St. Patty's Day Flash Sale!

Surprise! What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with a 20% off everything sale?! I'm sure some will be celebrating in other ways, but in our world, this seems like a pretty great time.

It's a short, sweet one this time. Just three days, Friday, March 17- Sunday, March 19th. Everything that is regular price will be 20% off. Our online store will be on sale too! We have some fantastic new beauties in. You won't want to miss this great opportunity to get a jump on your spring wardrobe supplies. See you soon! 

Baby Pants

by Cameron

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I'm so happy to have a bumper crop of babies in my life right now, but I am struggling to keep up with the gift giving. As much as I'd like to give each new baby a beautiful handmade quilt to welcome them into the world, I'd have to give up sleeping and socializing to make that happen. Wiksten's two baby pant patterns are the solution! The Harem Pants and the Bloomers and Pants are so sweet and, according to first hand reports, exceedingly useful in dressing little ones. They come in sizes for infants through 3 years old, and sew up before you can say, "Congratulations!". I was able to finish a small stack of pants in just a few hours.

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Flannels make a cozy and dapper pair for a winter babe. Of course, you could go luxe as the patterns suggest and make them up in Liberty. It's the perfect pattern for a little splurge because you need so little make a pair.

I made the Harem Pants in the 3-6 month size in our store favorite hemp/organic cotton ticking, a Carolyn Friedlander lawn, and a crisp Japanese shirting. 

Harem Pants in hemp/organic cotton ticking

Harem Pants in hemp/organic cotton ticking

Harem Pants in Carolyn Friedlander cotton lawn

Harem Pants in Carolyn Friedlander cotton lawn

Harem Pants in Japanese shirting

Harem Pants in Japanese shirting

The Bloomer Pants are made in one of my very favorite Nani Iro double gauzes. I didn't make the elastic at the ankle tight enough - baby ankles are impossibly tiny! Next time I'll trust Jenny Gordy's excellent instructions.

Baby Pants in Nani Iro double gauze

Baby Pants in Nani Iro double gauze

Come by and we'll get you all set up with your own baby pant making factory!

Linen Shift Dress

by Cameron

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We just got back from our lovely staff retreat in Hood River (more to come on that soon!), and we have lots of new samples to show off. Inspired by the faith displayed by our brave customers who believe spring will come again and are sewing clothes for warmer days, I decided to make a little linen dress. The Shift Dress from Indygo Junction's new line of patterns, Indygo Essentials, fit the bill.

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I was drawn to the subtle cocoon shape and thoughtful details like a split hem, folded cuffs, and cut away pockets - comfortable and easy to wear but interesting enough that you'll feel like you made an effort to dress well even when you can't be bothered.  Like other Indygo Junction patterns I've sewn up, the construction was not what I expected. I got hung up on the pockets, but with a little patience and a coffee break I got it figured out. While I wouldn't suggest this pattern for a first time sewist, a more experienced dressmaker could easily make adjustments to the construction to suit their preferences.

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I used a beautiful navy and white cross weave linen. Although it was a little shifty, like all good linens, I found that when I took it slow and pinned generously it wasn't too challenging. If you're a linen lover like I am, I think you'll agree the finished result is well worth the extra effort!