Calder Sculpture Montreal - Iles Jean Drapeau

H aving a good weekend? It’s Just for Laughs right now, my favourite of Montreal’s summer festivals, and so far I’ve seen Margaret Cho, Jen Kirkman and Eddie Pepitone. Hoping to make it to Norm McDonald this evening…. my belly hurts from laughing.

Here’s what’s up in sewing blogs this week…..


I was curious about this Rachel Comey pattern… I’m kinda digging the apron vibe of Bellbird’s version.

More Comey goodness – a tropical print version of Vogue 1247 over on Telltale Tasha, a pattern I will never tire of.

These denim-y Hudson pants from Baste + Gather are pretty great, even if Lauren did accidentally over distress them.

Every woman needs a neon orange embossed jacket… or so I’ve learned from Blogless Anna.

Did you see Peter’s linen coveralls? My favourite make this week- I WANT A PAIR SO BAD!!!!

Dixie’s Regency cosplay is next level.

Lisa’s evil eye Linden sweatshirt has the power to ward off all the bad vibes.

Mokosha is a stripey vision.

I’m into By Gum By Golly’s spot-on vintage taste pretty much always, but this outfit was particularly fly.


Maria Shell’s solar powered sewing room/cabin in Alaska is basically studio porn for all us makers with an urge to move into the wild.

Some great tips from Grainline Studio on organizing pdf pattern files.


I already loved Jenny from Cashmerette, but the interview she did on The Crafty Planner podcast gave me a totally different perspective on her big, nimble and articulate brain. She has some really intelligent things to say about sustainable sewing and body image… a must listen.


How hard are you trying, really?

I’ve been reading a lot over the last month. Dipping in here and there to Oliver Sachs’ evocative memoir On the Road: A Life (he was the real-life doctor from the film Awakenings with Robin Williams) and I zipped through The Luckiest Girl Alive, a cutting, flinty and propulsive summer beach read. But right now I am heavily sucked into a classic sci-fi series a friend suggested; I’ve never been a huge fan of the genre, but Hyperion by Dan Simmons has me by the throat. The first novel is modeled on the Canterbury Tales, and each pilgrim’s story is uniquely beautiful and horrifying. I am basically blowing people off to finish it and can’t believe I get to enjoy three more books in this guy’s prophetic brain.


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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