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Bonnell Dress Tester Round-up

I’m so glad that after months of hard work the new Bonnell Dress is finally out. I hope you all love it as much as I do. But I couldn’t have done it without help from my very wonderful pattern testers. Testers are so important. They not only catch small errors that I seem to be blind to, they show how a design will look on many body types, they help me figure out what…

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The Bonnell Dress is Here! Plus, How to Print your PDF Pattern

The day has finally arrived! The Bonnell Dress is now available for purchase. Thanks again to everyone who helped with testing, editing, proof reading and support. Couldn’t have done it with out you! This pattern has instructions, pattern pages, plus a copy shop version all in one PDF file. *********************************** Since many of you probably want to get started on the pattern right away I’m going to take a moment to go through how to…

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Coming Soon: The Bonnell Dress

  It’s almost here! Next Tuesday (Texas time), May 19th, 2015 I’m releasing my newest pattern – the Bonnell Dress. You might have already seen it but here’s the deets: sleeveless dress has bodice darts, jewel neckline in front and V-neck in back, waistband, gathered skirt with side seam pockets, triangle cutouts at bodice side seams, and a center back invisible zip. The PDF download is 24 pages. Measurements are in imperial and metric and…

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Official Call for Testers

I know I’ve been a bit MIA these last few weeks but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy sewing. Last week I sewed a shirt that seemed like it never wanted to be made. I struggled with the pattern, with the instructions and when I was finished I struggled with taking clear pictures of it because the fabric was black. Quite disappointing. I really needed a quick win after spending so much of the past…

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Cut-out Dress Version 3.0

I’ve been busy busy busy working on all kinds of sewing but it’s been so cold and rainy lately that I’ve not yet been able to take pics of anything until now. This is my third iteration of this dress and I’m quite excited to share it with you! The Pattern: Self-drafted. I only made minor adjustments since my second version but nothing that is noticeable. The Fabric: A brilliant silk/cotton blend with a paneled border print…

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Dotted Mini Skirt

This is the product of my first test print of my soon to be published (and by “soon” I mean in the amount of time it takes George R.R. Martin to publish his next book) skirt pattern. The first test print is exactly what it sounds like. I digitized my pattern, graded it and re-printed it out to compare it to the original pieces. This is the first – but certainly not last – step…

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Gold Denim mini skirt

This is s skirt I’ve been working on and surprisingly enough has been probably my most successful draft of any pattern I’ve made. I had a basic straight skirt block and turned it into this, no fitting adjustments needed. Winning! I drew a sketch of this design, like, five or six years ago, crazy! Early pattern drafting days. I had completely forgot about it until I was cleaning up and I found my little sketch….

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In the meantime…

Hmm, the blog has been a little slow lately, not because I haven’t been sewing. In reality I’ve been sewing quite a bit, some modern and some historical although none of it has been in front of a camera yet. Another thing I’ve been working on… (Peanut is not impressed) Ah, yes, pattern design. That thing I was doing and then kind of took a break from. Seems I got the inspiration for it again….

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