Today I have some Thread Theory pattern company news and a finished project to show off. This week, despite life being pretty busy, I was able to prepare the spec sheets and send off the Jedediah Trousers and the Strathcona Henley to Suncoast Custom to have the patterns made up! I can’t wait to get back the patterns and see how my designs look as real garments! I’m especially excited for the Jedediah Trousers which I designed to be very a flattering and comfortable fit.
Spring is officially here and suddenly June and the pattern store launch date seems to be approaching at an alarming pace. We’ll see what we can do – things will feel like they are progressing more smoothly once the Newcastle Cardigan has been sent to the main test sewers. This has been delayed slightly due to our decision to split the test sewing into two phases – the first group which is currently sewing up the pattern is comprised of local people (namely my grandma and my mom!) and the second group will be volunteers from around the world – one is as far away as Australia! That way we will have two opportunities to hear and respond to suggestions/critiques.
At school my classmates and I have been gearing up to start the production our end of the year runway lines. I have completed a blazer as part of one of my outfits so I thought it would be fun to bring back some of my sewing for women to the blog since I am proud of how this project turned out!
I designed, made the pattern and sewed up this garment. It was drafted to fit a size six so it is a bit ill-fitting on me – especially in the chest area – but will hopefully look nice on the model as it does on our school mannequins.
My end of year line is called “Rationed Fashion” and is inspired by 1940s British wartime sensibilities paired with modern Pacific Northwest aesthetics. The result of this inspiration is garments with strong shoulders, nipped in waists, sturdy fabrics, a casual feel and classic lines that will stand the test of time to be recycled into new outfits each season.
In other sewing news, I have just this last week started working in the studio of an admirably energetic interior designer, Heather Draper, who is the owner of The Heather Company, a home decor company that currently sells beautiful soft furnishings online and will be opening their first brick and mortar store in June in Alberta. It’s been very inspiring working with such beautiful fabrics! They look wonderful turned into pillows and duvets…but man, a few of them would make the most spectacular dresses!