The NEW Basics Collection!

Introducing the new Basics Collection.

Short-Shorts Hey There Threads Basics Collection

The new Basics Collection has been out in the big wide world for a week now and I wanted to take a moment to give you a run down on its new features.

I was going to try and list them in order of most exciting change first, but there’s so many and I’m not sure I can pick a favourite, so let’s just start!


Yes, LAYERS! Woohoo! You can now print your Basics Collection pattern pieces in only the sizes you require. In theory you could also use layers to blend sizes, but honestly, the Basics Collection fit means that’s really not required. They’re meant to be a loose, comfy fit, and blending is a technique that you’re more likely to need to use when you need a very precise fit, like a beautiful, fitted party dress. (Think Disco Dress from Ainslee Fox.)

Less Pages

YES! Less pages!! I made the printed area slight larger to fit more of the pattern on each page and altered the layout. It’s now only 3 pages across instead of 5 and the pattern now only takes 56 pages instead of 75 pages. The pattern pieces haven’t changed, (well they have, but only slightly, not enough to alter how they fit on the page, and more on that in a minute), I’ve just managed to fit them on the layout better this time around.

Clearer Print Guide

There is an illustrated print guide so you know which pages you need to print for each style. The pattern pieces have also been laid out so they correspond better to the view guides. Ie, the 2 piece pattern pieces for all lengths are first, then the inseam pocket pattern pieces and then the exposed pocket pieces.


Finished Lengths included in Size Chart

The size chart now includes the body measurements, fabric requirements and finished lengths. This is handy to refer to if your kiddo has a pair of shorts that you like the length of. You can measure those and find the length and style option that suits best.

Changes to Pattern Pieces

After spending a good chunk of time dealing with manufacturers and learning how to put full collections into production with The Smallest Tribe last year, I learned a lot about best practice and some super nifty techniques from some incredibly talented people. As a result of this, the pattern pieces have all had some very tiny, almost imperceptible changes made to them. If you have pattern pieces that you are currently using for the Basics Collection, there is absolutely no need to print them out again. Having said that, the new pattern pieces will give you an ever so slightly cleaner and neater finish in the end product.

The best part of the new Basics Collection is that if you already own a copy, there is no need to buy another copy. If you purchased your pattern from the website, sign into your account here and the new version is ready for you to download now. (

If you purchased your pattern from Etsy, I am working through a list to email each and every person to make sure they get access to their new copy. If you haven’t heard from me yet, feel free to jump the cue and send me an email and I’ll get it over to you asap. It’ll help if you can include either your transaction record or your Etsy username in the email and use “Etsy Basics Collection” in the subject line to make sure I don’t miss it.


Have you created something with the Basics Collection lately? Why not share over on Instagram! Use the hashtag #httbasicscollection and make sure to tag me in your post (@heytherethreads) so I don’t miss it. Love ya!

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