Thank you for the amazing response to the Ginger Jeans this week, everyone! We’ve almost sold out of the kits (I think there are only a handful left) and I’m excited to get started with the sewalong next week. I am going to do a detailed post on gathering materials and notions, so if any international readers have suggestions for sourcing high quality stretch denim and hardware, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to our Ginger source list.

In other news, there was a lot of terrific stuff made this week.


A great colour-blocked shirt refashion on Sew Amy Sew.

Jill’s lace “vertebrae” hoodie is too clever.

Yoshimi made a very pretty floral dress.

Amy at Cloth Habit made the most beautiful strapless bra I have EVER seen.

A breathtaking plaid bustier dress on Fickle Sense, including some step by step photos for hacking your own with an old strapless bra.

Two of my favourite new patterns are the Linden Sweatshirt and the Turia Dungarees. I want to steal Jen’s nautical Linden, and can’t get enough of Kirsty’s and Jolie Bobines’ Turias.

I literally gasped when I saw Erika B in a backless Nettie. Smokin’.

I’m trying to figure out if I can get away with making a maxi skirt to wear over tights this winter (I hate static electricity). Sorely tempted by this stellar graphic Gabriola on Boo Dogg & Me.


Some tester versions of Ginger are cropping up if you want to see them on a variety of figures: Suzy Bee Sews, Sew Many Mistakes, Handmade by Carolyn, Love Lola.


In this week’s Animal Odd Couple of the week: CAT + DOLPHIN.


I devoured Lena Dunham’s collection of personal essays, Not That Kind of Girl,
this week. Man, can she write. I got so frustrated during all the anti-Lena backlash last year; we just don’t target successful men like we target successful women and I find it infuriating. I remember Gawker having a seizure over the advance she got for this book, but she’s worth it. A solid belly laugh on every page, and few people can make self-absorption this charming.


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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