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2. When did you learn to sew? How much do you sew? Are you still having fun sewing or is it just another thing on your to do list?
My love for arts & crafts, cooking, and baking began when I was very young, having watched my mom create things from scratch. While she would usually knit, you would often find me with a needle and thread in hand and scraps of fabric all over my room. I was always in the middle of a project of some sort, with too many unfinished projects around (this hasn’t changed!).
I don’t spend as much time sewing as I used to (maybe 5 hours a week), because life is busy when you are homeschooling two children, but I still love it so much when I do.
3. If you had to choose just one, which one is the garment that you are most proud of?
Well, it’s not just one garment, but this whole outfit is probably my very favourite of all time.
4. Where, how and why did you learn pattern drafting?
I actually never planned to design patterns until I started blogging and readers began asking for the clothing I made for my children. I never knew there was such a demand for digital patterns, nor did I know that I would be able to learn how to create them, but taking a couple courses online from home made it all possible.
6. How does the whole pattern making process work and how long does it take from idea to finished pattern?
I start by sketching an idea or just digitally drafting directly into Illustrator. Then I make the garment for one of my children (or both if it’s gender neutral) and tweak the size and/or the design as necessary. From there, I grade the pattern into all the sizes, test a few more samples, photograph the steps, write the instructions, and send it out to testers to make each size and check for any errors. While testing is in process, I do any final photos needed to complete the final pattern.The time frame is a tough question because it really depends. When I’m able to devote a lot of time to it, the process is a few weeks, but more often, it’s a month or more.
Danke, Heidi, dass du dir die Zeit für dieses Interview genommen hast. Ich freue mich auf viele weitere Projekte mit dir. Und falls ihr jetzt Lust auf Heidis Schnitte bekommen habt, diese findet ihr hier.
Thanks, Heidi, for the interview. Can’t wait to work on more projects with you!