local fashion designer. The dress features a shaped panel above the bust giving you scope for creative fabric combinations, is suitable for knits or wovens and also includes a variation for a top.
  • I thought I'd seen indie sewing patterns for just about everything but Pauline Alice proved me wrong when she revealed her Turia Dungarees this month. I can't wait to see some of these made up by bloggers! Have any of you got them planned?
  • The Vesper Dress is the most recent release from Skinny Bitch Curvy Chic Patterns. I absolutely love the design of the crossover back and the fact that it comes in a maxi and midi length.
  • Measure Twice Cut Once have released a couple more patterns from their Basics Collection. This time they include a Women's Tank and Women's Baseball Singlet. As with the Racer Back Singlet they come with a Designer Manual to inspire you to make the patterns your own.
  • The new Deer and Doe pattern is the Bruyere Shirt. It's got some really interesting features that look like they will work really well to flatter a curvier figure.
  • Perhaps not technically indie patterns but I still count her as an indie designer; Gertie has released two more patterns for Butterick. This time they include a lovely fit and flare dress and a wrap jacket.
  • Charlie from This Blog Is Not For You has released her second and third patterns, the Hepburn Dress and Skirt which can be combined for added variation. She has officially launched her pattern company under the name Audrey & Me Patterns.

Upcoming!

  • Christine Haynes gave us a handful of clues about her next release. It's a dress pattern for knits and is called Marianne!
  • Amy from Cloth Habit has announced an upcoming lingerie pattern! She's discussed in depth on her blog the many steps she has been through to bring us a bra pattern and it sounds like she's put in a huge amount of work and skill. I can't wait to see! 
  • Blue Ginger Doll's next pattern is named Odette and should be with us soon. Keep an eye out on Instagram for sneaky peeks! 
  • Kelli from True Bias has mentioned that new patterns are in the works and close to release but have given no further clues!
  • Jennifer Lauren's new pattern should be with us very soon, I'm looking forward to seeing how she cleverly combines vintage details into a modern design this time.
  • The much anticipated Holly Jumpsuit from By Hand London is nearly here! My mind is brimming with ideas for more!
  • There's a new pattern in the works over at Grainline Studio and Jen has left some not so subtle hints on Instagram that it might be a sweatshirt!

Sew-Alongs

  • The sew-along for Grainline Studio's most recent release, the Alder Shirtdress, is well underway over on the Grainline blog. I've been bookmarking all the posts as I've had little time for sewing recently but the pattern is assembled and ready to go!
  • Colette Pattern's sew-along for their cowl-necked Myrtle Dress for knits is drawing to a close on sewalongs.com. It's being run by sewing teacher Devon Iott and this time includes the option to have posts emailed straight to your inbox! 
  • Sewaholic Patterns posted a one-day sew-along post for their Rae skirt. It's a really thorough post with lots of pictures and different techniques so if you are a beginner I really recommend giving it a try.
  • The sew-along for Thread Theory's new Finlayson Sweater starts tomorrow (September 1st)! I'm looking forward to picking up both knit tips and menswear tips from this one.
  • As well as the speedy skirt sew-along Sewaholic are running a more lengthy sew-along for their brand new Yaletown Dress and Blouse. It too starts on September 1st!

Other Exciting News

  • Kristiann from Victory Patterns is releasing a book next year. She revealed some behind the scenes photos from a shoot for it on her blog; it looks beautiful and very intriguing!
  • Tilly's incredibly popular book 'Love at First Stitch' will be available mid September in Dutch and German! The US version is set to be released in October.
  • Melissa from Fehr Trade has been designing bespoke fabrics (available through Spoonflower) to suit her sewing patterns! More than one print/colour is included within 1 yard of fabric, each section being exactly the right size for particular pattern pieces from her designs. I think it's a fantastically inventive idea and can't wait to see how it develops.
  • The PDF trend continues with By Hand London releasing their Flora, Georgia, Victoria and Elisalex patterns in instantly downloadable electronic form.
  • Megan Nielson has also released her Crescent Blouse as a PDF which means all of her patterns from the Breakwater Collection are now available to download and the pack of all four is ready to purchase again.
  • PLUS Sew Over It have just released PDF versions of ALL their patterns so far! The Ultimate Trousers in particular have been getting some great reviews so maybe this is your chance to try them out...
  • Lindsay, from Design by Lindsay, posted recently to say that she is looking for testers for her very first pattern, the Senna Dress. She's released a sneak peak of it already and it includes ruched detailing and the option to make a two piece variation. If you are interested in testing head on over to her blog.
  • Another person looking for pattern testers for her first pattern is Charlotte from English Girl at Home. She is releasing the Lou Lou Dress, which is an A-line dress with contrast feature at the hem and two variations.
  • Blue Ginger Doll have begun to increase the size range of their patterns and the good news for any plus sized ladies among you is that the Winifred Dress is now available in sizes 4-24.
  • Colette are retiring the printed versions of 5 of their earliest patterns to make room for new stock. The patterns will still be available in PDF format but get in their quick if you prefer paper, especially as they are 50% off!


And to finish things up here's your monthly dose of indie sewing inspiration from around the web!



  • I absolutely love how Alison from Another Little Crafty Creation has chosen to use those lovely yoke panels on her Sewaholic Gabriola as a canvas for embroidery. It's subtle and stunning.
  • Winnie from Scruffy Badger Time's Gingham Lonsdale is so fresh and summery it's got me wishing the heat would return and thinking about making another Lonsdale!
  • Doesn't Jenny from Cashmerette look incredible in her dotty Bombshell Swimsuit?! She wrote a great post on adding swim bra into your swimsuit that's worth checking out too.
  • Rachel's beautiful Anna caught my eye instantly in my blog roll. I think it's one of those instances of a perfect pairing of pattern and fabric, especially with that gathered skirt!
  • Novita from A Very Purple Person's Coppelia Cardigan is made from soft and snuggly Merino wool. It sounds so luxurious I'm going to make a note to try some myself some time. Love the colour too!



33 comments:

  1. Fiona, your round-ups are so impressive! I feel like I read lots and lots of blogs but you always surprise me with new-to-me info. By the way, I sewed up the Turia dungarees and they are seriously cute! Highly recommended. I'm considering a dress version next.

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    1. I saw the tutorial for the dress version that Pauline posted and was very intrigued! Great to know you've had a good experience with the pattern!

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  2. I"m looking forward to exploring all the links while I drink my morning coffee. Thanks!

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    1. Ooo that sounds like a lovely way to spend a morning Gillian!

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  3. Thank you so much! You are awesome. Great fun following links.

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    1. Excellent! Glad to hear you enjoyed the post!

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  4. These posts are SO AWESOME!!! One of my favorite series to read! Thanks for taking the time to put then together :D

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    1. Thanks Sally! I can't say it's a chore having a little nose into what everyone has been up to!

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  5. Brilliant update! Though the Thread Theory sweater doesn't seem to be on sale... :-(

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    1. O damn, maybe it finished already! I read on their blog to enter the code SEWSWEATERS at the checkout to get the discount, fingers crossed that still works. Sorry for the misinformation if not!

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    2. Thanks Fiona! I'll give that go!

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  6. These are so fun to read! There's a new pattern company started by Kat at Modern Vintage Cupcakes- you can read about it here: http://macskakat.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/a-little-secret-side-project/

    So many new patterns this month!!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Sonja! I'd scheduled this post on Saturday so Kat snuck in there with her release on Sunday morning! I've updated it to include her now, i'm loving the look of that Cardi! There's been a tonne going on hasn't there?

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  7. Definitely going to be sewing up the Turia Dungarees. I already have fabric! Just need to get the rest of the notions and take a deep breath...

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    1. They seem to be a big hit, there was obviously a gap in the market for a dungarees pattern! You can definitely do it, Pauline's instructions are fab usually!

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  8. So amazing! Thank you! I think sewaholic is doing a yaletown sew along as well!

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    1. Ooo thanks Ally! I'd totally forgotten about that so thanks so much for pointing it out, much appreciated. I've updated the post to include it now!

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  9. I always enjoy your round ups- super interesting, thank you! I learn a lot.
    And was therefore totally surprised to see my pic in your round up too- thank you!!!! I'm honoured to be in such fine company :-)

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    1. I flippin' love your Lonsdale Winnie! I quite seriously want to make another now even though the weather is inappropriate for it! Good to hear that you enjoy the posts

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  10. Loving your blog and the monthly round up. As a new sewer I feel like I'm really getting to know where to search for patterns

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    1. Excellent! I'm so pleased that I can help not just the indie designers but sewists find some new patterns to suit their style!

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  11. These posts are so informative, and I know it takes a while to put together, so thanks so much!

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    1. You are so welcome! It can take a while but I really do enjoy it! It's better for my bank balance that I'm writing about them rather than buying them anyway!

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  12. Brilliant update Fiona. And I was surprised and incredibly honored to be in your round up too! :)

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    1. That dress deserves to be shouted from the rooftops about, it looks stunning on you and must be so lovely to wear!

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  13. Wow, thank you so much for including my pattern in your round-up! :-)

    I love this list you've put together - absolutely brilliant. :-)

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    1. You are very welcome, I was so excited to see your launch! Congratulations!

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  14. I look forward to these round-ups each month! You always point me in the direction of something new! Thanks for taking time to make these composite lists.

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    1. You're welcome! Sometimes it seems like quite a selfish task I have so much fun putting it all together!

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  15. Love these round-ups! It's incredible how this industry just keeps on growing. Love it!

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    1. It really is growing and growing and growing! I can barely keep up and definitely can't sew as fast as I wish I could!

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