Thursday, November 13, 2014

Who Survives and Who Thrives

 My college sweetheart's mother, quite the battleaxe, went to college with Fred Rogers. He was always the guy you saw on television, and "the nicest @#^$ I ever met". Thanks Sally for the salty quote!

One good thing I took from recent online seminars: the Internet is a neighborhood. The people in your neighborhood, your peers, are your neighbors and you should be....neighborly.

So the online version of shopping locally is what? 

I look to the independent pattern makers when I am shopping for a pattern.

I look for the indies first, because I assume there will be good new ideas there. Since I'm largely drafting my own stuff now, I am looking for inspiration or a kick in the pants. It's no different to me than paging through the big Two companies catalogs with their endless repetitions. 

Hey, they do have good and interesting stuff now and then. And they have a wider audience to appeal to than me.

Targeting your audience as a company is a good way to get repeat business. Lots of folks aim at the the newbie sewist, combining a sewing lesson with a pattern.  Others have a design niche (pockets! trending styles! Princess Kate!) This is all good news.

There are always new businesses coming up and older ones fading away (either age, death or real life intervening with business). 

LaFred sketches. Love her jackets!

I miss LaFred terribly. But the patterns are still there.

Barcelona Dress Textile Studios

I've been reading A History of the Paper Pattern Industry, and you would not have known that the one that survived would be Butterick from the companies over the years (and even that is just a nameplate since 2001). And when the PDF format turns into something more practical for the home sewer (and when we find a better term than that, cause I am not sewing a home)....

I have a tight deadline on those grey hems. More later.


  1. I'm sticking with the "Oldies" (vintage) for now, though Christine Jonson patterns intrigue me for nice-looking knit basics and travelwear. When I join that sewing convent, I'll be much more productive.

    1. Ah, but now 'vintage' includes the pattern age I first sewed in. I have a couple of Ms Jonson's patterns to look forward to once I finally master knitwear. I should be 80 by then. I'll need some pullovers.


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