This Week in Sewing Blogs // VOL. 103

Ginger Jeans in Simply Sewing magazine

Happy Sunday makers! After a weird mini heatwave, Montreal seems to be finally cooling down, which gives me a little anxiety since most of my clothes are still at the emergency fire drycleaners. While I’m a little sad not to have access to all my sweaters and cozy “its getting cooler” clothing, I have to say, I’m growing to really like having a very small wardrobe. For the last 2 months I’ve basically been wearing what I brought to Europe in July, along with a few other favourite things  grabbed before they carted off all my stuff. Every day when I get dressed I have a very curated collection of my favourite current clothing. Its so easy and stress free to  get dressed because of the 10-15 things hanging in my closet, I love all equally. It made me realize I could easily part with half my existing wardrobe, so I’ve been reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and am readying for a major, MAJOR purge once everything arrives. I’ve never been more excited to have less. What are your wardrobe plans this fall?

And here’s what you’ve been up to….


The Refashioners challenge generated some of my absolute favourite sewing projects this summer and Portia’s quilted coat was the denim cherry on the sundae for me. There are also some fabulous gems in the community projects,  and I think I actually gasped when I saw this ombre patchwork beauty.

This Kielo wrap dress from Catherien Daze is made in an inspired colour.

Allie J’s all black Sophie longline swimsuit is drop dead chic. I need my own pair!

The Curvy Sewing Collective has a series called Same Pattern, Different Body and this month they focused on Ginger Jeans – it makes me so happy seeing  how well this pattern works for so many figures!

This Pretty Woman refashion from Charity Shop Chic is as good as Julia Roberts in a bathtub singing Prince.

Tea Okereke really knows how to make a pink cut out dress.

A fabulous swimsuit for actual swimsuit on the Lily Sage & Co blog, along with a fascinating explanation of Olympic swimwear.

Utterly in love with the Talvikki sweater from the new Named pattern collection.

Sarai’s plaid Rue makes me reconsider my more recent position on really vintage looking dresses…

Jasika gets a great fit with her Morgan Jeans.

Loved all the recents posts from Colette on their creative process – its so fascinating to see how other pattern companies work!


Totally obsessed with Jaime’s sleeveless sweater made with Wool and the Gang’s recycled denim yarn. I have some in my stash and want to copy this 100%.

Speaking of Wool & the Gang, isn’t this Smells Like Teen Spirit sweater from the Lladbird the best?!

A great cable counting tip over on Fringe Association.

A reminder from Becca to finish my Snoqualmie cardigan this fall – hers could not have a more beautiful backdrop than the glory of Lake Louise!


Loved this interview/profile of knit designer Phelan in the Lenny Letter.

The vintage 501s revival has finally caught on with corporate Levis so they’re reissuing the style… calling it the Wedgie Fit. WHO IS THEIR COPYWRITER?!

Highlights of New York Fashion week: Christian Siriano’s diverse model line up (so lovely to see real curves on the runway), details and proportions at Tibi, and Rachel Comey’s unisex streetside fashion show.



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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