Tamarack jacket by Grainline Studio

I just spent a very fun weekend in Hamilton, Ontario teaching a Ginger workshop at the awesome Needlework studio; this is a city after my own heart. It reminds me of my blue collar hometown but with much better coffee and local shopping. I splurged on a Fringe Association bag at the local knitting shop, some stretch laces at the brick and mortar Bramakers Supply, along with some gorgeous metallic linen for a holiday Farrow dress at Needlework. It was a very good time.

Here’s what you’ve been up to:


Speaking of Fringe Association… Karen’s wardrobe planning is insane and inspirational.

The chicest swimsuit ever made.

Erica in this jumpsuit!

A pretty floral Basel dress from Allie J.

John Galanos patterns for McCalls? SWOON.

Julia made a LEATHER JACKET.

Another fun jacket, this one from Dixie DIY in a metallic fabric.

Drapey knit goodness from Blogless Anna.


I wrote a long piece for Seamwork this month on the history of the colour black in fashion. This one really had me nerding out on research!

The beauty routine of Jim Morrison (priceless).


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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