This Week in Sewing Blogs // vol. 132

This week in sewing blogs vol. 132 // Closet Core Patterns

It’s been a crazy weekend. I used up some air miles to come for a short weekend trip to visit my parents in Arizona, and in between hanging out at the pool and eating tacos I may have bought an apartment.

It all happened rather quickly. I desperately needed to split up my home and work life (I wake up and go to bed in the middle of business headquarters)  and started looking for another apartment to rent, when it occurred to me after crunching a lot of numbers that it probably just made more sense to actually take the plunge and buy something. After a few disappointments (the amazing duplex with a commercial studio on the ground floor that was alas, grossly overpriced, was tough to get over) I found a small, charming condo with lots of character and great neighbors in a historic triplex. It needs minimal work, gets tons of sunlight, and is around the corner from the best farmers market in the city. Best of all, it’s walking distance to work (we’re going to continue using my current apartment as an office studio until we can find a better space) and the therapy center where the pups work, so I don’t need to get a car, hallelujah.

I’m feeling grateful to live in an affordable city where this is still an achievable goal for the average person, stunned it all happened so fast, and overwhelmed by all the decorating decisions I’ll need to start making (to say I’ve been obsessed with kitchen cabinet paint colours for the last 24 hours would be a massive understatement). Barring anything crazy coming up in the inspection this week, I should be moved in this summer and can’t wait to start having a normal homelife again.

Here’s what you’ve been up to in the meantime…


Have you seen the new Flint pants pattern from Megan Nielsen? I’m obsessed and bought it immediately (I had actually woken up that morning thinking about this exact silhouette and how I was going to draft it when I got the email – sewing fate). Here’s a great pair from Lindsey Woodward.

I think I actually applauded Lauren for taking the time to add this fun new lining to a RTW coat.

A truly spectacular lace gown from Julia Bobbin.

Great Morgan Jeans from my pal Sanae Ishida.

Speaking of Aussies and lace, this hand knit doily dress from Fadanista is so inspiring.

Jasika knocked it out of the park this week. The octopus sweater she made (twice!!) for her wife is an act of handmade brilliance, and I adore her floral print wrap dress (THAT. FABRIC.)

Some really special details on this pretty button-up from Diary of a Sewing Fanatic.

Jolies Bobines made the perfect Ebony Tee in classic grey marle knit.

The greatest antique shop find, ever.

A beautifully made camel wool coat from Petite Republique.

Totally obsessed with this Amelia Earhart inspired Clare Coat hack from Lady Sewalot. WOW.

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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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