- Linda Lee's interior design background is clearly evident in the elegant architectural lines of her Sewing Workshop patterns. These are the sort of garments that look good on anyone, any size, and are relatively easy to construct for a quick, stylish wardrobe. Experienced and beginner sewers alike go crazy for her patterns. Her newer Shapes Patterns line, co-designed with fashion sewing diva Louise Cutting is a brilliant rendering of basic geometric shapes into easy, chic clothing. Plus, you'll find fabrics, notions, classes and more on her web site--everything you need to make a great outfit.
- Louise Cutting started out as a professional fashion illustrator, and she brings great industry techniques, innate good taste and impeccable drafting skills to her Cutting Line Designs Patterns. She's best known for her One Seam Pants pattern, which is as simple as it sounds, and equally elegant. On her web site, you'll also find the whole package: fabrics, notions and classes and more, all well worth it.
- Up-and-coming pattern designer Jennifer Stern, of J. Stern Designs, has a cool collection of jean, tops, bags and more than you'll want to make over and over again. I absolutely love her Top with Two Collars and Peplum. And if you are into embellishment, Stern is the queen of machine embroidery--check out her Embroidered Leather Ribbon Belt pattern.
- For patterns that are big on style, check out the boho-chic Indygo Junction Patterns and the uber-hip Colette Patterns.
- Vintage-style patterns are all the rage with delightful reproductions that looks just right retro for today. You'll love Decades of Style for yourself and Oliver + S. for the little tykes.
- There's a whole new crop of fresh and colorful patterns in deliciously easy designs that will whet the beginner's appetite. Check out Anna Maria Horner and Amy Butler Design patterns.
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Next week: Stick to your budget with quick handmade holiday gifts for your family and friends.