Crush of the week: Geodesic Sweater

I am totally in love with the Geodesic pattern from Blueprints for Sewing.


via the Textillia newsletter

It’s a sweatshirt with seam lines that mimic a geodesic dome!

I’m a little obsessed with one dome in particular. Every day, I walk past Science World, a big tinfoil golf ball that contains a children’s science centre. When I moved to Vancouver in 2000, I thought Science World was ridiculous and shabby.  But after years of looking at it, Science World has grown on me and now I love it. I love it so much, I had wedding photos taken in a grimy parking lot because I liked this Science World mural.

Kat Siddle & Curtis Woloschuk's wedding

WHO’S SHABBY NOW?! (Btw, this mural was painted over a week after the wedding).

So, obviously, I’m need to make a sweater in the cool silvery tones of my local geodesic dome.

All the patterns by Blueprints for Sewing are inspired by architecture. This is a pretty great concept, and it’s bolstered by some impressively creative branding. As a one-person company, BfS probably doesn’t have a ton of resources. But the website looks great, and I felt like I understood the brand’s aesthetic almost instantly.

The woman behind BfS refers to herself only as “the pattern maker.” Her resume sounds impressive–she teaches sewing, lectures and facilitates workshops on sewing, fashion, and activism, and has “worked with students at Harvard University, Boston University, Wellesley College, and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts.” Who is this mystery woman? I want to know more!



Seamwork article: Sashiko Embroidery

I love sashiko embroidery, so I jumped at the chance to write my first full-length Seamwork article on it.

“To me, sashiko is a technique of transformation that honors the impulse to re-use waste and use materials efficiently. A long, sharp sashiko needle is a magic wand, a tool of salvage that produces style as well as economy. Its beauty demands the question: why just “mend and make do” when you can mend with gorgeous graphic patterns?”


I  added this simple sashiko yoke to a black linen shirt I found at the Salvation Army.

Welcome to the Colette Book Club


I’m really excited–and teeny bit nervous–to share a new project with you.

I’m curating a new sewing & fashion book club for Colette Patterns (one of my favourite sewing pattern companies and the publisher of Seamwork Magazine) . The Colette Book Club is a free, online book club where we’ll read any (good) book that enhances our understanding of sewing. Fiction and non-fiction, from historical novels to fashion philosophy.

It’s kind of an experiment, and we’re still working out the little details! But here’s the gist:

How it works

  1. Go to the Colette blog and read the Book Club post. Say hi to your fellow book clubbers in the comments if you want.
  2. Find a copy of our current book, “The Forgotten Seamstress” by Liz Trenow.
  3. Read the book.  If you want to chat about it while you’re reading, use the hashtag #colettebookclub on Twitter.
  4. Come back to the Colette blog on Feb 15 to talk about the book and learn which book is next.

What are we reading?



The first book is  The Forgotten Seamstress, a lovely novel by Liz Trenow that will delight mystery lovers, textile nerds and fans of Downton Abbey. You can read more about it (and why I chose it) on the Colette Blog.

How to find the book

You can find The Forgotten Seamstress at bookstores or at your local library. It’s also available in most e-reader formats and as an audiobook. There’s even a free Kindle preview so you can try the first four chapters for free.