Harriet Bra by Cloth Habit

Happy Sunday makers. It was my birthday this week. Normally I don’t make much of a fuss, but it’s been an intense month and I decided this week to deal with my feelings of anxiety and helplessness about everything that is happening in the world by contributing to some worthy causes instead of treating myself to something special (my annual tradition). In that spirit, I’m making a donation to the ACLU and to the victims of the tragic shooting at a Quebec City mosque last Sunday night. I attended a huge vigil on Monday and was deeply moved to see so many of my fellow Quebecker united against principles of hatred.

In other news, I’ve been glued to my computer all weekend as we’ve started to implement our new blog and shop design. Unfortunately we ran into a bug last night and have had to revert to the old shop theme, so apologies if things look a little weird over there; we’re hoping to get things up and running early this week. I have a lot more to say about all the changes we’ve made, but since it’s a day of rest, feast your eyes on something beautiful in the meantime.


J’adore this army green coat from Beaute J’Adore.

Another great coat from Sonja – I love the colour blocking and pockets on her Cascade!

Love this post from Crafting a Rainbow on “What is Flattering”.

I don’t need to read German to see how flawless this Kelly Anorak is!

Another fabulous historical costume from Dixie DIY.

This charmeuse gown from Jasika is simply gorgeous.

Hope pretty is Sasha’s floral dress?

This leopard print wrap dress from Judith is cat-tastic.

I finally finished up the lap quilt I started last week and referred to this post I wrote a few years ago on making bias tape since it’s been a while since I had to make a lot of it.


Amy at Cloth Habit just released her incredible Harriet bra pattern (see my first take above). I’m about to cut into my second one – the cup shaping is spectacular.

A great profile on lingerie designer Sophie Hines in Seamwork this month. I just bought her bralette pattern and LOVE the technique she shares on using fold over elastic for extra wide elastic trim.

I loved seeing this sequin bra by Madalynne come together on Instagram. The final product is super wow.


I just heard about this online store for used closing called Thredup. It’s a great concept – rather than just bring your old clothes to the thrift store, you can mail them to this company and they’ll give you a commission on what is sold. Sadly its only available in the US but it’s a great way to buy clothing without directly supporting the fast fashion industry.


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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