This Week in Sewing Blogs // Closet Core Patterns

Happy Sunday makers! I’ve spent the weekend in a steam filled kitchen trying to can as many tomatoes as humanly possible because nothing feels better in January than a full pantry of captured summer. I took photos of the process so I’ll probably share a tutorial this week just in case you want a pantry of summer yourself. In other news…


Cation’s aviator costume celebrates her ancestry AND makes me want to fly a plane.

I love the new Deer & Doe maxi skirt pattern; this version from Attack of the Seam Ripper is just plain lovely.

Jasika is foxy foxtown in her Kielo dress. And I have no plans to start a sewing cult, Madame Secretary.

How cute is this Liberty print vintage top on the Tessuti blog?

Living for this shirt dress photo shoot with The Telltale Tasha and That Black Chic.

This sundress from Heather B. is so suntastic it makes me want to move Canada to the southern hemisphere so I can relive summer all over again.

This snow white, hand embroidered dress from Handmade by Carolyn is pure, wearable art.


Some really helpful tips from Heather B. on getting great pictures of your makes on the Crafting a Rainbow blog.

A great post from Jen at Workroom Social on choosing fabrics for fall and winter sewing.

It’s Sew Your Hart Out September on the Hart Fabric blog. They have lots of fun things planned, including giveaways for a weekly $200 gift certificate and a Janome 3160.


Christopher Payne travelled the US taking photos inside the last operating textile mills. The resulting photographs are staggering and worth a few minutes of your time today. You can see the entire series here.


A good friend recently discovered a food sensitivity to FODMAPS (which includes a wide variety of carbohydrates). He just started a FODMAP blog if you share the same tummy issues.


Grey Gardens is one of my favourite movies of all time. This spoof with Fred Armisen and Bill Hader is so flawless and spot on that I watched the entire thing with my mouth wide open when I wasn’t laughing hysterically.


I discovered the writing of Oliver Sachs from the terrific Brain Pickings newsletter; he wrote the book that the film Awakenings with Robin Williams was based on. He sadly passed away this week, but I highly recommend his memoir On the Move. He had a wonderful brain, and is one of the few people who could write about the human mind in an engaging and literary way.

This piece from Mindy Kaling on nurturing and developing personal confidence is so spot on and perfect I want to tattoo it somewhere.


Kelly from True Bias has been a friend for years, but I was still blown away by all the insightful things she had to say about sewing and body image on the Reyna Lay podcast.

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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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