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Thank you all for waiting so patiently. I didn't anticipate that it would take so long to be able to release the printed patterns, but we've run into a number of technical snags while switching our system over to a new one. Almost there! In the meatime I've put the printed patterns up in the Etsy shop so you can get your hands on them now.

Thanks again for your patience, and I'll announce it once it's ready in our shop. I'll also be posting a list of stores that will be stocking the patterns. 

Have a beautiful day! xo

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I'm really happy about this, so I wanted to share it. The lovely Liesl and Todd behind Oliver + S are hosting my patterns on their site, amongst a selection of other really wonderful indie pattern designers. I feel really privileged to have been invited to join them. They invited me to talk a bit about my background and about the line, so if you're interested, here's a link to their post.

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I often hear people say that they'd love to start a creative business online. I'm always so excited to see them get started and to see that magic they'll create. I know for me, that idea seemed daunting as there's so much I didn't now, and it's kind of scary putting yourself into the world in that way.  I was so glad at the time I started out that there was a platform like Etsy available to allow me to easily get started, a place where I could learn the ropes of running a small business, and where there was a community of people in the same boat as me that I could reach out to. 

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Marimekko textiles

Spoiler Alert: If you plan on seeing the Marimekko exhibit at the Toronto textile museum, read no further!

That being said, let me spill the beans about this INCREDIBLE EXHIBIT!!! To celebrate my birthday, my best friend and I trotted off to the textile museum as they're having a Marimekko show. It's the depth of winter and I've been longing for the colors of spring, and this show was more than a fix. I am so in love with the world that Marimekko built, their vision, consistency, approach to marketing, their contributions to fashion and industrial design, textiles and art, ALL of it!

Marimekko is a Finnish company started in 1952 by an incredibly innovate woman, Armi Ratia. The company is largely recognized for their bold, colorful prints, simple garment silhouettes as well as home furnishings. Marimekko started after a failed endeavor into the production of oilcoth left Ratia with a factory. So she decided to invite some graphic designer friends to put their ideas onto fabric. These humble beginnings would be the start of an beautiful little empire…

Armi Rita

 

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amerson underwear pattern

 

The lovely Maddie from Madalynne has been working away on a beautiful project for the some time now. She's been developing her own lingerie sewing patterns and today is the big reveal of her first style, Amerson! Yay Maddie!!! You lucky ladies are in store for an awesome treat, she's offering the first pattern up as a free download. She'd love to hear your thoughts and constructive criticism, as I'm sure this will be the first of many, and she wants to get it just right. So head over there and grab it while it's hot, and while you're at it, give that girl a big congratulations. She's one hard working, talented lady!!

So proud of you, Maddie 

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kris' simone dress

A little late, but happy New Year everyone! I couldn't be happier to say goodbye to 2012 and welcome this year in with open arms. It's already starting out really beautifully, I just feel so much brighter and I'm working on an exciting project that I can't tell you about just yet, but soon! I'd love to hear about amazing magical things that you have in store for this year.  

Also, I just wanted to post about an interview that I did before Christmas with an awesome Toronto street style blog, Toronto Verve

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Sallie wears her version of Satsuki

::: SATSUKI DRESS :::

Sallie seems to have the midas touch. If you look around her blog, you'll see that everything she makes is gold! Even her amazing illustrations, holy moly, woman, UBER talanted!!! I really love this version of Satsuki, the silk has such a beautiful, dark smokiness to it, and a wonderful drape. I've become partial to this dress in black, and it's really nice to see such a lovely version, and such pretty photos! Take a look at Sallie's post on the dress too, it's a good laugh! (Thanks Jessica for pointing Sallie's blog out to me!)

 

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City of craft poster

 

This Saturday is City of Craft in Toronto. If you're local, you should pop by. It's a massive, magical gathering of hand crafted gifts wares made my independant artists. 

 Also, If you do come by, I'll be running a little craft workshop at 2:30 on Saturday making these little guys, known as God's eyes. Come and say hi!  (Sadly, there won't be wine at City of Craft)

 

Gods eye craft party

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