Introducing Muse Patterns and the Philippa dress

Another one of our fabulous returning sponsors for Indie Pattern Month 2016 is Muse Patterns! Muse are a range of womens wear patterns combining vintage inspirations with a modern twist. Every Muse pattern is carefully designed to be versatile, with several options included that can be mix-and-matched to create a range of garments. Mel caught up with Kat, the designer behind Muse, to find out more about her most recent pattern – the Philippa dress, top and skirt.

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Hi Kat, and welcome to Indie Pattern Month! First up, tell us all a bit about your designs. How would you describe your style/aesthetic?

I love vintage styles, especially from the 1930’s and 1940’s. The interesting seaming details and design lines! All of my designs are a mix of vintage inspiration and a modern aesthetic – incorporating interesting elements from past fashion eras with a fit and versatility for today.

I believe that patterns should be used over and over again, and I make sure that every design I release has several variations that people can mix-and-match to create many different looks. Much like the 1940’s ethos of reuse and making things go further!

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Gillian wrap dress, with it’s 1940’s and 1970’s influences

How did your come up with the name for your label?

It’s a combination of a few ideas coming together, really. The concept of a creative ‘muse’, and the idea of having a project that inspires me and drives creation as part of that. Plus, most of my patterns are inspired by amazing women, so there is a ‘muse’ for each pattern, too. 😉

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The Melissa blouse pattern, modelled by its Muse

Looking forwards, where would you like your business to be in five years time?

I’d love to continue to be designing and creating thoughtful patterns with interesting details and a lot of versatility, that people are inspired by and remake over and over! Paper patterns are definitely on the horizon (although I’m taking the time to think all the elements of them through very carefully, so probably not for a while yet). I’d love to collaborate with local artists and designers on projects, and I have a few ideas in that space although not for a couple of years yet so that’ll have to remain secret for now!

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Jenna cardi with vee neck variation from the Jenna expansion pack

What’s your favourite part of releasing a new design?

Oooh, gosh! The beginning and the end, I guess! I go through the classic creative cycle with every design – the peaks, and the trough of despair and disillusionment in the middle, haha! (A big thank-you to those lovely friends who put up with me wanting to throw each pattern in the bin about three weeks before it gets released!) I love the process of coming up with an idea for a design – that moment when inspiration strikes and combines a ‘muse’ with an era and a concept, and the details all start falling into place. And then seeing the testers versions at the end of the process, and how they’ve all interpreted the pattern – often in ways that surprise me and inspire me!

Philippa pattern - top and skirt variations

Philippa pattern – top and skirt variations

Who or what inspires you with your designs?

All sorts of things! Vintage pattern envelopes; styles that I see on the street, in magazines, and in stores; amazing women and their individual sense of style.

We’d love to know the story behind your designs. Let’s talk about your most recent pattern – the Philippa dress, top and skirt. What was the inspiration behind the pattern?

The Philippa pattern was inspired by an amazing woman I know (who, funnily enough, is called Philippa!). She’s a passionate, focussed dynamo of a women, who absolutely loves what she does and that passion permeates every part of her life. Her spiritual home in fashion is late-1960’s British Mod styles, and she particularly loves wearing things like mini skirts, graphic prints, and shift dress styles, all of which look fabulous on her. The Philippa pattern has a lot of late-1960’s Mod style influence, with it’s sleek shift dress style, princess seams, slim A-line skirt, mini skirt, and the collar, jewel neck, and sleeveless variations. I added a scoop neck variation as that’s more in keeping with the modern element of her style, and added pockets because she’s a practical woman who appreciates functional details like that. That late-60’s Mod inspiration followed through for the website samples, where I made the most Mod style of the dress in a black and plaid combination.

Where did the name come from?

Directly from the Muse for the pattern. 😉

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Philippa pattern- dress variation

Do you have any new patterns coming out soon? Any hints you can give us? (We’re so impatient, haha!)

Well, I do have one in the works. (But then, I always have a pattern in the works!) All going well, I’m hoping to have it released in late July or early August (*fingers crossed*). It’s a summer style, and has hints of the 1970’s in it. I’m also working on updating some of my older patterns, and there will be an update (with layers printing functionality included!) for one of them within the next month.

Thanks so much Kat for talking with us about your designs and about Muse patterns! We’ll be looking forward to finding out what the new pattern will be. 😉

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