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Two New BC Pattern Companies!

I was so thrilled this past week to discover two brand new sewing pattern companies from my home province of British Columbia! Thread Theory, out of Victoria, focuses exclusively on patterns for menswear. YES! Fine Motor Skills offers (genuinely) fashionable, casual separates for women.

I’m all for indie pattern companies, though I don’t sew from them exclusively. If they release something that I really like, and that I think I’ll sew soon, then I’ll definitely grab their pattern. But I also sew from Burda as well as the Big 4.

Thread Theory and Fine Motor Skills are both releasing patterns that fill major holes in my pattern collection – patterns I’ve been looking for for ages.

Thread Theory's Goldstream Peacoat
Thread Theory’s Goldstream Peacoat

I cannot tell you how happy I am about this pattern (to be released in June 2013). Ever since I started sewing three years ago, my wonderful bf has wanted me to make him a peacoat. I have hunted everywhere for a man’s peacoat pattern. Contemporary, Vintage… no luck. It’s amazing to me how ubiquitous peacoats are in men’s ready to wear, and how uncommon they are in sewing patterns. Thank you, Thread Theory!

Same thing with breezy fashion forward knit tops.

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I expect that there are a few tops kind of similar to this in back issues of Burdastyle, but I’ve had too much on my plate to hunt through their archive. I suppose you can sometimes find something similar in Big 4 ‘coordinates’ pattern collections, but not really. They’re more fitted. This looks like something I’d buy (and own) from Aritzia, and is perfect for a loose gauzy just-the-right-shade-of-turquoise knit I’ve got stashed away. I’m looking forward to giving this a quick sew – plus it’s free! woo! Thank you Thank you Fine Motor Skills!

And as a last word – the women starting these companies have both gone through fashion school, which we can’t say for all indie pattern company designers. It gives me a lot of confidence that their patterns are well drafted.


Do I like shopping more than sewing?

I’m at home, I have a half hour to kill while waiting for some pizza dough to rise, I have some seams in Gertie’s Portrait blouse to let out, and I’m not hopping onto the machine to get it done.

Is it possible that I like shopping for patterns and fabric more than I like sewing them up?

Or is this just a sewing funk?

I spend ages of time browsing online for fabrics and patterns – even if, IRL, I don’t even have the urge to buy because I have too much waiting in the stash. I’m trying to just love the ones I’m with. Yet, I find myself dragging my butt to the machine. I’m more interested in vacuuming at the moment. What’s that about?

(Maybe it’s about my pride not wanting to let seams out. The blouse is just a smidgen too tight for comfort. And maybe it’s also about me hating to re-do things).

Shout out for the awesome Portrait blouse pattern, which you can download for free here on Makezine. I’ve made one up in what I think is a silk/cotton blend, and am putting the finishing the finishing touches (er, letting the seams out) on a second version in cotton voile. Because I take ages pressing things, the whole garment, cut to finish, is taking about 5.5 hours. Faster seamstresses could get this done in a short afternoon.

As for the PDF download, the one hitch, which could be a big one depending on what computer programs you have and use, is that the PDF doesn’t come tiled. The pattern shows up and prints as one big sheet.

You could have the pattern printed on one big sheet at a copy shop, but I think it’d be large format printing (which is $$$, at least here in Vancouver). If you have Adobe Acrobat Pro or Adobe Illustrator, you can also “tile” the page for printing, which turns it into 10 or 12 sheets that you can then tape together. I can’t remember exactly how I did it in Illustrator, but it’s not very difficult to do. You just have to find an online tutorial, which you can find through googling something like ¬†“Illustrator tiled printing.”