Nina Blouse by Coffee + Thread

Nina Blouse | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

As a sewing enthusiast, I get really excited about construction details. I love pleats and darts and collars and how, in combination, they come together to create unique garments. When I go shopping, I spend lots of time examining the way that things are sewn. I like to turn shirt sleeves inside out and see […]

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Merry Go Round Top by Puzzle Patterns

Merry Go Round Top | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

The Merry Go Round Top and Dress is a beautiful pattern from Puzzle Patterns, the newly created pattern company by Aimee Randle. I tested the Merry Go Round Top for my daughter. We both love the style and the clever construction that gives the garment added durability and comfort. Indie pattern companies are as abundant […]

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Pattern Review: Angelica Pattern by Jilly Atlanta

Pattern Review: Angelica by Jilly Atlanta | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

Meet the new Angelica Pattern from Jilly Atlanta. Designer Jill Coppock said that when she was conceiving the Angelica, she wanted a top to help her daughters feel like they have wings. What resulted is a precious top or dress that looks great in many fabrics. The Pattern Details The Angelica pattern uses pleats and gathers […]

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Diane Joggers by 5 out of 4 Patterns

Diane Joggers by 5oo4 | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

Remember the bamboo fleece sweatpants I made for my husband? He is no longer the only one in the house with an awesome pair of lounge pants. Meet the Diane Joggers from 5 out of 4 Patterns (5oo4). I tested these pants before their debut and I am in love. They are the super cozy and […]

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La Paz: A beautiful blazer, inside and out

We all know that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. And while sometimes I ignore the inside of my me-made clothes, I do think that a well made garment should be beautiful both inside and out. Unfortunately, making the inside of a garment beautiful requires extra time, and chances are that only the person […]

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Sewing for Others: Lola Dress for Ella

My “to-make” list is a constantly growing behemoth. There are so many projects to try and so many techniques I want to learn. But honestly, there is not enough room in my closet (or my husband’s or daughter’s) for all of the garments that I want to make. And there aren’t enough days in the […]

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