Introducing Republique du Chiffon Patterns!

by Cameron

We're so happy to now be carrying Republique du Chiffon patterns in the store and online! We love their chic, French designs. Their clothes include just the right amount of fringe and flounce to make wearing and sewing fun but not ridiculous.

Danielle Dungarees

Danielle Dungarees

These are wing-stretching patterns - maybe not a good choice for your very first garment, but a great way to grow your skills. Right now, we're only stocking patterns with English instructions, so don't worry about needing to pull out your high school French textbook before getting started.

Dominique Jumpsuit

Dominique Jumpsuit

The slightly more daring dressers out there will be excited to know that Republique du Chiffon has not one but two jumpsuit patterns and a playsuit pattern! As well as lots of other clever and interesting options for people who are jumpsuit shy.

In a little bit of cosmic kismet, we've just gotten in an order of beautiful cotton lawns and rayons from a French fabric company that would pair so well with our new patterns. I'd love to see the Eve Dress made up in cosmic blue dots or this vintage-y rayon.

This is just a small sampling of the Republique du Chiffon patterns we have in stock. Check out the online store or pop in to see what else we've got!

Jolaine Shirt

Jolaine Shirt

We heard about Republique du Chiffon through a customer. Are there other pattern lines you'd like us to carry? We're always happy to hear about new companies doing interesting things.

Introducing Closet Case Patterns

by Cameron

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You may have seen in one of our recent Just In posts that we're now stocking Closet Case Patterns. We think their classic, thoughtful designs of true wardrobe basics are a great addition to our pattern selection. These are the patterns to add to your library if you want to work towards making the bulk of your wardrobe.

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Heather's - Closet Case Files owner and designer - instructions are clear, detailed, and encouraging. I appreciate her just-do-it attitude and her gentle but firm tone. I'm really looking forward to tackling my first pair of jeans with her help.

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Right now, we have the Nettie Bodysuit and Dress, the Carolyn Pajamas (perfect for lounging on these hot summer days we've been getting a sampling of lately), the Morgan Boyfriend Jeans, and Ginger Skinny Jeans. We can't wait to see what you make with these new patterns!

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coats, coats, coats

By Cameron

It's starting to rain, it's cold and misty in the morning, and the leaves are definitely turning - it's coat weather! In the past few years, indie pattern companies have been upping their outer wear game and we have a lot beautiful patterns and fabrics for your coat making needs. I pulled together some of my favorites here.

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The Landgate jacket, by Merchant & Mills, is perfect for Portland. It's small enough to keep in your bag, the hood will keep the rain away, and it's got a practical, vintage look that I really like. This rust colored upholstery weight fabric would be durable and would take to an Otter Wax treatment beautifully.

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I also love the sophisticated Strand Coat. It's clean and timeless. It would be beautiful in a the espresso colored wool we have in the store, but I would make it up in this indigo-with-a-hint-of-eggplant heavy weight organic cotton. The color is beautiful and elusive in front of a camera. It's a beautiful hand-spun, hand-woven fabric that just has to be seen and felt.

 

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A classic toggle coat like the Cascade Duffle, by Grainline, could be a go-to coat October through March. This tweedy wool blend would be a great l ighter weight jacket. If you want something heavier, I think the cropped jacket in our red wool/nylon blend would be a toasty knock out.

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The Seymour jacket by Sewaholic, is the perfect hiking jacket - it'll keep the rain away while you're tromping through the Gorge or Forest Park, but you won't get too hot like you would with a full-sleeved rain coat. I think it would be really fun in one a light-weight printed canvas. I would like to it made up in this organic canvas print from Anna Graham of Noodlehead.

Do you have any outerwear on your sewing list this fall?