Remember Project Indie, which The Monthly Stitch and Dresses & Me were running as part of Indie Pattern Month, looking for a new indie designer to help get them started with their pattern label? Well, we’ve had three amazing submissions for Project Indie, and it’s time to show them to you all!
Firstly, we’re going to introduce you to the three designers – Helena from GrayDay Patterns, Lindsay from Lindsay Woodward Designs, and Charlotte from English Girl at Home. Here’s our interview with Lindsay from Lindsay Woodward Designs (click through the names for our interviews with the other two designers).
Hi Lindsay! Thanks for entering Project Indie – we’re really excited to learn more about you and your design! Firstly, tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into sewing?
It all started innocently enough with an introductory sewing course in 2012. Little did I know sewing would quickly become my all-encompassing passion! Over the last two years I’ve sewed just about everything you could think of, from sofa covers to swimsuits. Once I discovered the online sewing blogger and indie pattern communities I knew I had found my home! I sew almost every day and I never get tired of it. And if I’m not sewing you can usually find me either sketching ideas, drafting patterns, or blogging!
When did you decide you wanted to start your own pattern label?
I’ve always been a voracious learner, so earlier this year I dove into learning pattern drafting, Illustrator, and InDesign. I found that I really enjoyed the technical side of sewing as well as the hands-on aspect. Once I started developing patterns for my own use and realizing how much I enjoyed it, I knew I wanted to share my patterns with the sewing community. The thought of other sewists using my design to come up with their own unique creations is really exciting!
How would you describe the the style of your label?
Modern and versatile. I like keeping the style lines fairly simple, with lots of options for different styles and variations. I hope to create wearable, wardrobe-building pieces with interesting details.
What’s the story behind the name of your label?
Nothing too exciting here – just my name!
Now, let’s talk about your pattern design! How would you describe it?
The Senna dress is a knit dress with a loose kimono sleeve top and a ruched pencil skirt.It has boat neck and scoop neck variations, as well as the ability to be made into a separate top and skirt. You can make a dress for a cocktail party, a pencil skirt for the office, and a top for the weekend all from the same pattern!
What’s your favourite part of your design?
I think the ruching on the pencil skirt is so flattering on all body types. With a form-fitting skirt ruching is great camouflage as long as you’re using a medium-weight fabric. I also love that the Senna’s made with knit fabric, so you can be comfortable while still looking pulled together.
How did you decide what to call your design?
Senna is a flower that’s native to my home state of Texas. I love plants and gardening so the plan is to name all my designs after native Texas flora!
Want to have a look at Lindsay’s Senna design? Here you go:
You can find out more about Lindsay through her blog – Design By Lindsay.
Keep an eye out tomorrow, where we’ll be asking everyone to vote for their favourite of the three designs!