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Sarah from Lou Bee Clothing and EmmylouBeeDoo is cool. She, her daughter, her designs – all just shouts cool and laid back. Her patterns are cool, stylish and a fast sew. A killer combination if I dare say so. Wanna get to know her? Let’s go!
1. Who are you? Tell us a little bit about your life, your family, where you live etc.!
Hi, I’m Sarah! I live in Massachusetts with my husband, daughter, and sweet old dog. When I’m not sewing, you can find me camping, canoeing, hiking, trying to keep up my yoga practice, and most of all, learning all aspects of my new career as a real estate agent. I’m loving it!
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?
I learned to sew in late 2009, when I was expecting my first child – my daughter Emmylou. My mom used to sew… I come from a very hands-on, crafty, DIY-motivated family. I feel there’s nothing we can’t do with just a little practice and inspiration. I still sew, though not as often as I’d like. My new career has me so so busy – but that’s good. :)
3. If you had to choose just one, which one is the garment that you are most proud of?
Oh, I don’t know if I could pick just one! I really love the Sunshine Sunsuit, and Emmy’s most recent Christmas Dress.
4. Where, how and why did you learn pattern drafting?
I taught myself how to draft with traditional drafting tools and methods – paper, pencil, French curves, rulers, calculator, etc. All (four, haha) of my patterns were hand drafted and graded, with the exception of the Shandiin Tank and Tunic, which was graded using what I leaned in Pattern Workshop! I taught myself how to digitize, too! I was on a mission. Pattern Workshop took my work to a new (easier!) level, though. I really recommend that course.
5. Where do you find inspiration?
In my daughter, most of all! She is my muse, and has been my inspiration for everything I’ve done and tried to do, since her arrival.
6. How does the whole pattern making process work and how long does it take from idea to finished pattern?
Since I have just four patterns, I have to say the process has been different each go. Everyone works are their own pace… I know some designers who can publish two patterns in a month, and some maybe two in a year. I think I am (or was) somewhere in between. I truly hope that one day I can begin publishing patterns again! I have so many ideas that never got the chance to see the light of day. But until then, there are SO many gorgeous patterns out there, and uber talented designers to support!