I am delighted to share my review of a new (to me) pattern company called In House Patterns. The owner, Alexandra has an education in fashion and has worked in the fashion industry for many years. She started In House Patterns in the fall of 2011 and sells downloadable patterns on her website. Alexandra also has a blog that provides in depth details on how to properly fit garments and troubleshoot fit issues. I actually found her patterns by searching for advice for neck gaping issues I was having with another pattern.
After reading her blog and perusing her pattern offerings, I chose the Cool Cowl Tank. I have sewn exactly one knit garment in my life so I figured I needed to get more practice and I had the right yardage of a pretty pink floral knit in my stash. The pattern has five pieces and gives explicit instructions for printing, pattern assembly, and blouse construction. I used my serger for most of the seams but the construction would allow for traditional straight stitching.
I am a very slow sewer and still managed to finish this blouse from printing the pattern to ironing the finished product in about three hours. Of course I did have to grade the pattern up for my ample hips but the design of the blouse makes grading painless. In House Patterns are designed a for D cup but there are instructions for small bust adjustments on her blog. I cut the bust area exactly as intended and though it is a bit big for my C cup, the cowl drapes nicely. My husband even said this is the nicest thing I have ever made which makes this pattern even better! I definitely will purchase patterns from this independent company again. In fact, once June rolls around and my sewing budget is replenished, the Blossom blouse pattern is going to be my first purchase! Have you ever used In House Patterns and if so, what did you think?