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Samples Worth Writing About: Landgate Jacket and Factotum Bag

Creating samples to inspire the various crafters and would-be crafters who visit us is one of the best parts of having a brick and mortar. We stock so many different patterns and we truly believe there is something for everyone to create. And something aspirational on the shelves, too. Like Merchant and Mills Landgate Jacket. This popover is made in Merchant and Mills Dry Oilskin and is not for the faint of heart. While not fitted, it does require a decent understanding of construction and the center front 1/4 zip gives even the most confident hobby stitcher pause. But we...

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Hudson + West Autumn 2021 Collection

As everyone knows, the best time to start knitting for colder temperatures is summer. Now that the days are growing shorter and we're in the midst of July, we've bundled up the dress forms and mannequins in the shop in woolens. (The air conditioning in the shop is lovely says the shop owner who does not have such luxuries in her own home and relishes the opportunity to throw on a cardigan while typing away blog posts and social media captions in the comfort of her air conditioned office.) If you haven't had a chance to work with Hudson +...

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Samples Worth Writing About: Kelby Sweater

We shared a photo of the Kelby and Kelly Anorak together on Instagram and folx wanted to know more! So here are the deets on the Kelby, knit by a longtime customer and professional knitting pattern tech editor, Minh. The Kelby sweater is by Kate Gognon Osborn of Kelbourne Woolens and made with 5 skeins of Kelbourne Woolens Lucky Tweed. Minh knit the 46.75" size. In Minh's construction notes she writes: "I followed the pattern except for the sleeves (instead of knitting flat and seaming, I pickup up around the armhole and knitted down to the cuff) and the turtleneck...

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Samples Worth Writing About: Kelly Anorak

Part 3 of our sample "collection" of Closet Core Patterns. This is the Kelly Anorak (view A - that's the view with a hood and cinched waist!). We made a Size 14 without adjustments. The dress form is a size 16 with the following measurements:Bust = 41 1/4"Waist = 32"Hips = 42 1/4" For the main fabric we used 3 yards of Dry Oilskin by Merchant and Mills and we lined it in 1 3/4 yards of Dobby Viscose by Atelier Brunette. All hardware is from the Kelly Anorak Hardware Kit - zipper, cording, snaps (which also has all the...

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Samples Worth Writing About: Cielo Dress

Part 2 of our sample "collection" of Closet Core Patterns. This is the Cielo Dress, View C/D - a shift dress with inseam pockets AND dramatic gathered long sleeves. We made a Size 10 without alterations and it is on one of our professional dress forms with the following measurements: Bust = 37", Waist = 28.5", and Hips = 38". We used Riley Blake Rayon Challis. Rayon Challis is a fluid fabric with amazing drape which makes it fabulous for dresses that move. Riley Blake creates a plant-based fabric that is soft to the touch, machine washable, but be sure...

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