Giving thanks!

Just Patterns Thanksgiving sale 2018

While life has been terribly busy the last few months for both Eira and I, we just wanted to let you know that Just Patterns is still alive and that we are very thankful for your support.

As token of our gratitude during this (US) thanksgiving weekend, all our patterns in our Etsy store are 20% off! No promo code necessary, just visit the store before Sunday midnight (Eastern time)!

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Moodboard #1

After a period of involuntary hiatus and regrouping we are gearing up to our next pattern releases! It’s been great to interact with our customers on Instagram and by email the mean time. We also received great feedback from our development group and other members of the sewing community so you can expect to see some changes around here in the coming months.

But before we go more into all of that, we thought we would share some of the visuals that drive our aesthetics these days and the direction we are taking!

We hope that some of those inspire your sewing as much as does for us! If you want more Ready-to-Wear inspiration for each our patterns, you can follow us on Pinterest where we keep a board for each of them!

 

2017 Review: Just Patterns first year!

Happy New Year!

2017 was our first year of releasing sewing patterns to meet your high-end handmade wardrobe needs. We have learned a lot already and we are so grateful for your patience and your support while we keep figuring things out! In this post we are sharing a quick recap of each month main happenings and we will be back next week to talk about our inspiration and plans for 2018!

January

Just Patterns Layered PDFAt the beginning of the year we mostly spent our time trying to figure out how to get from a digitized paper pattern to a PDF that would include all the information you needed. We also spent time figuring out  our approach to selling sewing patterns and how it would be different/similar to what is currently available in the sewing world. You can read our thoughts in this post: Why we are Just Patterns?

February

We released 3 patterns that month! The Kate Bias Top, the Christy Bias Slipdress and the Stephanie Skirt. We didn’t have names initially for your patterns but we then realized that Christy was a lot easier to refer to than 2101.

March

Just Patterns Christy Slipdress by Beautyfull HandmadeWhile we worked on preparing the release of the Linda Wrap dress, we saw the first versions of our patterns appearing on blogs and Instagram. Here is the first Christy, made by Beautyfull_Handmade

April

Just Patterns Stephanie Skirt by A Challenging SewHaving three patterns in the wild brings a lot of self-doubt, no matter how much you believe in your product. This is why having a blogger whom we love the work praise our Stephanie Skirt meant so much to us! If you missed it, go check out the blogposts of Leisa at A Challenging Sew!

May

4048ffb5-6b97-41b8-81ed-9e5868467712It was all about getting the Linda Wrap Dress ready, as our most involved pattern to date, we absolutely wanted to get it right. It took several sewing sessions to figure out the all the steps that needed to be explained.

June

Linda wrap dress by Just PatternsBut our efforts finally paid off and we released the Linda Wrap Dress. We were really happy to see that you loved the design as much as we did. It’s truly a big favorite in both our closets!

July

195We created a couple of tutorials on how to use our PDF patterns and how to make a “real” spaghetti strap. Many of the tutorials you will find online produce a flat strap. If you wanted a rounded strap that keeps it shape, the secret is to not trim the seam allowances!

August

Just Patterns Kate Bias Top by AnneloesWe were able to share the versions of Kate and Christy sewn by the members of our Pattern Development Group. We are super thankful to this group of talented ladies for dedicated their precious sewing time to helping us make better patterns! This Kate Bias Top was sewn by the lovely Anneloes…

September

Just Patterns - Stephanie Skirt CoverWe decided to redesign our pattern covers, and provide more information in the information file. For each of our patterns we now include more details on fabric recommendations, picking your size and printing layouts. The first pattern we updated was the Stephanie Skirt but since then we managed to go through all of them!

October

Just Patterns Linda Wrap Dress Instruction Diagram Step 23We spent a good part of the month working on compiling the feedback we had received on our Linda Wrap Dress, updating the grading for a truer-to-size fit and creating illustrations for the trickiest part of the pattern. You can review them on Linda’s resource page!

November

Just Patterns Sewphotohop sewing spaceWhile most of our time was dedicated to working behind the scenes on our next pattern release (and more one of us, moving overseas!!), we had fun taking part in #sewphotohop on Instagram. It was a great opportunity to connect with others and a reminder of how great the sewing community is!

December

Just Patterns - 1102 - Yasmeen Skirt Information-page-001We released our latest pattern to date, the Yasmeen skirt. We loved to see all the different versions sewn by our testers and our customers. It’s a dramatic design that can be enhanced with precious fabrics or played down with more casual ones.

Having released 5 patterns is a great achievement for us, considering that we have both demanding day jobs and other side projects/life commitments, and we couldn’t have done it without your support and encouragement. And for that we want to say THANK YOU! We look forward to hearing what you thought about this first year of Just Patterns since your feedback is crucial for us to make 2018 an even better year!

Yasmeen Skirt: Testers Round-Up

Yasmeen is the first pattern that we formally tested with our Pattern Development Group before releasing it. For the occasion, we added new members to our development group and we are super happy we did because they sewed some gorgeous skirts and were full of useful feedback!

It’s kind of impossible not to start with Melisha (MelishaSimoneCollection on Instagram) with this absolutely stunning and very special occasion Yasmeen. Seriously, it left us speechless… Melisha used size 40 in a red crepe and made no alterations.

Just Patterns Yasmeen Skirt by Melisha

In the same color scheme, Laurène or lespleurnicheuses on IG, sewed her Yasmeen in a xxx in size 40 and she had to take the waist in a bit. For this pattern we recommend choosing your size according to your hip measurement and adjusting the waist at center back, before installing the zipper. This method worked well for our testers. Laurène experimented with the funniest poses for the pictures. You can see them all in her blog post (in French).

Katie, aka Grayshegoes, also sewed very fancy version of Yasmeen in a gold foil knit with size 36. She had to take in the side seams and Center Back a bit. This is partly due to the stretch in her fabric but we also ended up removing some ease in the waist for the final pattern since most our testers had to take it in. We love the contrast between the metallic fabric and her low-key styling, it looks like the perfect pairing for a family holiday gathering!

And because we are talking about golden Yasmeen skirts, the next one is this pretty version sewn by Leila from Three Dresses in a metallic Linen. She used size 44 with no alterations except removing some length. The idea of using metallic is really great, it will be easy to dress it up or down with always a glamorous touch!

Jane, who you will find as Buzzmills on Instagram, also chose linen for her skirt. She sewed size 36 and took 4″ off the length above the knee. We love that she experimented with different ways to style the skirts, dressed up with a fitted sweater or a button down or dressed down with a chunky knit or a tank top it looks equally great. See all the ways she paired Yasmeen in her blog post!

And finally, last but definitely not least is the black Yasmeen skirt made by Mary of Cloning Couture. Mary used size 38 in a lightweight crinkle Cotton gauze. Being the perfectionist that we know her to be, she stayed the waistline with narrow strips of interfacing an faced it with a bias strip of cotton, and the same cotton to bind the zipper edges. We are fans of Mary’s work so we feel very fortunate to have her in our development group!

And because we will never do it enough, we want to say a huge thank you to all our testers. We are always amazed at their patience and willingness to commit precious fabric and sewing time to help us refine our patterns before we bring them to you.

It’s time for you to make your own Yasmeen Skirt! Don’t forget to share it with us on Instagram #yasmeenskirt and in our Facebook Community!

GET THE PATTERN IN OUR ETSY STORE!

Inspiration for the Yasmeen Skirt

The Yasmeen skirt was born from our desire to have a statement skirt that introduces a hint of the the over the top feel of the 90’s runway shows into your every day wardrobe. Its design lines celebrates women’s curves, in a way that we hope is reminiscent of the King of Cling, late Azzedine Alaïa.

While the skirt has definitely a special occasion feel to it, your choice of fabric and styling can transform it completely. For a very dressed up version of Yasmeen, choose a fabric with a sheen to it. The drape will dramatically affect bottom of the skirt looks. In a taffeta the flared bottom will tend to stay out and give a very formal look, while in a more fluid fabric such as silk, the volume will only appear with movement.

There are also plenty of ways to make your skirt more casual. In the winter you can try a wool version, to be worn with a chunky sweater, or a leather jacket. In warmer weather, a linen Yasmeen worn will flat sandals will take you easily from the beach to a nice dinner out with a chic resort look.

Finally, you also have the option of playing with the length. You could experiment with an ankle grazing skirt in an airy fabric for fluttered hem effect. The modern proportion will look very chic whether you pair it with heels or with sneakers for a cool yet polished feel!

Do you want more inspiration? We collect images in a dedicated Pinterest board for you to look at (and for ourselves!!). Don’t forget that you can also check Instagram for #yasmeenskirt since our testers have already started to post their amazing work!!

Are you ready to get started on your very own Yasmeen? Don’t forget to share it with us!

GET THE PATTERN IN OUR ETSY STORE!