Big news – Named patterns are soon available as good old printed patterns! We have recently received our first batch of printed pattern packages, and they are waiting to be added to our shop during this month. The patterns can already be bought from a couple of retailers in Finland and France; you can check them out at the ‘Retailers’ section of our web site.
Why paper patterns? Not everyone is a fan of printing, cutting and taping the pattern sheets together – the printed pattern package is a good option, as the package comes with a complete pattern sheet. Paper patterns are also easier to store and re-use, and may I just say that thanks to our lovely packaging designer Sini, the package itself is really a piece of eye candy!
These printed patterns include all the same features than the virtual PDF-patterns; a pattern sheet with sizes 32-46, and a separate instructions booklet with illustrated sewing instructions, material chart, finished measurements, and so on. Pattern layout is overlapping, and the patterns will be traced to a separate pattern paper before cutting (pattern paper is not included in the package). The only major difference is that the pattern pieces don’t have seam allowances, but there are instructions for adding them. Right now we offer only the SS14 styles as printed patterns.
The virtual PDF patterns will continue to be in our selection – these are convenient especially if you need to receive your patterns right away. They are a little more work, but a little less money, and they will never run out of stock!
We are also looking for retailers for the printed patterns, so if you own or know a design/haberdashery/fabric shop or an independent sewing school anywhere in the world, don’t be afraid to mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info about Named retail opportunities.
All patterns are designed, made and printed in our hometown Helsinki, Finland!
– Saara & Laura
… or maybe multi-functional or versatile, but that just sounded more catchy. Alva Collar pattern has been returned to our shop today – it’s an accessory that is so easy to alter and make unique, it’s actually more like a piece of jewelry than a garment. Plus, it’s very simple and fast to sew, and a good way to make use of those leftover fabrics, beads, laces, and whatnot in your sewing storage! Here are a couple of inspirational images to get you started on your own creative process of making a truly personal Alva:
Three fashion design students from Turku University of Applied Sciences tested the pattern and ended up with such results:
They all had the fabrics and supplies ready in stash (they describe themselves as fabric hoarders, I’m sure many of us can relate to that), but hadn’t figured out what to make of them yet. Martta used glass beads for her black collar, Elisa went for a tribal effect with the decorative top-stitchings on denim, and Kaisa used a broken necklace to create the colorful pattern on her collar.
This is an old Alva from our Xmas calendar, for which we used a thin metal chain, hand-stitched to the collar to create a jewelry-like effect. Note also the rounded tips that made it easier to curve the chain neatly. It took as much as 5 meters of chain, and about the same amount of hours to finish the collar, but it was totally worth the effort!
This is what we call multi-functional. The collar alone goes with almost anything, and can make a simple outfit much more interesting in a sophisticated way – but this collar you can also wear either side up! Double-sided Alva was made by Julie of Jolies Bobines:
So creative! What would you use for your collar?
Referring to our last blog post, there really are some changes and improvements in the new patterns versus the old ones. And even though the old FW13 styles are very lovely and we know that some of you are missing them, there are some changes we would like to make before they are put back on the shelves. Here is a list of the changes/new features in the SS14 patterns:
- The paper size, of course! The new patterns have wider margins, so they are suitable for the letter sized paper, as well as for the A4
- Illustrated sewing instructions! All instructions are now illustrated – 174 technical drawings altogether!
- Finished measurements Chart – We have included finished measurements for all sizes, to make it easier for you to choose your size
- Sizes 32 and 46 – ( US0/UK4 and US14/UK18) Two new sizes, eight sizes in total!
- Fabric consumption Chart – Each pattern comes with a chart that has fabric consumption calculations for 150 cm/60″ and 115 cm/45″ wide fabrics, in all eight sizes
- All sizes with one order – From now on, you won’t have to choose a size before you place your order – Our new web shop platform makes it possible for you to receive all sizes with your order. Soon after your payment has been processed, you will receive an email, from which you can download all sizes of the product you have chosen. Note that if you don’t receive your patterns, check your junkmail first!
- Basic instructions & Vocabulary-section in the instructions. There is now a whole page of how-to instructions for example for finishing edges, making center front and center back notches, matching pieces correctly, and other basic information that will help you make your garment as good as possible.
Also our website has gone through some minor changes, and due to our switch of platform, we have lost our old customer accounts. We are very sorry about this, but fortunately you will be able to create a new account very easily.
Hopefully you will find all the changes handy. And, if you have already tried one of our new patterns, please let us know what you think! We continue to be happy to receive feedback and further improvement ideas here in our blog, or in our mail: email@example.com
Saara & Laura