Let’s get to know Lisa Comfort + Sew Over It patterns
Welcome back to our series of Q&As with independent sewing pattern companies! This week we’ll be getting to know Lisa Comfort of Sew Over It. Sew Over It patterns are designed first as classes run from the company’s two shops and after a year are released as patterns to buy. This process means the patterns have been tested by both customers and bloggers before they make it onto the shelves. Sew Over It’s Betty Dress and Ultimate Wrap Dress are two of our favourites in the shop!
Describe the style of your garments in three words:
feminine, classic, chic
Tell us about the woman you design for:
I design for women of all ages and sizes. These women are not slaves to fashion but have realised what shapes suit them. Our designs are classic with a vintage twist which is why I hope they will be in someone’s wardrobe in ten, twenty years time!
What body shapes work best with your patterns?
I don’t have a specific body shape in mind when I design our patterns but I do think about real women and about what is flattering for them. If I was to design for just one figure shape then I would be excluding others so I try to vary my designs. The 1940s Tea Dress is great for women with a big bust and the Betty Dress will give anyone that feminine 50s silhouette, and then there are others like the Ultimate Trousers that look great on everyone.
What should home dressmakers know about using your patterns?
As we come from a teaching background, our patterns reflect this. We have the advantage of knowing what you all find difficult and how you best understand garment construction. All our patterns have hand drawn illustrations in the instructions. There are extra tips and a glossary of terms. Online we provide sew alongs to our tricky patterns and videos and tutorials for the tricky bits in some of the easier patterns.