An Introduction To The Pattern Stash
Everyone has a fabric stash or a stash of trimmings somewhere in the house, and definitely a button stash too! Can you see where we're going with this?
Fabworks is pleased to bring you...
So, what is The Pattern Stash?
The Pattern Stash is a collection of classic ladies sewing patterns, inspired by Fabworks' unique and interesting range of one-off fabrics. We like to think that our patterns are just as unique as our fabrics and something that you will just have to add to your sewing supplies!
Designed by a member of the extended Fabworks family, Chloe gives you a taste of our latest project...
Hello everyone, my name is Chloe and I am the creator of The Pattern Stash. I have been a Fabworks customer for as long as I can remember, coming to the Mill Shop as a little kid with my mum. I remember falling completely in love with fabric and sewing from a young age. Sewing has been in my family for generations, my grandma taught my mum to sew and she in turn taught me. Together we have created so many amazing projects and memories that I know will last forever. I hope that through The Pattern Stash I can inspire other people to sew and create beautiful and unique garments that we can all be proud to wear, knowing that we've made them ourselves!
I have had the privilege of being part of the Fabworks family for over 6 years now, working in the Mill Shop and more recently with the Online team. The birth of The Pattern Stash was almost accidental as it happens, after we put out a plea for a UK-based independant sewing pattern designer to help us promote our Heart of Huddersfield range of wool fabrics, but with little success. Having spent a lot of time trying to think of ways to shout about our gorgeous HoH fabric and also attempt to promote UK small businesses at the same time, it suddenly came to me... I could do this! I have a costume degree from Huddersfield University and plenty of experience creating garments from scratch. Hmmmmm. I grabbed the opportunity with both hands and spent the next few days at home (during lockdown of Summer 2020) planning a secret project that I hadn't told anyone about yet. I quickly Rung George (Fabworks Online manager) and arranged a Zoom call to present the secret project I'd been working on for the past few days. A positive and very excitable one hour Zoom call later it was confirmed, the birth of The Pattern Stash! Since then I have been wrapped up in the creation of developing The Pattern Stash from scratch. A good few months later and we are now ready to launch our very first sewing pattern!
The sewing patterns are and will be inspired by the amazing fabrics at Fabworks. If you know Fabworks well or have even just visited Fabworks Mill Shop you will know that it is one of a kind. Often described as an Alladin's Cave full of precious fabrics, I truly believe that the inspiration for a garment of clothing starts with the fabric, if you love it you’ll want to wear it. The Pattern Stash sewing patterns will sit directly alongside Fabworks fabrics, providing you with the perfect starting point and plenty of inspiration to ignite your imagination. The best part is that because the fabrics are available at Fabworks, we can guide you with our know-how and fabric expertise every step of the way.
My mission is to help you create clothing that you love and are so proud of that you never want to stop wearing them, and then make it all over again because why not!
From our family to yours I hope you take as much pleasure from it as we do creating it!
You can find our brand new and first ever pattern: Jemima Waistcoat here
We are also supporting British business on this new venture, with all components of The Pattern Stash patterns made in the UK. The Pattern Stash is committed to only using sustainable and recyclable resources in the printing of our sewing patterns.
- Click here for FAQs about our first pattern: Jemima Waistcoat
- Click here for FAQs about The Pattern Stash
- Click here for our blog about suggested fabrics to use for the Jemima Waistcoat