Perfect Pattern Parcel #6: La-La-La-Ladies, and the Zsálya pattern


You have probably heard of Perfect Pattern Parcel? It is the brilliant online pattern popup shop that simultaneously supports children’s education and independent pattern designers. For two weeks at a time, a carefully put-together parcel of sewing patterns goes on sale, each with a specific theme and available for only two weeks. You pay as much as you like for your parcel, and if you choose to pay above a certain threshold, you unlock a bonus sewing pattern.

The beautiful thing about your purchase is that the proceeds from each sale go to support Donors Choose, an organization that matches up the needs of teachers and their students for specific projects with willing donors. The funds raised from each Pattern Parcel sale will go to help K-12 students in minimizing educational inequality and encourage a community where children have the tools and experiences necessary for an excellent education. From pencils for poetry to microscopes for mitochondria, your support will help address educational inequality and grow generations to come. To date, Perfect Pattern Parcels have raised over $13,000!

Perfect Pattern Parcel #6 just went on sale and I’m thrilled that the Zsálya blouse & dress pattern is a part of it!

Zsálya blouse and dress pattern


Pattern Parcel #6 also includes designs by Jennifer Lauren, True Bias, Mouse House Creations, Selvage Designs, and a bonus dress pattern from Bluegingerdoll. Patterns to mix, match, and make for yourself. It’s a collection that ranges from comfortable to elegant – there’s something in there to suit most every occasion.

About the pricing: choose any price you want to pay. For a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #6 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That’s just a bit over $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll: vintage inspired silhouette has two flattering necklines and a gorgeous skirt. The Odette Dress pattern goes from a size 4 through a 24.




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Giselle pattern sleeve hacks: a tutorial

The Giselle dress pattern is coming up soon for Frocktober at The Monthly Stitch. In honor of the occasion, I want to show you how to make it with short sleeves. This is a longish tutorial, with lots of information and diagrams – though it’s in three parts so I hope you won’t feel overwhelmed!

First, I’m going to show you how to make the two short-sleeve variations from my previous post. The first one will be the scallop-ribbon-trimmed sleeve on my black silk-hemp LBD:



Here’s a closer look at the sleeve on its own:




In another post, I will also show you a couple of ways to attach the trim to the sleeves, neckline, and hem. (Same as the blue chambray dress with 3/4 length sleeves.) But for today, we’ll focus on drafting the sleeves.

In the second part of this tutorial I will show you how to add a bit of elegance and a more classic gathered-sleeve look to the shortened sleeve of the Giselle.

Third, we’ll draft the late-1930s-style puffed sleeve with no gathers at the sleeve hem, like you’ve seen on the black floral print rayon challis Giselle, and the blue Anna Maria Horner print voile one:




When I was first working on this pattern I had intended this sleeve style to be a part of the package, but then I couldn’t get it to look right in initial testing so I abandoned it. See that shadow at the front of the arm? It’s also slightly twisted at the top of the sleeve cap, but that’s not so visible in these photos:




Still, as sleeve styles go it’s a nice one, and I love the 1939 vibe it lends to the Giselle dress, especially if you make it with a narrower skirt. Continue Reading →

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Frocktober is here! Will you make a new frock (or three)?

‘Tis October 1 and Frocktober has begun at the Monthly Stitch! Frocktober is month-long celebration of dresses, those lovely garments that can exude femininity with such ease – and be as easy or complicated to make as you like. This time around, the lovely ladies at the Monthly Stitch have selected the Giselle dress pattern as one of the featured dresses.

To start things off, I thought I’d show you a couple of ways I’ve worn my own Giselles.

Here’s one in a blue chambray I really love, with the fitted midriff and tiered skirt, and scallop trim used in Eastern European folkwear around the neckline, at the edge of the sleeves, and the bottom of the skirt:


Fall’s coming so I’ll be breaking out this version again – I usually wear it belted, with boots. It doesn’t need to be belted, I just like how very ’70s it looks with this vintage belt. When I belt my Giselles I kind of just loosely drape the waist ties out of the way. Continue Reading →

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Selfish Sewing Week Fall 2014, and more about the Zsálya pattern

After all the very businesslike (and sparse) posts on this here blog, we’re back to sewing, and folklore!

The Zsálya is one of the patterns featured during Selfish Sewing Week (and isn’t it high time we all all took a deep breath and made something that pleases just ourselves?). So let me tell you a little bit more about this pattern!

I really love to learn about folklore from different places. There’s something so meaningful in the way folkwear remains connected to the past, even while each generation changes the way it’s interpreted – using the materials of their own time, and subtly referring to the fashions of their own generation.

One silhouette I admire is Korean traditional wear or Hanbok, as worn by women:


Hanboks at the Metmuseum


(All from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute – from left to right: ensemble from 1975, wedding ensemble from between 1875-1938, ensemble from 1912.) Continue Reading →

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Selfish Sewing for Fall 2014

Are you ready to pamper yourself a bit? Do some sewing just for you? In short, are you ready for Selfish Sewing Week?

Imagine Gnats and Kollabora are back with another week of self-indulgent garment-making just for you! It’s two weeks away:




Imagine Gnats has a handy free printable planner all ready for you to download, counting down to SSW from today. Last May Selfish Sewing Week featured the Róza pattern – I loved Milkybeer Handmade’s version, didn’t you?

This Fall’s SSW will have a little something to do with the Zsálya pattern. Have you seen this beautiful summery Zsálya that Stephanie made?

zsalya top by stephanie

During Selfish Sewing Week you’ll have a chance to win a copy of the Zsálya pattern but I’m throwing in something else in case you can’t wait – or don’t win: grab the Zsálya on Etsy for 20% off through the end of September. Oh, and why don’t you go heart Selfish Sewing Week on Kollabora too!

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