Modern lives are made up of many different roles. We're friends, family, professionals, caregivers and more. Sometimes it can seem like we need entirely separate wardrobes for the disparate roles we take on.
Disparate Disciplines Sewing Patterns designs wardrobes for the varied occasions in your life, from a night on the town with friends to a power suit for work, casuals for lounging around the house and workout apparel.
My name is Mari and I’ve been sewing since I was a little girl. But what you really need to know about me is that I love design and I love the online sewing community. To combine my passions I’m creating a business that sells PDF home sewing patterns, Disparate Disciplines.
These aren't your regular PDF sewing patterns.
- Designs are professionally drafted and graded by a professional pattern drafter who’s been working in the fashion industry for years.
- Each nested pattern comes with a printing guide that tells you what pages to print out for the style and size you want to make. This way you don't end up printing out a bunch of mostly blank pages that only have the corners of pattern pieces that aren't your size. No wasted paper or time.
- To make storing and re-using your patterns easy, each comes with an envelope that can be assembled in a minute or two. No more clipping or tying loose PDF pattern pieces together!
- Each envelope also comes with a recipe because Disparate Disciplines Patterns are named after foods. These names aren't random. They tell you something about the pattern, like the Avocado hoodie.
Avocado trees only bear fruit when grown near each other.
The idea for the Avocado Hoodie pattern came to me when I was out with my boyfriend and lost the bracelet my grandma had given me. I didn't realize it was gone until I got home. Even though it was dark out and our food was going to get cold, I insisted on searching for the bracelet. My boyfriend insisted on coming with me. During the search I wished there was some way we could keep our arms around each other but also keep our hands warm. I thought how great it would be if we had pockets in the back of our hoodies. There was another happy ending to this story: he found my bracelet.
- pockets in the back to keep your hands warm as you walk with your arms around eachother
- semi-fitted pullover
- hood overlaps in the front to keep your neck warm
- long cuffs with thumb holes
- slightly different style lines for the men's and women's patterns
- the women's pattern has been drafted and is being sewn by test stitchers (watch the video to see the hoodie in action)
- the men's & women's patterns have been drafted and graded
The Avocado Hoodie is the perfect pattern for a casual date night, which is the theme of the first wardrobe.
Disparate Disciplines releases patterns in collections called wardrobes, where all the patterns come together to form a small wardrobe for a specific lifestyle need.
There are two other patterns to complete the Casual Date Wardrobe.
The first is for women who like options. It can be made as a top or dress in woven fabrics with a yoke or raglan short sleeves, and a scoop or sweetheart neckline. Remember the printing guide? If you don't want to print out the pages for the dress, only print out the ones for the top in the style and size of your choosing. This pattern is going through its second round of drafting right now.
The final pattern is a knit wrap skirt that I came up with when playing around with remnants, which you can make as a mini skirt or knee length. Again, with the printing guide you can easily print out just the pages for the mini skirt if you don't want to make the longer version. Soon, this pattern will go to the professional pattern drafter for editing and grading.
I have some names in mind for the camisole/dress and the skirt, but instead of picking them out myself I'm going to have you all decide! All you need to do to vote is become a backer of this project, but more on that below.
I have enough funding to get the first wardrobe drafted and graded. But I need extra funds for:
- a professional photographer
- a home printer- production will go a lot faster if I don't have to keep running to the local print shop
- unforseen expenses
This company is definitely going to launch with PDF patterns, even if the funding goal on this Kickstarter campaign isn't reached. But with your help, Disparate Disciplines can launch with paper patterns too. Sometimes Kickstarter campaigns raise a lot more funds than their target goal. I'm currently talking to a few local print shops on what it will cost to produce paper patterns. Once I know how much extra will need to be raised I'll notify all the backers of the project and update this page. If this campaign receives enough funding new donation levels will open, allowing you to pre-order paper patterns.
**UPDATE** We've reached our stretch goal & can now offer paper patterns!
- Patterns will be printed on 20 lb bond paper so you can easily reuse them without tearing.
- Paper patterns will hopefully be shipped in May, but June is listed as the shipping date just in case there is an unforeseeable delay.
- Patterns will be shipped as soon as they are available, even if that is before the estimated shipping date.
- $5 donation: behind the scenes access and a voice in shaping the company. For the next year you'll receive an exclusive look at patterns as they're in production and be sent surveys that only go out to Kickstarter backers. These surveys will be fun because through them you'll get to help me pick out names for patterns and vote on things like which patterns will come out next. All higher donation levels get this reward too.
- $8 donation: 1 pre-ordered PDF pattern of your choice and the $5 donation level reward. That’s 20% off the retail price!
- $16 donation: 2 pre-ordered PDF patterns of your choice and the $5 donation level reward. That’s 20% off the retail price!
- $24 donation: 3 pre-ordered PDF patterns of your choice and the $5 donation level reward. That’s 20% off the retail price!
- $32 donation: the entire wardrobe of 4 pre-ordered PDF patterns the $5 donation level reward. That’s 20% off the retail price!
- $100 donation: 1 hoodie sewn by me to your specifications and the $5 donation level reward.
- $180 donation: 2 hoodies sewn by me to your specifications and the $5 donation level reward.
New Reward Levels!
- $15 donation: 1 pre-ordered paper pattern of your choice at just over 16% off the retail cost plus FREE shipping to the US and Canada. International shipping discounted to $9.
- $30 donation: 2 pre-ordered paper patterns of your choice at just over 16% off the retail cost plus FREE shipping to the US and Canada. International shipping discounted to $9.
- $45 donation: 3 pre-ordered paper patterns of your choice at just over 16% off the retail cost plus FREE shipping to the US and Canada. International shipping discounted to $9.
- $54 donation: The entire wardrobe of 4 pre-ordered paper patterns at 25% off the retail cost plus FREE shipping to the US and Canada. International shipping discounted to $9. With free shipping that's $24 off the total cost!
Note that the men's and women's hoodies are different patterns that have been drafted separately from each other, so are purchased separately. To get both patterns, donate at the $16 level or higher for PDF patterns or the $30 level or higher for paper patterns.
All pre-ordered PDF patterns will be e-mailed. All pre-ordered paper patterns will be shipped as soon as they become available. Each backer also gets a big, virtual hug from me!
Disparate Disciplines isn't just the home sewing company I've dreamed about, it's for you, the online sewing community I love. There are so many people who sew, leading such disparate lives from each other. Disparate Disciplines Sewing Patterns is the place to come together, to find the right patterns for your individual lifestyle, to see what other people like you have sewn and to get advice and inspiration for sewing your personal wardrobe.
Together we can make professionally drafted patterns to fit your lifestyle needs with envelopes and printing guides to save you time.
Thank you so much for your help in donating and spreading the word about this project.
Risks and challenges
As I already have my main team of professionals picked out (pattern drafter, web designer and graphic designer) and have started production on this line of patterns, the main risk would be delays to production. We're all small companies; so if someone gets sick or has a scheduling conflict, that could delay release of the patterns. I also need to find a photographer by the end of March. At worst, this project will be delayed by a month or so. But since so many pieces of the puzzle are already in place, the risks are low.
I have fully committed my time, energy and money to this project. It is not just a hobby. In addition to my passion, I have experience coordinating large events and groups of people. In other words, I'm used to working under deadlines and being the central information hub that manages everything.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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