We are thrilled to have Blueprints for Sewing returning as a sponsor again this year! Taylor’s architectural approach to pattern design is unique, & has resulted in a variety of patterns that have a chic, functional place in almost any handmade wardrobe. They are also fun to sew, with unusual seamlines & surprising details. Taylor has chosen to share some of her favorite Blueprints for Sewing makes from around the internet.
I originally founded Blueprints for Sewing as a way to offer something unique to the home sewist: unusual but very wearable patterns inspired by architecture, with lots of customization possibilities and great instructions. As I’ve developed my business and continued to grow my collection of designs, I’ve realized that another part of my design process has been creating patterns that encouraged sewists to showcase special fabrics and make creative use of materials. I’m a recycling/repurposing enthusiast myself and a lover of vintage fabrics. I’m also a big fan of color blocking and mixing prints and textures. In a way, my patterns encourage the sewist to get creative with fabrics through their design: from Cabin’s simple shape perfect for showcasing special fabrics, to Geodesic’s modular triangle pieces, to A-frame and Saltbox’s opportunities for print/color blocking.
For Indie Pattern Month, I wanted to share some fabulous Blueprints projects that make creative use of special, handmade, or repurposed textiles.
Sewist Ashley yeamed up with her artist friend Gretchen to create custom printed Saltbox tops.
Sue hand dyed her own fabric to make a one-of-a-kind Cabin dress
Sienna made V1 and V2 of Geodesic using thrifted fabric and an oversized thrifted sweatshirt.
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I love thinking about the things that I make as a collaboration, or maybe a cumulative effort, of the people & places involved. Even though this skirt was the first piece on my "fall sewing list" and I finished it in mid December (😂), I was ultimately grateful it took forever. Because as I was finishing it, I realized that the creative small business owners who made it possible are all women who inspire me & give me hope, and that's what I'm needing these days perhaps more than new clothes. The fabric is made of organic cotton grown by Sally Fox (@vreseis), woven in Japan, and then rediscovered/reimported and sold to me by the lovely team at @avfkw. The pattern is #aframeskirt by @blueprintsforsewing and I used the "wrong side" of the fabric for the side panels -- such a cool design with angled pockets and an excellent fit. 🙏 • #blueprintsaframe #slowfashion #handmadewardrobe
Jess sewed an A-frame using both right and wrong sides of a super special denim made from locally grown cotton and woven in Japan.
Lori used an old button down shirt to add a special detail to the back of her Saltbox tee
Kate pieced a Geodesic tee using old, unworn t-shirts with fun prints
Anne embellished her cabin with hand embroidery (using our free template) to match the contrast bias binding
Penny got creative with color blocking to give her A-frame a unique, asymmetrical look