Pattern Review Day – Seattle 2011


Yes, I know I am late getting this post up. Sorry! But in case you missed the announcement, Pattern Review celebrated 10 years this month, and several cities around the country hosted a PR Day get-together on November 19th. We were lucky enough to have someone step forward to organize one for Seattle – thanks for all your hard work, Jacqui (pretty lady standing in the pix above)!

It was pretty much an all-day event, tho I was only able to hang out with my fellow sewing nerd friends in the morning. We started at Nancy’s Sewing Basket at the top of Queen Anne hill in Seattle.  We were entertained and informed by two lovely young designers, Gina and Elizabeth, from SEWN Square One. In case you have not seen these patterns yet, you are definitely missing something. This new line is a division of Lorraine Torrence, and these patterns are very well-drafted, are fresh, modern designs, and have excellent instructions to boot. One of my students made the Go Anywhere Dress, which was designed by Gina. Adorable. Could successfully be made up in a wide variety of fabrics and be suitable for a range of occasions. Of course, I had to purchase a couple of patterns on the spot – the Swing Shift which was designed by Elizabeth, and the Upline Jacket. I am going to make the Upline Jacket in an “ikat style” print denim I have in my stash, and I am not quite sure about the Swing Shift yet. I do have to say tho,  it is so refreshing to see such hip, trendy YOUNG people interested in the art of sewing. These bright young designers definitely have their game on.

Below you can see Elizabeth is holding several of the SEWN patterns, and Gina is on the far right…almost out of the shot. Ooops. Cute, eh? 😉


Here Gina is holding some of the sample garments while Elizabeth is describing the design features.


After learning more about SEWN Square One, I headed to lunch with a pal from ASG, and then sadly had to head home. The rest of the gang went on to Seattle Fabrics and Pacific Fabrics in Northgate. It was definitely a fun day, and I hope to attend more PR events in the future.  If you are not a PR member, join us!


Happy sewing!

Maris Olsen

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