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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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!

Linda Wrap Dress: Testers Round-up

To keep celebrating the relaunch of our Linda Wrap Dress, we want to give a shout out to the amazing seamstresses that are part of our Pattern Development Group. Running a pattern business can be tough sometimes and even if there are 2 of us, we often come up with questions we don’t have straight answers to, such as “Do people want to have seam lines printed?”, “Are the instructions clear enough?”. This is why having a sounding board is so great! We currently have 24 people taking part in our group and their input is not limited to sewing the gorgeous version you will see below. They are full of insights and strong opinions, which we love!

But let’s look at their Linda Wrap Dresses for now. One thing we really love about this pattern is that it looks great on so many figures. It’s a dress that will do an amazing job at showcasing a fancy wool or silk crepe! To get your copy of the pattern, visit our Etsy Store and use the code to get 15% off until the end of November!!

Since the testers have sewn their dresses we have updated our grading, I will therefore refer to the new size. For instance, the first dress below was old sizing 38 but now it would be considered a 40, so let’s just say size 40!

First up is the gorgeous work of Anneloes! Unfortunately she doesn’t have an online sewing presence, which is too bad because her sewing is amazing! She used size 40 and a cupro crepe with a nice drape. Drape is super important for this pattern, we cannot emphasize this enough… She made no adjustments except switching the buckle for a D-ring and adding 6″ of length at the hem because she’s 6’2. Hello #sewingtall friends!

Another lovely dark version is the one sewn by Kirstin from Small Bobbins. You can find Kirstin on Instagram and on her blog. She’s already sharing pictures of our next pattern that she’s currently testing, so you can get the scoop! She used size 40 and a black shirting fabric. She didn’t make any adjustment except for the length since she wanted her dress short!

Sue of Beautifull Handmade made this very nice version in size 36 and she also changed the buckle for a D-ring. You can find Sue’s sewing on Instagram and she also recently launched sewing patterns! She wore her Linda Wrap Dress for a job interview and she got the job, congratulations Sue!! She wore her Christy Slip Dress underneath and the result is perfection!

Hilde can be found on Instagram as Hi.Hilde. She used size 46 in a gorgeous blue peachskin and made no changes to the pattern except for the closure. She’s also wearing our Kate Bias Top underneath!

As you are starting to see our testers seems to have been struck by the same inspiration lightning. Tara of Five of Hearts Studio is very close to Hilde’s. She sewed size 40 in a mystery fabric from her stash with no modifications to the pattern. She also changed the closure to a D-Ring.

Moving on to our testers who elected burgundy as their color of choice, we have first Jess of Jess Sews Clothes. You can find her on Instagram and on her blog. She used size 46 for the bodice and 44 for the skirt. She removed some fullness at Center Front and used a poly-crepe that unfortunately gave her trouble but we think the final dress looks fab!

Anna of Ompele Oma Onnessi sewed this rich looking dress in size 40, she didn’t make any changes to the pattern and she looks great! You can find her on Instagram and on her blog (but that one is in Finnish so we just look at the pictures!).

Georgia of Ginger Stitch used size 40 for the bodice and size 42 for the skirt portion. She used a wool flannel and didn’t make any other changes to the pattern. You can find her on Instagram and she wrote a blog post about her Linda Wrap Dress!

And last but not least is Shauni from Magnificent Thread. Shauni made size 44, and her experience pushed us to update the grading. We were already hesitating but her version ended up so big that she couldn’t wear it as a dress for the wedding she was attending. However, we think she had a stroke of genius when she decided to wear it open like a coat over her jumpsuit. Seriously, how chic does she look?? You can find Shauni on Instagram and read the story of Linda becoming a jacket on her blog!

 

We cannot say how amazed and grateful we are for the amazing ladies part of our development group, they did an amazing job!! We hope that you’ll agree with us and don’t forget that you have until the end of November to get 15% off the Linda Wrap Dress pattern with code UPDATEDLINDA15 in our Etsy Store!

Sewing Bias – Cutting bias strips and making Spaghetti Straps

Whenever you cut a garment on the bias it’s generally a good idea to use the “lost” corners of the layout to cut some extra bias strips. 1 1/2 inch is a versatile width to bind edges or seams, or make spaghetti (rouleaux) straps like we are showing you today!

To cut delicate fabric like silk and chiffon, we recommend sandwiching it between two layers of paper. Dotted pattern paper is what we like to use, we buy it locally but you can find it here.

Just Patterns - Cutting Delicate Fabric

After ironing your fabric lay it in a single layer over a first layer of paper. Use the edge of the paper to align the selvedge perfectly.

Just Patterns - Cutting Delicate Fabric

Then carefully unroll the second layer of paper over the fabric. Again align the paper edge carefully to the fabric and the first layer of paper.

Just Patterns - Cutting Delicate FabricLay your pattern pieces over the second layer of paper and draw 1 1/2 inch Bias Strips wherever you have significant remnants.

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You can store your additional strips by pinning them together and hanging them close to your sewing machine. They will come in handy more often than you think!

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For the spaghetti/rouleaux straps, fold your strips lengthwise and sew along the folded edge, at no more than 1/8″ (3mm).

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The secret to nicely rounded strap is to not trim the seam allowance and to use a loop turner. Alternatively you could use thread on a tapestry needle but it will be more difficult.

Just Patterns Spaghetti Straps Tutorial

Insert the loop turner all the way through the strap and make a small notch about 1/4″ (6mm) from the end to pull out the hook.

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Pull the loop turner gently, moving and easing the fabric as you go until it is completely turned out.

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Congratulations, you made a beautiful strap ready to be installed on your Kate Bias Top or Christy Slip Dress!

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