Work in Progress :: Big Project

I’ve been sewing for years.  Many, many years.  Ever since I was a kid.  And I love it.  And I love getting inspiration from others.  And I love sharing and helping inspire others to sew.  And this whole rambling thing is me trying to tell you about how I have made progress and grown in all of my sewing to where I am now.  And I want to keep growing.  So I’ve decided to work on designing a pattern….ahhh….a little crazy!

I’ve had this idea floating in my head for over a year now, and am finally growing the courage to start working on it and learning how to design patterns, how to grade patterns, how to do this all on software that I’ve never used before!  I first purchased a few books, and read all I could.  Then I decided I need to enroll in Lauren Dahl’s Pattern Workshop Creating PDF patterns from Sketch to Sale (affiliate link) and she is amazing.  She has been guiding me through learning illustrator and how to make my designs actually happen.  The things you can do in illustrator are mind boggling!  I was slow (it took me a whole year) to actually hit the buy button on Pattern Workshop, but I am so glad I did.  As a mom, it sometimes feels funny to spend money on yourself.  I often only buy things for myself if I need them.  But it feels so good to learn something new!

Swimsuit Fabric :: Dandelion Drift

Immediately when this whole designing a sewing pattern idea popped in my head, I knew right away it would be swimwear.  We live in swimsuits 12 months out of the year!  Swimming is like home to me, and my kiddos.  So I’m starting with a swimsuit pattern for my daughter and I have one in mind for myself too.  Swimsuits are easy to sew…if you can sew a tee shirt, or anything with knit fabric, you can sew a swimsuit!

Phew, okay, that’s all out there.  And now I’m shaking in my boots.  I’m making no promises on timelines for my first pattern.  My goal is end of spring or early summer, but we’ll see what life throws at me!

Okay, thanks for listening to my rambling, I’m super excited to keep learning and of course keep sewing!

  • Yay, good luck! Swimwear sounds like it a great fit for you. 🙂

  • So excited to see what you come up with! I love your style 🙂

  • Emily

    Exciting! Can’t wait to see what you come up with. 🙂

  • Yay! Lauren’s Facebook group is amazingly helpful and fast if you need encouragement! Can’t wait to see what you have in mind 🙂

  • that’s so so exciting!!!! I’m so happy for you. 🙂

  • Woohoo! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us. 😉

  • Wow – so exciting Teresa! Best wishes for your new adventure 🙂

  • What thrilling news, Teresa! I’m sure you’ll do a wonderful job with the pattern.

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  • Jeannie

    I saw the swimsuits in Stylo Magazine, and they’re lovely! Is the pattern ready? I would love to make a couple: one in size 12 and another in size 7-8. Thank you!