Podcast Episode #238: Gretchen Hirsch

In this podcast interview, sewing pattern designer Gretchen Hirsch traces the development of her career from working in publishing to starting a blog to writing books and creating an indie sewing pattern company.

Podcast Episode #202: Wendy Ward

In this podcast episode, sewing pattern designer and teacher Wendy Ward talks about her career path from working for a fast fashion brand to learning about sustainable sewing practices to teaching and authoring sewing books.

Podcast Episode #148: Sarah Kirsten

On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we’re talking about building a new sewing blog and business with my guest, Sarah Kirsten Anderson of the blog and sewing pattern company SARAH KIRSTEN. Sarah is a sewing educator, sewing pattern designer, photographer, and a believer in the magic of making your own clothes. She’s […]

Simplicity and McCall’s Likely to Launch New Digital Pattern System Shortly

Simplicity and McCalls sewing patterns, along with the other major sewing pattern brands, will likely launch a new system for digital pattern downloads in the coming months. CSS Industries, which acquired McCalls in 2016 and Simplicity in 2017, now owns all of the major sewing pattern brands.

McCall’s Simplicity Merger Points to the Market Impact of Independent Sewing Pattern Companies

The home sewing industry is sorely lacking in good longitudinal data. The Association for Creative Industries does a survey every few years about the crafts industry as a whole, and Quilts, Inc. does the same for quilting but granular data about the sewing pattern market is very hard to come by. This makes it hard to know how the industry is changing.

Those of us who are involved in the sewing community know that over the past 10-15 years independent sewing pattern designers have poured onto the scene, many of them creating thriving businesses with lots of momentum. This year, I think we’re seeing hard evidence of their impact on the industry for the first time.

Podcast Episode #63: Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette Patterns

On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we’re talking about the ins and outs of starting an indie sewing pattern business with my guest, Jenny Rushmore. We recorded this episode at Grey’s Fabrics in Boston’s South End. If you don’t know Jenny she’s a body-positive sewing blogger, and she recently also become a […]

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