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Closet Case Patterns Kelly Anorak

Ok, buckle up. This is the big one. The big sew of the season. A full-on 100% jacket. Or Anorak to be more specific. This one tested me in many ways and in the end, I’m not sure if I came out on top. In any case, it’s finished and I love it, flaws and all, and it’s only spurred me on to make another. Let’s dig in: This is the Closet Case Kelly Anorak…

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An affordable guide for pattern grading…?

I mentioned that I bought this book on Twitter a few days ago (yeah, I’m back on Twitter, go follow me and I’ll follow you back!). I don’t exactly remember how I stumbled upon this little booklet, maybe it was through a review of this authors pattern design books. Anyhow I was intrigued when I found the “Grading Workbook” on FashionPatterns.com. The author, Connie Amaden-Crawford has some legit pattern and sewing related books published but…

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Starting an Indie Pattern Company Pt. 3

Whoa, Part 2 of this series was a little wild, right? Lots of heavy hitting stuff on grading. Now, I think this part is more fun. We’ll be talking about the “packaging” and selling of the patterns. If you’re just joining us be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2. If you are planning on making printed patterns rather than PDFs some of this info won’t apply to you, but that’s ok, other…

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Starting an Indie Pattern Company Pt. 2

(my finished hot cocoa sweater pattern as it looks in Adobe Illustrator) Ok ladies and gents, get ready to roll up your sleeves and dig in. We’re getting deep into the seething underbelly of this pattern drafting thing. First we’re gonna get that sucker on the computer then we’re gonna draw up some charts and graphs and after that we’ll gonna slice ‘er open and check out all those crazy mathematical insides. It’s gonna get…

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Starting an Indie Pattern Company Pt 1

A few months ago I mentioned that I was going to write one big post on how I started my own, albeit tiny, pattern company from scratch. Yeah, that turned out to be a bigger idea than I thought. So I’m breaking it down and I’ll add more parts over the next few weeks. First we’ll talk basics, design process, resources, paper drafting. Later we’ll talk digitizing and sizing patterns, writing instructions, graphics, distribution and…

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