Hope everyone is having a stellar weekend. I’m in my hometown for Canadian Thanksgiving and my cousin’s wedding. The above shot was snapped as I crept around the beautiful heritage estate they used for the ceremony. I am now filled with fantasies of a marble clad solarium filled with exotic plants…. a girl can dream.


Isn’t Rachel’s polka dot dress lovely? It’s so hard to settle into fall when the Australians and New Zealanders are leaping into spring.

A breathtaking lace skirt from a Challenging Sew.

A self-designed sweater in a gorgeous shade from Hyer Handmade.

Peter is one of the most fearless makers I know. His op-art anorak is a gem.

Another great Georgia maxi dress from Sew Me Love. This pattern is probably not going to be reprinted so get it while it lasts!

I am filled wth lust for Cut Cut Sew’s Pendleton tote bag.


I’ve found that the best way to deal with stress these days is a middle of the day solo dance party. This song by Niki and the Dove gets my body moving.

Remember those little mini exercise trampolines from the 80’s? Apparently they’re making a big comeback and I’m thinking of getting one to jump and dance on. I like low impact exercise you can do at home.


It’s been hard finding time to read now that I’m not on the subway for an hour and a half every day so I’ve been trying to turn off Netflix at 10pm or so and curl up with a book until it’s time for bed. I just finished Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community, a great read and a much cheaper alternative to the blogging course from A Beautiful Mess. It’s worth a try if you’re thinking about the evolution of your blog.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about writing lately. I LOVE writing and it’s one of the reasons I’ve been blogging more often these days. I have a pretty instinctual approach, but I’m really enjoying On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. It’s fascinating to analyze the hows and whys a little more deeply, and understanding what works and what doesn’t from a more technical perspective. And Stephen King is great; I always get mad when people slag him off, especially since I think his work just gets better and better. His novel 11/22/63 was far and away one of the best things I read last year.


Hi! I'm Heather Lou, a pattern designer and sewing educator for the modern maker. At Closet Case Patterns, we transform your imagination into step-by-step implementation that helps you create a wardrobe you love - not one you're limited to buying off the rack.

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