Happy Sunday Makers! I hope you’re either having a productive or an indulgently lazy weekend. A few sewing pals are in town this weekend and I’m off to the park to lay under a blanket of Sonja’s pugs. Things could be worse.

So much was going on in the sewing blog world this week…..


Elisalex’s embroidered folk top is de-lovely.

Honig Design’s Linden dress is rad; I’ve been hunting for that exact striped jersey for what feels like my entire life.

Mushroom dress! MUSHROOM DRESS!

A very pretty blouse from Amanda’s Adventures with Sewing.

Maimu’s flared Gingers are so good.

Cation’s cat blouse! Meow.

I just discovered this hilarious blog series called Film Petit; adorable children in hand sewn costumes recreate Zoolander, The Big Lebowski and Moonrise Kingdom, among others.


If you’ve somehow missed it, here’s my favourite sewing news of the week/month year. Jenny got fat shamed on instagram by some over-tanned, bicep kissing gym bro. She responded in her typical ebullient  manner, and the #cakewithcashmerette hashtag was born. After hundreds of sewing folks ate cake in solidarity, news sources started picking up the story, and as a result, a large portion of the sewing community has now been featured stuffing their cake holes on The Guardian, The Independent, Buzz Feed, People, Hello Giggles, Cosmopolitan…. the list goes on. I have never loved our community more. No space for trolls up in here.


Sunni opens up about exactly what happened with her business this year. Rough stuff but things are looking up for our girl.

A powerful reminder that you never know what is going on in someone’s personal life…. Steph C from Cake Patterns wrote a raw and honest post about her mental health issues over the last couple of years.

I loved Sarai’s post on leading as an introvert… some really great management wisdom there.

LOVED this essay from Brooks Ann Camper in the new issue of Seamwork as it totally mirrored my own thoughts and experiences about learning to sew.

I am in love with the project Herself; real women with real bodies are photographed in all their naked glory, and asked deep, personal questions about their experiences with body image, sexuality and gender. Probably not a great idea to check this out at work, but definitely worth some of your time.


The Refashioners is starting this month! Submit your own refashioned project and win a  truly ginormous prize pack.

A fun flowchart from Workroom Social to help you decide whether to buy that fabric or not….

A very cute free crochet crop top pattern from By Hand London.


Real, actual proof that going for walks in nature rewires your brain.


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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