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Lauren is the face behind Tadah! Patterns, creating styles which have a nod to nostalgia and a fresh take on sewing. Tadah! Patterns are all about celebrating modern sewing with designs that are accessible, funky and above all fun! She has worn many hats in her adult life, most of which have revolved around teaching.
Hi! Today I’d like to introduce you to Miriam from Who Says Sew.
I got the elastic for my latest Ultimate Suit from Miriam along with a heap of other haby (zips, freezer paper, lace, needles), from Miriam and now I’m all set for my next few projects!
If you have One Thimble Issue 13 be sure to check out page 143 for some Who Says Sew discount vouchers.
Today I’d like to introduce you to Leonie from Love Lee Fabrics.
Leonie donated a wonderful Sarah Jane fabric pack to our One Thimble Issue 13 ‘Letters to the Editor’ winner. I absolutely LOVE discovering Aussie fabric stores who stock fabrics by all my favourite designers and I know you will too!
Leonie has some great specials on Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes at the moment … they’re priced at $50 or less till 31/12/16 AND she has a special offer for One Thimble followers – use the code onethimble for 10% off your purchases through till 31/12/16
Alana is the creator behind Rosie Petal, a boutique which specialises in fun, everyday separates for girls and boys. She has been sewing for over 20 years, and has been a regular contributor as a pattern designer and article contributor (she’s been writing our Ziplines column) to One Thimble for the past few years.
Jill loves to create, and went to school to become an illustrator. After finding it hard to paint with child’s hands wanting to help, she shifted her creativity to clothing sewing and then pattern designing. As a designer, her creative passion comes through in making beautiful clothing with quality techniques.
Tell me a little about your business and how you got into designing/sewing.
My mom started teaching me how to sew when I was really little—about six years old. We did mostly quilting; I didn’t really start making clothes until my first baby was born. I had one baby pattern, a pattern for a little dress, and I didn’t really like it all sewn up. So I altered the pattern. Liked that version. Altered it again and liked that, too. I realized that you don’t have to sew a pattern the way it was drafted! From there, it was a simple jump to deciding to draft my own patterns from start to finish. After lots more practice altering patterns.
What/where/who inspires you?
I’m inspired by vintage details and silhouettes—especially from the 40s and 50s. I’m also inspired by my three little girls. I love to make clothes for them, and I love to see them love what I make, so I’m very inspired by what they like and what they need in their wardrobes.
What’s your best tip for people getting started with sewing?
Go ahead and try it! Sometimes our early attempts work, and sometimes they don’t, but if we fearlessly keep trying, we’ll soon get it figured out. I used to be afraid to sew with knits, but once I tried them, I realized they aren’t scary after all! (Knit clothing can even be a simpler sew, since you don’t usually have closures or seam finishes to do.)
What’s your favorite pattern/thing you have sewn?
That’s a hard question, as I love so many of the things I’ve sewn. Having to choose only one, I’d choose a t-shirt pattern I made for my oldest daughter a couple of years ago. It’s a very simple dolman t-shirt, and its very simplicity is what makes it so fun! I’ve hacked my original pattern into so many variations, it’s definitely the most-sewn pattern I have. Here are some of my variations:
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a shirt to go with the Brook Blossom Skirt. I’m also working on teaching my twin sister pattern drafting so she can join me at Orange Daisy Patterns!
What’s something people might not know about you?
Orange Daisy Patterns is named after the orange gerber daisies my husband brought me when he picked me up for our very first date.
You can purchase Jill’s pattern for the Girls Brook Blossom Skirt as a single PDF HERE or for the Brook Blossom Skirt (ladies sizes) HERE or visit her website to see more of her work HERE or purchase Issue 12 which contains this pattern HERE.