Its just about that time ... we are looking for pattern testers for our first official L&E pattern release. We are newbies in town but feel that we can offer something a little different to the sewing pattern scene. What, you ask?
Fit: Our patterns are offered in a size range of 2 - 24. In general, our garments feature a fitted shoulder, easy but defined waist and appropriate length. Here is our size chart:
Construction: Our instructions are clear, pieces are easy to locate, and wording is very down to earth. We have spent years sewing with traditional patterns and instructions. We have improved upon the old formula by keeping what works and dropping what doesn't make sense.
Design: Lilith & Eve is all about versatility of design. Each garment can be worn two very different ways to match our two very different ladies' styles.
Experience: We have years of professional experience working with patterns, garment development, as well as years teaching beginning and intermediate sewists how to improve their craft. We have seen first hand the issues that come up, again and again, in the process. We have used that knowledge to create easier and more thoughtful patterns.
Future: Our plans don't stop at the first pattern. We have four initial patterns in development, including a lined jacket, blouse, maxi/tunic and a tank top. After that we have a myriad of garments planned for the future with no end in sight.
Community: What you see is what you get with us. We are interested in creating a community around transparency, helping each other out, being responsive and staying true to our brand.
These plans are all well and good, but we want to make sure we're making a product that you're going to love. Are you interested in becoming a L&E pattern tester? If so, THANK YOU! Please fill out this form:
One thing I would love to add. If you can please offer everything for your whole size range, I hate when I get a burda magazine and love the plus size designs but can't make them without huge alterations.
This is something we keep talking about. The problem on our side is that every separate pattern/size envelope we create is a separate batch that we have to print in bulk in order to sell. I believe we will offer every style in standard sizing, and many styles in plus (depending on silhouette). My partner, Nicole, is a standard size 8, and I am a plus size. If a style isn't plus appropriate (teeny weeny bikini for example..which we aren't doing), we won't release it in plus to begin with. However, we will always be open to what sewers want, so if there is some demand, we will take the time to increase the sizing for a particular style to include plus. If we were only offering digitally, we could release full size ranges for everything, but alas - paper printing costs the moolaa, and it still is the crowd favorite for pattern distribution. Thanks for your input!
I just wanted to state again - thank you *very* much for your answers. My partner and I have gotten a lot of responses from various forums and they have been a great help in getting our target down! We've made a lot of decisions about silhouette, fit and sizing that we think will be sorely needed in the pattern world! Keep a look out for us. We are beginning style development now. Our brand will be called "Lilith and Eve"!
* What drives you to sew your own clothing? Creativity and originality
* What sizes do you buy clothes in and can you find the types of clothing that you like in your size? I buy RTW in size 10, usually have no trouble finding the size, My problem is I have a wide back and big arms (years of farm work and weight lifting) and a small waist. Makes it a pain to get a fitted shirt.
* Besides pants, which is the answer everyone has to this question: What fit difficulties to you find in garments that you purchase at stores? too short...... the hems on the shirts barely cover my belly, I don't like bending over and flashing crack or showing my stretch marks from 3 pregnancies. I like the low rise jeans because they are simply more comfortable so the belly/back issue comes up
* Are you an apple, pear, hourglass or straight? I'm such a pear! Hourglass
* Do you keep your patterns once you sew a garment from them? If I like them, YES
* Do you like the level of detail that you find in sewing patterns, in terms of garment styling? What do you feel isn't being offered by traditional sewing pattern companies? I like the patterns that show one garment 8 ways. KWIM ? options to dress it up or down so that if you really like the pattern you can use it over and over and shake it up a bit
* Do you ever alter patterns? If so, what type of alterations do you do? Pivot
* Do you ever buy patterns online and print them at home? If not, would you? yes
* Have you ever run into difficulties with a sewing pattern that made you quit the project? What happened? Ridiculous construction technique and p*** poor directions ! UGH
* Where do you buy fabrics for your garments? online or at JoAnn's, it's the only option unless I drive over an hour to a fabric store
I will try to keep this short! My partner and I are starting an independent sewing pattern company. We are both veterans of the fashion industry, patternmaking and design, and feel we have a product that will fill gaps in the market! I'd like to develop more before revealing the aesthetic and idea behind the company. In the meantime we have been trying to reach out to sewers who frequently (or infrequently) use sewing patterns to make clothes for themselves or others. Would you crafty individuals mind giving me a few moments of your time to answer a few questions? A brief overview: We are designing for standard sizing and plus sizing. Some styles will be plus only, some standard only, and some will be for both size categories, depending on styling. We are focusing on manipulation of fabric and materials to bring a little extra to the pieces. We will release knits and wovens, all garment types, and plan on packaging the instructions in a booklet instead of the large fold out newspaper sheets. You can answer by replying to this thread, or sending me a private message. My partner and I appreciate your answers very much! It will help us focus on the styles you want to see.
Thanks, ~ Sarah & Nicole
* What drives you to sew your own clothing?
* What sizes do you buy clothes in and can you find the types of clothing that you like in your size?
* Besides pants, which is the answer everyone has to this question: What fit difficulties to you find in garments that you purchase at stores?
* Are you an apple, pear, hourglass or straight? I'm such a pear!
* Do you keep your patterns once you sew a garment from them?
* Do you like the level of detail that you find in sewing patterns, in terms of garment styling? What do you feel isn't being offered by traditional sewing pattern companies?
* Do you ever alter patterns? If so, what type of alterations do you do?
* Do you ever buy patterns online and print them at home? If not, would you?
* Have you ever run into difficulties with a sewing pattern that made you quit the project? What happened?
So I have made the transition to 3/4 time professional seamstress (I teach at a local college the rest of the time), and thought I would show off my ABSOLUTELY TINY "studio". In this studio, I make dresses, draperies, costumes, alterations...you name it...I've made it, and I make a living (more of a starving artist...) doing it. Its been a hard transition, with lots of learning experience. I thought about cleaning my studio before showing it off...but seriously, this is what it looks like constantly... just keepin it real. :p
The studio is in our master bedroom. We have a relatively small house, but our master bedroom is very large. We've divided it in half, and the first portion is my sewing studio. We've divided the room by using the dresser as a divider. When people come over for a fitting, I have a folding screen and a full length mirror that I pull out to turn it into a fitting area. The serger comes and goes, but its mostly out all the time. Large garbage can to catch pattern and fabric scraps, thread and whatnot. A shelf with all of my crap - thread, tools, chalk, scissors (many many pairs of scissors), sewing feet, and a patternmaking book if I need a reference for something complicated. I have little kits for various functions - fittings, patternmaking, hand sewing, etc. I also teach people out of this area, one on one sewing lessons. I tape sketches and calendars up to the back of the dresser to keep me on track! Extra lighting, various rulers set on top of the AC unit. I thought I would hate having it blowing right on my face, but I don't know about you ... I sweat like CRAZY when I sew! There's currently a massive order of roman blinds sitting in front of the ironing board. I use a Babylock Grace, for anyone interested in what sewing machine I'm using. I find it has a nice, strong motor, good timing and tension - and it was a little more affordable/portable than other "professional" grade machines at just under $500. Nice buttonholes, too. That is a MAJOR plus.
The other side of my "studio". Professional, gravity feed iron. Seriously, I recommend this to ANYONE who sews a lot! It was $100 and presses better than any iron I have ever used. I got that hanging rack from target for under $50. We have 4 foster cats, 2 of our own cats and a dog. This keeps the animals out of everyone's fabric. Its usually bulging, like in the photo ... fills up fast when I'm working on cushions or chair covers. Its been a godsend.
And the newest addition - not finished. I am just so excited about it... its actually what got me to post this! I have been cutting on the floor for SO LONG. My back has been giving out and ... I generally feel like I've done 8 hours of pilates when I'm done at the end of the day. So, yesterday we replaced our ikea futon in the computer room with a day bed that we found on amazon of all places. Still need a mattress. We also bought an 8foot x 4 foot plywood board from home depot, and two 1"x1" planks that we wood glued to both sides for support. Put some sticky felt on the bottom to protect the day bed and I now have a cutting table! Its a great height...comes up to my waist, and 4 feet deep so I have plenty of room to lay out fabric. Its also got 3 functional drawers on the bottom to hold excess fabric - which I have been just throwing on top of my hanging rack to this point. When I'm done with it, I just climb on top of the bed, lift it and let it slide behind the bed. We are going to paint it white and make it look a bit more like a head board. Its an elegant solution to a crappy problem, and I can't take any credit for it. All hubby.
Its certainly not the most spacious studio, but it really works. We've got a 3 bedroom house, and we still managed to keep our queen bed in the master, a full bed in the guest room, and this twin bed in the computer room. Computer room is also home to not one, but TWO full computer desks (we are geeks). There isn't a spare inch of space, but aside from my studio, it somehow doesn't feel cramped. HURRAY FOR TINY FURNITURE!! I am truly blessed, though. It has taken years to get to this point and I am happy to share it with everyone. Thanks for reading!
I sent out day 12 on time since they were perishable! I'm sending out days 11 - 6 today in 2 big boxes... I seem to have a large volume of stuff. Day 5-1 will be sent out by the 8th if all goes to plan!!! ... am I the only one not done with days 5 - 1? I'm getting close...but definitely not done. hehee.
I've been quiet But i've been crafting, so I have an excuse. Haha. Just a few more things to finish up before mailing out the first package tomorrow. Mommythemaid, I have some things I ordered for your packages that just aren't going to get here in time! I'll put them in the 2nd box if they get here by then, otherwise they will arrive asap! Hopefully by the time you're supposed to open them on the day they're assigned to!!! Stupid mail. So slow!
Have quite a bit of work on my 2nd half of the swap, but everything is about halfway done. Gonna be awesomeness!