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!

 

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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!

Sewing Bias – Getting started with Just Patterns

The information we include with our patterns may be less detailed than what you are accustomed to, but they should provide enough information for an intermediate sewer or an adventurous beginner to complete the garment. In this post we’ll show you where to locate the most important elements and use the layered PDF functionality.

When you buy one of our patterns in our Etsy Store, you can download 5 files:

  • The information file
  • The pattern in Letter format
  • The pattern in A4 format
  • The pattern in A0 format
  • and the pattern in US copy shop format

Below is the cover of our Christy Slip Dress:

Just Patterns Cover Christy Slip Dress

In the following pages you will find information about fit, fabric and selecting your size:

2101-Christy-Slip-Dress-Information Underslined-page-002

Next is the cutters must. It summarizes how many of each pattern pieces you need to cut in each fabric (self, lining, fusible, etc.). As well as other pieces for which paper pieces are not provided, such as bias strips. It also includes the technical drawing of the garment and an estimation of fabric requirements. We currently do not include cutting layouts because of how much they can vary  depending on the size you are cutting and the width of your fabric.

Just Patterns Christy Slip Dress information page 3

The following table is a suggested order of operations. This is the order we used to sew the samples shown on the cover. But if you are making changes to the pattern, for instance you decided to make the pattern single layer and finish the edges with bias binding, then this operations will be quite different. The table is designed for you to check at a glance the width of the seam allowances and the type of seams so that you don’t have to rummage through pages of text to find it.

Just Patterns Christy Slip Dress information Operations

In case you need more help, links to tutorials, videos, etc. are available in the resource page of each pattern. Finally, you’ll find the hashtags to share your work on social media. For the slip dress it’s #christyslipdress and for the camisole it’s #katebiastop (there is another Kate Top sewing pattern out there by Tessuti, so don’t forget to add the bias!).

Now let’s have a look at the pattern files! The layers are enabled in every printing format. When you open your pattern in the Adobe Acrobat Reader, use the layers tab on the left of the screen and select only the size you need but keep “print marks” and “all sizes” activated.

Just Patterns Layered PDF

 

As you can see above, the pattern pieces extend beyond the cutting marks. This should make it extra easy for you to put it together. You will also notice that the seam lines are printed on all pieces. Because our seam allowances vary with the type of seams, they are printed on all pieces, for every size. This is why we strongly recommend you use the layer function. Otherwise it can get quite busy, even for a simple pattern.

We hope that this post was useful and we will be back soon for some actual sewing posts! Don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments or anywhere else if you would like more information! Do you see a Christy or a Kate in your near future?