The Sewing Pattern Buddy app has arrived!

I am very proud to announce that the Sewing Pattern Buddy app for Android has finally been released!!!

The Home Screen

The Home Screen

Basically, it allows you to catalogue your entire pattern collection (PDFs & books included) – it’s like having your entire pattern collection at your fingertips, no matter where you are! ¬†You can search, sort and filter your patterns to find the exact pattern you want, and see it’s details, in detail!

Check out the video below for a quick overview – I apologise for the music choice, it seemed like a good idea at the time! ūüėÄ

So I just want to explain a little bit about how I came to write the Sewing Pattern Buddy app.

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My Thoughts On The Latest Butterick Patterns

There’s one type of email which¬†always gets me very excited – an email from one of the Big Four pattern companies informing me their new patterns for the coming season have been released. ¬†But the excitement is not for the reason you might think . . .

I follow quite a lot of sewing bloggers and I love reading their posts, but two bloggers in particular write posts giving their thoughts on new patterns. ¬†One is always a very serious and informed review, the other is usually quite hilarious and points out certain “weirdnesses”! ¬†So when new patterns are out, I look¬†at the patterns myself, determine my own views on them, then wait in anticipation for these “pattern review” posts.

Recently I thought, “maybe¬†I could write posts like that”, then immediately dismissed the idea as I didn’t think I’d have much to say. ¬†That was, until yesterday¬†morning, when I received one of THOSE emails, from Butterick. ¬†It turns out I have plenty of opinions! ¬†So here it is, the inaugural edition of the Quirky Kiwi Pattern Review! ¬†I hope you find it educational/informative/amusing (hopefully it will be at least one of the 3!) ūüėÄ

Lets start with the ones I like.

NOTE: Just click on any of the photos to open up the Butterick page for that pattern (opens in a new tab.)

Butterick 6285 – Patterns By Gertie

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I’ve Got A Brand New Etsy Shop!

The time finally arrived when my vintage pattern stash started to take over the house. What started as “I just have to have that vintage sewing pattern and then I’ll be happy” turned into “but I can’t let that lot of 28 vintage patterns go to just anyone, I have to protect them!” Am I bonkers? Probably!

The patterns I want to get rid of

The patterns I want to get rid of

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Vintage Patterns – A New Obsession

Woo hoo! ¬†I’m a proper¬†blogger now – I have real comments on my blog posts, not just the spam comments you always get! ¬†I’m a happy bunny! ¬†(It doesn’t take much, I know ūüėČ )

Ok, back to what I intended to write about . . .

About a year ago, one of my friends said to me that I should wear 50’s style dresses, (you know the type, fitted bodice and big pouffy skirts), as they would suit me. ¬†Funnily enough, just the day before, I’d been looking at 50’s fashion and had decided that I should try to make myself a 50’s style dress! ¬†It was obviously meant to be!

So I searched and found two reproductions of vintage patterns that I liked.

Vintage Vogue Pattern 2903

Vintage Vogue Pattern 2903

Butterick Retro '56 Pattern 5603

Butterick Retro ’56 Pattern 5603

I couldn’t decide which one I liked best, so I bought them both of course! ¬†I’ve made a dress from one of the patterns (the Vintage Vogue) and it was the most complicated pattern I’ve ever sewn! ¬†Anyway, that will be the topic of another blog post, so I’ll jump ahead a little now.

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