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,