Thursday, August 27, 2015

Designer Spotlight--Tami of Love Notions

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Today we have another great installment of our Designer Spotlight...this time we have Tami, of Love Notions. She has been a favorite here at Sew Cool because she not only designs trendy looks for tweens, but they truly are easy to sew and oh so comfortable. My daughters can attest to that. So I present to you Tami and her pattern line, Love Notions.


How would you describe Love Notions patterns/brand?


I want the Love Notions brand to bring to mind trendy, easy to sew, easy to wear patterns focusing on knits. I design for girls, boys and ladies but those ‘inbetween girls’ are my sweet spot.
Girls La Bella Tunic with hood 
Girls La Bella Tunic with hood

What makes Love Notions patterns unique/stand out?


My vision for LN was to be a user friendly pattern, focusing on sewing with knits. I especially like to focus on the older girls since I have one and I see a void in the marketplace for clothing that she’d be happy to wear.
Love Notions Wrigley Raglan Tee and Dress PDF Pattern 
Love Notions Wrigley Raglan Tee and Dress

How long have you been designing patterns?


I have been designing patterns for just over a year. I got started with the digital drafting and grading part by taking the Pattern Workshop course by Lauren Dahl. I highly recommend it, it was exactly what I needed to take the leap into pattern design after doing everything by hand for years.

What made you start?


I got my start back in 2004 when I launched my custom clothing business Dunk-n-Fluff. At that time my daughter was just a few months old and I need to find more cloth diapering friendly clothing. Since then my business evolved as she grew and then finally I made the leap into offering my original designs as patterns for everyone. Mallory is now eleven. She’s been my inspiration from the start and continues to be my guiding light. Kind of crazy how I’ve gone from making her cloth diapers, baby clothes to toddler dresses and now to trendy clothes that she admires.
Posh Popover Maxi Dress
Posh Popover Maxi Dress

Where do you turn for inspiration?


I get my inspiration from several places. I get a lot of children’s clothing magazines (Tea, Hanna Andersen, Osh Kosh, etc.). I also hunt through Pinterest for fun ideas. Once I zero in on a design I like the look of I’ll call Mallory in and ask her if she would wear it. As a general rule, I won’t design anything I wouldn’t let my daughter wear as far as modesty goes.

What's the most challenging part of designing patterns?

Time management! I love the actual process of designing a pattern, sewing samples, even testing. It’s fitting it all in while still being a mom, wife and primary housekeeper that’s challenging. I’m not going to lie, nine times out of ten I have a couch full of laundry waiting to be folded and put away!
Maxx-ine Slim Fit Pants
Maxx-ine Slim Fit Pants

Why do you focus on tween sizes?

It’s what I know! And it helps that I have a live-in model that is usually very compliant. She knows when I call for her while I’m in my sewing room I need her help with fitting or her advice. I also think there’s a gap in the tween market so I’m doing my best to help fill it.

What's coming down the road from Love Notions?

I like to fly by the seat of my pants. I rarely have a plan for what I’m doing for the next week, much less months. My goal is to release a new pattern every month. I also want to focus more on the blog aspect and do a few tutorial, hacks and mash-ups. Something fun, for sure!
Bluezette Dress for Girls
Bluezette Dress for Girls

Of the thirty plus patterns I've publishes so far, here are me and Mallory's favorite 'tween patterns:

Go-to 'tween patterns from Love Notions
Go-to 'tween patterns from Love Notions
Thank you so much Tami! It's always fun to get to know a little more about the ins and outs of what goes on behind the scenes, so to say.
On top of introducing you to a great pattern line, we also have a give-a-way. Tami has generously offered one of each of the 5 patterns shown above to one of our readers...that's 5 amazing patterns!!!!  (You have one week to enter)

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29 comments:

  1. I think my girl would wear all of these designs. So glad to see another pattern option out there for tweens!

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  2. Great designs for Tweens! Thanks for filling in some of the huge gap in patterns for these girls! My granddaughters would love these.

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  3. I think I'd choose the Posh Popover. I own several LN patterns and I love the designs and really love the website. So easy to navigate. Great interview!!

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  4. I would choose the Bluzette dress. I really like Love Notions patterns. My tweens are always excited about the style, and the fit is great!

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  5. I love the look of the Wrigley raglan dress. Layered up with woolly tights, Goretex boots and a cardigan it would be great for my daughter for school.

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  6. I already own 3 out of the 5, but haven't made any of them yet! I have a Bluezette dress cut out but not assembled. I think my girls will love the LBD, especially the hood option.

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  7. Love notions are my go too patterns thank you for creating such amazing patterns Tami

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  8. It's gotta be the Maxx-ine slim fit pants!

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  9. I'd totally take the Bluezette! It's the only one of the 5 that I don't have :) haha

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  10. I love Love Notions. I just made a LBD top for my daughter last night and she is wearing it to school today.

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  11. I have two womens patterns, but need these for my tween! I think she would love the Maxxine pants.

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  12. I think those pants would look great on my daughter!

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  13. I love LN patterns! Think I need the Wrigley raglan next.

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  14. granddaughter love the maxxine pants.....

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  15. These are great patterns! I definitely want Labella tunic. I love the Maxx-ine pants and skirt pattern but I think I need the 16 for my daughter. You definitely have a new customer, at least until my daughter sizes out in the next year or so. ;-),

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  16. We love your patterns! My daughter's favorite dress is the Posh Popover!!

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  17. Love these patterns. I would choose the LaBella top and tunic

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  18. Love these patterns. I would choose the LaBella top and tunic

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  19. Love them all, but have yet to make the posh popover. That will be next!

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  20. I would choose Bluezette but my daughter prefers the Labella tunic.

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  21. Love the LaBella top and tunic. Our pick for sure!

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  22. The Wrigley Raglan for sure. I have a raglan on my todo list for my tween sized kiddo.

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  23. I think my nieces would love the La Bella top and tunic!

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  24. We would love them all...but my daughter would swoon over the maxx-ine pants and la Bella tunic!

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  25. I would love the Bella top and tunic

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  26. I love Love Notions! My girls would love the Maxxine pants.

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