This week meet... Adrianna of Hey June! Adrianna is a mom of three girls who were the reason she started to sew and later on to sell her own patterns. She aims to create stylish and trendy patterns that are fun to construct and personalize. Fun fact: Adrianna names her patterns out of all the places she visited so far, either in the USA, Europe or even Asia. Keep reading to know more!
Why do you sew?
I love it! I love the ease of whipping up a knit tee when I need one and I love complicated construction on garments that take days to sew. I love it all!
When did you started to sew? And what was your first make?
I started sewing in high school, but took a long hiatus and really started again in my early 20s. The first thing I made was a woven a-line skirt.
When did you start to draft patterns? How was the learning process?
Almost immediately. I really enjoy math and figuring out construction processes, so it was right up my alley. From the beginning, I've enjoyed the drafting process even more than sewing! After my first two garments I didn't buy anymore big 4 patterns. Since then I've used indie patterns or just made my own. I purchased several drafting textbooks to get started and googled like crazy. I also took a pattern drafting course recently that really solidified the knowledge I had gathered from my books and the internet and taught me some new things as well!
How is your creative/design process?
I find things in RTW that inspire me and then start drafting. I wait until I'm very excited about a garment because the drafting/grading/writing/testing process is long and tedious and I have to really love the garment for it to carry me through that portion. I love basic and classic garments, so I have a handful of RTW stores that I troll for inspiration that cater to that style.
How/where do you see yourself and your business in the future?
I would love to be able to keep up the design work for Hey June, and to put out more paper patterns as well. I would really love to start teaching small sewing classes out of my home studio after we build it!
Tallinn sweater, pattern by Hey June
What sewing machine do you own? Is it the machine of your dreams?
I have a Bernina Aurora 430. I love it. It's the machine of my dreams but I'd really love to have an industrial machine some day. I also have a Babylock serger that I love and a Janome coverstitch that does the job.
What is your favorite make ever? Why?
That is a tough question! I will probably have to say my plain chambray Cheyenne button-down based on the number of times I've worn it. It's easily the most worn garment in my closet. I have some big projects that have been really fun, like a couple ball gowns and a trench coat, but in the end it all comes down to wearability to me.
What is on in the background while you're sewing?
the sweet sweet sound of absolute silence.
Which is(are) your favorite pattern(s)?
Based on how often I wear them, I would have to say the Cheyenne, Union St, and Sandbridge from me, and the Lodo and Ogden from True Bias. For my daughters I really love the knit basics from Sew Like My Mom.
Who's your sewing/blogging/style/fashion/designer/quilter hero(s)?
Anything from Very Shannon or Jane Richmond. I want to be a knitter when I grow up! I don't have that skill set at all though, so I just dream. I think their aesthetic is simple yet captivating. Katherine Hepburn is my style icon. I love how she was effortlessly put together while still looking laid back.
Trevi top & Dress, pattern by Hey June
What are your favorite sewing techniques?
Anyone who has ever sewn one of my patterns knows I'm a sucker for a good french seam. I really love the burrito method of enclosing yoke facings on woven shirts as well. And there is something very satisfying about applying bias binding.
What is your least favorite sewing technique/step?
Evenly. Distributing. Gathers.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
3 Favorites - color, texture and fabric:
- gray, slub, gray slub knit
3 things that make you happy:
- coffee, Colorado, fabric
3 random things about you:
- I've given birth on 3 continents.
- Because of a hurricane and now a new house build, I will have lived a year of my life in an RV in my yard.
- Travel is my favorite. I've been to 24 countries and 26 states. Working on all 50!
Life or sewing motto:
Oh it changes every day but usually has something to do with coffee & sarcasm.
Morrison Tee, pattern by Hey June
Thank you, Adrianna!
Enjoy 20% off on all Hey June patterns through this week! (Ends on Friday, September 1st 11:59 PM PST)
Come back next week for another episode of Meet the Designer!