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Interview with Jill from Orange Daisy Patterns

Jill Miller - Orange Daisy Patterns

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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

Brook Blossom Girl Skirt Stand Alone Cover Brook Blossom Skirt Stand Alone Cover  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.

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