Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. If you have a Netflix account and you’re looking for something to watch tonight, I highly suggest checking out this Nina Simone documentary. I fell in love with her when I was a teenager from a mix tape my older brother made me; a complicated, brilliant, troubled, yearning woman, with a voice so powerful it could sear a steak. Well worth a few hours of your time.

In other news, here’s what’s doing in sewing blogs this week:


These denim leggings from Fehr Trade are fantastic.

A truly groovy collection of vintage makes from Sewing the 60’s.

Nettie, beautiful in neon and Frida.

Debbie is back from a blog break, and it was such a pleasure to see her in this gorgeous bird print Delphine.

Sophie, a knockout as per usual in her Beverly bikini.

Clio made a magnificent jacket from a hand traced pattern from Rachel. Sewing bff-ery at its finest.

This outfit from Cut Cut Sew is me-made perfection; I’m totally rethinking my position on peasant skirts.

Kind of obsessed with The Scruffy Badger’s sewing room…. SO MUCH LIGHT!!


Sunni is closing her online shop. I’m sure I’m not the only one sad to hear it, but let’s support her by helping her clean out her remaining stock (use the discount code AFSCLOSING2 for 30% off).

Portia over at The Makery is hosting a rather epic edition of The Refashioners this summer, and I will be participating. There will be a fun contest if you feel like joining us in remaking old, junky shirts into something new and marvellous.


I am TOTALLY cribbing Tasia’s strategy for dividing her creative week into daily blocks; setting aside days for specific tasks seems like the perfect way to avoid the inefficiency of trying to do 8 things at once.


Nina, singing Suzanne by Leonard Cohen (and killing it).


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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