Category Archives: Patterns

Super Sale + A “Feel-Good” Opportunity

You can’t go wrong with this offer, friends!

Idyllwood Pattern by Itch to Stitch Designs

Kennis Wong, the super talented designer behind Itch to Stitch Designs, is offering her Idyllwild Top and Dress pattern for ONLY $1!

Not only do you get an awesome, basic T + dress pattern with loads of options built in, 100 % of the proceeds from this pattern will be donated to Salvando Corazones, an organization dedicated to providing education, rehabilitative services, and unconditional love and support to child survivors of commercial exploitation.

What are you waiting for? This offer only lasts until July 1st, so Get.On.It!

Happy sewing!


Yearnin’ to Release Your Own Patterns?

Have you been longing to get started designing your own line of patterns, but aren’t positive how to get started?

(note: all links are affiliate links! I might be able to retire if you purchase from my links! 😉

Here’s an idea for you: check out the Pattern Workshop online course using Adobe Illustrator to create garment patterns. In 32 online video lessons, Lauren Dahl shows you how to get started bringing your designs to market.

This is the weekend to take the plunge, with a $20 off coupon, now thru Labor Day. Yep. Just use the LABORDAY20 code to save$20, and get started learning how to create your own patterns. Who knows—maybe you will have a whole collection ready for Spring 2015. 😉

But hurry – the Labor Day Blowout discount ends on Labor Day, Monday, September 1 at 11:59PM MST. Buy Pattern Workshop today, and don’t forget the coupon code LABORDAY20.
Happy sewing!


Speaking the Style Arc language

I think it is pretty obvious that I am seriously crushing on Style Arc patterns these days. To date I have completed the Marni Pone jacket, Claudia Stretch Woven pants, and the Ursula Ponte skirt. (Yes, I will post details about these projects before I diesoon.) Still in my to-be-completed queue are the Ziggi jacket and the Lorie jacket. You don’t even want to know how many Style Arc patterns are in the yet-to-be-cut-out pile, but suffice it to say I had to add another pattern storage container. 😉

Collage of Style Arc patterns

One of the things you will immediately notice about Style Arc patterns is their terminology differs from some of the common sewing terms we use in the U.S. I decided to shoot a quick email to the ever-helpful-and-responsive team at Style Arc to clarify definitions. I am sure this list is not comprehensive, so shout out if you have come across some other terms that flummoxed you. The Style Arc term is listed first, and the U.S. equivalent follows.

  1. Flatstitch = Understitch (to secure/control seam allowances)
  2. Bag out =  Turn right side out
  3. Secure stitch = bar tack
  4. Loose stitch = baste (by hand, by machine, or either) with long stitch length
  5. Studs (Ziggi jacket) = Snaps
  6. Cut 1 pair = Cut 2

Don’t let terminology differences or their abbreviated instructions deter you from making these great patterns. I need a Style Arc fan button for my website, dontcha think? 🙂 And if you haven’t jumped into the Ziggi Sew-Along fun going on around here and on, I hope you will come back later and make up this awesome jacket.

Happy sewing!


March Madness Pattern Super Sale

If you have been pining for a few patterns from the McCall pattern company (Vogue, McCall, Butterick), they are having a SUPER SALE online. Only $1.88 for Butterick and McCall, and $3.88 for Vogue (plus shipping).  It usually takes about a week for my order to arrive, so you won’t be able to sew with them today, but maybe by the weekend?

Joann’s had a Vogue pattern sale last week for 3.99, so I already grabbed a couple I thought were interesting in the new spring collection. I might work on fitting these AK pants when I am at my spring ASG retreat the end of this month. And I LOVE the blouse for spring. That is, if we ever have a spring here in the frigid PNW.

Of course I had to my vintage pattern obsession with these two:


I should never buy another pattern, but somehow I can’t stop myself. What are you in the mood for making for spring? Let me know what you are planning (or at least dreaming of making) for your wardrobe!

Happy sewing!

Maris Olsen


Kwik-Sew now part of McCalls patterns

News Flash: Kwik-Sew is now owned by the McCall’s pattern company. The good news for me is that Kwik-Sew patterns will be part of the McCall’s consolidated online shopping cart, which I love. I buy many of my patterns online, so this merger will definitely be more convenient for me. The bad news…..too soon to tell.

I really like Kwik-Sew patterns. I think they are well-drafted and generally employ good construction techniques. I particularly like them for my beginning students, and I use them as well for simple garments in my wardrobe. Kerstin Martensson is the founder of Kwik-Sew, and she originally focused on patterns for stretch fabrics. She is now deceased, and her son Eric McMaster has been running the company since 2002. The history of Kwik-Sew is an interesting one, and definitely a testimony to Kerstin’s vision and hard work.

I hope Kwik-Sew will be able to retain their uniqueness after this merger, especially after the dust settles a bit. IMHO Kwik-Sew is a great alternative to the McCall’s family of patterns, and I hope they continue to provide a distinct pattern option for all sewists.