Bernina 1130 // Closet Core Patterns

Happy 2017 makers! I hope you’re enjoying a restful weekend after the madness of the holidays. I’ve been catching up with friends all weekend, playing board games and drinking too much wine. Anyone else considering a Drynuary? My liver is like PLEASE STOP HAVING FUN ALREADY. I also picked up my new/vintage Bernina from my dealer. I’ve been hunting for this model on Craigslist for forever and finally found one, only it meant renting a car for the afternoon and driving so deep in the Montreal suburbs I wasn’t sure I’d find my way out again. When I arrived, I tested the machine and discovered the handwheel wouldn’t turn at all. After being profoundly annoyed at making the trip for a potentially unrepairable machine, I offered half, drove straight to my Bernina dealer and discovered it just needed a cleaning and tune up. Now I have this purring all metal beauty just waiting for my next project, complete with basically all the feet. I am very happy to have the power and greatness of a back-up Bernina without having to shell out a few grand for a new model.

In sewing blog news, I took a little break from my blog roll and came back to 300+ posts in my Feedly reader. Here are some of the highlights I found before panicking and clicking “Mark all as read” and shutting the browser down.


A pretty jacquard two piece set from Jasika.

Watch your back Dita Von Teese; Gertie’s bodice is coming for ya.

Lauren’s leopard silk wrap dress is purrfection.

Speaking of purring… Erica’s coat is basically ALL OF MY COAT FANTASIES COMING TRUE AT ONCE. I seriously need to start working on my faux fur Clare….

Carolyn is a bag making machine. All of these are delightful.

Some mighty interesting pants fitting experiments going on at An Overflowing Stash.

Love the lace sleeves on this flouncy navy number from Allie J.


I know conspicuous displays of ostentatious wealth are gross and distasteful, but what I wouldn’t give for just one trip in Emirates Airlines First Class. This review killed me.


I’ve been back on the podcast You Must Remember This. Her series on Joan Crawford is wonderful, especially if you’re obsessed with old Hollywood gossip like me.


Speaking of gossip: I am reading the dishiest, soapiest celebrity memoir right now and cannot get enough (I actually stopped reading the new Zadie Smith half way through since I can’t put this one down….) No Lifeguard on Duty by Janice Dickinson is required reading for lovers of tell-alls, fans of New York in the 1970’s, and anyone mildly curious about the fashion world and/or what it was like to date Warren Beatty, Mick Jagger and Jack Nicholson.


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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