It’s been a while, but I’ve got the newest Spring/Summer issues of the Dutch-produced, quadrilingual pattern magazine MyImage to share with you, plus a peek into the second edition of their new children’s pattern magazine, B*inspired, too.
I absolutely love the jersey cowl dress on the right! It’s made up in three different prints in the magazine but it just looks so easy to wear for summer – that skirt wrap is an extra layer over a full skirt so there’s no chance of wind-related mishaps, either. On the left, there’s a casual woven shell with deep pleats at the neckline that would be very figure-forgiving, and it’s paired with a basic jeans pattern. I’ve been meaning to sew a pair of MyImage jeans for years now so I really must get on with it…
There are three Plus patterns in this issue – nice basics in the form of a loose, sleeveless shell with hi-lo hem, classic jeans, and this jersey surplice dress. Like the cowl dress above, the front skirt panel overlaps a full layer underneath so there’s no flashing worries, and the shoulder pleats look like they’d provide some nice shaping for larger cup-sizes, too.
Both the skirt and the top here look simple on first glance, but there are some really nice details on further inspection – the top is princess lined in the front, but the back is formed of two overlapping layers that aren’t fully caught in the side seams. I imagine this would be perfect for those of you with hot and humid summers as you’d get a breeze on your back! The skirt has a basic A-line shape, but with a curved section on the left hip and gathers radiating from it, making it look like a little sun!
And finally – how wonderful are these two knit dresses? Those little integrated cap sleeves on the left dress are both easy to sew and would help to keep pale shoulders like mine from getting sunburnt. It’s a basic design, but one that could work for a ton of different fabrics in my stash and be worn all summer long. The dress on the right has curved seaming reminiscent of that Stella McCartney dress but cut a little bit differently above the bust so you get some extra colourblocking around the neckline. All very nicely done!
I noticed a new addition at the back of the magazine this time, too – two projects get steo-by-step colour photos for the construction details, which should help those who struggle with the standard text-only translated instructions (which I’ve skimmed and seem to look okay, but not great).
MyImage used to produce a magazine of kids patterns called YoungImage, but that seems to have stopped and there’s now this new magazine instead, which covers the same range of sizes – from babies to tweens and boys as well as girls. The magazine itself is a slightly smaller size than MyImage but printed on thicker, matte paper, and with extremely similar pattern sheets (both far less dense to trace than Burda).
Even though my nephew’s too big now, I still get excited when I see nice patterns for boys as I know there’s such a limited amount out there. Here there’s a classic, straight-cut jeans pattern (also with a shorts variation) and super versatile v-neck raglan teeshirt, plus a little drawstring backpack. You can also see some of the baby patterns here, which also have boy/girl variations included.
Lots of pink on this page, but the trenchcoat pattern is totally lovely and would be a perfect spring jacket whether it’s raining or not. The little girl’s dress is quite cute (and would certainly use up enough quilting cotton remnants since they’re layered up on the skirt), but I’m most drawn to her bolero. How cute is the back view with the triangular cutout and bow!?
I selected this one mostly because I could totally see my niece in this halter top and shorts outfit! The interest in the halter top is mostly in the back, with an elasticated back edge and then added frills in the lower back (it’s easy to achieve that lettuce-edge with an overlocker rolled hem, too).
And finally, I really love the patterns and the styling here for a loose, airy summer blouse and skinny jeans. Both work really well together, and both these and the last set of patterns go up to size 176 (height in cm) so fill that void for tweens where they’re often too big for children’s patterns but too small (and/or shaped differently) for women’s patterns.
Thanks to the magazine producers (who also kindly supplied my copies for review), I’ve got two copies of MyImage and three of B*Inspired to give away to my readers! Due to international post skyrocketing in the last few years, however, I’m afraid I’m only able to ship to UK/EU addresses (mostly because there’s a cheap “printed materials” rate within the EU). If you live elsewhere and would still like to enter, please only do so if you’re willing to pay for the postage.
To enter the draw, please leave a comment below stating your favourite pattern from the magazines you’d like to win (ie: tell me your favourite MyImage pattern if you only are interested in winning MyImage, or only your B*inspired favourite, or your favourites from both).
I’ll pick the winners by random draw next Monday, 10 March. Good luck!tags: kids, magazine, myimage
There wasn’t much to get excited about in this issue, in my opinion. March is always the issue with the bridal gowns, but even those left me cold for the most part – overly fussy with too many extra frills, bows, and (in non-bridal sections), migraine-inducing ugly prints.
I’ve pulled a few nuggets from the pile though…
This dress was the only design from the first feature that I even glanced twice at – I really like all the pleating, but that surplice opening looks like a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen, and the model’s pose doesn’t help. It looks like she’s stiffly holding herself to avoid anything creasing or opening up!
Burda’s take on “grunge” was almost as laughable as their taken on “punk” earlier this year, but I did spot this very on-trend bomber jacket, which looks rather nice.
This is one of the ugliest outfits I have ever seen in Burda. Ever. Hideous tartan chiffon (why??!) paired with itself, plus the laziest drafting I’ve seen in a long time – those bell sleeves look like what a My First Pattern Drafting student might do if it were 1993. Ugly ugly ugly. UGH.
Burda print classic jeans patterns so infrequently that you’d think they’d be shouting about these from the front cover – “Sew your own jeans! Easy, step by step illustrated instructions!” Do they not want to sell issues or something? Why else would they disguise these in an ugly floral and call them “Five pocket Trousers”? It makes no sense! (If you missed the take-home message here – this issue is worth buying for these jeans alone.)
Someone on Burda’s drafting team has definitely been working their way through the Japanese drafting books, and IMHO it’s a wonderful thing! First we got a near-identical version of a Pattern Magic top, and now we get this basic tee with a single, added asymmetric pleat. Very chic, very wearable, and very Japanese.
There’s nothing particularly special about this princess-seamed top and skirt, paired together to look like a dress, but it could be a great alternative to a sheath dress and the seams would make for easy fitting.
The long cardigan does nothing for me, but the jogging bottoms/sweatpants/joggers/trekkie bottoms caught my eye, somewhat wistfully though as I dreamt back to the Burda of the last decade where we’d get special exercise wear features full of really wearable workout clothes instead of just watered-down loungewear… sigh.
On to the Plus section and omg check out the amazing lines of this dress! It’s clearly one for pears rather than apple figures but my god is that a bombshell look!
Burda really like their “dresses that look like separates” this month, because there’s another here for Plus-sized ladies. Though, really, you could separate the top and peplum and have a very nice top should you want it…
I don’t usually mention the kids patterns because I don’t often sew for kids so I fail to get excited about them but this month there were more designs I wanted to wear in the kids section than in the rest of the magazine! ARRGH. I mean, none are particularly difficult to draft in my own size, but I could do the same from a fashion magazine photo – I buy Burda to get the patterns I want to wear!
First off, this teeshirt with the asymmetric insert is SO cute with the stripe play, not to mention the shorts… There’s also a basic raglan tee, waterproof rain trousers, basic joggers, and a cycle seat cover, too.
And here, I’d totally wear that cap-sleeved hooded sweatshirt in a heartbeat if it were in my size! Not so much the playsuit/romper, though, but you can’t argue about its age-appropriateness for once!
They actually provide a women’s version of the only pattern in this section I don’t want to wear myself, the shapeless rain poncho. Figures!tags: bwof, magazine
The Panty Party last week was more than a little awesome! I honestly don’t know where the time went, but one minute we were altering my Lacey Thong pattern to have full-cheek coverage, and the next minute the clock read 10pm!
I was joined by Michelle, Debbie, and Amy up at the Thriftystitcher studio in Stoke Newington (North London – an easy walk from Canonbury Overground) where they all got to pick through a huge pile of laces, fabric, and elastics, and learned how to best cut lace, deal with two different types of lingerie elastics, and how to do that cool “burrito method” of concealing seams.
They even got their first taste of the overlockers (sergers), and I could tell by their eyes that they’re hooked!
If you’re sad you missed out, then rejoice! Because the next Panty Party has been announced for Friday 28 March! Again, if you’re not into wearing thongs, that’s not a problem, we’ll have a couple of different styles of patterns to choose from and you’ll get to learn the techniques to make your own panties at home. All the ladies were amazed at how easy and fun it was!
I will also be teaching teeshirt and leggings classes in the next few weeks so stay tuned for those dates! (hint: keep your Sundays free!)
PS: If you live too far away and want a mere taste of the “in person” me, have a watch of my latest #ExtraMile video for London Marathon, where I explain my reasons for running in less than 3 minutes!tags: class, lace, lingerie
The latest issue of the Brazilian pattern magazine, Manequim, has arrived in my postbox and hurrah – it’s a special dress issue!
Omg, what a super cute asymmetric skort! I’m not the biggest shorts fan, but I would totally wear this! I love how the front panels are sewn into the front seams of the legs, too. Very cool.
I’m not a fan of the cropped jacket with a million fabrics, but the hem on the skirt is quite novel and a shape I’ve not seen before… (As is the one on the front cover, actually)
The designer inspiration this month is Derek Lam, and I totally love this knit sheath dress, even though it’s quite a basic design. I reckon I’m probably a size 42 now anyway, and I would totally wear this in a bright canary yellow ponte!
Another Derek Lam-inspired pattern is for this yellow silk overblouse, which has rolled up, tab sleeves, and a great shawl collar (the maroon bermuda shorts are the third pattern but… ick.)
This is a really simple sheath dress pattern for stretch satins, but I like the detail of just folding the collar edge over like that – so simple to do to any pattern! This is also offered in several sizes, so could be a good base for altering another Manequim pattern to your size…
The Plus sized patterns are all dresses, too this month, modeled by a famous actress but not styled particularly well IMHO. But I like this knit sheath dress with the paneling made famous by Stella McCartney, and I see Manequim aren’t adverse to a little Jungle January action, either!
Here’s another Plus dress that just doesn’t seem to be thought through very well. Sure, the illusion yoke is quite edgy, and the plunging, non-illusion neckline is quite sexy, but how many Plus-sized women can get away without wearing a bra?! With the low front, you couldn’t even get away with a strapless one… Not very practical, Manequim!magazine, manequim
I’ve got a bit of a backlogue of fabulous pattern makes to show you, but I had to drop everything to purr over Winnie’s workout top! She’s managed to combine both Jungle January and the X-back version of my XYT Workout Top pattern in a single, glorious, specimen of exercisability.
But lo! the jungle print and secret crazy bra lining weren’t enough, because Winnie also finished the edges with FOE (fold over elastic) for yet even more colour! Pow! Take that, grey, drizzly January!
I’m even more proud of how awesome Winnie’s top turned out because she had difficulties in sewing the pattern early on in the testing process before I had the illustrated instructions, so for her to be able to come back to the finished version and sew this one up lickity-split makes me really pleased! Usually when I have problems with a pattern I get frustrated and want to dump it, but not Winnie!
I can also reveal that we’ll be teaming up in almost exactly one month’s time (eep!) to run the Bath Half Marathon, which we’ll be running in our own, home sewn gear! I’ve started on a rainbow pair of PB Jams for myself already…fehr-trade-patterns
While I was in the States visiting family, I also took the brave step of contacting a few other activewear-sewing ladies and asking them if they’d be interested in pattern testing for me. I knew that I wanted to keep the testing pool small, but also use sewists who I knew had sewn their own exercise gear before, both so that they were comfortable with the basic techniques, knew what they liked, and also could potentially go out an exercise in my patterns for some useful on-the-road feedback. I was utterly delighted when every single one of them said yes, and this really started the timeline towards Launch Day, which I knew I wanted to be before the usual New Years resolutions exercise explosion. Since I started the XYT Workout Top first and it was further ahead in the patternmaking process, I’d give the testers two weeks to test that, a short break, then hopefully I’d be finished with the PB Jam Leggings by that point so they could have two weeks to test that before I’d get their feedback and finish up everything for Launch Day.
The XYT Workout Top pattern pieces were pretty much ready for testing, but I knew I’d have to create the tech drawings as well as all the illustrated instructions at some point, and, while I used to be a semi-decent drawer, I am totally crap at drawing anything digitally. Like, comically crap. So my first attempts at the tech drawing were done by my sketching them out on paper, scanning it in, then tracing over top with (yes, you guessed it) The Pen Tool in Illustrator before cleaning it all up, mirroring to make things symmetrical, etc.
The instruction illustrations were all done by myself, too, but I did all of those without the hand-sketching step, sometimes using the pattern pieces themselves as a starting point (since I already had those digitally, I just had to shrink down the scale!), and sometimes just referring to photos I’d taken during construction. I never quite appreciated exactly how long illustrated instructions take to create, but my god, they took a LONG TIME. The step-by-step illustrations were easily the most time consuming piece of the entire patternmaking process, EASILY. I totally understand now why some indie designers skip the illustrations entirely, because it would be SO tempting to, and it’d make the process to Launch Day so much quicker. But in the end, I’m glad I did do them, as I think they make the instructions a lot clearer, especially for non-native English speakers.
Another thing I wasn’t really expecting was how the pattern testing process would really work. I guess I kinda thought that I’d send them out, some testers would have some fit issues, others might not think the mesh bra worked for them, I’d get some feedback, and maybe catch a typo or two. Ha! I’m so, so glad I have the amazing pattern testers I did, because both of my patterns needed major revisions thanks to my testers. Yes, it hurts at the time, but I’d much, much rather resolve these issues before release than have paying customers go through them later!
In the case of the XYT Workout Top, it came out in testing that power mesh comes in a huge variety of stretch percentages, so the pattern pieces needed to be modified to try and accommodate the most common amounts, plus a lot of the testers were having issues with the exterior fabric pulling and creating drag lines on the front straps, which lead to my brainwave fix of shortening the lining straps.
After going through all these XYT testing issues I thought to myself “Phew! Well, at least the PB Jam Leggings should be much easier since the construction’s so straightforward!”. Never think this! I got some early feedback from a few testers and each and every one of them said the same thing – the knee placement is really low, and the back rise is too short. Well, I always knew I had a white girl pancake butt, but the knees was a new one to me. So I got some vertical measurements off my testers, and Lo! It was revealed that I have freakishly long thighs. Like, a good 6cm (3in) longer from hip to knee than Normal Humans, and I honestly had no idea! Because I have really standard Bust, Waist, and Hip measurements, plus I’m the standard B cup, it just made sense for me to draft to my own measurements, then use this as the base for Size Small, and grade the rest of the pattern sizes from there. But now this wasn’t looking so clever afterall…
So I went in to the graded pattern, removed the excess vertical space above the knee across all five sizes, increased the back rise, and tidied up all the curves. Then I repaginated (slicing at the new intervals), and packaged it up for the testers who hadn’t already started sewing yet. But this is why some of you noticed that the knees were low on a few of the testers’ versions – they’re showing you original versions of the pattern, before the excess Melissa Thigh Freakishness was removed!
While the pattern testers were finishing up, we took advantage of an unseasonably nice day in London to do a mass photoshoot of all the various samples I’d made of both patterns, both to use on the site, but also to show as product examples and ultimately, use in the pattern “envelopes”. This last piece was really difficult for me as I’m not a natural graphic designer, but I had some good advice from James and I think the resulting first pages of the pdfs look nice, though I acknowledge that this is one area where I could’ve benefited from hiring in a proper designer if I’d had the funds.
Finally, it was nearly Launch Day, the last tweaks had been done, and it was time for me to upload the finished patterns into Etsy for digital sales. Etsy definitely has its quirks on the digital download side, but overall they’re worth it for the indie designer as it means you don’t have to set up your own e-commerce site, nor digital fulfillment, and they charge a heck of a lot less in commission than other sites (Etsy charge 4% per sale, plus a little more from Paypal if that was used, as opposed to some sites wanting a 20% cut!! Of my hard work!). Overall I’d recommend using Etsy to others, as they’re established, the payment systems are robust, and it’s really easy to download sales data for tax purposes, too, but they’re not totally perfect yet.
I guess the final step I wasn’t really prepared for was how the patterns would actually sell – I guess I thought there’d either be a huge amount of sales the first day, then fade out to nothing, or a constant trickle over time. But for me at least (and this might be partially due to my launching over Christmas Week), I saw a healthy amount of sales for the first 2-3 weeks, tapering down to slow & steady thereafter. I’m interested to see how sales will correspond with other sewists making versions of their own – if sales bump up as word of mouth grows, or if my existing patterns will sell more when I release my next patterns, for example.
And speaking of next patterns, I think that’s been the best part of all this for me – seeing that I really can make patterns that people want to sew, that people are happy to spend money on, and that I’m really proud of. It’s not yet at a point where I’m able to say I’m earning a full living wage from sewing alone, but hopefully as time goes by and I get more commissions for things like custom-drafted leggings (and other projects!) and teaching classes alongside my patterns, I’ll earn enough from this that I won’t feel tempted to go back into the stressful tech world. Working from home and working for myself has been a huge change and one I’m really still trying to adjust to, but ultimately I’ve felt much happier, healthier, and stress-free over the past few months than I was when I was earning more. Surely there’s a life lesson in this?fehr-trade-patterns, reflections
Quite a few of you were interested in hearing about the process of launching my own line of exercise sewing patterns, and since I tried to keep everything very quiet until the launch day, I couldn’t really talk about the process at the time, either (I decided to keep it quiet to minimise the “Are they ready yet? Are they ready yet? How about now??”, etc pressure when people get excited!).
I’ve been thinking about the possibility of making some of my own patterns for a while now, testing the waters last year with my Lacey Thong pattern, of course, but a full time job, marathon training, boat work, and busy social schedule mean that it always seemed to be on the back burner and never at the top of my To Do List. But I was made redundant from my tech job in August (really, it’s ok!) so I had time to think about what I wanted to do while we were in Mexico, and I realised that I wanted to give sewing a shot as my main career, with patternmaking as a large part of that.
I had lots of ideas in my head (and in my sketchbook!) but I opted to specialise in exercisewear because that was something I a) was passionate about, b) had lots of practice sewing and designing for myself, and c) there wasn’t much on the market for already. I knew I wanted to release at least two patterns at the launch, but I developed these sequentially, starting with the XYT Workout Top.
The first step in the XYT development was to draft my own sloper and make a series of muslins for the different versions, chopping and redrafting the basic shapes until I was happy. Then I made a muslin which had a bra the same basic shape as the exterior with one layer of power mesh, but I found that even though I took the side seams in closer and closer, I still didn’t have the support I needed for running. It was only after talking to a friend that I was able to make the leap to the arrangement of the second mesh layer that made all the difference and stopped the bouncing! I then finished off this muslin version, wore it for a few runs, and only then did I start the process of transferring my hand-drafted pattern pieces into digital.
I started by scanning in the paper pieces and re-joining them digitally in Photoshop, and then came the laborious and tedious process of tracing around all the pieces with the Pen Tool (ie: vector paths) in Illustrator. I’ve used Photoshop for 10+ years, but I was a complete Illustrator novice when I started this patternmaking, and my god there’s a steep learning curve!
Then, using Connie Crawford’s Grading Workbook, I laboriously graded all the pieces to the various sizes, partly because I wanted to understand the process, but also so that it was all under my control. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book, however, as I found the information for digital grading to be very sparse, extremely user-unfriendly (I spent about 3 hours making myself usable cheat-sheets for the few included pages of knit blocks!!), and with hardly any information on stretch fabrics, which is really all I was interested in. But AFAIK, there’s not really anything else out there, save this technique which I’m a bit wary of.
After it was all graded, I then had to break it all up into individual pages (which takes a few hours in itself), then print, trim, and tape it out to check everything aligns ok before going over each and every freaking line with my rulers and pizza-wheel measuring ruler, making notes where seam edges don’t quite match, where marks are off, and generally being as anal-retentive as possible about every single line. Once I had a bunch of notes scrawled about “Size Whatever on Piece Q being 2mm too long”, then I went back into Illustrator, made all the little adjustments, and paginated, printed, trimmed, taped, and re-measured everything all over again.
I made a couple muslins here at this point, too, using the printed copies, just to make sure things lined up in reality when sewing. And also to keep from losing my mind at the sheer tedium of the above. I also starting writing the instructions, starting with my own, very basic order of construction, and filling them out further as I sewed and saw opportunities to make them better.
It was around this point that I started on the PB Jam Leggings, as I was due to go to the States for a week and wanted everything scanned and in my computer before I left. So in one day I managed to draft myself a fresh pair of leggings, make up a muslin with the swirls drawn on instead of pieced, adjust those, cut the new pattern pieces, and sew up my first trial pair, which happened to be the print & neon red pair I absolutely, utterly love. That was a good day!
I ran in my muslin pair a few times, then scanned in my paper pattern pieces, again, re-joining them in Photoshop, and tracing around the shapes with the Pen Tool in Illustrator. I largely followed the same process as the XYT Workout Top, except this time I employed a professional grader to create the different sizes off my base pattern, since this time around I understood the process, and the multiple pieces made it rather more complicated. This bit of grading work remains the only bit of work I didn’t do myself throughout the entire process! Otherwise, it’s all me – drafting, digitising, sample sewing, illustration, marketing, modelling, everything. I’m literally a one-woman show here.
But I digress – while I was in the States I did some more paginating, where I discovered that the frame size I had been using for years was actually getting trimmed when I used my Dad’s US Letter printer, so I had to go back, shorten the grid on both patterns, re-paginate everything, reslice every single vector path, and re-generate the patterns. This was extremely time consuming, and annoying, but still, I’d rather notice the problem early on than have customers find it! So I honestly can say that my patterns now (and hereafter!) do indeed work on both A4 and US Letter printers, because I’ve tried them myself on two continents!
End of Part One – stay tuned for more…fehr-trade-patterns, reflections
I don’t know what happened this month, but I appear to be the last person on earth to receive their February issue! Some people were already posting reviews of their sewn garments a full week before mine arrived in the postbox, not fair! But better late than never, here are my picks…
First up – this dress isn’t particularly earth-shattering, but it’s a nice classic shape, with short- or long-sleeve options, and a clever little central hidden kangaroo pocket in the skirt, too. I’m definitely eyeing this one up as a possible birthday dress for March, especially since I’ve got all that luscious silk twill that Dilly gifted me when she came to visit!
I know there are a lot of sewing ladies online that go ker-ay-zee for anything with buttons in the back but… I seriously don’t get it! So, you have to have someone help you get dressed whenever you want to take it on and off? How is that a good thing?! I’m not convinced by the central pleating on this dress, either, which might end up looking less than flattering…
I’m not entirely sure what it is about this wide, cropped blouse, but I absolutely love it! Maybe it’s the cocoon-shaped sleeves, or the back yoke, or the nice V neck, but I really could see myself wearing this a lot with leggings. I don’t think it’s quite as successful with the full skirt Burda’s paired it with, however.
This really is a (forgive me!) twist on your basic teeshirt, eh? EH? Except I swore I’d seen it before in an old KnipMode, and I had – in the October 2011 edition, though the neckline is more modest on Knip’s (in turquoise below). The skirt paired with the red top is actually the bottom half of that first dress I liked, so again, you get the nice kangaroo pouch in front, which is always handy (and not just for carrying little joeys!).
It’s Deja vu again, because Burda appear to have
ripped off been inspired by Pattern Magic’s “Jutting Edge” dress and gone and just shortened it into a top! I absolutely love my Jutting Edge dress, but I admit it was a total PITA to draft, so this makes the design much more accessible. Kathy has even made this top already if you fancy seeing it on a real person!
I didn’t like anything at all in the “Punk” feature – I found the styling to be clichéd to the point of being embarrassing – I mean, really, do I spy safety pins there?
In the Plus section, how lovely is this sheath dress? In fact, you could easily use this to make a dress similar to my swirl sheath dress by just using alternating smooth and matte sides of a satin.
And finally, a craft so bad I just couldn’t ignore it. In case you’re wondering what to do with your “costume” after dressing up like discarded water bottle lady, wonder no more! Make a, urrr, chandelier from it?
In other news, there’s an end in sight to the Sherlock coat! I’m onto the lining now!tags: bwof, magazine
Remember around this time last year when I released my free Lacey Thong pattern and had that big Lingerie Sewing Week extravaganza?! Well, in the intervening year I’ve of course sewed way more lingerie and released more patterns, but I still love my little ‘Thongs and wear mine all the time, so I thought I’d share the love and have a full-on PANTY PARTY!
It’s in the evening of Thursday 13 February, so you can de-stress after a long day at work by playing with frilly lace…
That’s right – come and sew with me and we’ll make Lacey Thongs til we run out of free tea and biscuits and/or start wearing panties on our heads. I’ll cover all the basics of lace placement, attaching lingerie elastic, that cool “burrito method” of enclosing the crotch seams, and you’ll get to go home with some saucy little panties just in time for Valentine’s Day. Or a Me Party, whatever floats your boat.
The panty party venue is at the Thrifty Stitcher’s studio up in Stoke Newington (a quick walk from Canonbury overground, or there’s plentiful buses), and all materials will be provided, including the aforementioned coffee, tea, and bickies.
It’s suitable for beginners (though you should know the basics of sewing machine operation!), or if you’re already confident with sewing lingerie, you’re welcome to just come to have a fun lingerie sewing night with all the fun laces and fabrics on offer. You’ll leave with your own copy of the pattern and the knowledge to make your own Lacey Thongs at home for very little money.
There is a catch, though – there’s only enough space for five of you in this little soiree, so you must buy your tickets in advance (no point turning up with panties on your head to find out it’s full-up, eh?).
I hope to see you there!tags: fehr-trade-patterns, lingerie
When was the last time you actually LOLed at a sewing blog? Because I just did, twice, reading Dawn’s (aka “cabinbaby”) post about her PB Jam Leggings. Seriously! She totally nails the self-defeating runner inner dialogue there, too…
You all know I’m partial to super loud patterns and bright colours when I make my own leggings, but look – I have a fellow kindred spirit! Rainbow colours and psychedlic swirls weren’t enough for Dawn, no, no – she even used rainbow variegated thread, people! I totally applaud the use of the gymnastic poses in showing off all the finer points of the leggings, too.
One thing Dawn talks about in her post is using your serger/overlocker to make a mock-flatlock stitch, like you see on a lot of RTW sportswear. I haven’t found the regular overlocked seams to be a chafing problem for me, but I know a lot of people are more sensitive to it, and you can do your own flatlock stitching at home with just a few tension adjustments…
PS: If you’ve previously bought my patterns and would like the updated version with XXS sizing, unfortunately you’ll need to email me or leave a comment with your Transaction ID, as Etsy’s “automatic” system won’t let you access the updated file. Grrrrr. However, all new purchases will get the updated version!exercise, fehr-trade-patterns