I’m so happy, excited, no, ECSTATIC to present to you the four newest Victory Patterns: Satsuki, Roxanne, Simone and Nicola.
Let me introduce these ladies…
This pattern takes its inspiration from the kimono, and following the Japanese theme, she’s named after a character from one of my favorite Japanese films, My Neighbor Totoro! Have you seen it? This pattern comes with two main style variations and can be made into a dress and a blouse. I wanted to create a dress that was easy as pie to sew together for the novice and beginners out there. This style has a draped, easy fit with full sleeves and can be worn as a loose shift dress or sashed at the waist for a figure hugging look. It also features two main style variations with either a flounce front or peek-a-boo shoulders, and can be made into a dress or a blouse. I made myself one in black and it’s become a pretty reliable staple, let me tell you.
This is my kind of dress. Not too fitted, not too loose, just the right amount of bias to make it flow when you walk. A little bit of asymmetry, a racer back to tone down the girly-ness, a fancy front detail to turn it back up and make it special. Bam! This pattern can be made into a tank top, and there’s room to play around with contrast fabrics, or make it simply in a solid fabric. You can also add optional piping to add emphasis to the seams. I’ll be following up with tutorials soon on how to add some punch to this little number. Stay tuned.
As you can probably tell, I’m a dress person. My friends like to point out to me that I never wear pants. I was once on a London bus when one of those friends stated quit loudly “You never wear pants!” Seeing as in the UK pants means underwear, I received some mixed expressions. Just to clarify, this is not the kind of pants I’m referring to. I mean trouser pants! So, the reason is because I have a tricky time finding a blouse I love. For this pattern I wanted to create my ideal blouse, so here it is, with two style variations. Make it with sleeves, or without, with a simple tie neck closure or a pretty triple tiered collar (my fave). Hellooo pants, here I come!
And last but not least,
This is a classic silhouette featuring pretty petal details at the skirt and sleeves and it comes in two style variatons, a wrap dress and blouse with a tie waist sash. It’s surprisingly easy to sew, but let me tell you about what excites me most about this pattern.
While working on this line, I got into a little funk. I began to wonder what the purpose of all this hard work is for, and got frustrated at the thought that if I put this same effort into something humanitarian, I might stand to help someone in some way. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, and am thankful every day that I get to do it, but I have always struggled with finding the balance with the frivolity of fashion vs. many other meaningful issues.
When I think about the idea of one person making a difference, I sometimes feel cynical at the overwhelming task. So, I thought about people in my life that changed my world. One of the first people that I think of is my friend Nicola Loffler. Sadly, she is no longer with us, but when I remember her I begin to feel that it is possible for one person to make a profound difference. She once made a long list of amazing goals for her life, one of which was to inspire someone to make the world a better place, and another was to learn how to sew. She has accomplished her first goal a hundred times over, and her friends around the world continue to help her to cross the remaining items off her list. As for the second goal, she never had the chance to learn to sew, so as a little tribute to that goal, this pattern is named after her.
As for the first goal, in her name, $1 from each Nicola pattern sold will be donated to one of her favorite charities,“Peace One Day”. This organization believes that small actions can have a huge impact. They are working towards creating a global truce for one day; a day of cease-fire and non-violence. This day not only prevents violence and death in the most obvious ways, but also allows for safe for humanitarian aid in otherwise dangerous areas and has helped save millions of lives. This day shows us what a peaceful world could be like and the hope is that this will inspire and effect a greater, more permanent change!
To make your own donation, follow this link. http://shop.peaceoneday.org/engine/shop/category/Donate
Thanks for reading, and I hope you like the patterns!
I will be adding the size charts to the pattern shop, but in the meantime you can view them here