Free Surgical Mask Pattern

Katherine Williford

Here it is, your free surgical mask pattern. This mask contains a wire for adjusting around the nose bridge and a pocket to insert an optional additional filter. A quick disclaimer that this is NOT an N-95 mask, which is preferred by healthcare workers. N-95 masks cannot be made at home. However, surgical masks can, and are a good alternative when an N-95 mask is not available.* Some important words about this specific surgical mask pattern: Although not the fastest mask style to sew, I’ve settled on doing a pleated mask because this is the style that healthcare workers currently...

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How to Pick the Right Size Every Time

Katherine Williford

There’s absolutely nothing worse than ordering a beautiful piece of clothing online only to find out that it’s the wrong size. Here, I’ll show you a few easy ways to avoid making the wrong clothing size choice so you can online shop without fear! Know Your Measurements! Before you even touch that computer, know your basic measurements! This will save you so much frustration in the future. I recommend taking and recording your measurements every six months, or more often if you’ve gained or lost weight recently. Ideally, you’ll want someone (partner, friend, mom) to take the measurements for you...

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Meet the Fall/Winter Models!

Katherine Williford

Choosing models for the Fall/Winter shoot was quite the challenge! I wanted a diverse group of women, and I was also looking for people who were active in the creative community. Luckily, through professional connections and lots of Instagram searches, I came across these five inspiring women. From Left to Right: Samantha, Sophie, Caroline, Kristin, and Ashley. Scroll down to read their stories and hear more about the outfits they wore at the shoot. Samantha Samantha Ray is a creative entrepreneur based out of Raleigh, NC.  A native to the area, she owns her own businesses as a hair and...

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What Goes Into a Fashion Photoshoot?

Katherine Williford

You find a new clothing brand that you like, maybe through a friend’s referral or through Instagram. You google the name and a dreamy image pops up on the brand homepage. As you scroll through the products, you see garment images and detail shots. The photos convey texture and mood. The models move beautifully, showcasing the shape of the garments and (hopefully) the pockets! These images weren’t made spontaneously, but through weeks of planning and brainstorming for the fashion photoshoot. Every brand has a different way of getting those great images… here’s how I go about it! Choosing the Photographer,...

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A Visit to Opportunity Threads

Katherine Williford

Yesterday, I woke up extra early (for me!) and made the three hour drive up to sustainable fashion hub Opportunity Threads, a worker-owned production facility in the foothills of western North Carolina. I was bringing five rolls of organic jersey to the facility, which will be sewn into 500 organic t-shirts. I also needed to pick up a couple of t-shirt samples that the sewing techs had pieced together (the pattern must be tested before we go to production). Eulalia sewing up a storm! About the Facility. Its always such a pleasure to visit Opportunity Threads and see what everyone...

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Hanna Reversible Top Tutorial

Katherine Williford

Hello sewing friends! I am so excited to share my reversible top tutorial! Here, you’ll be able to get sewing instructions as well as the PDF sewing pattern for one of our best-selling Pamut pieces, the Hanna Top. This is a classic top pattern, made better by the fact that it is reversible (you can wear it with the V in the front or in the back). Its also very easily adjusted to suit your personal taste and body shape (you can easily lengthen or shorten the body, make the V deeper, or even add patch pockets!). In addition, this pattern...

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