This Week in Sewing Blogs // VOL. 110

Marlborough bra // Closet Core Patterns

Happy Halloween everyone! I spent the better part of this weekend throwing together a quick costume for Guillaume and I. I’ve never done the couples costume thing before but thought it would be fun for a change of pace, and at the 11th hour decided we’d go as the twins from the Shining. One more benefit to making your own clothes? Making a Halloween costume is a snap. I sewed up two quick knit dresses (using the Moneta pattern from Colette, medium for me and extra large for G) and then added lots of lacey trim, along with knee socks, baby barrettes and matching wigs. It wasn’t my finest sewing but I pulled it off in the end, and we’re off to a friend’s Halloween party tonight. I hope you had an equally fun weekend! Here’s what the sewing world has been up to this week…


This Safor skirt from Sasha is fierce.

Mega chic black Sallie jumpsuit from Diary of a Chain Stitcher.

This lace dress from Amanda is aces.

I love when Marcy goes off book.

A gorgeous chiffon robe from Miss Crayola Creepy.

Love the new By Hand London pattern! Some pretty Alix Dresses from Lily Sage and The Wardrobe Project.

Speaking of Lily Sage… this coat. *swoons*

Tips for sewing velvet from Marcy Tilton.


I snagged a pair of LL Bean duck boots at the outlet in Maine last weekend. Fascinating to read about why they are now always on back order.

Is it  more expensive to make your own clothes?


This video of Korean women making fabric the traditional way BLEW. MY. MIND.

Then I saw this profile of a kid who loves sewing stuffed animals for other kids and cried.



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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