When it comes to dress patterns that are quick and easy to make, there's one indie dress pattern designer who has really made a name for herself here at the Craftsy Pattern Marketplace. Her shop is called Design Fixation, and it is filled with stylish dress patterns that are ideal for those who are new to sewing (and those who are experienced, but who are looking for fast and easy dress patterns). Her beginner dress patterns prove that you don't need a ton of experience to make fashionable and awesome garments! We had a chance to chat with the woman behind Design Fixation (both the Craftsy Pattern Marketplace shop, and her excellent blog of the same name). Her name is Faith, and here she discusses how she got her start, what her favorite beginner dress pattern is, and tells us all about her cutest model.
I started sewing when I was about 8 years old with the help of my creative mom. I liked the idea of being able to make something exactly the way I designed it in my head. I had always enjoyed arts and crafts, and I started developing an interest in fashion around that age too so using fabric and textiles to make garments was especially fun for me.
What were some of the first garments you made?
The first thing I ever made was a scrunchy, really more of an accessory I suppose. The first garment I made was a simple skirt with an elastic waist. I made it using a really ugly black, purple and green fabric... very 80s. I also made a memorable plaid wrap skirt - in hindsight, it was another lapse in fashion judgement. But everyone has to start somewhere, right?!
What brought you to Craftsy's platform?
I was anxious to find a site where people could receive my tutorials automatically, instead of having to wait until I could get a chance to email the file to them. Craftsy makes the process very simple... once I've uploaded my pattern, they do the rest! It's also nice to be able to take advantage of Craftsy's existing customer base.
We love your dress patterns! Do you have a favorite?
I think my favorite pattern is my one shoulder 25 Minute Dress. The style is a bit unusual, and it really is simple to make. I've worn it in different colors to a couple of weddings and received many compliments! It's comfortable to wear, and if you use the right kind of fabric it doesn't even require any ironing.
Most recently, I wore my Uptown Dress to a wine tasting... depending on the fabric you use, it can be a very versatile dress. I made a slightly shorter version using a raspberry colored knit fabric and I wear it with a large statement necklace and leggings. The patterned version in the picture doesn't even need any accessories - it's a great dress for work or professional events.
What is your most popular pattern and does that surprise you?
My 25 Minute Dress is definitely my most popular pattern, maybe because of the name. I think people are attracted to projects that are quick and easy to make. When I first designed it, I wasn't expecting it to be quite so popular as has been.
Which of your dress patterns would be best for a beginner to tackle first?
One of my free patterns, Faith's 15 Minute Dress, is the easiest that I have available. It would be a great first project for someone who's just learning to sew. It's made of only 4 straight seams! And it's a convertible style, so it can be worn many different ways depending on how you put it on and where you place the ribbon. It's great for travelling.
Your pet bow tie sewing pattern is adorable. Can you tell us about your model?
Thank you! My model's name is Charlie, and he's a rambunctious 4 year old puggle. I like making clothing and accessories for pets just as much as I like making them for humans- it's more original than anything you could find at the pet store. Charlie's not very well-behaved, so I thought if he wore a bow tie at least he would look sophisticated!
Go check out all the incredible dress patterns for beginners (and more) at her shop, Design Fixation!