Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Indie Pattern Trunk Show and Our Pattern Picks for 2018!

Can you believe that this year is Stonemountain & Daughter's 37th anniversary? We are so excited to be celebrating 37 years in this amazing community of sewists and makers. To commemorate this milestone, of course we had to have a party! And what's better than a pattern party?

We filled a rack with dozens of our personal me-mades and had so much fun showing off our favorite garments and patterns. It was amazing to see how one pattern can look so different depending on the fabric used and the personal style of the sewist!

Out of all these amazing patterns, we picked our top 10 indie patterns for 2018. The patterns we chose are versatile and can be sewn in a wide variety of fabrics – and we know this because that's exactly what we've done! Many of these are TnTs (that's "tried and true") for the Stonemountain crew, which means we've sewn them up in all different fabrics and sometimes hacked them into different garments.

1. Ogden Cami – True Bias


The Ogden Cami by True Bias is a simple blouse that can either be worn on its own or as a layering piece under blazers and cardigans. It has a soft V neck at both center front and center back necklines, and delicate spaghetti straps.

Our favorite fabrics: silk charmeuse (especially prints!), silk noil, cotton lawn, and rayon challis

The Ogden requires a small amount of fabric, so it's great for remnants or pieces of extra-special fabric like silk. This simple pattern is also a great starting points for hacking, like lengthening it to a dress or adding a peplum ruffle. Liz even used the Odgen as a starting point for her gorgeous wedding dress!

2. Linden Sweatshirt – Grainline Studio


The Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio gives a modern update to the classic sweatshirt. Featuring a relaxed fit, raglan sleeves, and a graceful slightly scooped neckline, this sweatshirt is perfect for layering.

Our favorite fabrics: french terry & sweatshirt fleece, cotton/spandex knit

The Linden is a real wardrobe staple! You can even use a woven fabric for the body of the sweatshirt, just make sure you size up.

3. Ebony Tee – Closet Case Patterns


An elegant basic featuring a fluidly draped silhouette, the Ebony Tee by Closet Case Patterns is a versatile wardrobe staple you’ll want to wear every day. Make a swingy knit dress, modern cropped top, or a tunic with a cascading hem and short raglan sleeves.
Our favorite fabrics: bamboo rayon, cotton/spandex, double brushed poly, stretch velvet

This pattern is so chic! It looks great on everybody and can be dressed up or down depending on the fabric you use.

4. Tea House Dress – Sew House Seven

Flattering and easy to wear, the Tea House by Sew House Seven is a great pattern with a variety of options for different looks.

Our favorite fabrics: cotton ikat, rayon challis, linen, silk noil

The Tea House is one of Suzan's favorites (especially in an ikat!) because it is such an easy pattern to incorporate into any wardrobe. The pattern comes with a tunic and dress version for ultimate versatility. Check out Suzan's tunic version in this blog post and her dress here!

5. Melilot Shirt – Deer & Doe Patterns


The Melilot Shirt by Deer & Doe Patterns is a casual shirt with drop shoulders. Choose between long sleeves or cuffed short sleeves, a band collar or a rounded collar, and a regular or hidden button placket.

Our favorite fabrics: cotton lawn, chambray, ikat, linen, silk crepe

The not-so-classic styling of the Melilot Shirt make it a great alternative to the standard button shirt. It looks amazing in a print, or make it in a solid to go with everything!

6. Lander Pants – True Bias


With a high waist and button fly, the Lander Pant by True Bias is not only on trend, but also flattering and comfortable for all body types. The pattern includes front and back patch pockets, belt loops, and a straight fit through the legs.

Our favorite fabrics: Ventana twill, denim, corduroy

The Lander Pant has been all over Instagram, and for good reason! They're the ultimate wide-leg trouser with a cool 70s twist. They look great in classic khaki or navy, but we've seen some amazing versions in bright colors (and wild prints!)

7. Safran Pants – Deer & Doe Patterns


The Safran Pants by Deer & Doe Patterns are high waisted skinny jeans and pants with slanted welt pockets at the front and a clean & simple yoke-less back.

Our favorite fabrics: stretch denim and stretch twill

Safran can be your new favorite skinny jeans or your go-to work pants! Keep it simple in a classic black twill or show off your style with fun topstitching (both Lauren and Suzan have Safrans with neon thread!)

8. Scout Tee – Grainline Studio


The Scout Tee by Grainline Studio is a woven t-shirt with capped sleeves and scoop neck. Fitted at the shoulders, this top falls into a loose shape below the bust.

Our favorite fabrics: cotton lawn, quilting cotton, ikat, velvet, silk noil

A Scout Tee made in quilting cotton is the ultimate beginner project – but that doesn't mean more advanced sewers can't make Scouts! The super simple silhouette is perfect for playing with fun prints or as a starting place for hacks. Though the pattern is designed for wovens, go ahead and break the rules! Suzan loves her two Scouts made of stretch velvet.

9. Dress No. 1 – 100 Acts of Sewing


Dress No. 1 by 100 Acts of Sewing is a sleeveless dress that is extremely wearable with a flattering A-line silhouette. The neck and armholes are finished with bias tape facing and top-stitched patch pockets add both flair and utility.

Our favorite fabrics: ikat, quilting cotton, linen, cotton lawn, double gauze

Who wouldn't love a wardrobe full of colorful, easy to wear dresses? The Dress No. 1 is a great layering piece or the perfect summer dress. Suzan has a whole batch of them in linen, double gauze, and ikat!

10. Sapporo Coat – Papercut Patterns

Go bold with the dramatic cocoon silhouette and angled seaming of the Sapporo Coat by Papercut Patterns. Choose lightweight fabric for a spring/summer version or cosy wool for cooler weather. This is a pattern for every season. 

Our favorite fabrics: boiled wool, wool coating, linen, ikat

The Sapporo makes a gorgeous winter coat when made in wool, but it also works as a light jacket or topper in linen or ikat. Suzan loves her unlined Sapporo in metallic Essex linen – it's just the perfect mix of dressy and casual.


We made a handy little worksheet with all these patterns along with our fabric recommendations. It's like a sewing shopping list that you can bring with you on your next Stonemountain trip! And if you're thinking about your Destiny Wardrobe, then this is a great place to start.

Our favorite part of our anniversary celebration was hearing from all you amazing sewists! We feel fortunate to still be here after 37 years and we know it's because of you and your love of fabric. So thank you! Here's to another 30+ years of supporting this incredible community!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Our Newest Indie Pattern Company - Bonjour Teaspoon!

You know by now how much we love stocking independent pattern companies.  We especially get excited about companies that fill a specific need or cater to a more niche audience than just women's clothing.  We found that tween girls were a hard category to find patterns for — girls looking for something more mature than little kid clothes, but who may not fit in the size range for adult women yet.  Luckily, there is a pattern company just for this, and even better, she's local!  But before I go too far, I'll let her introduce herself!