Southport dress by True Bias

Happy Sunday my friends. I hope you’ve had an excellent week. Last night monsieur and I got all dolled up to go to the ballet. I’ve never been before but when I saw the posters in the metro (Anna Karenina sponsored by Chanel? Um yes please) I used  some credit card points to score us two tickets in the nosebleed section. We were way up high so we couldn’t see the dancer’s faces as much as the general patterns they made on the stage, but it was breathtaking nonetheless. The final act made me cry. I like to be reminded just how impressive human bodies are, and the million little ways they can be used to express what it means to be alive, to be in love, to be in pain. Total ballet convert over here. Maybe season tickets will fall out of the sky.

On to what you’ve been up to.


A ridiculously cute flamingo print Holly romper by the Girl Who Makes Things.

Speaking of ridiculously cute, what about this little ducky dress from Bobbin & Baste?!

Some great patterns dropped this week. Have you seen the Sea Change Top by Lily Sage & Co? Here’s a few lovely versions from Handmade by Carolyn.

I printed and assembled the Southport Dress by True Bias (see above) the day she released it. Perfect maxi dress goodness.

If I “worked out” I would want to do it in galaxy tights and a rad strappy bra top like Peneloping, but I’ll just bookmark these ideas for regular clothing, thankyouverymuch.

Taylor Tailor made a great toiletry bag for traveling. Hoping he makes a pattern for this after he drops his greatly anticipated backpack….

Check out Morgan’s adorable heiny in her high-waisted Gingers over at the Thread Theory blog.


I’m sure you’ve heard about the big changes happening at By Hand London by now. Here’s a really great post at Sew McCool about when to consider quitting your creative business.

I never thought I’d say “Harry Potter fan fiction” on this blog, but there’s a first time for everything. Loved this short story that imagined Harry growing up in a loving home.

I loved this post on Into Mind about why dressing to “flatter” you body is bullshit.

A wonderful history of Halston and St. Laurent 70’s patterns on Pattern Vault.


Did you know Amy Sedaris was on instagram? Between following her and Todd Oldham I get just the right daily dose of weird.


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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