Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A few things... including a free pattern, of course.

Hello my lovelies. It has been an incredibly busy month! I've been working full steam on folding and packaging paper versions of some of my patterns, working on pattern drafting projects, and some other stuff...
I've had a bit of trouble getting motivated lately. I haven't mentioned it much, but I have an as-yet undiagnosed chronic pain thing, and it can be kind of a bummer. I'm allergic to just about every pain pill my doctors have prescribed, so I mostly just grin and bear it, and try to get on with my day when its bad, but that can be really exhausting. It's been about 3 years since it started and I'm going in for some more tests soon to try and figure things out. I'm a bit hopeful for a diagnosis and a plan, so I can get back to feeling more like myself!

But on good days, boy have I been working on some goodies! Mrs. Depew Vintage recently released a reproduction pattern of the lovely negligee robe I sewed back in January, and it's now available in both paper and digital forms.

1920's Kimono Negligee Reproduction Pattern

I also updated our cart software and relaunched MrsDepew.com. The updates allow for multiple items to be purchased, coupon codes, and free pattern downloads.

Which of course, brings me to the freebie! Today I have for you a lovely little Make Do and Mend style pattern for a set of Collar, Cuffs and Jabot to update old frocks!

1940's Collar, Cuffs and Jabot Pattern

The pattern comes from a 1940's catalog featuring L-85 friendly fashions. L-85 restrictions refer to a fabric and resource conservation effort during the war.
The idea behind this pattern was to use fabric scraps to update an old dress. This was a popular fix during the war to conserve fabric while still staying stylish. 
The pattern is a free download for A Few Threads Loose readers only!  Simply click on the "add to cart" button and at checkout, add this coupon code: ITTYBITTYFREEBIE.
You won't have to add any payment info after that, there's no requirement to buy anything else, and the free pattern will be sent to your email address.

I hope you get some use from the pattern. I had a lovely little 1940's rayon dress but sadly the collar was moth-eaten in a most blatant spot. I'm going to sew up a quick collar for the dress and then it will be good as new!

Happy sewing,


  1. Thank you, Anna! Hope you feel better!

  2. Thank you so much for the freebie Anna! Keep up the good work. :)

  3. Thank you Anna! I hope that you feel better really soon! Recently, I'm feeling blue - my best friend that I've known since high school died. Kathy G. from Arizona

    1. Hi Kathie, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss!

  4. Thank you for sharing the pattern. I hope you get some relieve from your pain, and that you feel better soon!

  5. I'm so sorry to hear of your chronic pain. I have a teacher-friend who has had chronic, undiagnosed severe pain for at least a decade; she is a reading specialist who works with struggling kiddos every day, and is one of the kindest, best and most creative teachers I know. I admire you for battling and working so creatively despite the havoc it must wreak on your life. You didn't mention it for sympathy, naturally, but now we appreciate all the more the beautiful work you do. Take care.