I’m usually not one to wear a lot of skirts and dresses, but for this skirt I make an exception! I was so excited to find the motivation to sew up a Cleo Skirt (designed by Made by Rae)! It had been a pattern I had been eyeing up for a while. Letting it simmer on the back burner was actually a good thing as I was able to fully commit to my fabric choice and feel good about getting started on it.
There’s something about waiting to see a pattern in different fabric choices and styled different ways that makes me feel like I can make them for my wardrobe. Sometimes it all clicks into place once you see it being worn a certain way or in a particular color or fabric type. I think that’s why it’s so easy to love Rae’s patterns. She always does an amazing job of showcasing her own makes and also sharing those of others. Combine that with Indiesew and I think you couldn’t get a better match. Indiesew carries both the PDF and paper formats of this pattern PLUS Allie almost always stocks beautiful fabrics that would be just perfect for this skirt (see a couple of links below)! And I have to mention that Indiesew has a great feature of makers showcasing their work for each pattern. If you scroll down to the “Creations” tab for each pattern you can view what everyone has been making. To me that’s pretty much the best thing ever. No need to hunt down inspiration because it’s all right there. I know finding time to sew is a luxury for many of you, so I think you’ll love that feature!
I feel like when I wear this skirt that it’s even comfier than wearing jeans and a t-shirt. The elastic waist and pockets of the skirt make it comfortable and useful. I think I pick my outfits mostly around the fact if they have pockets or not. So even though I think I look dressed up — I don’t feel dressed up! Well, maybe aside from the heels, those I can only wear for a few hours at a time.
Pattern: Cleo Skirt by Made by Rae available in both PDF and paper formats in the Indiesew shop! This black Gabardine would be amazing (in fact I just ordered some myself) and this Challis would be so pretty, too as a Cleo skirt! Pssst! I’m wearing my Jade shirt with it too, check out that blog post with all the info here.
Jade is available at Indiesew as well!
Fabric: Forage (designed by me for Robert Kaufman Fabrics)
This post was written as part of the Indiesew Blogger Team. All opinions are my own.
Photography by Carrie Bostick Hoge
It’s here! The Making Backpack pattern is now available! This backpack was part of Making Magazine’s Color No.5 issue and is now available for individual purchase. I’m so so happy with all the versions I’ve been seeing on Instagram. It’s such a delight to see so many being made!
I know many of you have been waiting for this individual pattern release, so I’ll try to keep this short and sweet.
If you haven’t seen the Making Backpack here’s a little rundown of the backpack!
The Making Backpack is a happy backpack that’s perfect in its simplicity, but also great for customizing. Choose your favorite canvas (prints or solids) or waxed canvas and get to work creating your very own custom backpack.
- front slip pocket
- interior zip pocket
- adjustable shoulder straps
- useful top handles
It’s a blank canvas — so feel free to make it your own. The zippered top compartment keeps everything safe and there’s even a cute inside zippered pocket. I kept it simple with cotton webbing, but you could swap in fabric straps you make yourself as well. I love the short handles (the back one doubles as a hang loop) and the leather patch, I mean, come on. I think it makes it all look so pulled together and special.
I will be listing more kits for this backpack later today. They’ll now include head-to-head metal zippers for the top closure. A single pull zipper works just as well though! Please stop by if you think you’ll need a kit.
All photography credit goes to Carrie Bostick Hoge.
Another free pattern for you! I’m excited to finally share about the Forage Bag pattern I designed to go with my new fabric collection, Forage. I should have shared it a few weeks back, but better late than never, right?! I hope. After finalizing Forage, it was time to dedicate my efforts to designing this new pattern. I had so many ideas for different designs that it was hard to nail down just one. I guess that’s a good problem! Although, sometimes I wish I could make up my mind a little easier!
This is a sweet little set of bags with a zippered opening. It’s kind of like having an extra pocket instead of carrying a whole purse full of things you rarely use. Not sure if you’ve noticed, but I’m heavily on the side of not carrying a lot of things with me. I like to travel light and not feel encumbered by a large bag or purse. Of course there can be exceptions to my own rule, especially for road trips and weekend getaways — so the Forage Bag is an ode to traveling light! It’s a fairly straightforward pattern that uses small amounts of fabric – which is always fun. It’s also perfect for mixing and matching your favorites. I love that! I think it’ll look amazing in so many fabric combos. I love that quality because sometimes you just want to sew! Agonizing over fabric selection isn’t what it’s all about anyway.
So be sure to stop over to the Robert Kaufman site to pick up your free copy of the pattern. It comes in two sizes, regular and mini. The regular size has a slip pocket inside, and the mini is perfect for a small wallet/phone and keys! Make sure to whip one up! Or two! I think they’d make a great present or treat yourself and make one for you!
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Pattern: Forage Bag Pattern (thanks for your patience while the file was being updated, the file is now available for download)
Fabric: Forage fabric collection by me for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Grommets: I highly recommend the Dritz brand grommets, pick them up at your local quilt shop or local craft supply store.
Zippers: zipit on etsy or I have some listed in my shop as well