In Complete Stitches
“in complete stitches”; amused, be all smiles, be in convulsions, be rolling in the aisles, be wreathed in smiles, in knickers laughing, gales of laughter, to be cracking up with laughter…
“incomplete stitches”; those projects that got put down for a minute and then lost forever under the piles of fabric…

Welcome to In Complete Stitches. I’ve been working away here, collating and digitising my appliqué designs, writing tutorials and making new appliqués. I will soon be launching In Complete Stitches into the world of Appliqué PDF Patterns and can’t wat to get it all going!!

Stay Tuned!!


My two messers; No.1 and No.2 in their Raglan Tees by Brindille and Twig, fabric by Elvelyckan Design, April 2018.

Introductions…

I’m Sarah and I work for most of the day as an architect with my husband in our practice, Keller Architects. (www.kellerarchitects.com) At home we have three small maggots running around but at night, when all is quiet, I satisfy my sewing addiction. In fact, at this point I can’t be sure if I buy fabric to feed this sewing addiction, or sew to justify my fabric addiction. Either way, my stash rises and falls in an irregular cycle that has a dangerously upward trajectory.

This is me (but I don’t really look like this, usually pulling that hair out not posing…) in my lovely Roho Blouse from Coffee and Thread Patterns, February 2019.

I set up this blog nearly two years ago, February 2018, with a few ambitions/goals in mind at the time. It has, until now, largely developed into a documentation of my sewing projects, driven to a huge extent by pattern testing. The wonderful Elles Lanfer of Misusu Patterns gave me my first opportunity, to test the Doris Skirt, in Feb/March 2018 and getting close to two years later I have become immersed in the online sewing and pattern testing world.

My littlest in her Misusu Pattern’s Doris Skirt, March 2018.
No. 2 and No.3 in their Dia Sweaters by Misusu Patterns, November 2018

I get huge enjoyment from pattern testing. It has given me behind the scenes access to an inspirational sewing community and drives me to expand my skills and push my boundaries with every new project. I also get a lot of satisfaction from helping small scale independent “indie” sewing companies to thrive in such a competitive market. I have been so lucky that each and every testing experience has been rewarding, positive and has continued to strengthen my sewing enthusiasm.

The Elsa & Elliot Coat by Threads by Caroline, a pattern test from February 2019. You can find a blog post here on how I hacked that “secret” pocket into it.
The Treasure Hunter Pinafore by The Sewn Edge, February 2019

Finally, I‘m getting around to launching In Complete Stitches as a PDF Appliqué Pattern Designer. I love making these appliqués and have received so much positive feedback and interest in this part my sewing that I decided to just go for it. Apart from anything else, I needed to find another stream of income to feed this growing fabric addiction…

Rhino appliqué detail on a Misusu Patterns Jolie Sweater.
See a blog post here on how I went about creating these appliqués.
No.2 in his Narwhal sweater (Misusu Jolie Sweater colour clocked and appliquéd.)
Sssssssss… snake appliqué on the front of a Treasure Hunter Ponafore.

That’s all for now. Thank you for reading and if you’d like to hear more you could register to receive notifications of my latest blog posts! I also have a facebook page (In Complete Stitches) that you could follow, which I update regularly. x Sarah.

Me in my Roho Blouse by Coffee and Thread with my littlest chicken in her Lilah and Niva combo from Sansahash.