F.A.Q.’s

SeamstressErin Designs

Where are the patterns printed?
Pattern envelopes and instructions are printed locally in Seattle and the pattern tissue is printed in the United States.

Will the pattern fit me?
Patterns are sized for an hourglass figure across a broad range of sizes. All patterns contain multiple length options and often contain multiple cup sizes. For more information, see Fit and Sizing.

What sewing machines do you use?
Currently I sew on a Pfaff 2042 that I bought in high school, a vintage Kenmore that my mom bought in high school, and a Singer Featherweight named Rosalyn.

Can I sell something I’ve sewn from a SeamstressErin Designs pattern?
All patterns are copyright Erin Weisbart of SeamstressErin Designs. They are for personal home use only and may not be used for mass production.
You can sell items made from this pattern as long as you follow these regulations:

  1. Keep a copy of your receipt as proof of purchase.
  2. The items cannot be mass-produced. They must be made by hand, one at a time.
  3. Items must be made only by the individual who purchased the pattern.
  4. Credit is given to SeamstressErin Designs as the pattern designer on a tag affixed to each item and, if selling online, the listing (on Etsy, etc.) must contain a direct link to where the pattern can be purchased.
  5. You may make alterations to the pattern, but you must still link to the original pattern and credit SeamstressErin Designs on the item’s tags and listings.

Can I use a SeamstressErin Designs pattern to teach a class?
Yes, although each person in the class must purchase their own pattern. Email me for a group rate discount.

SeamstressErin

Did you go to school for fashion?
The majority of my formal education led me to finishing a Ph.D. in biochemistry. I have some formal training in costume design, flat pattern drafting, and draping as I started college as a costume design major. One of the skills that I developed during my Ph.D. in Biochemistry is the ability to research and teach myself new skills, so much of my pattern writing experience is self-taught and developed over years of drafting my own clothing. Another skill I learned is to ask for help, so I hire professional help when I encounter a problem outside of my skillset.

How long have you been sewing?
I grew up helping my mom sew and have been playing with sewing machines for about as long as I can remember. I started sewing my own clothing at the age of 12 because I hit 5’10” and couldn’t find anything that was long enough for me. I was encouraged and taught by my mom and by my grandmother, who was 6′ tall in the 1940’s and sewed all of her own clothes. Never one to do what I’m told, I started drafting my own patterns not long after I started sewing my own clothing.

Do you have any advice for a new blogger?
Blog a lot and be yourself. I think there is a lot of great advice out there for people starting blogging and wanting to find their voice or build an audience. My advice comes from my own experience of just doing it. I started blogging January 2010, although it took me a while to find my voice. My blog was initially loosely themed around things that inspired me, from everyday occurrences to fashion to travel to things I had made. Pretty much only my mom read it. The more I blogged the more I figured out what I really cared about (sewing!), the more “me” the blog became, and the easier it was to connect with others around my blog.

Why did you leave science?
It’s complicated, but a major reason is that I don’t find the day-to-day process of research fulfilling. Bench research requires experimental failure after experimental failure, often with no understanding of why experiments fail, and success is measured in papers that are often published years apart. To be happy, I need to feel like I have more control over the outcomes of my work and I need to have positive feedback that isn’t years apart. I still love science and will always be a total nerd at heart. I still make things inspired by science.

What tattoos do you have?
I have flowers on my wrist (echinacea, lilac, and rose) and back (daffodil, evening primrose, poppy, iris, and hydrangea) that represent various matriarchs that have been important in my life. I have an ink drawing by Andy Warhol of a decorated music staff on my right calf. I have a celtic knot (my first tattoo), good luck symbols, and a hummingbird on my left ankle. I have a ball of yarn and knitting needles on my left forearm and sewing supplies on my right forearm.

 

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