Just a quick post today to let everyone know that just in time for winter sewing, Muskoka has just had new Rectangle and A0 Large Format files added to your purchase!
Muskoka has so much amazing value already with all the Expansion Pack options making this one of the more versatile patterns in my collection. Now, ALL pattern pieces that were included only as cutting charts are now also available to be printed (which includes all bindings plus the pieces for the split collar option). In addition, an A0 size Large Format PDF has also been added, which includes ALL pattern pieces for ALL options. This means that your purchase includes 4 PDFs... the original Muskoka Dress, the Expansion Pack which gives the basic pattern 6 additional options, PLUS the new rectangle pieces and Large Format PDFs.
Check out the latest Muskoka I created... this is the split collar option in a beautiful blue stretch velvet with white fleece trim!
All those who already own Muskoka have already been sent an email with the new pattern files. A few proof-reading errors in the original patterns have also been cleaned up, so you will also get new copies of the basic pattern and Expansion Pack to replace the files in your collection. If you haven't seen your email yet, please check your spam/junk folder and if it isn't there then contact me and I'll make sure you get it!
One of the most practical patterns in my collection has just gotten better... Simcoe can now be made as a Nightgown! The original Simcoe pajama pattern features a 2-piece set that combines woven fabric with knit bands and includes long and short options. This new Add-on to the original, uses the same no-closure design and knit collar and sleeve cuffs, but now features a classic mid-calf length skirt or a vintage 'babydoll' shortie!
Have you ever sewn something super sweet and girly and thought to yourself "what this really needs is a cute little bow!"... but then tried to tie a simple bow out of ribbon and ended up just making a mess? I have (obviously, or why on earth would I bring it up?). The reason I'm asking the question though is because I found the answer! A while back, I stumbled upon a method for tying tiny bows that completely changed everything; now, I actually look for reasons to make pretty little bows! "What is this magical secret?", you ask... well, go get a fork and I will explain...
The world of textiles is vast and varied. Walking into a well stocked fabric store is, to me, similar to the feeling I get when I walk into a bookstore or a library. So many possibilities!
Patterns are generally designed to be used with a specific type of fabric. In most cases, there is one very basic distinction that will at least get you headed to the right section of the store... identifying whether a fabric is woven, or knit. These are the most simple categories that fabric can be divided into, and it's important to understand the differences. Once you know the basics, I'll share some tips about these two very different fabric types, and how you can sew them together in one garment.
After a busy summer, the weather has started to turn to the crispness of Autumn here in Ontario. One of my favorite things about this time of year is how the temperature drops for the evenings. This always sparks thoughts of warm beverages and cozy fabrics. While I haven't pulled out the fuzzy blankets from our linen closet yet, I've got plans (and online shopping cart ready!) to make new flannel pajamas for all of my constantly-needing-the-next-size-up children!
And because I knew this season was coming, I have been getting the update done on my woven pajama pattern, which is re-releasing today under the new name, Simcoe!
Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the digital world. When I'm not designing (or, more likely, attempting to keep up with housework or schooling my three rug rats!) you'll probably find me with my nose in a book, escaping for a few precious moments into a world of fiction or learning with single-minded focus about my latest interest. Here, I'd like to share with you some of the things that I'm currently working on and a bit about all the ways I like to keep my creative juices flowing!
Just for Fun...