Jennifer Lauren Vintage has been one of the blogs I have followed very closely! Her style is understated with a vintage feel. She has recently released a series of patterns, the Afternoon Blouse, the Bronte Top, the Dalloway Dress, the Cressida Skirt and most recently the Felicity Dress
She has made the leap from blogger to pattern maker and she very kindly agreed to be a featured post. I asked her some questions on her love of sewing and this is what she had to say…
What inspires you to sew?
I think the major thing that inspires me to sew are the endless creative possibilities. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, but in general, I can literally dream something up and go make it. I know it will fit me, I know it’ll be the perfect colour, in the perfect weight fabric and I know I can wear it tomorrow if I like (and if I sew fast enough!). You also become quite aware of just how much work goes into making even a basic garment. It makes you wonder how stores can charge so little for garments (or home wares etc) when you know how long it took you to make.
There is also a lot of freedom in sewing. You don’t have to wait for a company or store to come out with that perfect top or cushion that will complete your outfit or lounge. It’s very liberating and I’m so glad there is such a resurgence back to these basic skills.
What’s the first thing you made?
Hmmmm, I think it was probably a pillow case or a cushion! So, not exactly inspiring, but knowing I could make something from scratch, no matter how simple it was, definitely gave me the sewing bug and the courage to try bigger, more complicated things.
Do you have a favourite pattern or style?
Skirts and dresses. I love them. I wear either a skirt or a dress everyday. My favourite kind of skirt is a simple circle skirt (they go with everything! And you can dress them up or down depending on the occasion). And I’m a fan of the big skirted dress, the bigger the better :)
Do you prefer paper or .pdf?
I prefer paper, though I enjoy the ease and quickness of pdf. patterns. I actually currently only release my patterns in pdf. at the moment, and I know it’s a bit of a contradiction, considering my penchant towards paper, but I am working on turning some of my digital patterns into paper patterns. They’ll hopefully be available early next year.
How did you make the change from blogger to pattern maker?
It was totally by accident, it was actually never my intention to release any patterns. I had moved back to New Zealand after living in Sydney for several years and I was finding it difficult to get a job in my field, so I thought I’d start teaching sewing on the side while I kept looking.
I was writing my ‘Intro to Dress-Making’ class and realised that there were no patterns out there that I wanted to teach that had the basic elements of dress-making, but were also interesting – so went about making my own. Once I had completed the pattern, I realised how much work it had taken and so thought I’d just pop the pdf. file up on my Etsy store for sale, not really expecting a whole lot.
That was the Afternoon Blouse, and I’ve since never looked back :)
Can we look forward to more lovely patterns in the future?
Definitely! I’ve just released the Cressida skirt and have a sweater pattern coming hopefully towards the end of November. I’ve also got another dress pattern in the works, but that probably won’t be out until early next year.
Many thanks to Jennifer for allowing me to feature her patterns on the site, we look forward to seeing more soon!