Fred Bloebaum’s patterns can now be found at SewingPatterns.com . At the moment the patterns are available at a slight discount.
Like so many people I know these days, Fred is wagging an intense war against cancer with the help and support of a large circle of friends, family and medical practitioners and has closed her businesses. It must feel good to her to have this pressure off her plate. I met her once at a sewing conference and found her to be intensely devoted to helping her customers. She’s a sweet lady and I am glad she was/is a part of my sewing life.
I have made up the Iris skirt and love the angled pockets and drape of the slight A-line. I didn’t review it anywhere but it was a staple of my skirt wardrobe done in linen and linen/rayon mix.
I also have made only one iteration of the Helena Dress and still wear it. Made in a stretchy, drapey matte jersey, it fit well through all my weight fluctuations. My PR review is HERE and I point you to it since it details all the adjustments I made to fit the pattern to my shape after incorporating the fitting information from the 4 other reviews.
There are lots of reviews of LaFred patterns at PR. Just go to the advanced search function and point to LaFred to see them all.
Hmmmm, I know I have the Athena Blouse pattern, I wonder if I ever got around to ordering the Athena II? I don’t see it at SewingPatterns.com so maybe it’s too late! I will have to check the file cabinet…far too many patterns…far too little time.
There are a few other LaFred patterns in my totally huge stash that deserve exploration: the Daphne Pant, the Europa Blouse, the Maia Jacket. Her instructions are really good and each pattern has an interesting sewing challenge. Just a few style changes can bring the basic shapes up to date.
Do you have any favorites?