Welcome to Earnest Threads!

Hello!  We’re so glad you’re here.

We’re currently working on a pattern sloper and will soon be looking for testers for our first two women’s fashion patterns.  We’re excited to begin offering a variety of sewing patterns including wardrobe staples, artful accents, and practical accessories.

We began developing patterns for Irish dancing costumes under the name Gúna Rince in 2016.  We will be continuing those patterns in what will be known as our Gúna Rince line (they’ll move from our old website this spring).  We’ve also moved all those old blog posts here so everything stays together.

Apart from sewing patterns, we also make and sell a variety of eco-printed textile goods and accessories.  Check our Etsy store to see what we’ve been working on.

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  1. Clare Gibbons says:

    Hi Mattie,

    I’ve just started using Embird and stitch artist for making designs for my Irish dance dresses and would like to purchase the pdf or jpeg patterns.

    Can you please recommend which to purchase – the jpeg version or the pdf version?



    • Mattieernst says:

      Hi Clare,
      The JPGS pattern pieces are what you want. Each pattern piece is in it’s own image, and has a bar to measure for scale. The PDF patterns are meant to be printed off and assembled, so they would be a pain to work with in your program.

    • Earnest Threads says:

      Hi Melanie,
      Are you referring to the blue dress in our customer photos? If so, you would create two layers of skirt. For the bottom layer, use our skirt style IV in the 4th Ed. pattern, but gather it instead of pleating. For the top layer, reshape our skirt style I to create the desired overlay shape. All of these pieces would get made up separately. Then you would layer skirt frame, piece IV, piece I for your skirt front and baste all together. Same with the backs.

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