welcome To The One Thimble Blog
Today we’re chatting with Annie from Annie Zorzo Accessories. I met Annie in real life at the Bag Fanatics Retreat in 2016 (talk about a ‘fan girl’ moment) and learned so much from her.
Interview with Elles from Misusu Patterns
Tell me a little about your business and how you got into sewing.
Hi I’m Elles, the designer and owner of Misusu Patterns. I live in The Hague, the Netherlands, with my husband Martijn, son Bing and daughter Fio. I was raised in a creative Dutch family – for as long as I can remember, there was always a sewing machine on the edge of the dinner table, piles of fabric on the ironing board, balls of bunched up sewing pattern paper surviving in corners on the floor….My mom started me off in my sewing adventures, just like here mother did before her. So I guess I was sort of brainwashed from an early age!
Before I started sewing myself in my teenage years using Burda patterns, I collaborated with my mom on different projects. I would pick out the pattern, suggest alterations and my mom would sew it up. She was always a bit ambivalent about my ideas, but somehow they always (sorta) worked out. I had no clue what I was doing, but I guess that from the very start, I had a knack for visualizing and constructing the garment I had in mind.
Today I’m excited to introduce to to Karly from Paisley Roots – she’s contributed to One Thimble twice this year.
Today I’m super excited to have Lindsey from Ellie and Mac on the blog. In One Thimble Issue 13 Lindsey shared with us her tips for using an Embroidery Machine and showed us how to make applique patches using an embroidery machine.
I really loved chatting with Lindsey. She’s got such an upbeat life attitude and so many of the things she had to say about creating and business had me nodding along, thinking, “WOW, I believe that too!!!”
Today I’m so excited to introduce you to Melissa from Bella Sunshine Designs.
She learned to sew at the age of 9 and by 13, she had decided she wanted to one day be a designer. What started off as a childhood dream, quickly evolved into a thriving business. Bella Sunshine Designs has been providing well-fitting, vintage inspired sewing patterns for women and children since 2015.
Tell me a little about your business and how you got into designing/sewing.
My parents owned their own business when I was a child, and when school let out for summer, they let me stay at my grandmother’s during the daytime for the summer. My grandmother is a super talented artist (fun fact: she was commissioned by the President of the US when she was a young woman). She always had some sort of fun project for us to do together. The summer I turned 9, she taught me to sew. My great aunt was a professional dressmaker and taught my grandmother. She, in turn, taught me. That summer on, I knew I wanted to work in fashion design. Here’s a photo of me in the very first me made outfit.
What/where/who inspires you?
So many things. If you are talking design, I love old time, vintage classics! If you are talking business, anyone that has the courage to go out on their own and make it happen. I try my best to surround myself with super positive, successful people. I think that’s one of the best ways to remain successful yourself.
What’s your best tip for people getting started with sewing?
Don’t let fear hold you back. Sew that thing that you are afraid may be beyond your skillset. The only way we ever grow and learn is to push ourselves forward. And in the day of the internet, the answer to your problem is only one YouTube video or Facebook group convo away!
What’s your favourite pattern/ thing you have sewn?
Right now, I am all about the Amelia. I made a matching set for my girls and I, and it is complete love! I have had this design in my head for two years now, and I’m so glad to have finally released it.
What you are working on now?
What am I NOT working on right now? I have a bit of designer ADHD combined with being a severe workaholic (7 days a week, 12 hour days). Right now, we are working on a pair of tulip shorts that our testers have been begging us for along with a matching top that has a beautiful flare to it! On top of that, we are in the process of expanding our past women’s patterns further into plus sizes as well as converting some of our super popular children’s patterns into a ladies version. Lastly, I am launching another business geared towards helping other creatives with their business. I’m super excited to launch that later this summer.
What’s something people might not know about you?
I have always been business minded. I started at 9 selling homemade items in my parents shop. Later as a teen, I had my own jewelry line. As a young adult, I owned a professional photography studio that specialized in weddings and portraits for about 6 years. As you can imagine, my skills with a camera have come in handy when photographing things for BSD. It doesn’t hurt that I manage to get cute photos of my kids, too!