As some of you may already know, I recently decided to take the plunge and start my own business. I had somewhat idealistically imagined spending each day working on a new task - one day making a pattern, the next sewing, the day after that working on my website and social media. But I have found out very quickly, that it is not like that at all. Things that I had imagined would take a few days, take weeks (hello grading a pattern into 10 sizes - I'm talking to you!). So a pattern that I had thought I would launch two months ago, is only now, ready to go. But I am learning to enjoy the process, and to respect and appreciate the time that it takes to make something beautiful. As it's all about the journey, right? (yes, year 10 English taught me something!) So that is why I have been very very slack on the blogging front!
I thought some of you may be wondering what I have planned for the future, so have written a little Q and A for you!
Why did you start a new website to release you patterns?
Whether or not to start a new website (with new name and branding etc.) has been one of the biggest decisions I have had to make related to my business so far. After all the hard work and long days and nights spent creating tutorials for Em Makes Patterns, (EMP) it seemed at first that it would be crazy to start again somewhere else. But the more I thought about it, the more I realised that this is a new business, and although it will have similarities and common threads in common with EMP, it needs its own home. My goals and mission have somewhat changed since writing my first blog post here, and for me to fulfill these goals, I knew I needed a new website. This blog gave me an opportunity to learn, and experiment and get to know what this whole blogging thing is about. And I learned A LOT. But now, I feel it is time to take all those lessons and create a space for this new venture.
What is going to happen with 'Em Makes Patterns?'
That is a good question (she says to herself)! And one I am not entirely sure of. When I first made the decision to create an entirely new website, I also decided that I would continue blogging over at EMP (because we all have so many hours in the day, right?). I have since learned that this may be too difficult to manage . So for the moment I am playing it by ear. Many of the tutorials on EMP are going to be relevant to the patterns I create, so at this stage, I plan to slowly take the tutorials across to the new site.
What can we expect from 'In the Folds?'
You can expect many things from In the Folds! To start, I will be releasing my first sewing pattern (of many). Alongside each pattern release, I will be doing a sew-along, as well as showing you as many pattern hacks as I can possibly come up with. One of my main missions for this project, is to get people pattern making, and realising how many things you can create from a single pattern.
Patterns will be drafted with the following things in mind:
· Always beautifully drafted and available in a broad range of sizes
· Design will be very thoughtful, and will always include unexpected detailing, to make it an interesting sew for makers of all levels
· Patterns are designed with room for you to make them your own
· The pattern will teach you a new technique (or hopefully two)
· Instructions that will help you get a beautiful store-bought finish and encourage you to push yourself into unknown territory
· Step by step tutorials and sew-alongs that will give you helpful hints and tips that will not only help you with this particular pattern, but will help you become a better sewer in general
· There will also always be a lot of pattern hacking inspiration with every pattern release, so that you can transform a single pattern into as many garments as your imagination will allow
As for the future of In the Folds, I also plan to start producing a small collection of garments each season to be sold online and at local markets, but that will be a little later on down the track, as I really have my work cut out for me at the moment!
Who is this website for?
This website is for anyone interested! If you have enjoyed following along with this blog, then you will definitely like In the Folds.
If you are interested in learning and developing your pattern making skills (which I assume you are, because you are here), it will be a good resource for you! I really want to show people that pattern making is nowhere near as scary as many people think it is, and that you just need to know a few simple processes to get yourself started. There will be a lot of sewing goodness, as I firmly believe that a good understanding of putting clothes together is critical to being able to draft patterns well.