02 Nov Marcy Tilton Interview & Giveaway!
A Marcy Tilton interview and giveaway? It’s true! Get yourself a cup of coffee or beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy!
I am so pleased to announce the utterly creative Vogue Patterns designer, Marcy Tilton is kicking off my series of interviews with leaders in the sewing industry.
When I think about how I’d live my life differently if given the chance, I’d certainly be more adventurous like Marcy Tilton, who in the mid 70’s, with a group of friends, drove from Denmark to Kenya. When her clothes began to wear out she bought wonderful cotton fabrics from the markets and made herself clothes sewn entirely by hand from patterns created from newspaper.
After reading her biography I knew I must interview this creative and original woman.
In 1981, Marcy opened a business entitled the The Sewing Workshop in San Francisco based on her passion for combining teaching and learning with creativity. The Sewing Workshop evolved into a center for talented teachers and people who loved learning about fiber arts of every genre. Marcy sold The Sewing Workshop in 1993 but it continues bringing together teachers who are artists, authors, designers and enthusiastic students hungry to learn.
Today, Marcy Tilton lives in Southwest Oregon where she designs a clothing line and clothing patterns for Vogue Patterns. Marcy and her sister Katherine also lead biannual trips to Paris.
1 0 Q u e s t i o n s f o r M a r c y T i l t o n
1. Many sewing patterns mimic Ready-to-Wear trends, but your Vogue patterns reveal a sense of originality. What is your source of inspiration?
Probably a mix of what I find in Paris, what women tell me they want and the direction/s I want to go in my own wardrobe. I am an avid reader and hunter-gatherer of images and design inspiration, so I read magazines, blogs, books and pay attention to random conversations about clothes and designs. One pattern came about because the owner of Fabric of Vision in Ashland (a great local fabric store), said, ‘Marcy, we need a pattern for a dress that is like a vintage little French house dress’. This came at a time when I was beginning to crave more dresses in my life and the result became a Vogue best seller. I’m also interested in developing patterns that are practical for wardrobe building so the pieces work together, layer together and can evolve with the seasons and work for travel.
2. I detect an appealing whimsy in your patterns but find certain abilities are needed to pull off this fun and effortless look. Are your patterns designed for a particular skill level?
Some of the patterns are very easy to sew, others will have an unusual twist or technique which is always in the instructions. Most of the patterns are aimed at a beginner to intermediate sewist. When I work on the pattern prototypes, the instructions are written and re-written as I sew. Gwen Spencer, one of the finest sewists I know, comes down from Corvallis and we spend days sewing together, brainstorming fabric choices first, then as we sew, we discuss how to best write the instructions and what is the best technique to use. The wonderful women who make up the ArtBarn team are pretty basic sewists, and they make a perfect test group. We have a lot of mini lessons, sometimes I’ll call them into my studio as I am working on something or they bring in their projects for feedback, so as I put a pattern and instructions together, I ask, ‘would Roxy understand this?….what questions would Shelley ask?…
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