Happy Sunday Makers! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. I am breaking with my What’s Doing B&W tradition in order to share this mermaid glory with you. For a girl whose favourite shows are Rupaul’s Drag Race and Project Runway, basically the highest level of maker joy is seeing one of my patterns used for drag. Behold these Bombshell beauties! I can seriously die happy. Thank you Danny and Sven!

Also, if anyone in the Toronto area is interested in learning to make jeans, I’ll be teaching a weekend workshop at The Workroom on November 21-22. Space is limited so sign up soon!

Here’s what the rest of the sewing blog world was up to this week.


A simple black linen trapeze dress from True Bias… perfect for the dog days of summer.

Upcycled kimono fabric dresses on Vivat Veritas.

This embroidered skirt from Oona Balloona on The Sewing Party site is pretty spectacular (and here’s a another great investigative post fromWhile She Naps on exactly what The Sewing Party is).

Poppy Kettle is with child! And she made this lovely silk top to accommodate her growing bump. Congrats Melanie!

Jasika made her honey a pretty sweet suit and has some interesting thoughts about androgyny and the fashion industry.

How cute is this tailored coat Debbie made for her daughter?!

Two of my favourite Sallie jumpsuits so far:  Susie Homemaker MD uses a print bordering on psychedelic but it is working for me. And I adore the 70s inspired print Natalie used on her gorgeous make.

Some gorgeous Carolyn pajamas for Round 4 of the Super Online Sewing Match on Sew Mama Sew! I also shared some tips on sewing piping last week with the SMS readers.


A handy post from The Curvy Sewing Collective on cup sizes in sewing patterns.

If you’ve ever tried to source organic fabric, this post from We The Sewing is indispensable.

Lauren shared some helpful wisdom on tracking instagram traffic to your blog on Baste + Gather.


I haven’t had a chance to see Trainwreck yet, but I loved this speech by Amy Schumer at last year’s Ms. Gala: “I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story — I will… I stand here and I am amazing, for you. Not because of you. I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself. ” (thanks to Jenny for posting this)


Thinking about getting a coverstitch machine? The Brother is currently on sale through one vendor on Amazon for $289.


We watched Spy last night after coming home from the symphony (I like some poop jokes with my high culture). Melissa McCarthy is one of my favourite humans, and I love Paul Feig for making hilarious, feminist comedies. So good.


I woke up to this song on my radio this week and haven’t stopped listening to it since.


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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