Thanks for the great pattern ideas!

Thank you all so very much for the pattern design ideas on my last post, What’s On Your Sewing Pattern Wishlist?


I loved the enthusiasm and response in the comments. I expected some strong feelings about designs, but I didn’t expect that many comments! Some of the suggestions surprised me, like skinny jeans and blazers, and some of them were what I’d been hearing already, knit dresses and pencil skirts. So many great ideas, and so many very specific wishes and desires.

Clothing is so personal, isn’t it? It’s how we reflect how we’re feeling to the world, how we want to be approached, and how we feel about ourselves in that moment. Or perhaps it’s not that complex and we just want to keep warm and feel comfortable. Either way, you’ve given me a lot to think about.

If you’re curious, it takes close to six months for a pattern design to go from start to finish, all the way from an idea to a printed pattern. Designing is like a funnel, a lot of ideas go into the pipe, and not all of them fall out the bottom. The more ideas we can push into the pipe, the more make it all the way through as finished patterns. Usually the ideas that make it on to become finished patterns are the ones that translate really well from sketch to 3-d garment. Those are the ones where even the muslin looks appealing!

Thanks for all the feedback! And if you think of anything to add later on, feel free to keep on commenting on that post. Time to start sketching!

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5 Responses to Thanks for the great pattern ideas!

  1. Norma November 11, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    “Designing is like a funnel, a lot of ideas go into the pipe, and not all of them fall out the bottom.” So well said. I am working through the same process and it is nice to hear this from another pattern maker :) I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!

  2. cathy November 11, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    fingers crossed that jeans make it through the funnel :)! but i’d be happy with whatever comes out, even if its not jeans.

  3. Jessica November 11, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with, Tasia! Hope this coincides with some ways for you to do more of what you want to be doing in the business :-).

  4. Marissa November 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    I am interested in classic dresses and other office attire.

  5. Kristen November 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Another one I forgot to mention, I would love a jeans jacket pattern. I’ve been looking for one to make in corduroy, but no luck.