2016 is a year which we have worked on some big re-organization changes.
Working on internationalizing our business: we have switched to English and added the flexibility to order our patterns in a PDF (digital) format as well.
But there’s more, 2 significant changes, I must share.
- To make more room for collection development and to support our wholesale partners we have made the decision to sell digital patterns via our website and give our Stockists sole selling rights over our printed patterns.
- Another change and you are going to like this one! The suggested retail price of the Printed Patterns is reduced to € 16,00. PDF (digital) patterns are € 12,00.
The idea behind these changes are (like mentioned above) to create more time for pattern development. As well as sharing creative ideas, tips & tricks, fun pattern hacks from either myself (yes, I also hack my own patterns) or you sewers, and more fun stuff.
Lowering the pattern price was a tough business call, as our cost price using recyclable products is high and development time and handwork is excessive and therefore quite costly. We don’t want to change anything about this, because we believe in our product, our in depth fitting tutorials and the passion we put into every pattern. However, we hope by adjusting the selling price, more and more people will be able to enjoy Rosie & Me patterns and their sewing experience.
Now let’s go back to living life creatively:
In the next upcoming weeks we will be working on something new!
Our first Seperates will be added to our collection.
Here is a sneak peak of the ELISE blouse and the FRIDA skirt. Both wearable in any season. Depending on your choice of fabric and styling;
A breezy cotton or a more drapy viscose for ELISE in the summer, you can wear with a cardigan on colder days. Wear a wintery FRIDA in a wool blend with boots or a summery FRIDA skirt in a cheery fabric with sandals.
ELISE – Intermediate
FRIDA – Beginner (Yes, finally a true beginners pattern!)
Expected end of November / beginning of December
A few weeks ago while I was working behind my computer I got distracted big time. In the corner of my eye an advertisement popped up screaming for attention….I realize that’s what they are intended to do and it worked. It was showing Amazing round printed tablecloths! I do not own a round table, but couldn’t resist to order a few right away (believe me it was hard to order only two as they had a wide selection in prints).
See, all I can think of when I see round tablecloths with a border print on it is: “Ow, that would make the most beautiful Circle Skirt!”
I wanted to share this with you sewers, just in case you have never thought of doing this before. Plus, they are extremely easy and fun to make. Bonus is the skirt length you can get out of them. If I want my skirt to be 25″ (63,5 cm) long (which is the length of these two skirts) then I would need my fabric to be 63″(1,6 meter) wide. Good luck finding that in a fabric store!
Another advantage is that if you are lucky you can skip hemming all together. Neither one of these two skirts I hemmed, because they were already neatly finished. The cute little puffy balls on the peacock skirt below was part of the tablecloth edge. And now the nice hem-finish of my skirt.
Last year I wrote this tutorial in Dutch, describing how to make a circle skirt to wear over your Daisy romper. Or to make a Daisy-dress by stitching the skirt to the top.
Well, surprise surprise…. This same free tutorial can be used for making your own circle skirt from a tablecloth.
And yes, it is now available in English as well. Yay!
(Both tutorials can be found on the Tips & Tricks page, scroll all the way to the bottom)
Have you made a tablecloth-circle-skirt before? Please share, I would love to see a picture and hear about your experience.
Refreshed from a nice summer break enjoying nature to it’s fullest, I felt like it is time that I write something about sustainable fashion, including how sewing can be seen as a great alternative for Fast Fashion.
Now, we all sew for different reasons. I’m sure that one of the biggets reasons is the creative aspect of it, but also to work with your hands, bringing a nice balance in a world where we face so many mental challenges. Another reason could be to finally get the best fit for your unique body. All very good reasons to be a sewer, sewist, seamstress or however you like to call yourself.
But don’t forget, that by making your own clothes you also help to eliminate pollution and poor working conditions that are associated with Fast Fashion. Nowadays, you can choose for ecological fabrics and materials that are widely available. Plus, by making your own wardrobe you know for sure that it was made with love.
Besides, the beautiful aspect of creating something that is your personal style is that you will end up enjoying it much longer. This is your style!, and not a specific trend that the stores have in mind for you. Enjoying your clothes longer and buying new ones less: Slow Fashion.
A little while ago Marieke from Fair Fashion Style asked me to share my vision on Fair Fashion from a sewing perspective. As a guest blogger I wrote this article (in Dutch) and felt honored that I was able to bring sewing in the sustainable spotlight. Coming back from vacation, I read this critical article (in Dutch) about the recently presented Dutch ‘Textile Agreement’ and it made me realize how current the guestblog-article really is. Something that I would like to share with you…
Let’s not be a fashion victim and find our own way to make the fashion world more sustainable!
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