A little secret side project….

So, you may (or may not) have noticed that I haven’t been posting quite as much over the last couple of months. It’s not because I don’t love you, or because I haven’t been sewing up a storm. Not at all.

Instead, it’s because what I’ve been working on hasn’t been able to be shown yet.

But that’s all changing, as of right now. I am currently rather excited, and also in no small measure terrified. Eep!

Wanna know why?

Because I just launched this.

Muse Patterns

Yep, I’ve been busily beavering away for the last few months on designing and creating my first not-just-for-me pattern, and getting a brand-new pattern label all ready to go.

I’ve called it Muse Patterns. All the designs are (and will be) inspired by amazing women – both current, and historical. Women who are courageous, intelligent, and inspirational. The first few patterns are inspired by women I know (this first one is inspired by my amazing little sister, Jen), and after that, well, I’m gonna keep that a surprise for now. 😉

And as those who’ve know me for a while know, I’m a huge fan of vintage styles, especially from the 1930’s, 1940s and 1950’s (even though I’ve been on an indie patterns kick recently!), so there’s a fair bit of historical influences that will be popping in Muse designs as well. (While at the same time keeping them fresh and modern.)

The first pattern is the Jenna cardi – it’s designed to be a wardrobe staple, and very versatile, with three different sleeve length options, two different body length options, and two shoulder options, so you can mix-and-match for 12 different combinations. There’s a bit of 1940’s going on with curved front shoulder yoke detailing, and a touch of 1940’s and 1950’s with the waist-length variation with wide hem band.

Jenna cardi | Muse Patterns

And I may have made, well, a heck of a lot of these over the past couple of months while creating and testing the pattern. Hah!! Long ones, short ones, different sleeve lengths, playing with colour blocking, etc, etc. Now that Muse and the Jenna cardi are ‘officially’ launched (as of when I hit ‘publish’ on this post – eek!), I’ll be able to start showing what I’ve been making. (Don’t worry though, I’m not gonna be turning this blog into a ‘Muse’ blog – it’ll stay as it always has been, and Muse will be it’s own separate identity.)

Jenna cardi | Muse Patterns

Anyways, I’m pretty proud of this pattern – it’s been a heck of a lot of work, I’ve learnt a huge amount from doing it (how to set up an online shop, how much Paypal irritates me with it’s help questions, how to use Illustrator, etc, etc), and even if no one else like it or buys it I now have a cardigan pattern that I love making and wearing so it’ll be getting a lot of use in my sewing room at least. 😉

Jenna cardi | Muse Patterns

I also wanna give a huge massive shouted-out THANK YOU!!!! to all the UTTERLY AMAZING people who have helped me get this up and running. You know who you are, and you’ve all been awesome – giving feedback, giving encouragement when I wanted to throw my laptop out the window, testing the pattern, being models for me, all that stuff. Huge huge hugs to you all!! 😀

So yeah, there’s my secret project – now out in the open.

And just coz I can, here’s a discount code if any of you are interested in the pattern. Enter ‘CUPCAKES’ at check-out and you’ll get 20% off until 6 September. (Important note: Paypal does discount codes in a slightly odd way – you’re prompted for them after entering your payment details, whereas most other online payment systems ask for them first. Don’t worry – the option to enter the code will come up and the discount applied between now and 6 September!)

And also just coz I can, here’s a giveaway, too. Comment here, let me know which style you’d make first, and I’ll give a copy of the Jenna cardi pattern away to someone via random draw. If you want to go in the giveaway, comment by the end of Wednesday 3 September – I’ll draw the winner and contact them on Thursday 4th.

The giveaway is now closed – congrats to the winners! 🙂

And on that note, I’m going to go and eat a heck of a lot of chocolate and cheese and try to stop myself from biting my fingernails now that I’ve let this baby of mine loose into the world. Eek!!!

57 responses to “A little secret side project….

  1. OMG!!!!!!!! SO EXCITING!!! And I love this! And how you do it I do not know, with the general issue 24 hour day we all have to work with!

  2. Looks great, I love the blue one. I can’t believe you have so much energy for all this while being pregnant!

    • Thanks! 🙂

      (I must admit doing all the digital work around it gave me a good excuse to sit down for quite a while in the evenings, haha! 😉

  3. Love it! Bought it straight away. I was seriously just looking at buying a cardigan like this on ASOS last night, and I’m glad I didn’t because now I can make my own! Well, once I buy some knit fabric. Awesome work, Kat!

    • Yay! Glad you like it! I can totally see you wearing this one. I’d love to know what you think after you give it a go. 🙂

  4. Wow, go you! I LOVE it! I also love the idea behind it and am looking forward to other vintage-y patterns from you.
    I just sadly don’t need any cardis 😦 How would it work as just a knit t-shirt?

    • I reckon it would work really well as a knit tshirt. 🙂 (I actually have plans for a tutorial on how to convert the pattern to a tshirt one, am hoping to get that photographed and written sometime in September….)

  5. Kat you are amazing! I love this pattern and I am heading off to buy it RIGHT NOW! I even got some fabrics at TFW pop up sale that would work perfectly for this pattern!!!!!

  6. Sooooo, I had made a firm decision (as of Friday after I purchased Miessa shirt) to not buy any more patterns until i have tried at least 5 from my stash……guess that decision isn’t going to be lasting long! i’m going to make the hip length, 3/4 sleeve version with the yoke detailing -i’m pretty excited

  7. Ooh, congratulations! This is a different cardi from what’s out there, too – i have to say I did have a ‘nice that Kat’s making patterns but I don’t need another dress’ moment, so this is extra exciting. I’ll make the hip length view B. I have high hopes that those shoulder pieces will Draw Attention Upwards. Great design!!

  8. Congrats, what an amazing accomplishment! I am going to be all over the hip length, long sleeve one in either variation at the moment, but can definitely see shorter sleeves as the weather improves. Also nice to see a pattern in such a wide size range. Yayy!!

  9. Are you reading my mind? I was just searching for a cardigan pattern a day or two ago and not finding anything I really liked. I desperately need some decent new cardigans!
    So, I would make the hip-length, long-sleeve version without the yoke.
    Looking forward to seeing your next pattern(s) as well!

  10. Congratulations on the new project!! I love the longer line version and would love to be the lucky one!! Looking forward to seeing future releases.

  11. I am always looking for a nice cardi and it is the one thing that is missing from my wardrobe. Sewing patterns for cardigans are woefully lacking – or at least they are for my tastes. I love this one and all versions of it and I shall be buying it in a couple of days time. We are heading towards autumn here so, I would make the waist length, yolk detail, 3/4 sleeve version first. Congratulations on your new venture.

  12. Congratulations! Cute pattern and I like the different options. I think I would first make the longer length, longer sleeve version with the ruched shoulder detail.

  13. ooh! I’ve been wanting a cardigan pattern. I’d start with hip length and long sleeves, as practical in the weather we’re having at the moment.

  14. Lovely – as a librarian I am a dedicated cardi wearer! I love the variety of options and would try a hip length variation b to start with.

  15. I really love this pattern- I’m low on cardi’s in the wardrobe and this is just my style. I like the shorter length bodice as I tend to wear quite a bit of high waisted clothing and it’s have to be a 3/4 length sleeve coz that’s my fave. I love your blue colour blocked version. Adore adore adore!!

  16. Congratulations Kat. Such a gorgeous cardi. And well done for spotting that gap in the indi market!! I love the shorter version with the shoulder yokes. You are so clever x

  17. Kat you are such a rockin woman!! Starting this pet project, baking a bun in the oven, AND crafting all the while. You are my hero. I am totally in love with this pattern. I’ve been needing a waist-length cardi in my stash, and the yoke variation looks super fun! Congratulations!!

  18. This is so great! A good button up cardie pattern is what I have been hunting for for ages! I would make the hip length cardie with the yoke in some nice merino to get my through winter all snuggly.

  19. Love your pattern and defenitely need some new cardigans! I would like to see if I can make version B with long sleeves from an old merino jumper of my husband.

  20. This is beautiful! Would love to win a copy! But am sure I’ll buy it anyways, it’s lush 🙂

  21. I think this is lovely, I would make the yolked version with the cropped body… I don’t much care for modern stretch fabrics or their patterns, the styling is too modern and clingy, the fabrics are often too stretchy, but i can see the incentive to go into a whole new area with this pattern. It looks like a sturdy item of clothing but it has style and usefulness. Well done.

  22. Oh shoot, that is CUTE!!!!! What a great design – and always lovely when a new indie design is something different that I didn’t know I wanted until I saw it! Well done!

    • Oh, ooops, and I’d make the 3/4 sleeve version first, maybe with contrast shoulders but matching band? I’ve got just the right fabric, too!

  23. Wow, this is so awesome!!! That is a beautiful pattern – something totally wearable and interesting! Good work 🙂

  24. I loved this pattern! I really need some knit cardigans, and this is perfect! I would make the cropped version, with long sleeves…

  25. I love it!! What a perfect cardi! I think this one will replace my simplicity 1950s cardigan pattern which is on my list to make several of. Congrats! I can’t wait to see more patterns!!

  26. Congratulations, lady!!!!! This is so exciting!!!!!

  27. Congratulations! I can’t wait to see more of what you’ve got in store for us all.

  28. I love this! I like to sew most things sleeveless so I can wear them in the summer or the fall/winter with a cardigan. I recently learned how to knit so i can make myself cardigans, but I’m the SLOWEST knitter in the world. I’m only half done with a Miette I started in February! So I would definitely put this to good, probably making the hip length with 3/4 length sleeves first to get me through the transitional months until winter hits.

  29. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! And shucks 🙂

  30. I love that cardi, it’s so pretty 🙂
    Well done!

  31. So awesome! I was just eyeing the wool jersey at the fabric shop yesterday. Now I know what I’m making with it! The two-tone blue sample is just gorgeous. I can’t wait to see what everyone makes with it!

  32. Seriously gorgeous. Cardy’s is something I need more of in my wardrobe, especially because I need something to wear over dresses so they’re not limited to summer. So tempted to make the long sleeved, hip length variation.

  33. Wow, go you! I wish you all the best with this and the cardi is super cute, and something a bit new too, fantastic!

  34. That is awesome!!!! Kat, you are amazing! I have literally just purchased your pattern and can’t wait to make it!!! You totally rock – you’re such an inspiring person!

  35. I just love the the yokes, such a pretty detail. I would make a 3/4 sleeve version B first…. But really lets face it I’d want to make every combination possible. Congrats on releasing a really nice pattern.

  36. I purchased and made this today, LOVE IT! The perfect cardi for over dresses, thanks. I look forward to more patterns from you.

  37. Congratulations! It’s just gorgeous! Yes please enter me in the giveaway 🙂

  38. Such a cute pattern! I would make the short version with full length sleeves.

  39. Hi Kat,
    This cardi is awesome!! I love, love, love Variation B.
    Crossing my fingers for the giveaway!! :))

  40. Gorgeous, Kat, well done! Put me in the draw, please.
    Definitely would make version B, not sure which sleeve length – maybe all of them?! I’m well known for using the same pattern over and over again 🙂

  41. Congratulations Kat! I am in awe of you developing this with everything else you have going on at the moment! I wish you every success going x

  42. Congratulations! I’m so in love with the first version!

  43. Congratulations! I didn’t know you did patternmaking as well. I’d love to do something like this in the longer term – just have to figure out what it is I want to do 🙂

    • Thanks Donna! 🙂 I used to do a lot more – had my own small clothing label for a while a few years ago with patterns I made myself. I’ve been thinking about going down this route for a couple of years now, so seemed like a good time! I’m loving seeing your designs pop up, by the way – looks like it’s going really well! Catch up next time you’re over this way and we can talk both UX and design, perhaps? 😉

      • You bet – I’ll probably be in Welly in February again 🙂 I have the most awesome wool cashmere coat just about finished. I think I’ll blog it.

  44. What a wonderful pattern, just what I have been searching for. I can combine 2 of my favourite things: Cardigans and NZ Merino knit. Would start with the short waist 3/4 sleeve version with the shoulder yokes. Congratulations and good luck with your new venture.

  45. YAY!!!!! WOW!!! i’m in shock and awe – you are amazing, girl! HUGE congratulations!!!!! This is a stellar pattern, and I would DEFINITELY make it up in the long sleeved version as fall has hit us quite suddenly here and my arms are cold LOL

  46. Just bought it : ) Now I’m going to dig out some old sweaters and make it from those. I have a super special event to go to at the end of October that this may be an integral piece in my outfit!!

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