String Quilt // This week in sewing blogs vol. 87 // Closet Core Patterns

Happy Sunday gang! I’ve had a lovely weekend catching up with old friends, dusting off the barbecue (THE GLORIOUS RETURN OF 15 MINUTE DINNERS!), working on my lap quilt, and finally addressing a stack of half finished projects that have been neglected due to the craziness of the Morgan Jeans launch. Most of these projects are jeans, believe it or not; by Sunday night I should have three new pairs to add to my groaning stack. I always make a new pair for demo purposes during Ginger jean workshops but they never quite get finished so I’m happy to clean up that WIP pile. Guillaume has been unrelenting about his desire for a pair (I did make him some last year for Christmas that were COMICALLY too small, hence why I never blogged them), but since I have a class coming up at the Workroom next week, I think it might be time to make him a demo pair and get that French monkey off my back.

You can tell it’s spring; my blog feed is groaning with me-made excitement.


A couple of Morgan Jeans have cropped up already from some of my pattern testers. I love the fit on Carolyn’s , and That Black Chic did some awesome pattern hacking with her handpainted and super oversized pair.

Lladybird Lauren is making me pine for prom with this gorgeous dress.

Kelli is such a print master; I love the Colfax dresses she made for her sewalong. Speaking of Colfax isn’t this raw silk red one from Helen a beaut?

No words for this cherry print number from Ada Spragg that isn’t some variation on GAH, mmmm or UH HUH.

So much off the shoulder this spring! Love this chambray version from Erica B.

A very cool moto jacket over on Fehr Trade.

I’ve been wanting a trench for soooo long (I used to have a great vintage 70s one hat completely feel apart); leave it to Allie J. to make the wanting even worse.

An absolutely gorgeous vintage dress from Boo Dogg and Me for the annual Tessuti fabric competition…

I need need need to get the new Rachel Comey for Vogue patterns. Absolutely smitten with this dress on What Katie Sews, and Sallie’s floral Carmen Miranda goodness.

Need, want, must have these linen trousers from the Compulsive Seamstress.


I already have my winter knitting plans worked out (Ondawa here I come!) so I was very happy to see this post from Becca on knitting backwards.


Completely and utterly obsessed with The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemesin; this is the kind of intelligent, insightful, beautifully characterized and written prose that will make even the biggest non-fiction nerds embrace the fantasy genre.




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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