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Sewing Tidbits

Sewing Tidbits is the sewing blog written since 2013 by Delphine, the co-founder of Just Patterns.

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Our Linda Wrap Dress pattern was just updated + a discount code!

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We are so glad to introduce you to the Linda Wrap Dress 2.0. In addition to upgrading the look of the information package like we did for the Stephanie Skirt, we decided to make additional changes based on the amazing feedback of our development group.If you purchased the pattern before the update, you should have received an email with the link to the new files. This is what is new:

  • Updated grading: while we really thought that the Linda was to be worn very loose, we realize that most of you are more comfortable in a slightly more fitted dress. Thus, we moved the grading down one size. For instance, on the old version of Linda, if you used size 42, it is now labeled as size 44 in the new version.

  • Cleaner pattern pieces: we removed the seam lines, to help making the pieces clearer. We also changed the print marks so that pages are less busy.

  • Less pages in the print-at-home format: a benefit of sizing down the pattern is that it now prints with less pages, the letter format requires 28 pages (versus 32 in the old version) and the A4 format 27 pages (30 in the previous one).

Just Patterns Linda Wrap Dress Instruction Diagram Step 23

Just Patterns Linda Wrap Dress Instruction Diagram Step 23

The new information file contains fabric recommendations and a PDF layout for our 4 printing options. We have also added technical illustrations of the belt construction to the Resource Page since it seems to have been a bit problematic for sewists.We very much look forward to hearing your thoughts about the changes! Tomorrow we will be back to show the work of our testers, they all did an amazing job.As a thank you for your trust and patience, we would like to offer you 15% off  the Linda Wrap Dress sewing pattern, valid until the end of November. Simply use the code UPDATEDLINDA15 at checkout in our Etsy Store!

Why we are "just" patterns

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Creating your dream wardrobe is probably one of the main reasons people start sewing their clothes. Many of us want clothes that fit our particular body, our aesthetic, in beautiful fabric and made in fair conditions. Unless we have large financial means, the best option will end up making them ourselves. This is how my sewing journey began, and maybe yours too? It took me years to develop the skills needed to complete the garments that inspired me in the first place. The pleasure of making compensated the initial less-than-perfect results. However, once I reached a certain level, I started feeling constrained by the tools available in home-sewing.blazermuslinSo I invested. I took pattern making and draping classes. I bought books. I shopped the best fabric I could afford. I opened all the nice garments I could get my hands on. And I bought patterns. Many, many patterns. But the disconnect between what I wanted and what I was making remained. Most of those patterns were not designed to help me achieve the wardrobe I had in mind. Worse, sometimes I would make things that looked worse than if I had bought them in a fast fashion store. Unfortunately, my sewing time was limited and I didn't have the time to draft everything from scratch.In my last post I mentioned how the emergence of new independent patterns designers has helped in making garment sewing accessible to new sewers. I believe that it also strengthened the sewing community, making it a common learning place for instance with the in-depth information provided through sew-alongs. Intermediate and more experienced dressmakers also benefited from  this movement. Suddenly, there were more patterns, more fabric, more notions becoming available worldwide. Well-established home sewing businesses were/are challenged, they become active on Social Media, they renew their offering, etc.bias_binding_2But if you have been sewing for a long time, or you "graduated" from the beginner projects, you may want more. When in your pattern reviews you systematically answer the question "What did you think of the instructions" by "I didn't read them" you don't necessarily attach the same value to sewing patterns. The teaching component of many sewing patterns isn't necessary,  and you prefer to do your own thing anyway!We are "just" patterns because we don't teach you how to sew. We believe that there are enough resources out there for us to focus on the pattern making process. Your sewing time is limited, the to-sew list is always too long... So even if you know how to draft/drape patterns, buying the pattern often saves time.spaghetti_4Sadly, sewing budget is also limited, at least for most of us. We decided to focus on the most important part, the pattern development, so that we can keep the price of our patterns as low as possible. Our pricing is also proportional, if developing and grading the pattern requires more time/money, the price will be adjusted accordingly. This approach also makes it cost-effective for you to use our copy shop printing options. In addition to Letter and A4 printing formats, all our patterns are available in 36" wide and A0. More sewing, less taping!At the end of the day, it is your passion, your skills, your choice of fabric and your styling will make a beautiful garment that you will love for the years to come. Patterns are "Just Patterns"!

Welcome to Just Patterns!

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This is a very exciting time for us. We are finally launching a project that we have been talking about for years and we are so glad that you are part of it. In case you didn't read our About page, let me introduce ourselves!justpatterns3101Just Patterns is long time talked about and finally launched project by my friend and patternmaker extraordinaire Eira (who you may know from her blog and Instagram - The Pattern Line) and myself - Delphine - currently blogging and Instagramming under the name Sewing Tidbits. We met back in 2012, in a draping class at FIT.Since I started sewing, when I was 14, I always had the impression (obsession??) that something was missing in the offer of sewing patterns. Many of us start sewing because they want clothes that cannot afford, or that don't exist exactly the way they want. Yet, unless we dedicate years to learning how to draft and drape, we are constrained by sewing patterns that do not match our vision or our expectations.justpatterns2101In recent years, many new independent pattern designers have appeared, often catering to niche markets, but mostly targeting new and intermediate sewers. It had the great effect of encouraging more people to make their own clothes but we feel that the offer for more advanced dressmakers has not evolved at the same speed.To complete our FIT assignments, Eira and I used to drool research for hours in New York City's nicest stores, looking inside garments, spying construction techniques, studying style lines. Those were the clothes we dreamed to have in our closet, but we couldn't afford them. Even if they were, they wouldn't always fit right.After some time and seeing many of the beautiful garments Eira was making from her self-drafted patterns, I opened up to her about how I felt the home-sewing patterns were lacking to get that high-end look. She was clueless since she had never used a commercial pattern but I showed her dozens of examples and she became enthusiastic at the idea of making something different available.skirt-1101-squareIn the mean time, life happened and I moved out of New York. Fast forward a couple of years, I am back in the City, at the end of my maternity leave and the stars are finally aligning so that we can launch our first patterns. You can find them in our Etsy store!Next time I'll talk about what we want our sewing patterns to be, until then you can let us know what you think. We love to talk about everything sewing and fashion related!You can also follow our blog with Bloglovin...