I've blogged before about the excellent online sewing site, Backstitch. Alice, who runs it, has a superb selection of the funkiest patterns from across the globe, and she's adding to her stock all the time. And I love receiving a parcel from Backstitch - the patterns come hand wrapped in tissue paper, tied with ribbon and bearing a handwritten note. It's like receiving a gift, and in these impersonal days of online shopping, the pretty little touches make all the difference.
Alice stocks a selection of American Oliver + S patterns which are fantastic - classic, slightly retro clothing patterns for little boys and girls. I've bought a couple before and also own the Oliver + S: Little Things to Sew Book which I would highly recommend as one of the best craft books around. The design and cut-out doll illustrations of the packaging are beautiful and the instructions are really well written. This time, I bought the Sketchbook Shirt & Shorts pattern, and the Nature Walk Pullover and Pants pattern. My creations will be on my baby blog in due course.
For me and Mr B, I went for two patterns by Collette, another American company. They produce modern classic patterns with a vintage feel, and again, the packaging and design are superb - they blow pattern packaging from Burda and the like out of the water.
For Mr Biddle, I chose the American retro Negroni Shirt - which is an intermediate level pattern and I'm a bit nervous about attempting. But I've got a big piece of vintage red gingham crying out to be turned into a shirt for him so I'll report back when I pluck up the courage to try it. For myself, I chose the Violet blouse which looks very cute indeed and is a beginner level pattern so hopefully won't flummox me too much!