I'M STARTING MY PATTERN COMPANY!
But it's more than that.
It's about being a bigger part of the sewing community. Which is one of the top five best things about the internet. If you made it to this page and don't sew, join us! We are a fun, welcoming, and challenging (and by that I mean we like to create challenges and get others to join) group of creatives that are trying to slow fashion down a little bit.
This project has brought me more joy than anything I have ever done, and I haven't even sold anything yet. I love designing, pattern making, and sewing, but most of all I love adding my own touches to what I wear, and have designed three patterns to help you do the same.
FUNCTIONAL, FLATTERING, and TIMELESS
I often think back to my pre-sewing days, the days in ready-to-wear clothes frustrated with their lack of functional pockets. It’s a real problem, and if you’re a woman you’ll know what I mean.
Sewing my own clothes has given me the ability to carry my things without a purse. Pockets are an absolute must for me. And not just pockets for the sake of pockets. But functional pockets that can hold boatloads of stuff, and be a safe place for fidgety hands.
Anyone can easily slap a big ol' cargo pocket on just about anything and call it functional, but I set out to design patterns with pockets that could carry all the essentials and still be flattering. I researched a lot of vintage clothing, particularly women's WWII workwear, for inspiration, and I think I have done a pretty dang good job with my first three patters.
Let's have a look at them, shall we?
This pattern features relaxed, pleated front pants (for roomier pockets) with casual cuffs. A detachable belt for cinching the waist. A button front closure. Long and short sleeve options. An action back shoulder pleat option for extra mobility. A lined or unlined bodice option. And, of course, a bunch of pockets.
There are so many ways to make these coveralls, but be prepared to take your time sewing these. There are many steps and pieces which can seem quite daunting, especially for the novice sewist. That said, the steps are straight forward and are broken down into manageable chunks. If you’re ready to tackle a bigger sewing project, these will provide a great challenge. And don't worry, I've got a lot planned to help you along the way, including illustrated, photo, and video instructions.
EVELYN OVERALLS & TROUSERS
This pattern offers two views: the overalls and trousers, and it features the same relaxed fit, front pleats, and casual cuffs as the Len Coveralls. But it offers one of my favorite features: the zipper that's hidden in the pocket! I love this feature so much, because 1. You don't have to worry about sewing a fly front, and the stress that it induces, 2. If your zipper confidence is lacking, this one is hidden! No one will even see that topstitching you are so worried about, and 3. It's a really clean design. Just one button at the side waist is all you'll see.
The topstitching is where it's at on this pattern. But I, like many home sewers, have a home machine, and getting topstitching to look professional without an industrial machine, can be a bit tricky, especially when you are sewing through multiple layers of denim. I have discovered a few clever ways to up your topstitching game, and have provided those suggestions in the sewing instructions.
This is a gathered dirndl skirt that fits at the natural waist, and zips up the back with a single button closure on the waistband. And of course it has pockets! The hem falls just above the knee, but what I love about this skirt, is that it is totally customizable. It can be lengthened or shortened, and the fullness can be adjusted to your preference. All of these customizations, and suggestions for them, are included in the instructions.
But it's really all about those pockets!
I am excited to offer PDF patterns. These are formatted so you can print them at home, or take them to your local print shop. PDF patterns offer many advantages over printed patterns, like instant gratification, since they can be printed right away. They are also a great way for international buyers to avoid higher shipping costs and customs hassles. These have been formatted for different pattern layouts, so that you'll be able to print only what you need, which can save time and paper. Each pattern comes with illustrated and photo instructions that you can download and print, or just follow along online (with links to video for those extra tricky steps).
Sugardale Patterns are printed on stock paper (rather than tissue) so that you can use them over and over again, and draw, cut, and tape any fitting adjustments or pattern hacks. I am always trying to find ways to reduce waste, and one of those ways is by using recycled materials. The pattern envelope and the shipping envelope are one in the same (why do we need an envelope within an envelope?), and made from 100% recycled material. But I want to take this a step further, and try another way to reduce waste, and that I'll leave up to you.
Each pattern will come with an illustrated instruction booklet, but I am also providing access to illustrated and photo instructions online (just like my PDF versions). That way, you can opt out of the printed booklet if you plan on just following the instructions from your mobile device. In the grand scheme of things, this may save just one single tree, but it's a step in the right direction.
I really can't wait to see what you all make with Sugardale Patterns! That is what I am looking forward to the most if my project is funded. What fabric will you choose? Which buttons? What will you stuff in your pockets, and what will you do in these? Like my mom here, putting her overalls to good use in her garden.
I need your help to get there, though. Since designing the original pair of coveralls over a year ago, I have sewn up several samples in different sizes for friends and family, and made adjustments based on their feedback. One suggestion was better sleeve mobility, and I fixed that right up! I have spent countless hours working on getting this project to the point that it's at. So far, I have done most of the work myself, including designing and drafting the patterns, sewing samples, digitizing the patterns, and grading them. I am at a point where I need some help, and that's where you come in.
With your help I can:
- Print my first round of Sugardale Patterns, including the packaging and instruction booklet.
- Pay my wonderful illustrator.
- Buy fabric for new samples for my models (like my Mom).
- Update my website to include new product photos, sewing and fitting tutorials, and pattern hacking tutorials.
- Cover the little things that are adding up: fabric for samples, test prints, screen printing...
- And other stuff like covering raw materials costs for my other rewards and kickstarter fees.
Every little bit helps! Please take a closer look at the rewards that I am offering:
Any one pattern, or a bundle of all three. PDF or Printed. There is an Early Bird Special for the pattern bundle! $10 off all three PDF patterns, and $12 off all three Printed patterns. Get 'em while they're hot!
Make a statement with a Pockets not Purses tee. Screen printed on American Apparel women’s fine jersey t-shirt, sizes SM-XXL.
Just a little something
A cute pink bandana, naturally dyed with avocado pits.
Don't sew, but want a Sugardale piece of your own? Choose a style, and pick from these 8 fabrics. With the exception of the denim, all fabrics are a cotton/linen blend. Tailored to your measurements. In-person fitting if you’re local, and a mailed sample with photo/video fitting if you’re far away. Limited quantities available.
Thank you all for your support. Please contact me if you have any questions!
A special thanks to everyone who helped me with my Kickstarter Video:
Art Direction, Claire Arceri; Director of Photography, Leah Pantéa; Music, CFB Orchestra, Swingin in the Rain; Featured Artists: Michael James Armstrong and Michael Brooks Chandler
Risks and challenges
I have already done the bulk of the work, and have worked out most of the kinks prior to launching my kickstarter page, but I admit there's still a lot to do. My goal was to fulfill rewards by January, but I took a longer look at what still needs to be done, and decided to give myself an extra month. Best not to over promise and under deliver.
If disaster strikes, my backers will be the first to know. I am only one person, but I know I can ask for help, and I have a wonderful support network that I can turn to.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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