They are based up island in Courtney, which is a good few hours drive from Victoria. I've actually visited there once and stayed in a little beach lodge on Kye Beach near Courtney, which was the first time I encountered the phenomena of sand dollars!
|Sand dollars are made from the dried out husks of wee beasties (or molluscs, if you want to get all scientific)|
We had a wee chat about the resurgence of home sewing and garment-making (with special mention to The Great British Sewing Bee and one of my favourite bloggers Tilly and the Buttons, who was on the first series of GBSB) and the rise of blogs and independent pattern makers. I think it's really cool that they are focussing on menswear as it's an area that seems to be pretty much forgotten about (especially amongst independent pattern companies).
Being clever business people as well as talented creatives, they are garnering a toehold in a niche market with a growing range of comfy outdoor and indoor wear, and good for them! I love their packaging design and they seemed like a really nice and modest couple.
|The lovely Matt and Morgan of Thread Theory. I loved Morgan's jacket and meant to ask her if it was one of her own designs. The pattern kit for their Comox Trunks is carefully wrapped up in brown string and beeswax paper.|
I definitely want to try a Thread Theory pattern for myself or boyfriend (have my eye on the Peacoat or Newcastle Cardigan - which would also make a great gift for my dad, having seen a pic of Morgan's dad on her Pinterest page). To attend a class taught by the actual designers of the pattern would be a special and unique opportunity! Maybe next time...
|Just a small sample of the collection of patterns in The Makehouse archive|
|We put on our best poker faces when asked if we had sneaked in choccy biccies to the class. Thankfully, Jenny positively encourages chocolate consumption. Another reason I love her studio!|
|Loving the fabric from this cushion sample in the studio, I must find out where I can get it|
|My pattern pieces|
After rough-cutting round our pieces (I only have 6 pieces, which is a nice manageable number for producing a finished dress during the time of the course), Alexandria got us to take the measurements from the paper pieces and compare them to our body measurements. All patterns provide key body measurement sizes (usually bust, waist, and hips) and which size to choose for the closest fit when making the pattern . Some patterns also provide the measurements of the finished garment (bust, waist, hips, skirt or dress length, and back length. This last is very useful for ensuring you get a good fit on your torso), which gives you a better guide as to what size to choose.
But Alexandria showed us that by taking the time to measure the actual pattern pieces when laid out (taking into account seam allowances and darts), you will be even closer to getting that perfect fit. There's a fair amount of arithmetic involved (especially adding and taking away fractions of inches), so the old brain was getting a right good workout, something I had not anticipated at all.
|So much thought has gone into everything in Jenny's studio, you notice something different every time you visit|
|Lots of working space and plenty tables to layout your fabric and patterns, but still feels like a cosy living room|
|Up above the streets and houses,|
Rainbow climbing high.
Everyone can see it climbing
Through the sky.
Paint the whole world with a rainbow!