Tag Archives: patterns

added to resources page

supporting indie pattern month!

Angela Osborn Patterns
Cake Patterns
Center for Pattern Design
Christine Haynes
Deer and Doe
Dixie DIY 
DIY Couture 
Fashion in Harmony 
Grainline Studio
Hot Patterns
In-House Patterns
Jamie Christina
Lolita Patterns
Make It Perfect
Merchant & Mills
Paco Peralta 
Pattern Runway
Ralph Pink Patterns
Salma Sewing Patterns
Seamingly Smitten
Marie Denmark
Sew Chic
Sis Boom 


  • U.S. site of Schmetz (German) –  needles for more purposes than you’d imagine possible, including sergers/interlockers; extremely informative & helpful!


  • Wade through Gutermann site’s options for your language & use   fyi ~ they make a 100% poly recycled thread w/no flying fibres or thick/thin spots
  • Coats & Clark:  Rather difficult to locate details, then they concentrate on which thread weight to use for which fibre; nothing about flying fibres & thick/thin spots

learning to speak burda

Finally got blackout curtains up, in my attempt to combat the high heat & humidity pouring thru woefully inadequate single-glazed windows far too early in the season.  That’s a subject for another post… blackout fabric, that is.

Finally time for Burda!  Over lunch – one needs sustenance when tackling A Major Project.  It was that time anyway. A reread of the vitals confirmed my pattern pieces would be in green, so a salad would coordinate nicely. Might keep me on track instead of wandering into the kitchen to look for a snack instead of sticking to it. (It worked.)

Would you believe it took me several days to figure out what to outline with?  I don’t have soft-leaded pencils, except for smeary charcoal, and didn’t want to use highlighters because they bleed straight through the paper.  I know because I tested.   And just in case I actually succeed and want to use more of the patterns, I didn’t want to muck up the other side, with all those other pieces I might want someday!

Then I remembered I’d had coloured pencils, which I might not have tossed before moving, and went in search… sure enough. Even had green.

Did you do those follow-the-dot drawings when you were little?  I did, and loved ‘em.  Burda’s the same thing, but for grown-ups.  Once I stopped trying to do itty-bitty sections at a time, leaning on a book, and cleared my sewing table for a firm surface, things went quickly.  Must say Mel’s post & video was great prep… and I’m dying to get to a hardware store so I can buy some huge nuts just like she uses for pattern weights.

I am still very much a beginner, so I took the time and did  some extra steps not included in Mel’s super-duper lickety-split video. Example: Decided to outline all the sizes, as I always have to do some adjusting, and it’s easier to see the pieces.

Thus endeth today’s report.

weekly photo challenge: the sign says


or deciphering delightful design mag, burda

In late April a bunch of lovely New Zealanders got together and declared a May Burda Sewalong, and they posted several helpful articles so we, too, can learn to speak ‘burdamagpatterns.’

I’d just bought my first Burda magazine, after hunting for several years, so the timing seemed perfect.  Ah! Then life crept in with a dose of reality.

But! I’ve been given a reprieve – they’ve kindly extended everyone’s deadline until end of next week – and I am extremely grateful!

So, if you’d also like to take part, or just wanna file away for future use – here are more details…

Kat of Modern Vintage Cupcakes
Mel of The Curious Kiwi
Pinterest page
tracing a burda
reading the “instructions”

attempting the blouse, #106, p. 28
attempting the blouse, #106, p. 28
Apr 2013 issue
Apr 2013 issue

the wordpress page

major apologies – how could I forget her – agh!


Delightful, creative Tilly, from The Great British Sewing Bee, has several patterns ready for downloading on her site.   She does lots of how-to’s, so beginning sewers can feel right at home. Plus, she encourages and shows photos of how sewers have added their own design twists to her patterns. Sew if you don’t like her neckline, change it.  Don’t like a sleeve? Change it! That’s the beauty of creating: You Are Allowed To Change Anything To Suit Yourself!

You’ve got written permission now, so hop on over, Possums!

reference additions

Eek! Realized I’d forgotten to add designers from another source.  Discovered some of them do not sell to the public from their own site; they only sell their patterns from retailers.  So I’m not including them in my list.

However… will include the small number of online retailers who feature indie designers.

As always, hope you enjoy!

Brensan Studios 
Christine Jonson Patterns
Cutting Line Designs/Louise Cutting
Dana Marie Design Co. 
Elements/Linda Kubik
Go Patterns 
La Fred Patterns by Fred Bloebaum
Lingerie Secrets/Jan Bones
Loes Hinse Designs 
Material Things by Cecelia Podolak
Park Bench Patterns
Petite Plus Patterns
Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection
Textile Studio Patterns

TILLY AND THE BUTTONS (Tilly’s from The Great British Sewing Bee)

Pattern Review – registered users group somewhat similar to Ravelry
The Sewing Place – large number of independent designers including many who don’t have their own web site, or don’t sell directly to the public (see patterns by designer option)

new references page

Seemed appropriate to add a page of references, and have started with a list of independent designers around the globe, plus pattern companies.  Decided to stick with clothing patterns, as there are a bazillion other designers working in the fibre arts – knitting, crochet, embroidery, weaving, and more.  But my chief interest is in sewing, sew I’m being selfish & sticking with that area.  🙂

Hope you enjoy, and if you have answers for either of me 2 requests below, do send along – thanks, Dear Readers!

  • If you’ve got suggestions for another list of references, please let me know!
  • And puh-lease let me know of clothing designers I can add to the list!