Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Welcome to Sew Sweet Patterns- the blog!

Welcome to Sew Sweet Patterns -the blog! We are thrilled to be able to offer tutorials and giveaways and to showcase our upcoming patterns here. We look forward to discussing our fabric addiction, sharing tricks and hints about sewing and showcasing some of our favorite shops and sites.

For our first post we thought we would tell you the story of how we got started...
Maybe its growing up in the 60’s, maybe it’s the hours I, {Patti} spent sitting beside my grandma while she made me “magic” dresses for me out of her old dresses, but I never liked following a pattern, (or a recipe for that matter!) I learned to sew at a time when every girl was expected to take Home Economics and I remember being thrilled in my first day of sewing class. As this whole new world opened up to me, I also developed a new addiction- fabric! In high school my best friend and I wore our own creations, even to Prom! Married at 19, with two daughters by 23, I spent all my free time making matching dresses for them. I looked forward to teaching my girls to sew for themselves but by the time they were old enough, they were too cool to wear my matching, handmade outfits!

It was probably junior high when I, {Angi} discovered Wet Seal and Guess jeans. Mom would see the “cool” clothes I wanted and would say “We could make this!” which horrified me-no one else’s mom was making their clothes! And I certainly had no interest in learning to sew myself. Reluctantly my mom gave up, bought the Wet Seal outfit and limited herself to sewing curtains and pillows for my room.

Fast-forward to 2009 and I became the mother of my own little girl.  Mom went crazy sewing dresses for her all from her own designs, happy to finally have someone to sew for again. We would shop for dresses for Harper and mom would say “We could make this!” and I actually found myself agreeing with her this time! We went to the fabric store and bought some simple patterns, but my first few attempts ended up in tears, even after I finally realized I needed to put the pressure foot down! I hated dealing with the flimsy tissue paper and the instructions might as well have been in another language. I gave up and that dress is still in my office unfinished! After that she brought over a few of her own designs that she had been working on and with her clear, step-by step directions I realized how simple sewing could be.

The first pattern was a super basic little design that we decided to call “The Harper Dress”. It was really fun to be able to say that I had made her first Easter dress myself, something that was even a unique design!

We decided that with mom’s creative designs and ability to simplify the directions along with my fashion sense, business experience and computer skills we might have the makings of a business that could encourage the beginner seamstress (or seamster!)….and Sew Sweet Patterns was born.

Check back over the next few days to see a sneak peak of our two new patterns and to hear the details of our first giveaway! Oh and we would love to have you follow our blog and check out our website as well!

Thanks for stopping by!

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