The Random Number Generator told me that Sue in Australia will be the lucky recipient of the Patrones magazine! She is part of the BWOF sisterhood, so I'm thrilled to be sending another awesome pattern magazine her way. Sue, my email address is in the right sidebar, please write me with your mailing address.
There was an impressive range of answers to my query, "what's on your must-sew list this season?" I thought I might spot a trend, but it seems there's quite an assortment of coats, dresses, pants, and tops in our futures!
I went to the first of my two "patternmaking 101" classes on Monday. The instructor worked at a local sportswear manufacturer, so she spoke a bit about pattern development "in the industry". She showed us how to mark patterns, how to walk a pattern, how to move darts (very cool!), and how to add a yoke, facings, or a buttonband using a bodice shell pattern that she provided.
I'm sharing this just because my adrenaline is still pumping about it... The semi-short version: I'm standing downtown today around 6pm waiting for my bus to go home, iPhone in hand and earbuds in listening to music. A teenage boy walks up to me, swipes the phone out of my hand and takes off running. I chase after him, screaming at the top of my lungs "Stop him! Stop him! Stop him!" while everyone stands there and watches like we are filming a movie or something. A Good Samaritan, no, an Awesome Samaritan, named Neil joins the chase, and after about 4 blocks he gets my phone back, right as the police intercept. The kid gets arrested, I get my phone back, and Neil gets thanked profusely by me while the police write up the report.