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In the Studio: Sewing for a Fireman

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Hello from the TT studio!  After a day of instruction booklet writing earlier this week, I spent the evening working on a super random sewing project (as I often do).

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Matt works at the local fire hall and so he sometimes brings home uniforms and asks me for a favor.  I usually hem pants for his co-workers, but this time I sewed on some patches to make their new shirts look nice and official!  I like doing these little projects because I kind of see it as a way to use sewing to ‘do my bit.’   Even though I’m not running into burning buildings or rescuing cats from trees (they actually do that…isn’t that awesome?) at least I’m ‘doing my bit’ by helping to make them look good while they do theirs! (Lol, that’s probably stretching things a little but at least it makes me motivated enough to get through the monotony of simple alterations…maybe…)


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In the Wild: Comox Trunks and Jeds for Women

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Here we are in the second week of my new In the Wild feature.  Today I have some perfect stripe matching and lovely bright colors to show you!  Check out these Comox Trunks by Mariëlle!
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Mariëlle reported to me by email that she has been happily working her way through our selection of patterns lately.  This has resulted in the dire situation that more menswear has been leaving her sewing room than clothing for herself!  She’s contemplating sewing some Jedediah Pants for herself next to begin to turn this situation around…and I really can’t wait to see how they turn out!

I think they’ll make an excellent pair of relaxed and boxy ‘boyfriend jeans’.  In fact, I’ve tried on Matt’s Jeds, and aside from being a couple sizes too big, I can see that a smaller size would actually suit me quite nicely!  I think to make this style work for my own fit preference (I don’t like wearing a belt so I like the waistband to be quite snug) I would likely grade from the smallest size at the waistband to once size larger at the hips to make the hip curve more pronounced.  I would keep the larger size for the rest of the pants (to keep them loose and casual looking).  If you prefer the relaxed/boxy fit that menswear pants offer I think you could sew these pants up for yourself without any adjustments (as long as you don’t have too big of a booty as these pants are designed for pretty straight/curve-less men! :P).

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(Photo from stylecaster.com)

Would you consider making boyfriend jeans with the Jedediah Pants pattern?  I made a Pinterest board featuring women in chinos to get you inspired (be warned lots of floral pants are involved…I got a little carried away with my ideas about feminizing the pattern!).


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Tutorial Contest Winner Announcement

Tutorial-Contest-title It’s the start of a new week and the end of another contest.  As you can probably anticipate, there were FAR fewer entries for our Tutorial Competition than our Girl Charlee fabric give-away.  After all, creating a tutorial is a lot of hard work and quite time consuming!  The ones we received though were absolutely splendid and I think you will find them really useful.  It’s great to see other people’s take on our patterns and also on the way they instruct and present a tutorial.    Thank you to the ladies who put in all that hard work – I look forward to sending off your prize packages!

Today I’ll present the winners along with a snippet of their tutorial.  The full tutorials will be presented in separate posts on the blog and also on our website in the near future.

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Entries for the Super Useful Tutorial category were required to fill a gap we had in our selection of tutorials.  Emily, of Dressing the Role, did this just that when she created her Fabric Covered Elastic Waistband tutorial for the Comox Trunks.  I had mentioned, when creating the Comox Trunks Sew-Along, that I wasn’t completely satisfied with the way I covered my elastic waistband with fabric (for the maple leaf version of the trunks) and hoped somebody could suggest an alternative way.  Emily has come up with a really clear tutorial filled with really neat tricks.  Her writing style is really approachable, honest and realistic…something that I think many sewers appreciate when learning new techniques.  Congratulations Emily on winning a $50 gift certificate to our store, a Comox Trunks Supplies kit and some Goldstar pattern drafting tools!  Thank you for your tutorial!

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Beautiful-tutorial The next winner is Nicoletta of DiNuvole DiCouri!  She submitted a tutorial that explains, from start to finish, how to sew the Arrowsmith Undershirt.  She’s included lots of photos and even goes so far as to discuss her mistakes and the learning process she went through.  So helpful!  Even though this tutorial could be a submission for the Super Useful category, I’ve awarded Nicoletta the Very Beautiful Tutorial Prize because she has also been working on another large project to do with the Arrowsmith Undershirt.  While writing up her tutorial, Nicoletta created a translated set of instructions so that the Arrowsmith instructions are now available in Italian through her blog!  She went to a large amount of effort to replicate the aesthetic of the English instructions by matching our Thread Theory colours and our instruction layout.  Thank you, Nicoletta, for making your English Arrowsmith tutorial and ALSO for making this pattern far more accessible to Italian sewists!  A $50 gift certificate to the Thread Theory store, two Thread Theory tissue patterns of your choice (you can request to be sent future releases), and a selection of my favorite sewing tools will be heading your way shortly!

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I look forward to sharing these tutorials with you over the next few weeks.  In the meantime, be sure to check out both of these ladies’ excellent blogs (Emily’s blog & Nicoletta’s blog).  Both are filled with inspiring sewing projects and lots of great tutorials!

*Note: I haven’t selected a winner for the Social Butterfly Tutorial category because we didn’t receive any entries that met the criteria for this category…it you feel inclined to create an entry for this category in the future, feel free to send me an email and the prize pack will be waiting for someone whose tutorial fills the criteria! :)


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Girl Charlee giveaway WINNER!

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Wow, I’ve been completely overwhelmed by how many of you have shared all your sewing and fabric shopping plans as part of the Girl Charlee gift card giveaway!  So many of you mentioned Girl Charlee fabrics I hadn’t noticed yet (the Vintage Motorcycle knit is AWESOME!) and your ideas for combining prints and solids as well as for using more subtle prints for our Strathcona Henley and Comox Trunks patterns were really inspiring.  Thank you, everyone, for entering the draw!

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I used a random number generator from RANDOM.ORG to come up with the winner.  There were 97 posts (not including extra posts by the same people or any of my responses) and the generator chose post 79.  I counted from the oldest entry towards the newest.

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Now I will reveal the lucky winner!  DRUMROLL PLEASE….

Lisa said:

Henley! I love your patterns and I can’t wait to make some for my husband.

I hope your Henley turns out amazing, Lisa!  I’ll be emailing you momentarily.  Thanks, Girl Charlee, for providing the gift card – I am sure Lisa will have no problem finding the perfect fabric to suit her husband.


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In the Studio

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Welcome to the second weekly feature that I will be including on the blog (the first is the In the Wild feature that I began on Tuesday)!  Thursdays will include a little pictorial look at the Thread Theory studio.  And here is the first scheduled glimpse!
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Matt and I have been busy packing patterns with the very generous help of my blogger – and now real life – friend Nicole Bertram!  She’s a sewing instructor (and yoga instructor) who has just recently moved to the Comox Valley so if you are from the valley and have been following this blog with hopes of learning how to sew – she is the sewing instructor for you!  Check out her website for all sorts of sewing inspiration (and her many awesome versions of the Newcastle Cardigan).

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I know a sewing studio isn’t normally comprised of a living room floor and a kitchen counter…but ours most certainly is!  Thread Theory is largely fueled by home made pizza (yum!) and pattern packing parties (fun!).  Thanks for your help Nicole!


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6 days left until the Tutorial Contest deadline!

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Have you come up with any tutorial ideas to submit to the Tutorial Contest?  Submissions are due next Monday!  Or perhaps you’ve already made a tutorial that is relevant to our patterns (a technique that could be used with our patterns, for instance)?  Feel free to submit existing tutorials and we will share the winners on our blog (with plenty of links to your blog of course!).

Thanks for all the hard work that has gone into the tutorials that have currently been submitted.  I can’t wait to share the winners with you!


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In the Wild: Featuring finished Thread Theory makes

 

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Today marks the first day of what will (I hope!) be our first regular series on the blog!  Each Tuesday morning I’ll be posting a new Thread Theory garment that I’ve seen around the internet or sewn myself throughout the previous week.  There are so many amazing menswear pieces popping up on blogs and social media sites lately.  Every time I see a new one my drive to create more menswear garments is happily refreshed.  It is most definitely time I share them with you so you can feel the same!

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First up is a pair of Jeds made by Jenny of Cashmerette for her brother’s birthday.  Isn’t the subtle vintage vibe absolutely amazing?  To check out the whole photoshoot in the dreamy location of Provence, France, head on over to Jenny and Lauren’s blog, Cashmerette!

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