Coming Soon: A New Pattern! And Lessons I Learned Along the Way...

July 30, 2014


Yes, it's true! A new pattern is coming soon and I am super excited to share it with you! I'm sure you all have many questions about what it will be and the like, but the first question most people ask me about my patterns is this: "Why so long between patterns, yo?" (Okay, not everyone throws in the "yo".) And here's the answer...

Over the last 9 months since my Emery Dress pattern came out, I've done many things, but mainly I wrote two upcoming sewing books, as well as launched my most recent book in February! Yes, there are two more books coming in early 2015 and those eat up a LOT of time! So that's the big reason.

Also, I've been teaching, living my life, traveling quite a lot (France, Palm SpringsColorado, Pittsburgh, Houston, Michigan, etc.) and all of that pretty much fills in the rest of the time. Well, that and sleeping. Ha!

But here's the big lesson I learned along the way: It's not a bad thing to get out of your own way. What I mean is that I had hoped that my Emery Dress would make a big splash when it came out, and thankfully, it did. What I figured would happen was that with each indie pattern release that came out after it, the sales would plummet and I'd need to spark things up in the early part of the year. And you know what? It didn't. I'm thrilled that the sales of that dress have kept my little ship afloat since the day it was released. Thanks Emery!

My man and I have had many conversations about this and he kept saying that same thing to me: Sometimes it's good to just get out of your own way and not step on your own toes by releasing too much too fast. Honestly, it's not for a lack of ideas, or a lack of desire that I don't have 1,000 patterns out by now. But is that all bad? I'm thinking no.

For me, when I see a new pattern and get excited about it, I buy it up, dream about the perfect fabric choice, and add it to my queue to get started on it, realistically, in the next month or two (or longer sometimes). So when the same designer releases another pattern before I've gotten to the last one, it confuses my creative brain. Do I move on? Do I hurry up and finish the last one so I can move onto the next one? Granted, part of the overlap is my own delay and if I was faster about sewing up my queue, I'd perhaps be ready by the time the next pattern came out, but I never seem to be! Is that just me? Or do the rest of you feel that way too?

One can only have so many garments and I'm not the type that is longing for an apartment-sized closet. I love Sarai's Wardrobe Architect series and it gets me thinking about quality vs quantity and my desire to release things I really really want to wear over and over again myself. I absolutely think that each designer and company needs to do what feels right for them, and this is in NO way a judgement on anyone but myself. Rather this was a revelation to me, that perhaps releasing one or two patterns a year is a-okay.

So, with all of that said, if you're still reading, you get a little insight to what the pattern will be! One word: knits! Yes, it will be for knit fabrics, so go get yourself the Colette Guide to Sewing Knits, and get practicing so you'll be ready in about a month when the pattern is back from the printers!

Thanks to everyone for supporting my patterns and I hope you love this next one as much as the rest!

17 comments:

  1. Yeah! Looking forward to it. I love sewing with knits.

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  2. I like that you are not releasing a pattern every five minutes it gives an air of mystery and wonder.

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  3. woohoo!!!!!!! can’t wait to see it!!

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  4. Very excited!! Makes perfect sense.

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  5. so excited to see your next pattern! I totally agree....sometimes I get a little overwhelmed if a designer releases a bunch of patterns within a short time frame. But regardless, it's important that you release things at the pace you're comfortable with. No need to release a ton of patterns if it's only going to stress you out! I look forward to more book parties at Sew LA :)

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  6. Excited to see what the next pattern will be like, although I've not yet tried the Emery (I've been pregnant! It's on my post breastfeeding wish list!).

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  7. Squeeeeee! Kitty's so cuuuuute. I have two that resembles her, so adorable. Your knit pattern will do fantastically :) pacing yourself is so very important. I run my own restaurant plus I want to sew sew sew but sometimes I just need to chill and regain proper focus

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  8. Knits!! Now you're speaking my language ;) Can't wait to see it! Sounds to me like you've been plenty busy lately without adding more patterns into the mix.

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  9. Really looking forward to your next pattern!

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  10. Quality over quantity any day! You are busy lady with a lot on your plate. The great thing about the indie market is that it is really not a competition. As a pattern designer, there is always that little voice questioning if you are doing enough vs someone else, but the sewing community supports great work, not just popularity or the latest and greatest. It is an awesome thing to be involved in such a supportive market. Can't wait to see the next pattern!

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  11. Right with you! I think people will be more excited with a longer gap between patterns because it helps build anticipation. Can't wait to see what you've come up with.

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  12. Christine, I can't wait to see the new pattern.

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  13. You have to do what works for you. And when patterns are spewed out constantly, it becomes a bit of an overdose:). Knits sounds great - I think most of us internet connected sewists are getting into knits big time!

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  14. Your instincts are absolutely right! Most of us sewists take time to deliberate over patterns and fabric. For many, the pleasure of home sewing is to remove oneself from the relentless pace of high street fashion. I've just bought your Emery pattern, and have found my dream fabric. I'm very excited to see how it turns out!

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  15. Oh I feel that way too! Slow paced is good ��. Look forward to seeing the new pattern!

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    1. Hmm that was supposed to be a smiley emoji!!

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