Pleated Patch Pocket Tutorial on Dixie DIY

Sewing Indie Month continues and Sewn Square One had the fun assignment of creating a tutorial with PDF pattern for Dixie DIY! I love the tutorials that Dixie does for her blog (and the one she recently did on SewCaroline’s blog: here) and was excited to have the opportunity to contribute! I hope that you enjoy this tutorial as much I as enjoyed putting it together (and creating a great skirt to wear this spring!) Find the Pleated Patch Pocket Tutorial here!

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Interview with Yuki of Waffle Patterns!

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I am so happy that as part of Sewing Indie Month I was able to do an interview with Yuki, the creator of Waffle Patterns. Yuki has a gift for creating beautiful content (she created the Sewing Indie Month button graphics you are seeing all over!) and apparel designs. I love her commitment to personalized design and one of a kind garments. Make sure to check out the Waffle Patterns blog to see her designs, along with tutorials and sewing projects. She generously offers many free patterns as well!

 

On to the interview, where we talk about moving to different cities, favorite patterns, and sweet treats!

Q: What inspired you to start Waffle Patterns?

A: I just wanted to share with everyone the great feeling of how happy I was when I finished my 1st jacket! I’m not really confident talking with people unfortunately, but I found the things I have made or designed communicate very well without speaking. Since I found this out, to support self-expression through the art and craft is my passion.

I worked on mass production design for a long time. It was great but I want to feel I’m special with my original garment–we are so happy to get the only one.

Q: You have a background in graphic and product design (and it shows—your website is beautiful!). How does this translate to your work with pattern creation?

A: Design is a kind of technique for making a message by shapes and colours without words. All shapes, lines or colours are chosen with reason and tell us their story. So, for example, when I design a dress pattern I’m considering what is the dress’s message is or what I want to express via the dress, same as the designing a product logotype.

I also like Japanese traditional designs, and it is a big inspiration for me. They are very simple, functional yet not boring, and there is remaining room for everyone to make some personal touch (imagine Origami, Ikebana or Japanese table settings). I’m trying to make my patterns also like that.

Q: Are you a self-taught pattern drafter?

A: Basically yes. My mother was a professional and taught me a lot about sewing.

Q: What inspires you when creating a new pattern?  Do you have a specific design process or does it come organically?

 A: My design process is so boring like “Design 101” in text!

Information Gathering  >>  Concept Board and Key Word  >> Basic Design Idea >> Application Design >> Test Production >>> Back to the 1st step.

I repeat and repeat, trial and error many times in this circle, keep asking myself “is this shape beautiful?” That is super basic, but it’s actually works, and I love every step!

Q: What Waffle pattern would you suggest for a new sewer just starting out?

A: How about gather tunic blouse? There are no difficult points like cuffs and a good PJ to learn basic technique.

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(Tunic Blouse pattern here)

Also, if you like hats, enjoy a free news boy hat pattern on my blog. It is easy to sew!

Q: You mentioned that you moved from Japan to Amsterdam. That must have been quite a change! In your opinion how does the creative/craft scene differ between these places?

A: I feel Japan is “new trend” oriented, Europe is more identity orientated.

In Tokyo, everything is changing quickly and newness or younger things lead the economy. I feel in Europe people trust a more stable identity and their own style, and get more of an investment.

Q: If you have a moment of free time what do you love to do outside of designing and making patterns?

A: I’m a sweet freak, love to go on a trip and have some local sweets!!

Q: How would you describe your personal style? What is your favorite garment that you have made?

A: I like simple and functional style like mod 60s. It is also suitable for my personal body type; short and boyish. I cannot choose only one fave, but if I do from my patterns, it would be zipper blouson. I’m wearing literally every day!

 

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(Zipper Blouson pattern here)

Q: What does the future hold for Waffle Patterns?

A: There are many items on my to-do list, currently I’m working on a coat for winter.

Thank you Yuki for taking the time to chat with me!

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Check out everything Waffle Patterns here:

Find freebees and more @ Shop blog –>
http://wafflepatterns.tumblr.comPattern shop Etsy–>
etsy.com/shop/WafflePatterns

 

Sewn Square One Interviewed by SewCaroline

Sewing Indie Month

As part of Sewing Indie Month I was interviewed by SewCaroline! I love reading Caroline’s blog–it’s beautiful and her “handmade fashion” and “diy project” categories provide great sewing inspiration–so it was an incredible honor to be introduced to her amazing readers. Thank you Caroline!

Read SewCaroline’s post here

It also gave me the perfect chance to debut some of the new sample pictures taken over Spring Break a few weeks ago (many more to come):

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(this is a close-up of the patch pocket on the Paper Bag Pant)

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(Skirt Smarts View 3 for Spring!)

Photographs by Melody at Storytelling Photography

Sewing Indie Month

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It’s happening! Mari of Seamster Patterns contacted me a few months ago regarding a rad idea: Getting indie pattern designers together for a month of tutorials, interviews, sewalongs, contests, and giveaways! I immediately accepted the invitation to participate, no-brainer! There are 21 participants so every weekday during the month of May there is going to be new stuff happening!

There is a lot of information here so let’s dive right in! The participants are listed below. Here is a link to a calendar, outlining who is doing what (or just stay tuned–I’ll let you know!) I was fortunate enough to be teamed up with Dixie DIY, Waffle Patterns, Lolita Patterns, and Sew Caroline!

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Regarding Sewalongs, Contests, and Prizes

There are 4 sewalong categories hosted by separate bloggers–all with amazing prizes!

Below are the categories and contest rules:

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Here are the prizes for each individual sewalong contest. I’m already jealous!

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Hosted by Sown Brooklyn:

The winner of an Indie Love Affair category will win these great prizes:

1 year subscription to Sew News Magazine

1 year subscription to Sew News Magazine

2013 Threads Archive DVD from Threads Magazine

2013 Threads Archive DVD from Threads Magazine

1 class of your choice from Pattern Review

1 class of your choice from Pattern Review

Sassy Librarian Blouse Craftsy class by Sewing Indie Month designer Christine Haynes

Sassy Librarian Blouse Craftsy class by Sewing Indie Month designer Christine Haynes

Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Stepalica Patterns; PDF Nettie Dress & Bodysuit by Closet Case Files; PDF Twisty Top Pattern by Soma Patterns; paper pattern of your choice from Tilly and the Buttons

Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Stepalica Patterns; PDF Nettie Dress & Bodysuit by Closet Case Files; PDF Twisty Top Pattern by Soma Patterns; paper pattern of your choice from Tilly and the Buttons


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Hosted by: Lilacs & Lace

The winner of the Dressed to the Nines sewalong category will win the following fabulous prizes:

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1 year subscription to Sew News Magazine

1 year subscription to Threads Magazine

1 year subscription to Threads Magazine

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$25 gift certificate from The Smuggler’s Daughter

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Sewing Vintage: The Flirty Day Dress Craftsy class by Sewing Indie Month designer Sew Chic

Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Lolita, Pauline Alice; paper pattern of your choice from By Hand London, Christine Haynes

Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Lolita, Pauline Alice; paper pattern of your choice from By Hand London, Christine Haynes


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Hosted by: Cashmerette

The winner of the Everyday Casual sewalong category will win these cool prizes:

1 year subscription to Sew News Magazine

1 year subscription to Sew News Magazine

Sew Smarter, Better and Faster book from Threads Magazine

Sew Smarter, Better and Faster book from Threads Magazine

$30 gift certificate from Girl Charlee

$30 gift certificate from Girl Charlee

$25 gift certificate from The Smuggler's Daughter

$25 gift certificate from The Smuggler’s Daughter

Comox Trunks Supplies Kit from Sewing Indie Month designer Thread Theory

Comox Trunks Supplies Kit from Sewing Indie Month designer Thread Theory

Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Maria Denmark, Sew Caroline; PDF Duathlon Shorts by Fehr Trade; paper pattern of your choice from Sewn Square One

Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Maria Denmark, Sew Caroline; PDF Duathlon Shorts by Fehr Trade; paper pattern of your choice from Sewn Square One


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Hosted by: Rhonda’s Creative Life

The winner of the Pattern Hacking sewalong category will receive the following prizes to help them on their next creative journey:

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1 year subscription to Sew News Magazine

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1 class of your choice from Craftsy

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£20 gift certificate to Minerva Crafts

Kate and Rose Embroidery Pattern Pack

Hot Iron Transfer Embroidery Pack from Sewing Indie Month designer Kate & Rose

Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Seamster Sewing Patterns, Sinbad & Sailor; PDF Movie in the Park Shorts by Dixie DIY; PDF or a paper pattern from Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick

Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Seamster Sewing Patterns, Sinbad & Sailor; PDF Movie in the Park Shorts by Dixie DIY; PDF or a paper pattern from Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick


Bonus Winner!

A Bonus Winner randomly drawn from all the sewalong participants will win the following prizes:

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1 year subscription to Sew News Magazine

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$75 gift certificate from Britex Fabrics

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1 year Friends of PR membership from Pattern Review

Love at First Stitch signed book by Sewing Indie Month designer Tilly and the Buttons

Love at First Stitch signed book by Sewing Indie Month designer Tilly and the Buttons

To check out all of participants blogs, links are as follows:

Phew. What an event! Until tomorrow!

Timeless Fabrics

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We have our first account in the UK! Claire from Timeless Fabrics (brick-and-mortar on the south coast of the UK and an online store) contacted us after seeing a picture of a Go Anywhere Dress someone had made on Instagram–crazy! Our patterns arrived at Timeless Fabrics last week and are already listed online. There are so many great indie patterns represented in the store, we are in good company for sure. I can’t wait to check in and see how the patterns are doing! Also love the info and tips on their blog.

Gauze Maxi Dress

Spring was here for 2 days in the Pacific Northwest–and sewing when it’s sunny goes from excruciating to really enjoyable depending on if I’m in an outdoor mood or a homebody mood. Homebody generally out weighs the outdoors but balance seems to be the key to sanity. I am currently preoccupied with making a maxi dress in white gauze using a pattern by the company “Named” called the Kielo Wrap Dress–hopefully posting a picture of it tomorrow–but making a mood board always seems to take unnecessary priority. A little SPRING/SUMMER! inspiration!

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maxi dressed via Anthropologie, painting by Rothko, Marni lounge chair