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How To: Get Our Free Patterns

Did you know you can sample the valuable patterns we offer at Laela Jeyne Patterns? As of the end of 2019, we offer 3 free patterns. Keep reading below about the free patterns we offer and how to get your copies. Mica T-shirt The Mica t-shirt is our most downloaded free pattern! It's your key for making the boxy t-shirt that's missing in your wardrobe. A perfect v-neck and different sleeve lengths make it a high value free pattern that you won't want to pass up. Get Your Mica T-shirt Pattern Lotus Cami & Bodysuit The Lotus is an essential layering piece that will fit well in your wardrobe. Whether you try the cami or bodysuit style, customize the Lotus...

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Why Sewing for Yourself is Important

I find myself writing a lot about body image, body size, and what it has to do with sewing for yourself. Why, you ask? Because for years I told myself that I wasn't good enough. I thought I needed to be unnaturally skinny for my body type because that's what I saw everywhere. This year, I put my foot down and finally said, "I AM ENOUGH!". Has it been an easy thing to do a 180 turn in my thinking? Of course not! But it's important. Important because I realized it was holding me back in my life and my sewing. My Why Sewing for yourself is important for so many reasons. Some of the reasons I have really been...

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How To Pick Your Size

A lot of times we get questions on how to pick your size when sewing up a pattern. With Laela Jeyne Patterns, I'm very careful at drafting consistently with my size chart so you get the most consistent results. The greatest thing about sewing is that we can tailor the garment exactly to our body! Grading between sizes helps us get the best and most beautiful fit. You can watch the video below to find out how to find your sewing cup size when sewing our patterns. The addition of multiple sewing cup sizes came in late 2017, and now the majority of our patterns have cup sizes. All of our patterns will have cup sizes by the middle of...

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Why I Changed My Size Chart

We changed so much in 2018! I did a lot of new things this year—including changing the size chart and grading software I use. Read on to find out more about why it mattered so much. A New Software Actually, the change in size chart happened in 2017, but I fleshed it out a bit more this year as I began to learn a new software for drafting and grading. Most indie PDF pattern designers use Adobe Illustrator to draft and grade patterns. When we first started out in 2014, I also used Illustrator. It was great until I drafted more complex women's patterns. With darts, cup sizes, and a wide range of sizes, I felt limited with the Illustrator...

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Body Image, Sewing, and a New Direction

What does body image have to do with sewing? Do the two have anything to do with each other? Personally, I've come to realize they absolutely do. You see, the past 6 months, I've been doing a lot of introspection and asking myself why it is I do what I do? Why do I love to make patterns for other women to sew and be happy with?   Body image has been a bit of a sore spot for me since I've been in high school. Honestly, it's been a struggle for me to maintain a healthy weight because well, I LOVE FOOD! I'm a self-described foodie and I'm also a stress eater. Nice combo! I've tried lots of diets...

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