Let’s get to know Sew Liberated

Welcome back to our series of Q&As with independent sewing pattern companies! This week we’ll be getting to know Sew Liberated. According to founder Meg McElwen, Sew Liberated is named for the idea that, depending on who you are and your own preferences, you can find solace in the “traditional crafts” either as a return to a slower lifestyle, or as a fist-held-high statement of non-conformism with today’s commercial culture.

Sew Liberated’s relaxed, feminine patterns are a hit with our customers. Faves include the Schoolhouse Tunic and the Esme Top. Head Designer Danica Willig gave us the scoop on the company!

Sew Liberated sewing patterns at The Village Haberdashery

Describe the style of your garments in three words: Basic, Playful, and Personal

Tell us about the woman you design for: 

We design patterns for the on the go woman or mom, who enjoys sewing as a craft and loves to create their own clothes as a way of expressing their personal style. We design clothes that are easy to sew and easy to wear. We design patterns that are easy to throw on and look great, while you head off to your busy day.

What body shapes work best with your patterns?

We try our best to create patterns that work for all body shapes, we try our best to size our patterns to the everyday women or mom, not the high fashion super model.

What should home dressmakers know about using your patterns? 

One thing that really make our patterns stand out is we have free full video tutorials on all of our newer patterns. These videos can be accessed through our website and will take you step by step through the pattern. We also encourage you to email our technical writer Kim, with any sewing questions you might have while working on any of your patterns.

More about Sew Liberated!

Meg and Patrick McElwee own and run Sew Liberated together with a fantastic team. Meg McElwee is a designer, author, former Montessori teacher, and – most importantly – Mama to her sweet little boys. With the help of her husband, Patrick, she runs Sew Liberated from their home studio in North Carolina.

Recently, the Sew Liberated team has grown to include Danica Willig, a fabulous textile artist and designer, who keeps us running day to day, Kim Ventura, a talented seamstress and technical writer, and Brigitta Dewell, our illustrators.

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