I’ve just finished reading a wonderful book called ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat, Pray, Love fame). She writes about living a more creative life because it makes us happier and more content creatures. This really resonates with me, making always makes me more cheery! No matter how much I have going on in my life and business, I always try to have one or two projects on the go that are just for me and my pleasure…selfish sewing.
I always enjoy making garments from other designer’s patterns, as they have already done all the hard work, and I can enjoy an effortless sew. This year I’ve discovered many talented pattern designers online and have a pile of pdf patterns that I am slowly working my way through. Here are some that I’ve made lately…
Charlotte Kan is a fashion designer from The Netherlands. Her designs are sophisticated, minimal and feminine. For her small ready to wear collections and her made to order business she uses fair trade fabrics such as organic cottons and bamboo. In her quest for a more sustainable fashion business model she recently began selling pdf patterns so people can enjoy making her designs as well.
I bought Charlotte’s Tie dress pattern when she released it earlier this year. I lurve the colour navy, and was immediately attracted to the design with it’s front wrap skirt and cuffed kimono sleeves. The little tailored pocket adds detail to an otherwise refined design. The detailed tutorial with full illustrations made it an enjoyable and easy sew. I used a medium weight cotton/linen material. I love the Tie dress for it’s simplicity and relaxed style.
Love Notions sewing patterns are designed by Tami Meyer in Illinois in the US. She makes pdf patterns for women, girls and boys. I bought the Lotus Blossom blouse for both women and girls. I’ve made one for myself, and will get around to making one for my girls soon… (maybe)
I loved this pattern as soon as I saw it on Tami’s blog. I’ve always had a thing for drapey designs and this one is a stand out. I love the V neckline and the clever twist at the front, and the dipped back hemline. It is a really quick sew, and a really comfortable garment to wear. I used a fuchsia coloured lightweight rayon knit fabric. One of my favourite makes of late.
Maven patterns are designed by Sharon Mendham in the UK. Her industry pattern cutting experience shines through in her patterns, tutorials and great website. Her first pattern – the Maria Wrap Apron has been a huge hit on Etsy, and the Artisan Smock top is sure to follow in it’s footsteps.
It was an unseasonably warm Autumn in Hong Kong, and as such my winter wardrobe hasn’t really made an appearance yet. The Wendy Artisan smock is a great Autumn wear with it’s 3/4 sleeves and breezy shape. I made the option with the side opening as I adore anything asymmetrical and I love the gathered patch pockets. I used a lightweight navy and fuchsia cotton which worked perfectly with the soft gathers around the neckline and sleeves. Lovin’ this look with navy skinny jeans. Thank you Mrs M!