A Year in Review

2016 Sewing Patterns from Closet Core Patterns

I always feel reflective this time of year. It’s kind of mandatory when you own a business; it’s important to look back and take stock in order to thoughtfully plan for the future. I’ve been semi-frantically trying to tie up the loose ends of 2016 while also being deeply immersed in a few big projects, so I was happy to hit pause on all that busy work today and focus on what we actually did this year. Here are some highlights.


2016 Sewing Patterns from Closet Core Patterns

This year we released 3 full patterns; the Morgan Boyfriend Jeans, the Sophie Swimsuit and the Kelly Anorak. We also created a Flared Jeans expansion for our best selling Ginger pattern. Each release has exceeded my expectations and proven to me that there is a market for patterns outside the easy/beginner market; while we have a few simpler ideas in the works (I like a fast make as much as the next person!), I am looking forward to continue exploring more challenging ideas. Thank you for all your wonderful feedback and support this year; I really jump out bed each morning excited to see what you guys are cooking up with our resources.



This summer I made my first foray into online education withe the Sew  Your Dream Swimsuit workshop and absolutely loved the experience. It really gives me the chance to nerd out in more depth than a sewalong, and I think videos are a lot more pleasant to follow for many of you. I have a few new workshops coming to you next year that I am really excited about, but I’ll continue to host sewalongs and lots of tutorials here on the blog.

Speaking of tutorials….


This year I tried to focus on bringing you guys lots of relevant, helpful content for your sewing practice. Here are some of the most popular posts:

We also created a few freebies this year; a long line pattern bonus for the Sophie Swimsuit, and 33 back pocket jean designs for our newsletter subscribers.


Favourite sewing projects from 2016 // Closet Core Patterns

I managed to squeeze in as much personal sewing time as possible; even when I’m doing a lot of sample making for work, it’s important for me to still stay connected to my sewing practice. It’s the best cure for stress and anxiety. My favourite projects:

I can’t wait till its warm enough to wear this floral and chambray Hannah dress again. This caftan makes me want to start a cult. The ultimate raincoat and the coat of my dreams. This self-drafted dress wins the prize for “worn most often in 2016”.

I have one more post before the year is up, but in the meantime I hope you have a wonderful holiday, whatever you are celebrating. G and I are flying home to Windsor with Harry (Athena is staying with a friend) and I can’t wait to shock and awe him with my mother’s insane Christmas decorating and the carbo loading that is Christmas dinner in Canada. Love to you all!


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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