Meet Jennifer of Jennuine Design! Jennifer lives with her husband, two daughters, two dogs and three cats! She learned sewing and other crafty skills (crochet, cross-stitch, etc.) with her mom and grandmother. Jennifer makes high-quality kids clothes patterns labeled Jennuine Design. Check her pattern collection on UpCraft Club!
Why do you sew?
I love the mix of creativity and precision required to make a successful project.
When did you started to sew? And what was your first make?
My Mom taught me to sew when I was a young girl. I think my first make was a pink gingham doll bed that covered a basket. My oldest daughter now uses it for her dolls!
When did you start to draft patterns? How was the learning process?
My first pattern was published exactly three years ago! Leading up to that I taught myself how to rub off ready-made garments, then how to modify existing patterns, and then how to draft simple designs. Things really got rolling when I enrolled in Pattern Workshop and learned with those courses and drafting texts. I'm always learning and expanding my knowledge base with online courses and textbooks.
How is your creative/design process?
I take inspiration from all sources around me - one element from an item in a catalog, another from something not clothing related like bags or sailing. Those elements get mixed together in a sketch. Once the whole concept solidifies I start drafting, then make up a sample garment and go from there.
How/where do you see yourself and your business in the future?
I'd love to get more regimented in planning releases and getting patterns published with a long-term plan. Right now my youngest daughter is in preschool, so I'm with her most of the day. Next year I'll have a larger stretch of time to dedicate to Jennuine Design.
What sewing machine do you own? Is it the machine of your dreams?
I have a Janome MemoryCraft 9700 and a Bernina 800DL serger. I've been pleased with both machines and have no need for anything more (aside from a good coverstitch!)
What is your favorite make ever? Why?
That's kind of like asking which child is my favorite! The leather moto jacket I made during Project Run & Play is always one of my favorites. It was a refashion challenge and used so many different repurposed materials including leather from my sofas that I reupholstered.
What is on in the background while you're sewing?
Usually something on Netflix that I can listen to without having to watch closely, or a podcast like Modern Sewciety.
The Divided Dress pattern
Which is(are) your favorite pattern(s)?
Another tough one. Usually whatever I've sewn recently is high on the list if it was a good sew. Also if I've made it more than once it's a good sign. Favorite of mine is the Satya Romper, and favorite of someone else going by quantity made would be True Bias' Hudson Pants.
Who's your sewing/blogging/style/fashion/designer/quilter hero(s)?
Oh, I really enjoy everything Becca DuVal does. She blogs at Free Notion, is the fearless leader at Capsule Wardrobe Sew Along on Facebook, and has put on some epic series and fun competitions. To satisfy my inner quirkiness, I also love Tasha of Glitter + Wit, and as a seeker of lovely fabrics I get great joy from Alexia Sotelo's projects.
What are your favorite sewing techniques?
I love a great French seam or burrito roll.
What is your least favorite sewing technique/step?
Describe yourself in 3 words: practical, fun, fearless.
3 Favorites - color, texture and fabric:
- watery blue, crinkly, linen
3 things that make you happy:
- Coffee (sweet and creamy!), hugs from my girls, and sewing (of course!)
3 random things about you:
- I have really horrible eyesight, I've run six marathons, I have self-diagnosed synesthesia
Life or sewing motto: Gotta run!
Thank you, Jennifer!
The LOL top pattern
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