This Week in Sewing Blogs // VOL. 108

Marlborough Bra // Closet Core Patterns

Happy Sunday makers! It’s rainy and overcast today so we’re staying inside while G makes boeuf bourguignon and I click clack away on my laptop (endless reruns of Friends probably playing in the background – we’ve been on a Netflix tear). I hope you’re warm and cozy wherever you are. Here’s what I’ve been oohing and aahing over this week….


A glorious machine knit sweater coat from Miss Celie’s Pants.

EMOJI DRESS! A cute Inari from Katie Sews.

So excited for the new Cloth Habit bra pattern.

A sweet Dove dress hack on Megan Nielsen’s blog.

Did you see this INCREDIBLE anorak that Morgan made for Matt over on Thread Theory? Such beautiful craftsmanship (and they are stocking a few waterproof and breathable performance fabrics perfect for Kelly – I especially like this navy option).

Speaking of anoraks… more Kellys from Carolyn the anrorak machine, and a shower curtain version from Lady Sewsalot.

Karen’s got photobombed by London hipsters and I was in stitches.

This YSL Mondrian inspired dress from Couture & Tricot is absolute perfection.

Totally in love with the new Tessuti slip dress pattern – I need to make this up in the stretch nude silk charmeuse I’ve been hoarding for the ultimate slip.


Oliver & S. made a sewing translator! Finally, a way to sew patterns in other languages with ease.

Brilliant! A guide to getting non-flipping facings from Katie.


Why sewing benefits your mental health.

I’ve really grown to like and admire Christian Siriano.

This piece from Michael Chabon about experiencing Paris Fashion Week with his style obsessed 13 year old son was my favourite this week:

“Everybody wants to stand out from the crowd, but so few of us have the knack, and fewer still the stomach for bearing up under the crush of conformity. It was always Abe’s rare gift not just to stand out, and bear up, but to do those things with panache. And the way in which he expressed his difference most reliably, and with the greatest panache, was through dressing up”.

I just finished the gut wrenching novel A Little Life. It was beautifully written but I’ll still be thinking about it weeks later. Any suggestions for a light, fun follow-up? What are your favourite novels so far this year?


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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