This Week in Sewing Blogs // Vol. 138

Me Made May 2017 // Closet Core Patterns

Happy Sunday makers! We’ve been a little crazed in the studio this week; after launching our Kelly Lining expansion and hardware kits on Thursday, we’re trying to get our summer pattern to the printer before I leave for two weeks on the West coast (two Ginger workshops + some much needed downtime looking at the ocean). I’ve been working all weekend going over tester feedback and making sure everything is typo free; something always seems to slip through the cracks and this time I’m determined to leave no typo behind.

I’ve also been trying to participate in Me Made May every day (posting mostly in my Instagram stories). I wear me-mades every day already, but having to document them daily makes me realize how much I wear the same thing over and over again, especially when the weather is cooler (ie. handmade jeans with Kalles or Archers, Ebony or Mandy Boat tees). I am ready for dress weather! Bring on the dresses!

Here’s what you’ve been up to.


Everything Marcy makes is like an anti-depressant in dress form.

I love being introduced to new colours; this rich tobacco blouse from Carolyn is so deep and rich, and I am obsessed with the oyster grey knit Debbie used for her wrap dress.

I couple of pretty, crisp white blouses from Allie J; cute ruffles on her Athena blouse, and an adorable tie front top.

Another fun and vibrant Ebony tee from Miss Crayola Creepy.

Great cropped trousers from the ever chic Catherine Daze.

Blogless Anna delivers an eye-popping summer top.

Lauren made a floral print Kelly Anorak! It’s fabulous.

Sasha made a shirt with a very unusual shirt collar – I love its oversized proportion.


From the archives: some helpful tips and tricks for hand-sewing.

Do you sew most of your knits on a regular sewing machine? A truly exhaustive and educational post on Sie Macht analyzing tension and sewing needle combinations.


Guillaume randomly found this intimate and incredible performance of Paul McCartney at Abbey Road studios and we were mesmerized for the entire hour. I’ve always been a bit of a George lady myself, but darn it all if I wasn’t completely won over by Paul’s winsome stage presence and utter mastery of every musical instrument you can imagine. He makes a bunch of new music live, layering loops together while the audience watches. So worth an hour of your time.

There are many reasons American e-commerce is the best in the world, but the flower delivery game is truly unbelievable. I like to send flowers as a thank you, and Urban Stems is my new favourite service when I want to send anything in the US; they have a gorgeous selection of modern bouquets and you can have everything delivered the same day with no delivery charge. If you need a last minute Mother’s Day gift I give it two huge thumbs up.


Some friends and I started a book club with a feminist bent. We just finished The Traitor Baru Cormorant; it’s hard fantasy with a fascinating protagonist. The first half is a bit challenging since it deals a lot with empire and trade, but the end had me bolt upright in bed for two hours with an incredibly well written battle sequence. Next up is The Handmaid’s Tale, just in time for the new TV series. In between I’m reading this surprisingly riveting Lincoln biography; I became fascinated by him after reading Lincoln in the Bardo, and find myself drawn to a lot of American history given everything that’s happening right now.



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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