It’s that time of year again. We take stock, look back, plan for tomorrow. It’s been a pretty exciting/scary/busy time for me, and while I’m sure many of you have had it up to here with all the annual wrap-up posts, I found this exercise really helpful. Taking a comprehensive assessment of what you’ve achieved in a year helps you see the way forward.


Of the fifty or so things I’ve made this year (most of them unblogged, Bad Heather) all but one were from indie designers. The start of 2014 was mostly dedicated to sewing pretty party dresses, but after I started working from home I noticed a definite transition to more wearable basics.

Most worn? Not counting my 8 pairs of Ginger jeans, I’m probably most often wearing one of my many  Hudson pants or Espresso leggings. I’ve made each one at least 3 times; these are patterns that keep on giving. My self drafted drapey tie-dye tee is also pulled out at least once a week.

Closet Core Patterns - tie dye tshirt and leggings-3Closet Core Patterns: Hudson Pants

By Hand London dominated my Icing Wardrobe. I need to start going our more so I can pull out my floral Flora dressdenim/metallic Georgia , linen Holly or my ikat Anna.

Georgia+dress-2By Hand London Flora dressBHL Ikat Anna by Closet Core PatternsCloset Core Patterns - Holly Jumpsuit-2

I also loved and wore to death my Fehr Trade XYT hack, Archer shirt, striped Coco and Watson bra.

XYT Workout top by Closet Core Patterns-18Coco dress by Closet Core Patterns-6Closet Core Patterns - Chambray Grainline Archer Shirt-9Watson Bra by Closet Core Patterns


This year I released two patterns that I love with my whole heart; I’m hoping to release a lot more in the coming year. In early May I dropped Nettie, a dress and bodysuit pattern. The sewalong was a comprehensive guide to sewing with knits. This post on understanding knit fabric was especially popular.

Nettie_new template-01-01

In October I released the Ginger Jeans pattern, along with a limited edition denim kit that I collaborated on with the amazing Jennifer Wiese from Workroom Social. The sewalong was my most ambitious one yet; the most popular posts from that series were on basic jeans fitting, understanding denim and how to make your butt look it’s best with pocket placement.

Ginger skinny jeans pattern by Closet Core Patterns


This year I started updating the blog on a more regular basis. I realized how much I love writing and making this a place I would want to visit. The most spirited debate came from my post On Pattern Testing. Hearing what you had to say fundamentally changed the way I run my business.

I also shared a few posts on my revamped sewing studio, and made a DIY tutorial for a modern, pretty cutting table. Nothing made me happier than hearing from those of you who made your own as a result.

Closet Core Patterns studio-10Closet Core Patterns studio-19

I also wrote a number of more informative posts this year. Here are my favourites:

It’s been a busy year! I’ll be back before the ball drops with some of the things I’ve learned this year. My brain hurts with all of it. Thanks for reading everyone, and I hope you had an eggnogy holiday!


Hi! I'm Heather Lou, a pattern designer and sewing educator for the modern maker. At Closet Core Patterns, we transform your imagination into step-by-step implementation that helps you create a wardrobe you love - not one you're limited to buying off the rack.

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