Curve runner & SA ruler

Did you notice? I’m switching up the title of this weekly round-up because a) I named it on a whim a few years ago and it never really made sense b) someone told me in a survey they thought the name was kind of annoying and I never really forgot it and c) CHANGE IS GOOD. I hope you’re having a good weekend! I’m a little eye-blind formatting the new pattern for testing but hoping to make it up to my eyes and body with a trip to the spa tonight.  There is something particularly Canadian (and Finnish, Swedish etc.) about willingly jumping in an ice cold plunge pool. We’re like seals with cuter accents.


Somehow I’ve internet-known Gillian for years without knowing about her Sewcialists project. How this slipped past me, I have no idea. Super happy to discover this blog, and I love this rose-printed bra set posted as part of their lingerie series.

Speaking of Gillian, I always love those pattern reviews where someone is like “meh meh meh meh” and everyone looking it is like “You’re completely off your rocker. This is awesome”. Your Jalie dress looks fab Gillian. Forest for the trees.

Ack, this quilted diaper bag from Baste & Gather is soooo pretty.

Dixie DIY’s Clover dress is de-lovely. The white contrast is striking.

Speaking of Dixie, she sent me a shirt for the Refashioners challenge. Pretty happy with the result, even if I was mildly cursing at the fabric half the time.

Nicole is one of my favourite sewing blog “writers”; her post about her Watson bra set being a love letter to her body made my week.

Tasha’s sarong dress is magnificent.


I am taking a much needed three week “sabbatical” in September to recharge and get ready for some big business changes this year. I’d like to take an actual vacation so I was hoping to find a few folks with massive blog rolls to help guest post a few posts like this one while I’m gone; it will be a great opportunity to feature sewing blogs I haven’t discovered yet. If you have a diverse reading list (other languages would be awesome!) and would like to save your favourite sewing links for a week with some commentary let me know. I’m also looking for a few posts on fun hacks or tutorials you’ve done using any Closet Core patterns. Send me an email or comment below if you’re interested!


One of my favourite radio shows is done this year. Even if you’ve never listened to Wiretap (I went on a few dates with the host a few years ago but that’s a story for another day), this “goodbye” video with advice on aging gracefully is still pretty great.

One hundred years of women’s fashion in 2 minutes (as always, the 30’s is the standout for me). The men’s version can be found here.


When you have a classical music-obsessed partner, you spend a lot of time in the beginning asking, “Can we please listen to something with vocals please?!” And then one day you don’t, and you realize they’ve colonized your brain with concertos and symphonies, and you find yourself having favourite composers and pianists, and you happily watch documentaries on long dead Hungarian conductors, without really ever understanding how they managed to hook you so thoroughly. Here is one of my favourite pieces right now, played by the white witch Martha Argerich: Ravel’s Gaspard de Nuit. I don’t understand how human hands can do this.


I supported the Curve Runner Kickstarter, and now this great tool is available for sale. Its a rolling ruler that let’s you measure curves, so handy for drafting. I also got this 5/8″ ruler which is awesome for adding seam allowances to patterns, if the lack of seam allowances for Burda patterns is holding you back at 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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