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Fall Preparations – $10 Flat Rate Shipping Sale!

FallSewing-001It has been very apparent in the sewing blogosphere of late that, despite the sunny weather, ripening tomatoes, and time spent at the beach, sewers of the Northern Hemisphere are turning their minds to Fall sewing plans.  My mind has been wandering in that direction lately as well so I am currently in the midst of gathering supplies for a few upcoming projects – fun!

To help you along with your Fall sewing plans, we are holding a flash sale featuring flat rate shipping.  For today, Saturday and Sunday only, shipping will be $10 for any size parcel to anywhere in the world!

This sale is the perfect opportunity to purchase those heavy or bulky things that you have been wishing to add to your shopping cart but have avoided due to higher shipping costs.  I hope that if you are in Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia you will take advantage of the flat rate because I know shipping rates can sometimes be prohibitive.  Matt and I are often shocked to see how much higher the shipping rates are for you compared to those lucky sewists in the US!  It bemuses us, especially, that it is far more expensive to ship within our own country (Canada) than to the far reaches of the United States.

Anyways, shipping woes aside, I hope that you enjoy the chance to stock up on Fall sewing patterns, fabric and tools without the worry of shipping rates!


Now, let me show you my Fall menswear sewing plans:


Before the weather cools, I’ll be making Matt some fresh Strathcona Henley t-shirts using these Anna-Maria Horner knits.  They are very stable which I like for a men’s t-shirt and I think the florals are just abstract enough to make them wearable (and unique) for Matt.


Next, I will be sewing some fresh Jedediah Pants and Shorts out of some really beautiful twills from Stylemaker Fabrics (the green is brushed and the grey is un-brushed).  You have to feel the brushed twills in person, they are SO soft and luxurious feeling and they are an excellent weight for pants.  I think they are just thick enough to make the belt loop layers manageable on most sewing machines.  The green twill will be a pair of shorts (likely featuring an aqua and green floral binding to complement the fabric and aqua zipper…we will see what prints I can find!).  The grey pair will be a nice basic pair of pants.


After these projects are finished I anticipate the weather will begin cooling so I will sew up a pair of rugged Jutland Pants for Matt to wear while chopping wood and working in the shop.  I haven’t quite decided whether I will sew the cargo pockets or not.  We will see which style Matt prefers just before I go to cut out the fabric!  The fabric is another brushed twill from Stylemaker in my favorite rusty orange color (I usually call this colour the ‘Carhartt colour’ but I could just as accurately call it the ‘Thread Theory’ colour since this is the colour from our logo!)


This beautiful dotted chambray will be a sample for our upcoming button up shirt pattern.  I mistakenly bought this forgetting that I was halfway through making a button up shirt for myself in the olive green colorway of this fabric…woops, I guess Matt and I will run the risk of matching :P.


Lastly, once I am in the full swing of sewing menswear, I’m going to launch in to tailoring a Goldstream Peacoat out of my most prized fabric possession – jet black wool from the Pendleton Woollen Mill store!  This fabric was gifted to me by the store when they began stocking our patterns – it was a surprise thank you gift when I sewed for them a sample of our Goldstream Peacoat.  So nice of them!  While my first version of the Peacoat headed straight to their store for display, I have had plans ever since to recreate it for Matt to wear!  I plan to follow our Tailored Peacoat Series for this project and Matt is very excited about the results!  Hopefully this coat will be ready for the frosts and potential snow in November or December.

So, what menswear projects do you have lined up for the Fall?  I hope you are able to take advantage of the Flat Rate Shipping Sale!  Happy daydreaming…


Here is what I’ve been busy with!

line inspiration (blog)

My year at fashion design school is quickly coming to an end – our runway show will take place on June 22nd!  It has been a whirl-wind of a school year.  With only three weeks left my classmates and I are all rushing to complete our runway lines.

My line will include six looks for women and one menswear look (which includes the Newcastle Cardigan and the Jedediah Pants!).  The inspiration is British 1940s wartime sensibilities of “Make Do and Mend” and non-disposable fashion paired with natural fibers and the earthy tones of the B.C. coastline.

I’ve named each garment after a different city or town near the area of England that my family comes from.  I love L.S. Lowry’s paintings of Manchester and have used his common colourway for my line – it is interesting that when the colours have been removed from the context of his grubby cityscapes they perfectly echo the tones one would expect to see on a west coast beach – periwinkle blue, chestnut brown, camel tones, and clay colours.

(c) Ms Carol Ann Lowry/DACS; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

colourway correct

I’ve currently finished several of the outfits but still feel like there is so much to do!  Here is the result of a practice photoshoot taken on a fitting evening with my models (my sister and her field-hockey team mates – aren’t they beautiful?):


As you can see, from the picture above, the fitting night was lots of fun!  We were told to try to find professional models for our show (I will be using three amazing professionals who are volunteering their time) but I am really glad that I have also included my sister and her friends because, not only are they stunning, they are lots of fun!  The ‘fitting session’ consisted of mojitos, snacks, the goofiest photo shoot ever, and lots of hilarious walks down an imaginary runway.  Much more fun than your standard fitting session!

Here are the technical drawings of my designs – some shown in various stages of completion in the photos and some yet to be made:

finished outfits flats (blog)

Salford: An easy-fitting shirt-dress with contrast shoulder details, flattering princess seams, slim fitting 3/4 length sleeves with a knit sleeve band for comfort, and a flirty flared skirt.
Bolton Shirt and Manchester Pants: A comfortable and elegant pant outfit featuring a linen knit button up with shoulder details and feminine gathering along with high-waisted tencel pants that display the ankle and emphasize the waist.

blog flats castletown blackpool

Castletown: A draped silk cocktail dress with vintage details such as a keyhole back opening with a row of covered buttons, fluttering kimono sleeves, and sprinkled glass and brass beading.
Blackpool, Eccles and Manchester: A relaxed blazer and pant outfit featuring a soft blazer with curved style lines and elegant wool and leather shoulder and back details. Accompanied by a gauzy tank top and a variation on the high-waisted Manchester pants sewn up in hard-wearing bamboo with ankle zippers.

blog flats chester eccles

Chester: Not yet photographed – a camel coloured wool coat with leather shoulder details, pleated and gathered front and feathered embroidery along the main pleat. Features interchangeable wool and vintage fur collars for versatility.
Eccles Tank and Appley Skirt: Not yet photographed. A simple knit tank with nettle and bamboo neckline paired with a glamorous asymmettrical peblum skirt sewn in periwinkle raw silk. Boned waist and flared peblum features the waistline.


This outfit looked really pretty on the model with the shirt untucked for the photoshoot but I think I will be tucking it in for the fashion show to display the waistband on the pants.



Doesn’t this model’s gorgeous dark curls look stunning against the pale pink silk?  I had always drawn and imagined the dress on a blond model (the model who will be wearing this on the runway has blond curls) but I do love how it shows off her pretty dark hair!Edited-24Edited-21

This blazer has already been featured on a previous blog post and I am really glad I had it finished so early in the year so I don’t have to worry about such a complicated pattern at this point in the sewing process.  I have yet to hem the shirt (made out of cheesecloth!!) or to make the pants for this outfit…that is next week’s challenge!


Thank you to everyone who replied last week with suggestions and comments about PDF patterns!  We have sent out the single sheet version to those of you who have already purchased the pattern and preferred to have it printed on a plotter and we are currently working on making this version available along with the multi-page format on our website.  For anyone who purchases the pattern in the meantime and would prefer the single page format, just send us an email at and we will send you the single page file directly!