Sketching time has been limited for the past year or so. 2017 was hectic to say the least with the arrival of my daughter and then the desire to sew most of her clothes. So, I was glad to be asked by Sarah of Made by Jack’s Mum to add to the range of patterns I’d already illustrated. If you’re not aware of Sarah’s amazing sewing patterns then definitely give them a try as they’re some of the easiest patterns I’ve used, cater for all abilities, and were the starting point for my sewing journey when I met Sarah as a fellow seller at a local craft fair a few years ago.
Drawing people is not my strong point, and you may notice I avoid faces, but one of my favourite illustrations in the collection was surprisingly the one of the Aviator Hat, including face! It was great to see Sarah and her amazing stand at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate last year, which resulted in seeing all my illustrations together as a collection, but also Sarah’s foray into selling her fabric; this may have resulted in me bringing home both MBJM paper patterns and fabric.
Not only did I enjoy drawing these illustrations, but most of them were finished when I was in hospital, unbeknown to me, on the day my daughter was born. The other great thing to come out of these illustrations is that they were for Sarah’s new paper patterns. I’ve mainly used PDF patterns until now as they’re generally cheaper and I don’t have to wait for them to arrive in the post, I just print off a few minutes after purchase. The disadvantage of this is the need to print and stick all the pages together, which I have to admit is my least favourite part, although it means that I can print the pattern as many times as needed. After buying my first 2 paper patterns from Sarah I’m hooked, I can just trace them in the size needed and I’m good to sew, especially good for adult patterns which often have 20+ A4 pages to print and tape.
I’ve been quiet on here lately, which is partly because I have two young children, and a ‘day job’ but also because I am undertaking a big re-brand behind the scenes. Hopefully this will be ready to launch later in the month. As part of the re-brand I’ve gone back to the start, why do I do what I do? What is important to me? What are my key values? One thing important to my business, and me as a person, is community and supporting others. So, this collaboration with a local designer and businesswoman is a perfect fit. Even more fitting is that rather than Sarah asking for a license fee for using her patterns to sell finished makes she would prefer a charitable donation of your choice, from donating a finished item of clothing, monetary donation to your chosen charity from selling your makes, or a donation to the child Sarah sponsors in Kenya. I choose to donate clothes I’ve made from Sarah’s patterns to local charities, and have taken my makes to the local Special Care Baby Unit, refugee charities and one of my favourite causes, POPI. Let’s do what we can to make a small difference in a sometimes big bad world.