I subscribe to over 200 sewing blogs on my RSS feeder, on top of the other, I dunno, 100 other non-sewing blogs I try valiantly to keep on top of? Thank goodness I’m a speed reader.

Since I’m on the internet every darned day (sometimes I feel like I AM the internet in a weird Matrix-y way) I’ve been meaning to resuscitate my What’s Doing feature for a while now. Hoping to share some weekly doses of inspiration and internet ephemera for your viewing pleasure.


EbonyH has become one of my new favorite bloggers (her Netties were amazing). I especially want to go to San Francisco so I can snatch this gorgeous Grainline Scout high-low jersey hack out of her closet.

Bec’s cat sweatshirt is EVERYTHING.

My love for By Hand London’s Anna is exhaustively documented – I loved this white and black floral print version on Cut Cut Sew.


My dear Sophie (formerly known as Cirque de Bebe) finally launched her new blog and it is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Totally made me reconsider my own blog design minimalism….

Shannon at The Finished Garment wrote a couple of really great posts recently: one on the economic sense it makes for indies to design for a wider range of sizes and another on size equivalents among pattern companies. Both are really worth a read. (She’s convinced me to figure out a way to  improve Closet Core Patterns sizing!)

Charity Shop Chic just dive bombed us with the announcement that she’s releasing patterns. Some really lovely designs (the Martini needs to be on my body immediately). It’s great to see people catering to more niche markets; in this case, more advanced, sophisticated designs.


Thread Theory is now stocking Merchant & Mills sewing notions, and I am daily resisting the urge to trade weekly groceries for artisanally crafted British sewing tools.

I’ve always had a hell of a time finding pretty printed rayon challis. Which is weird considering it’s the perfect fabric. I recently discovered the Etsy seller StevieSaintJohn who carries some REALLY beautiful, unusual stuff.

Girl Charlee has started carrying some wovens. They really have wonderful taste over there and are far and away my new favouite place to shop. I just bought 8 yards of this gorgeous feather print for an upcoming project.


This song was released a few years ago but I can’t stop playing it over and over again. The perfect soundtrack when you’re driving through the hilly, wooded side roads of Maine like I did last weekend.



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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