Darlings, I’m feeling a bit, shall we say, saddened. After months of joking with him about how I’ve been ready to kick my little fledgeling out of the nest, it actually happened today. We moved DS the Elder into his dormitory.
He’s actually been at college since last Saturday, when we brought him to Band Camp.
But that was different. I knew then that I would be back today to move him into his permanent housing (brand new digs at the Honors College). Leaving today, well that was kvell-inducing. I’m proud of him, and I’m thrilled to see him heading off on the next new adventure of his life. But still, sniff!
The cynical side of me has declared that whenever I start getting misty about mah baby being all growed up and going off to college, I’ll pull out one of these to bring me back to reality:
Okay! So speaking of Back To Reality, I haven’t had time this week to sew, but I did stumble on some new pattern companies. And I wanted to bring them to your attention. Have you noticed that pattern companies seem to be sprouting like mushrooms recently? I’m loving that! As you know, over at Gorgeous Fabrics, I give recommendations for patterns that might work with our fabrics. When I first started the company 6 (almost 7!) years ago, there were the “Big 4″ (Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity and Vogue), along with Burda, New Look and a number of independent pattern companies: Jalie, The Sewing Workshop, LK Designs, Loes Hinse, La Fred, Cutting Line Designs.
Recently, however, there has been an explosion of independents! They are breeding like bunnies, it seems. That’s not a bad thing, BTW. There’s Colette, of course. Then there is Sewaholic, which has some great styles. In Europe, there is Maria Denmark/Onion Patterns. Then of course, there is my friend, the amazing couturier (with the patterns that are To Die For), Paco Peralta.
In the last couple of years, StyleArc has become one of my go-to sources. Chloe and the girls come up with amazing designs every month. And their fit is impeccable.
There are so many more patterns that are coming on line, it gets exhausting at times. But what an exhilarating exhaustion it is! Several years back, it seemed we were all singing the requiem for sewing and sewing patterns. Nowadays, it’s a veritable renaissance. Of course, it makes it more work to keep up, but I love the work and I’m not complaining.
So, what other new and interesting pattern companies are you finding out there?