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Sewing Goodness Extracts

September 6, 2016

I’m repeadtedly in awe at how great garments made of refashioned denim can be. Look at Carolyn, MessyEssyMakes, TheUpSew, Fadanista, VeraLuna or matkailijakirppu.

Named Patterns have released their latest Collection (Evolution Theory) and I love love love the Talvikki Sweater (I have a vision of it in scuba without the sleeves and with a higher armscye) and the Aava Tailored Blazer (which I see without the decorative pocket flaps). I also like the Pulmu High-waisted Pencil Skirt and the Tyyni Cigarette Trousers, which remind of the Vogue DKNY pattern (can you say “no side seams”?). And then I had a look at their back Collections and fell in love with the skirt of the Vanamo Two-Piece Cocktail Dress.

Colette Patterns is releasing Rue today, a pattern that is aimed to be a “back to the roots” of the brand release. I like the play of stripes on their sample but am not convinced by the fit of the bodice on the Pictures above the piping lines, so I held off. Will/would you grab it?


September 4, 2016


Click on picture for the official trailer.

I watched the movie in the plane on my way to Indonesia for holidays (!). More on that later…

Sewing Goodness Extracts

August 12, 2016

This beauty of a dress added a pattern to my wish list. It would be easy to alter to J Crew’s Going Places dress, a more formal version.

More weaving beauty from Mathew. Very Chanel.

If you’re not following the Refashioners, you’re missing out. There are even shoes entirely made of jeans! A possible inspiration for Carolyn, who seems to be breezing through a 100% DIY challenge year.

Vogue Patterns – Fall 2016

July 7, 2016

These always catch me by surprise. I’m so not in a mood for fall. But anyhow. What’s no surprise, in the absence of DKNY and DonnaKaran patterns, only two really catched my eye:

Vogue 1513 by Badgley Mischka:


Vogue 1514 by Bellville Sassoon, which I would buy only for the bliss of reading the construction details (foundation with boning in a knit dress?!):v1514_01


July 1, 2016


Sewing Goodness Extracts

May 19, 2016

Do you recall how critical and skeptical I was about Vogue 1501 by Rachel Comey? Well Katie sew it up not once but twice. Now I wonder how it would look with the top made up in a different fabric than the skirt…

She also brought my attention to the Adele dress from Anne Durrieu, a new to me independent pattern label.

Another new to me pattern label is Blue Prints, and their latest release the Geodesic pullover.

I was amazed by the  woven denim secret agent trench coat so I really appreciate this post with some tips on how to replicate the technique.

Fold Away – Origami Depth

May 6, 2016

Shortly after I put Pattern Magic 3 on my wishlist, Origami Depth was announced. I love origami in clothing. Plus Pattern Magic 3 did not seem aimed at producing wearable garments, so the dilemma did not last long: I preordered Origami Depth, which was delivered a couple of weeks ago.


The book has ten chapters. It’s spiral bound, which I think is practical since it can be laid open flat as a reference in the drafting process. The pages are of glossy quality with some text, many photos and 2 DVDs. It’s not a must-have in my opinion, considering the number of videos from the author that are out there. It does give useful tips for the drafing processes that are depicted, however, it doesn’t give any more sewing or construction tips than the videos that can be found online. But it’s a nice book to have. To be contemplating and dreaming away about the possibilities…

Makes me want to revisit the bamboo shoot top or do something else altogether…

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