Sprout Patterns: a detailed review

July 14, 2016

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Back in May, I was invited by my neighbors from Sprout Patterns to take a tour of the Spoonflower HQ, right next to where I live in North Carolina. If you don’t know Spoonflower yet, it is the leading company for on-demand printed fabric. Their website lets you pick a fabric quality and print your own design, or choose one in their gigantic design library. Sprout Patterns is one of the new services they offer, which launched last year. Its concept: combining the fabric printing capabilities of Spoonflower with a curated selection of indie patterns to offer customized sewing project kits. These come in the form of fabric yardage with pre-printed pattern pieces, that you just have to cut along the lines. At first I had mixed feelings about this idea. On the one side, I am generally skeptical about pre-cut fabric or patterns, such as the kits offered by the French company Eglantine et Zoé or the iron-on patterns from Made in Me Couture, as they prevent from making any sort of adjustments. On the other hand, I am super passionate about the intersection of sewing and technology (3D garment modeling, automated print/pattern/cutting layout generation, etc.). I was thus very curious to try their product first-hand, so when Nicole and Caroline offered to send me a project to review for free, I said yes!
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Neoprene vs. Scuba: a study in Zéphyr

June 25, 2016

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The project I am showing today is so basic that I wasn’t sure it deserved a blog post by itself. It’s a simple Zéphyr skirt, made out of a coral scuba. You know, scuba, this technical fabric that creates voluminous clothing that could almost stand up by itself, like the skirts and dresses made by Sandra, Eléonore, or Jolies Bobines? But wait, my skirt drapes very differently from these, the fabric is much more fluid… What’s the deal with that? Well it turns out that even though the words seem to be used interchangeably pretty much everywhere, scuba and neoprene are actually two very different fabrics!

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Mélilot and the not-so-great fabric

June 16, 2016

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Since I finished my rayon Mélilot, I have worn it a lot. It is super comfortable, and goes well with both high-waisted skirts and pants. I wanted to make another one, and I decided to try version B, the one with the cuffs and mandarin collar.

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Jackie, Meryl and Grace: my Boundless Style dress

June 10, 2016

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One more wedding-themed post today with my latest dress: a floral rayon number I made to attend a wedding in New Orleans in March. The pattern came from Boundless Style, a book written by Kristiann Boos from Victory Patterns, and it’s time to share my feelings about it.

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Me-Made May 2016

June 5, 2016

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A few days ago was the end of the latest edition of Me-Made May, this annual challenge to wear at least one handmade garment every day of the month. After having a blast for my first participation last year, I enrolled again for 2016. Here is the recap, with pie charts and an animated gif of course!

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