Aloha friends and Happy New Year! Hoping a wonderfully festive and restful time was had by all. After a fairly challenging year for us here at BHL HQ, we had a much needed break over the holidays and have hit the ground running with plenty of exciting plans for 2016! It's a short and sweet post from us today, simply to check in and share some news and updates...
Some of you may have already caught wind of our latest pattern release, the Charlie Dress, which, along with its accompanying sewalong is available exclusively (and for FREE no less!) with issue 12 of Simply Sewing Magazine (available NOW!). Hold tight, we have all the details on the Charlie Dress coming later this week...
Copyshop files for all patterns!
That's right, we've finally made copyshop files for all our PDF sewing patterns! This has been on the backburner for a while now and boy, does it feel good to tick it off the list. For those of you who have already purchased and downloaded a pattern from us before, you should be getting an email with the updated pattern files - be sure to check your Junk/Promotions folders, and don't hesitate to get in touch if nothing comes through. And if you've been put off PDF sewing patterns in the past, unable to face the prospect of cutting and sticking infinite sheets of paper, today is your day! Click here to browse our pattern shop...
Copyshop files enable you to print your PDF sewing pattern at your local copyshop or printers intact on large sheets of paper, thus skipping the dreaded step of assembling endless sheets of A4/US letter paper at home. Heaven. Just make sure that your copyshop can print on paper that is at least 841mm wide, and from a continuous roll.
*Please note, copyshop files are not yet available for the Victoria Blazer or the Holly Jumpsuit, which are still available in our beautifully printed and packaged form. Copyshop files are also not available for the Polly Top, our free pattern, nor the Elisalex Dress, more details on that below...*
Improvements to the Elisalex Dress!
Ever since switching to PDF, and the freedom that has offered us in terms of being able to quickly and easily correct typos without the pain of having to pay and wait for another print run, we've been meaning to make some tweaks to one of our very first pattern releases, the Elisalex Dress. While she is without a doubt up there with our favourites, and one of our bestsellers too, we're under no illusions that she's perfect... Yet. A number of you have echoed our worries on a couple of points, and for that reason, the Elisalex Dress will be temporarily unavailable while we bring her in for improvements. Namely:
- We're going to alter the skirt length so that it accurately reflects our samples and technical illustrations, and how we had originally envisioned it to be when made up
- We're going to take some excess out of the sleeve in order for it to fit more closely and elegantly on the arm, while also hacking some length off, again to reflect the samples and illustrations accurately
Looking back, I think we felt we had to be overly cautious when it came to skirt and sleeve lengths, terrified of dictating lengths that might be too short for some and therefore a horrible waste of time and fabric (there's no way to lengthen something that's too short, after all!). What we've realised from your feedback however, is that having to hack inches off your hem is also a horrible waste of fabric! So, as ever, thank you all for your honesty - it's through your feedback that we can see where improvements need to be made, all with the aim of providing you guys with patterns that are as close to perfect as possible!
Needless to say, anyone who has bought the Elisalex Dress already, will have free access to the updated pattern as soon as she becomes available again.
Well, that just about sums up our little update (or at least what we're at liberty to share for now...!), as ever we can't wait to see your BHL makes, hacks, and everything that 2016 has in store for the sewing community.
x Elisalex, Charlotte & Victoria