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Call for testers!

It’s that time again!  We have a pattern ready for test sewers – would you like to join the team?

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This time around we are looking for 5 test sewers who can complete the project in one week.  This might sound like a short deadline but don’t worry, it is realistic for the amount of sewing time needed for this quick wardrobe staple!

Please comment below to volunteer if you match one (or more) of the following criteria:

  1. You will be sewing for someone who is likely at one or the other end of our newly expanded size range (XS-4XL).  You are willing to thoroughly use our body and garment measurement charts and comment on our sizing and fit.
  2. You are brand new to sewing knits and can give your opinion on the approach-ability of the instruction booklet from this perspective.
  3. You are extremely detail oriented and can give excellent feedback on grammatical errors, the clarity of the instructions, and the clarity of the diagrams within the instruction booklet.

What do you think?  Is test sewing right up your alley?

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Vintage Patterns – Exceptional western shirts

 

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(Click on each pattern image to head to the listing in our shop)

There is a lovely new selection of affordable vintage patterns in our shop!  These western shirts caught my eye in particular since they include such a huge amount of detail and would be a wonderful sewing challenge to sink your teeth into.  Check out the shaped yoke in the pattern below:

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Many of the shirts include iron-on embroidery transfers so these patterns would not only provide a satisfying sewing project, but they would allow you to try your hand at some colourful embroidery too!

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Even though each pattern includes only one size, be sure to check out the western shirt listings because we have several copies of each pattern in size small, medium and large!

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In addition to the western shirt patterns, we have a wide range of other new patterns – some decades old and some relatively new.  This tie making kit is interesting because it includes cardboard templates to make cutting out your bias silk very quick and accurate.  If you plan to sew a large number of ties, this template would be very useful.

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These two patterns are created by an independent pattern company that really intrigues me.  Have you ever heard of Elements patterns?  I tried googling them with no success but from what I can see from the packaging, they are (or were) a very detail oriented active wear sewing pattern company (under the umbrella company Pitter Patterns…also doesn’t come up on Google) based out of Ontario, Canada.  I love the idea of designing ‘systems’ and wish I had the rest of the patterns to go with these sets!

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To check out the complete selection of vintage patterns, head on over to our shop! >

 


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Remnant Sale and Fabric Clearance

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Since our focus is patterns this year (two new patterns are getting quite close to my favourite phase of development – sending them off to pattern testers!), we are clearing out the seasonal fabrics that we added to our shop last year.

We may go back to our routine of seasonal fabric collections next year since I really enjoyed the process, but this year we want to focus on our first priority – new patterns for you!

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As a result, you’ll find our remaining fabrics and a nice selection of usable remnants at very good sale prices in the shop today!

Have a look >

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Styling the Finlayson Sweater for Spring

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Last week when I shared some of the submissions to our Finlayson Sweater Photo Contest I didn’t share Nancy’s beautiful photos of her husband modelling his sweater because I didn’t yet have the right format of photo to share.  These photos are too great not to share so, now that I have the photos, I decided they are well worth an extra blog post!

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Nancy’s husband paired his Finlayson Sweater (Variation 1 but with an added kangaroo pocket from Variation 2) with a leather jacket and tan trousers for a perfect spring outfit.

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I think these photos show how versatile the Finlayson can be because you can see it here sewn up in a cozy and casual sweatshirt fleece…yet look how put together and polished it looks when dressed up a bit with the right jacket!

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Thanks, ever so much for sharing your photos, Nancy (and for re-sending them to me in a different format!), and thanks to your husband for making such a dashing model!

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You can see more of Nancy’s very wearable, practical and stylish sewing projects on her instagram account (@notfancynancy) or on her blog.  I particularly enjoyed her Instagram post about the collar she replaced on her husband’s much-loved field jacket as a birthday present.  She gave the jacket a fresh new lease on life!


Get the Finlayson Sweater sewing pattern here: PDF pattern and Tissue Pattern


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Finlayson Photo Contest Winners

Wow, that was a really tough choice!  Our Finlayson Photo Contest ended at noon PST today and I had a lot of amazing photos to choose from.  Thank you for carefully sewing, wrangling up a model, and taking such lovely photo shoots!

Congratulations to our three winners:

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Mary sewed Variation 1 and took gorgeous wintery photos of her husband, Kyle, wearing his new sweater at Falls Park in Pendleton, Indiana.  These will be the main photos of the Finlayson on our website!

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Roni sewed Variation 2 featuring an eye catching contrast hood lining.  Her brother did a great job modelling!  This will be the secondary photo of the Finlayson in our shop.  Thanks, Roni!

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And, lastly, from the increasingly large and varied selection of Finlaysons on Instagram at #finlaysonsweater we’ve chosen this gorgeous Finlayson (with lots of interesting RTW inspired modifications) sewn by Andrea’s daughter for Andrea’s son and shared by Andrea @fabricepiphanies.  I’ve contacted you via Instagram, Andrea!

While I couldn’t choose everyone as winners for this contest, I must show off some of the hard work you guys went to and the wonderfully wearable garments that resulted:

Finlaysons sewn by: 1. Nancy (view her sewing related blog here) 2. Lily 3. Ginger Luv Designs (@gingerluvdesigns) 4. Rosemary (view here sewing related blog here) 4. Fiona (@somethingnice_blog) 5. Heike (@lillia_flor) 6. Ashley 7. Kim 8. Zoe @zonmatrondoesart

Thank you to all who took part in this contest!  If you are inspired to sew the Finlayson Sweater after viewing all of these versions (I know I am!), head over to the shop to claim your PDF or tissue pattern.

Now it’s time for me to edit and resize the winner’s photos to update our old and not-so-great website shots of the Finlayson…wahoo!


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Finlayson Sweater Photo Contest

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I’d love to buy your very best Finlayson Sweater photos!

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I’ve never been happy with the photo shoot that we did for our Finlayson Sweater pattern and am constantly impressed by the pictures I see popping up of the Finlayson on blogs and Instagram…so I thought that I might invite you to send me your favourite Finlayson photo shoot to feature as the main pattern photos on our website!  Believe me, Matt will be incredibly grateful to be spared the pain of modelling for a fresh Finlayson photo shoot (he detests modelling).

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Here is how the contest works:

  1. Email me at info@threadtheory.ca with a link or your attached photos by March 2nd.  This gives you two weeks to sew a fresh Finlayson or take pictures of an existing Finlayson.  I’ll announce the winners on the blog that day!  All photo shoots must include a minimum of three (3) photos of the same Finlayson Sweater.
  2. Two winners will be selected – one featuring the collared Variation 1 and the other featuring the hooded Variation 2.  The sweaters must be sewn as per the pattern instructions to be considered (no modifications).  Each winner will receive $100 CAD for their photo shoot (which I can e-transfer to you upon announcing the winners and after I have contacted you to ensure I have the right email address to transfer your prize).
  3. Photos must be available for me to purchase in high resolution.  Once purchased, Thread Theory would have the right to edit and use the photos that we purchase as our own.
  4. Keep in mind our Thread Theory aesthetic when taking your photos!  We love natural backgrounds featuring woodland, grassland and mountains.  We love when men smile for photos and act as natural as they can (a difficult task when modelling for a photo shoot!).  Our website images are portrait orientation but we like to have a landscape option as well so we can use at least one photo for our front page banner.

 

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And lastly, a 3rd prize of a $50 credit to our Thread Theory shop will be given for our favourite photo featured on Instagram using #finlaysonsweater!  This 3rd winner will be notified directly through Instagram.

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I look forward to seeing what you come up with!  Thanks for joining in the fun!

Please ask any questions via the blog comments…you will want to be certain you are clear of the contest rules before you go to all the work of sewing and photographing!


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Valentine’s Sale – 25% off PDFs

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Did you receive our newsletter last week with our Valentine’s Sale discount code?  Receive 25% off our PDF patterns until Feb. 14th when you use the code SEWFORLOVE.

Thank you for leaving over 100 comments on my last blog post about our upcoming pyjama pant pattern.  Your preferences included all of the options that I listed so I’ve decided to include variations for no fly, a mock fly and a button fly so as to please everyone!  After all, as many of you pointed out, what is stopping me from including them all?  I think that’s a good point because this will allow sewists to start with this pattern as their first garment project (by sewing the no fly variation) but then re-use the pattern over and over as they develop their skills (by progressing to the mock fly and finally the button fly).

And, to calm the fears of those who worried – there will be no zipper on the fly of these PJ pants!  That would be a tad strange!  The fly will be a single button fly as is commonly seen on sleepwear.

Since completing the first sample for our pyjama pant pattern I have sewn three more garments to determine the fit for our other upcoming patterns!  I’ve been at my machine sewing for hours every work day this week and it has been such a nice change from my usual work on the computer.  Here is a little peek at some of my work:

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Next week I will sew up the final (5th) design and then the patterns will be tweaked and graded.  Then it is back to the computer with a vengeance to develop the instruction booklets!

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Anyhow, thanks for your interest in our upcoming patterns and for your feedback about the pyjama pants!  I hope you enjoy our SEWFORLOVE sale and make something that your loved one wears proudly this Valentine’s Day.