End of Week Roundup

How was your week? Ready for the weekend? Here's all the news that's fit to print from my little studio this week!

Emery Dress Sew-Along
This week we got really far on our Emery Dresses for the Sew-Along and if you're following along, right about now you should have something that resembles a real dress! Next up we'll put in our zippers, line the bodice, then do all the finishing and of course, the bow!

I hope you are all doing well with it and enjoying the process. This is my first sew-along and while it is a lot of work to do, it's also really satisfying to go through the construction steps with all of you. I have no concept if anyone is actually making the dress with me... I think some of you are! (I hope so!)

New Retailers
I am so honored that each week I am contacted by more and more shops that are interested in carrying my patterns! To see a full list of all the fine retailers that are carrying my patterns, check out my retailer page on my main site.

New to the list: Sew to Speak in Ohio, Thread in Alabama, Suppose in Idaho, Pink Chalk Fabrics, Queen Bee Fabrics, Stitch 56 in Australia, Urban Cut in Germany, and Dragonfly Fabrics and Fancy Moon both in the UK. Thank you everyone!

Thanks to those readers that offered up suggestions on their favorite sewing shops that do not currently carry my patterns. I will be sending samples off to all of these shops and more, so if you have suggestions, please speak up! I can't possibly know of all the cool shops out there, so if you have a favorite shop near you, let me know about it!

And just as a friendly reminder, not all shops listed on my retailer's page carry all my patterns, and some haven't ordered the Emery Dress yet, so if you have something in mind that you want and are going out of your way to one of my listed retailers to get my patterns, it's always a great idea to call ahead first!

Personal Sewing
I love seeing how other pattern designers do things and I also like supporting fellow indie pattern companies, so I usually have at least one pattern from all the indies out there in my stash. As there are more and more pattern companies popping up at a really quick pace, it's hard to keep up and there are some I'm behind in ordering from.

Case in point: this week I finally got patterns from New Zealand's Papercut Patterns. I ordered the Ensis Tee and the Coppélia Wrap Top and got them yesterday. All that you've heard about their amazing packaging is true. Wow! The designer in me wonders how costly those must have been to print, but the user in me loved opening the pretty packages! The Ensis Tee is so simple, that last night I serged up a wearable muslin in scrap knit that will likely be a lounge-around-the-house tee. (I might be wearing it right now!) It is drafted well and sewed up super fast. I look forward to making a buttload of these cozy tees for the winter! The wrap is up next and I think it will be a perfect layer over my Emery Dress.

I also have recently downloaded the adorable Balenciaga-inspired Malvarosa Dress from Pauline Alice. I totally dig her style and if she keeps designing cute dress patterns, I can see many of her dresses making their way into my closet. The cap/drop shoulder and hidden pockets in the front of the gathered skirt are two really nice touches on a seemingly simple design.

So, do you all know about Kollabora? I was an early adopter, but then everything changed and now I'm the latecomer to the party! A few years ago at the first Craftcation Conference I was approached by a lovely lady about being part of this new site that wasn't even up yet called Kollabora. They bought my patterns at wholesale to sell them on the site, and before they launched, I was able to set up an account.

Fast forward a bit, and that fine lady that was my contact left the company, the on-line shopping part of the site was removed, and I wasn't quite sure what was going on with it, because the model for the site as I knew it had totally changed. But, not changed for the worse at all... just changed! I didn't know they weren't selling my patterns anymore and each person I had as a contact was long gone, so I didn't know what was up!

So, I just this week actually set up my business page, linking to all my patterns and to the projects that have my patterns listed as the "supply" for the project. I have also finally set up my personal page, where I'm happy to find all my favorite bloggers and their fun creations, as well as many more that are new to me!

My page looks sad and lonely, so do you want to be my Kollabora friend? Find my pages and "follow" them! Also, if you've made something from one of my patterns and have listed it on Kollabora, please link to the pattern in the "supply" section, so when people go to the pattern they can see all the beautiful creations that were made with the pattern!

Emery Dress Class
Last up, if you're in the Los Angeles area, I had a late cancellation in my Emery Dress class starting on Sunday at Sew L.A. This class has been sold out since September, but one of my students dropped out and there is an opening. It's 4-weeks long and is ideal for an intermediate seamstress. We'll be making View A (pictured above) with the cute bow. Sign up here or call the shop to sign up on the phone!

Happy weekend and I'll see you all back here on Monday for the sew-along to put in our zippers!