This is a very exciting time for us. We are finally launching a project that we have been talking about for years and we are so glad that you are part of it. In case you didn’t read our About page, let me introduce ourselves!
Just Patterns is long time talked about and finally launched project by my friend and patternmaker extraordinaire Eira (who you may know from her blog and Instagram – The Pattern Line) and myself – Delphine – currently blogging and Instagramming under the name Sewing Tidbits. We met back in 2012, in a draping class at FIT.
Since I started sewing, when I was 14, I always had the impression (obsession??) that something was missing in the offer of sewing patterns. Many of us start sewing because they want clothes that cannot afford, or that don’t exist exactly the way they want. Yet, unless we dedicate years to learning how to draft and drape, we are constrained by sewing patterns that do not match our vision or our expectations.
In recent years, many new independent pattern designers have appeared, often catering to niche markets, but mostly targeting new and intermediate sewers. It had the great effect of encouraging more people to make their own clothes but we feel that the offer for more advanced dressmakers has not evolved at the same speed.
To complete our FIT assignments, Eira and I used to
drool research for hours in New York City’s nicest stores, looking inside garments, spying construction techniques, studying style lines. Those were the clothes we dreamed to have in our closet, but we couldn’t afford them. Even if they were, they wouldn’t always fit right.
After some time and seeing many of the beautiful garments Eira was making from her self-drafted patterns, I opened up to her about how I felt the home-sewing patterns were lacking to get that high-end look. She was clueless since she had never used a commercial pattern but I showed her dozens of examples and she became enthusiastic at the idea of making something different available.
In the mean time, life happened and I moved out of New York. Fast forward a couple of years, I am back in the City, at the end of my maternity leave and the stars are finally aligning so that we can launch our first patterns. You can find them in our Etsy store!
Next time I’ll talk about what we want our sewing patterns to be, until then you can let us know what you think. We love to talk about everything sewing and fashion related!
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