Happy Sunday everyone! The holidays are slowly creeping towards us and rather than spending the weekend working on handmade Christmas gifts, I fell down a rabbit hole of fitting for a party dress I’m working on. It’s a nice break from all the comfy, loungey sewing I’ve been doing lately but let’s just say I’m glad I buy muslin in bulk these days.


Inspired to turn my leggings obsession towards faux leather, a la Katy & Lany.

I’m always happy to see a post from Casey Maura.  Her latest showed how even a simple tee can benefit from some fit analysis and thoughtful detail.

I’m quite into the new poncho pattern from April Rhodes. And downright lusty for the Pendleton version made by Cut Cut Sew.

Carolyn proves that even the simplest dress pattern can be made special by the right fabric and attention to detail.

Yet another dope coat from Honig Design.

I can’t even process how much I love Lily Sage & Co’s mod setacular. So good.


Interested in shoemaking? This post from Scared Stitchless is a good start.

It’s borderline impossible to find fitting information for men. Be sure to bookmark this pants fitting post by Thread Theory if you ever plan on tackling sewing for the fella in your life.

Ever wonder how a bra pattern will work for your bust? I Am Ms. Frizzle recently came up with a list of sewing bloggers by bra size so you can find your booby doubles.

A breakdown of some crazy sculptural pattern making by The Cutting Class.

How to use the Fabulous Fit system to pad your dressmaker’s dummy by Pretty Grievances, while simultaneously being one of the funniest people on the internet.


I am just in love with Roger Ebert’s memoir Life Itself. After he lost his voice due to thyroid cancer, he poured all of his thoughts and memories into his writing. There are passages so beautiful in this book that I bookmarked them to read out loud later. What a wonderful mind.


I’ve been catching up on Brooklyn 99 on Netflix. I was underwhelmed by the first few episodes but good grief, this show is funny.


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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