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New Journeys; behind the scenes of the last wee while.

Well hello there! It’s been a quite the few months since our last post and an even greater distance since we released a pattern – but we are still here. While we have not been actively blogging or contributing to the flourishing sewing community (hasn’t it taken off!) – we have been watching it from afar.  You see we’ve had a slight distraction these last few months, a much desired + longed for distraction, and one that hasn’t come easily or without challenge. He’s Pattern Runway’s littlest member, a VIP we call ‘The Poppit’.

Now 10 months into the journey of motherhood,  I have pondered this post and introduction to you many many times not knowing how to manage my time, energy and emotion, to get my thoughts into some sort of coherent ramble and offer an explanation over our unintentional and poorly communicated leave of absence. We are so so sorry it’s been so long and miss you all dearly. All that aside let me introduce you, born a few weeks early – our little darling (that’s almost a toddler, not a baby anymore!!!).

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You might have noticed our other child, the fur baby in the images above – Louie the cat. He’s NOT amused with the new addition and is rather jealous, demanding and just plain naughty. Stubbornly demanding that he’s (still) the baby of the family, (and therefore, the most important). Having grown up with furry friends, despite the rocky introduction, I’m hoping that these two will become the best of mates and share many an adventure together.

Regarding new patterns and blog posts, if I have learnt anything these last 10 months, that is to not make promises. Little people, while adorable fascinating things that you very much fall in love with over and over again have this uncanny way of changing and interrupting your plans. What works one day, one week, certainly does not guarantee that tomorrow or next week will be the same. Disappointingly, there are no new pattern updates or sewing projects to inspire you with, there’s nothing even in the works but we do hope to be writing again here soon. Our hands are restless and craving to create and our wardrobe is rather shabby and neglected, providing much needed motivation to get creating again.

So we’ll keep this post short and sweet, we just wanted to catch you up on where we are at and introduce you to the VIP.

Gosh its lovely to be writing again, and dreaming about sewing and making. I’m off to pour a glass of wine with Mr PR and celebrate that I got this post, out of my head, written and live. Until next time my friends, it’s been lovely.

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New Sizing

We have had several requests for larger sizes in our patterns and we are happy to say that we have heard you! While we can’t as yet facilitate a plus size range due not having skills and experience creating styles for plus size but we have extended our sizing to now including 7 sizes.

We also wanted to let you know that we have changed our sizing and now align our styles with the European market. We wanted to provide a smaller increase between our sizes. Previously we based our sizing on Australian and New Zealand ready to wear, adopting a 5cm (2 inch) increase in the body circumference i.e. the bust, waist and hip all have 5cm between each size. We now offer our sizing with a smaller increase between our sizes of 4cm. We are hoping that the change in sizes will suit a broader range of sewers ( is there are better name to call ourselves? I did come across the term: ‘seamster’) and resulting in a better fit. Check out our new size chart below:

We will be updating some of our existing styles to follow our new size guide.

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Let me tell you about Stella

Sweet Stella dress and top pattern is a lovely little number you’ll want to have in your wardrobe. The dress is perfect for weddings, lunches and evenings out. The little peplum top version is a very versatile sumer top that adds a little style to any denim and pairs well with our sweet scalloped shorts or any shorts for that matter. This pattern is suited to both silks and light weight fabrics.

Features:
We have thought hard about how to turn a simple classic dress silhouette into an interesting dress to both sew and wear. Stella features a gorgeous 3 tiered short sleeve, with a slight “puff” at the sleeve head. We have soft pleating through the waist of our bodice and skirt and used the same binding detail as the Drop Waist dress to define the waist. The dress closes with an invisible zip at centre back and we have finished the neckline with facings for a very clean look.

With this pattern you get options; flared peplum top? Dipped hem dress or a cute shorter straight skirt? You choose how you’d like to wear this style.

Fit:
We have kept this dress fairly fitted with just the right amount of ease, the soft pleats are great at disguising and lengthening the figure, creating an elegant look.

 
Sewing Level:
We have labelled this pattern as an Intermediate level due to the layered sleeve. This dress does come together quite quickly and easily.
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