AHemPatterns is an online sewing pattern shop based out of Edmonton, Alberta and run by the lovely Brianna Hellum! Brianna is a fellow seamstress and vintage fashion lover, with a huge selection of patterns in her shop from the 1940’s all the way to the present day. You can find patterns for anything from clothing (including wedding dresses, outerwear, children’s clothing and maternity wear) to costumes, accessories, doll patterns and more! AHemPatterns also ship internationally!
In my quest to sew more garments from the 1970’s, I recently bought two patterns from AHemPatterns on Etsy during their Labour Day sale. I’d had my eye on both patterns for awhile, but kept waffling (as you all know I tend to do!) about whether or not to buy them – when I saw they were on sale last weekend, it was the perfect excuse to stop being so ridiculously indecisive and just snap them up already! And I’m so glad that I did!
Shipping was incredibly fast – how fast, you ask? Well, my patterns were shipped on September 4th and they arrived September 7th! Needless to say I was absolutely thrilled to have these wonderful patterns in my hands so quickly and I’ve actually already started sewing one of them!
The patterns arrived safely in a protective sleeve and backed with a sheet of cardboard so that they wouldn’t bend in the mail, which I definitely appreciate, since my mail carrier likes to squish and bend my mail on the regular (which annoys me to no end!) It also came with a lovely note from Brianna that put a big smile on my face – I love little touches like these!
The first pattern, which you can see in the above image, is one I’m really excited about, Simplicity 9487, which was originally released in 1971. Back in August a wrote a short tribute to my mom, where I mentioned wanting to try and recreate some of the outfits she wore in photos I have of her when she was young. One of those photos showed my mom wearing a blouse and knit top, and I had been searching for a pattern I could use to replicate both. When I stumbled upon Simplicity 9487, I knew it would be perfect.
I can’t wait to go fabric shopping so I can stock up on fabric to sew this pattern with!
The second pattern I bought was McCall’s 3734, which was released in 1973. This is the pattern I’ve already started sewing, in view A:
I wanted to make view B, which features long sleeves, but I had just enough of the lovely 1/4″ check corded gingham fabric left over from my Minerva Crafts review to eke out view A, so I decided to go with it instead, and make this dress in a really sweet yellow gingham. I know I’m probably going to make a few versions of this dress anyway, so the long sleeved version can wait! 🙂 This pattern is for two dresses (views A and B) and a top, (view C). While they are shown as mini dresses on the envelope, I’m only about 5’3″ so I expect the dress to turn out much longer on me. While in the past I normally wouldn’t have worn mini dresses, my confidence has recently boosted just enough that I actually have worn one recently and really loved it, so I just might raise the hem of this dress to make it more of a mini length on my shorter frame!
I love the tucks in the front of the dress, and the tie-belt (which the envelope says is only for view B, though it is pictured on view A as well, so I’m running with it!), actually, now I think about it, I love everything about this dress! It buttons partially in the front and does not require a zipper, so technically it should be a fairly quick and simple sew! I’ll definitely be posting about it on the blog once I’m done. 🙂
The patterns came as described, which is one of the great things about buying patterns from other people who sew – they really understand the importance of accurately describing sewing patterns! The cost of shipping was low, especially since it arrived so quickly and actually got to me almost a week earlier than predicted, which was amazing! I picked up the mail on the way out to an appointment and it took all my resolve not to run back up to my apartment and start sewing right away – but you’d better believe that as soon as I got home, I immediately started pinning the pattern pieces and cutting out my fabric! I can’t wait to really get to work on this dress, and start sewing Simplicity 9487, too!
All in all, I couldn’t be happier with my order from AHemPatterns, I highly recommend this shop and will definitely be ordering from Brianna again! 🙂