This Week in Sewing Blogs // Vol. 139

Drygoods Design - Seattle WA // Closet Core Patterns

Sorry for the short hiatus on our weekly round-up posts. I was on the West Coast for two weeks on a teaching trip and decided to try and unplug as much as possible when I wasn’t in class, which meant I came home to a blog reader with 400 unread sewing blog posts (yikes). My trip was great; I taught at A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland and Drygoods Design in Seattle, two incredibly inspiring sewing spaces with strong missions and very tempting merchandise. The weather was fabulous, the company divine (with special thanks to Ebony and Kelly for keeping me entertained), and I will never forget my solo drive up Highway 1 from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, blaring Joni Mitchell the entire time and stopping every ten minutes at every new beach.

Otherwise, we’re gearing up for our new summer pattern, launching in two weeks. I am extremely excited about this one; we had our photoshoot on Friday and I can’t stop looking at the images. We rented a real deal photo studio since our studio is a disaster with my impending move, and I was basically in heaven with all the natural light and professional studio lighting to play with. I’m not sure why I thought launching a pattern and moving to a new home at the exact same time was a good idea, but we’re going to make it work.

Here’s what you’ve been up to…


I was having flashbacks to my own battle with sequins when I saw this awesome dress from Jasika (her sequins are reversible)! It’s hard to argue with the final results though.

Totally smitten with this recycled jean jacket from the ever resourceful Carolyn.

Fiona made the prettiest shirtdress ever.

I’m scheming up some overalls for fall; love this pair from Kelli.

So many cute Kalles popping up; a gorgeous indigo version from Sallie, a pretty turquoise one from Jasika, and another lovely blue dress from Crafty Clyde.

I wasn’t sure how wearable Vogue 1546 would be, but Erica NAILED IT.

Debbie outdid herself with this one….

Allie made some beautiful white Ginger Jeans (I love how she styled them!) along with a helpful post on how to wear them.

This seersucker top from Nikki is so dramatic.

Casa Crafty made an awesome bag from recycled materials for a community swap; such a great idea!


Julia really killed the details on this stunner of a dress.


Some helpful tips from Megan Nielsen on using tissue paper in your sewing practice.

Sheryl is one of my internet sewing gurus and she just shared 5 helpful sewing tips.


I loved listening to recent episodes of the Crafty Planner podcast with Peter of Male Pattern Boldness and Kelli of True Bias.


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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