Happy Sunday friends. Hope you’re enjoying the weekend as much as I enjoyed hula hooping in Maine this summer (shot on B&W film by my fella last month). I’ve been sewing my face off since I got back from NY. Major energy rejuicement.

I also sent out a pattern testing request to a few of the couple hundred or so people who filled out the form. I was so blown away and touched that so many of you would be interested in testing the next release. I got a chance to try it on a few ladies this weekend (thank goodness that went well!), but it’s a pretty complicated pattern and I really appreciate the additional help. I had to resort to entering everything into an excel sheet, and grouped everything by various criteria. I tried to choose a well rounded group of newer bloggers, non-bloggers, past testers, all at various sizes and skill levels. If you didn’t hear from me, chances are I may call on you sometime in the future since everyone is interested in sewing different things and I like the idea of switching it up. Now, on to the linkage!


So many great Alders popping around the web. This shibori dyed number by Sleek Silhouette is pretty special.

My love for wax print is well documented. Tea for Two’s vibrant wax print Hazel made my eyeballs happy.

Another great shibori project from What Katie Sews.

I had the chance to meet Carolina in person this weekend. She totally rocked some 90’s setacular vibes with her two piece black velvet Nettie crop top and pencil skirt.

I love fashion challenges; I always play along while watching Project Runway, imagining what I would make out of bottlecaps or an old man’s suit. I think they should definitely add a fat quarter lineup to their roster of episodes. I’d like to see them beat Devra’s adorable Rainbrow Bright outfit or Jennifer at Workroom Social’s striped shift.


The new Pattern Parcel is out and for the first time ever, I wish I had a gang of little boys so I could make them all tiny hipster outfits.

If you follow Crafting a Rainbow on Bloglovin’ she switched her site to WordPress and it wasn’t transferring traffic to her new site. You can refollow her here.


This photo album of swimwear in Quebec since the 1920’s if full of inspiration….

Has anyone picked up Fashionable Selby? It’s on my Amazon wishlist; looks like you could lose a day lost in its pages.


This article about the North Pond Hermit from Maine was one of the  most interesting long-form articles I’ve read in a long time. He lived without detection in a tent in the woods for almost thirty years. “I did examine myself,” he said. “Solitude did increase my perception. But here’s the tricky thing—when I applied my increased perception to myself, I lost my identity. With no audience, no one to perform for, I was just there. There was no need to define myself; I became irrelevant. The moon was the minute hand, the seasons the hour hand. I didn’t even have a name. I never felt lonely. To put it romantically: I was completely free.”



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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