Marcy Tilton Interview & Giveaway!

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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!

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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.

SEWING WITH VASCO

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

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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.

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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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3.  How does one go about successfully combining fabrics for garments? You do it with such flair!
That is one of the biggest keys to success.  I’ve got the 10,000 hours of experience here and I still make mistakes.  That said, this is a very fun skill to develop….and if you sew, you probably are already interested.  Intuition and instinct help..  Practice and experience are crucial.  Mistakes are inevitable, just toss or give away and move on…I learn more from my mistakes than from my successes!  Shopping ready to wear is an invaluable lesson.  On my Paris trips, I suggest that people go into the shops and scrutinize the clothes, not necessarily to buy, or for what you like, but to check out the fabrics and fiber content, and to do this at both upper, mid and lower price levels.  In auditioning fabrics for a garment, I play with them, unfurl a length that replicates the proportion of the garment, hold it up to the mirror.  I consult with anyone who is around.  Katherine and the ArtBarn team members and I do this all the time, with questions from customers, for our own projects, for the best fabric for a pattern prototype and in putting together the Cool Combos we offer for the website.
Just this week a customer called wanting to make a jumpsuit.  She had a couple of fabrics from the site in mind, but I did not think that either one was a good choice (both were better for tops), so we all got into the act of going through the fabrics to find just the right weight and shade of gray.  If I am deciding between several different fabrics, I put them out in the studio where I can see them as I go about other things.  I keep vignettes of fabrics I’m auditioning for future projects arranged in the studio so I can study them and play with them, sometimes in messy piles at the end of the design table, sometimes in artful arrangements.
Another crucial thing is to make test samples.  I’ll cut a swath of 2-3 different fabrics I’m considering for a project and sew seams, test design details and pressing to see how they respond.
NEW FABRIX
4.  What distinguishes your online fabric store?
I have a very good eye, design sense, knowledge of fabrics/textiles, years of sewing experience in making my own clothes and in teaching and working with hundreds (thousands??) of women in classes and workshops.  Every fabric is hand selected by me and I only buy fabrics that I would work with myself.   Literally, I buy every good fabric that I find!  I buy from many sources, some in regular channels but also from designers I’ve formed relationships with over the years who call me with the chance to buy their surplus fabrics which gives the opportunity to offer fabrics not available elsewhere.
Katherine is side by side with me at fabric shows, we vet the choices together, she has a great eye too, and we see different things which adds to the mix.  I’m fussy fussy fussy about prints, passionate about practical wardrobe building fabrics.  I got the ultimate compliment from a well known and admired sewing expert who told me she thought I had the best selection of prints.  Prints ‘pop’ and sell very well, but I seek out more quiet basics that are the backbone of any wardrobe:  neutrals in warm and cool tones, foolproof pant fabrics, rain coating, solid colors in knits, suitings and coatings.  Often the website postings are organized in a ‘story’ of like or blending colors.
We offer personal service to our customer.  Shelley and Beth in the ArtBarn are on the phone offering feedback on what goes with what, suggestions for garments, help planning a travel wardrobe or special occasion dress.  I pick up the calls too and enjoy hearing from customers.  Just this week a woman called wanting to make a jumpsuit and it was fun to steer her to some good options.  We also accept returns on fabric, something that was unthinkable in the retail fabric business.
5.  Do you ever buy Ready-to-Wear? What fashion designers do you most admire?
YES, I buy RTW.  I love clothes and love to shop (I’m a buyer by nature) and not only wear the clothes I buy, but study them for sewing techniques and design ideas.  I have a collection of purchased clothes that I wear with clothes I make.  It is just not practical to make everything and I like to have an eclectic mix.  (I could never bring myself to join in on your RTW fast!!!) I just packed for a month in Paris, had a little sewing marathon, made my primary jacket, coat, 2 pants, 4 T-shirt/tunics, 2 vests and combine these with newer and older purchased pieces….with room in the suitcase to pick up some new things.  My all time favorite designer is Issey Miyake, but I also admire Gautier, Alaia, Yoji Yamamoto, Chanel, Dries van Noten, Comme des Garcons, Rick Owens and on a practical level, Rundholtz Black Label, Lillith, Elm, Annette Goertz, Oska, Cynthia Ashby, Babette.
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6.  You practically live in France! What do you find most appealing about French fashion?
French fashion has a refinement in cut, fit, details and workmanship.  The French grow  up with an awareness and pride in the fashion world.  Even the Paris taxi drivers know what is the new color of the season and have an opinion about it.  I love to look at the clothes for the innovative use of fabric, scrutinize the cut and details, and to have the chance to try a different look.  I encourage the women in our tours to look beyond what they think they ‘like’, and if given the chance to have the French vendeuse/sales person make suggestions to dress them, to leap at the chance. 
One of my favorite Paris shops, Miller et Bertaux, has the most marvelous, inventive (and expensive) clothes.  I take the group there.  The owners often are in the shop and take us a few doors down the street for a peek into their tiny atelier where everything is designed and produced.  I’m always surprised that someone in the group, often an unlikely suspect, will start trying things on and end up buying. 
I search out this kind of shop that is small, designed and made in France with the designer/entrepreneur actively involved.  I find it very appealing and heartwarming that the French continue to train young people to work in the fashion industry.  Leather workers, pattern makers, beading, flower making, sewing is all taught in specialty schools.  In the couture houses, often there are 2 generations in a family.  I love the conversations we have in the shops.  Last year we went to the Gaultier RTW shop in the Passage Vivienne, shopped and chatted with the staff.  We asked about the clothes and were told that in the couture division, the women who sew like to make the entire dress from start to finish. I begged to be allowed to visit the workrooms, but it is not practical or possible, but I keep hoping!  (Gaultier announced that this is his last season to produce a RTW line, will concentrate on couture). 
Another fabulous aspect of French fashion is the museum shows which are breathtaking in the scope and the way the clothes are displayed.
7.  You have been involved with sewing since you were a child. What changes have you noticed in home sewing trends over the years? Is home sewing more of a luxury or necessity these days? 
Home sewing still carries the illusion of economy, but we all know in our hearts that you don’t really save money by sewing.  There seems to be a growth spurt, thanks to Project Runway and its spinoffs, and I’m noticing more quilt stores coming back to offering garment fabrics.  For many women of all ages today, making their own clothes is a satisfying creative expression.  The blogging world is putting out the word and that sparks interest and growth.  But the ‘home sewing industry’ is not a growth industry, it works hard to hold its own.
8.  Do you find creative growth comes with improved skills? Is one more important than the other? 
Improving skills and creative growth go hand in hand.  I call this the ‘artsy-fartsy’ vs the ‘techno-weenie’ syndrome.  There needs to be a commitment to growing, learning and experimenting in both areas.
9. What advice do you offer for aspiring clothing, textile and pattern designers?  
Take classes, read books, study design, but most of all, step out into your own style and territory and experiment.  Find a teacher who will work you, be ruthlessly honest so you can grow your work and become a better problem solver.  Find an artist or designer whose work resonates with your heart and really REALLY study them…..like creating your own design muse.  Play with no attachment to the outcome.  Make mistakes.  Work every day, get better at what you do every day.  Develop a creative community around you, people who share your passion and hopefully, people who are more skilled, talented and smarter so you can learn from them.  Collaborate.  Take time alone.  Play.  If you want to make a living at it, develop your business and entrepreneurial skills.  Learn to understand the connection between creativity and responsibility.
10.  What would you like people to know about your business?
Sharing my passion for fabric and creativity with others is at the heart of my business.  I’ve been teaching since I was 15, and this business is the result of a longtime dream.  I love what I do and love the opportunity to share it with others.  There is a creative community that has grown up around this online business.  The ArtBarn team is a small creative community, we all love to sew, and sometimes we have mini lessons on their projects or mine.  There is a larger creative community in our customers.  I see every order that comes through, and have gotten to know many of our customers over the years.  Beth and Shelley are often on the phone, with questions and requests, and they each have their own ‘special’ people.   We all love to sew.  Not only do I do the buying, but photograph and name all the fabrics, run the back side of the website, write the descriptions of each fabric.  I enjoy teaching, connecting and sharing via the website and blog.
marcytilton.com is located on my 4 acre property in a pristine valley in Southern Oregon, about 5 miles from California and 50 miles from the coast.   
ARTBARN
The online fabric store got its start 10 years ago when I sold small amounts of fabric in workshops and lectures, then grew to a website with few bolts of knits and a handful of silk screens, located in my design studio with Shelley as my assistant. We’ve grown to a team of 6, remodeled the ArtBarn, where current fabric is kept and shipped from, expanded Katherine’s studio while adding a mini warehouse, then expanded our receiving warehouse/photo studio. I do the buying, photograph and name each fabric, run the back side of the website, do the marketing/advertising, write the blog and if I am lucky, get into the studio and sew. The ArtBarn team keeps the orders flowing.
I develop my Vogue Patterns, make prototypes and finished garments for photography and write the directions, all this with the able assistance of Gwen Spencer.   With my sister Katherine, I conduct small group tours to Paris twice a yearThe tours have a focus on design, (also fabric, fashion, food and fun), and while many come who love to sew, it is not a requirement.  We have sewists and non-sewists from all over the world in our groups.
When I sold The Sewing Workshop in San Francisco over 20 years ago and moved to the country I imagined creating a new endeavor,  and feel very lucky to be living the dream. I love every aspect of what I do and love sharing my passion for fabric, design, making and creativity with others.
MarcyTilton
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Many thanks to Marcy Tilton for the thoughtful and detailed answers!
I am inspired, Readers –  are you?
To further your inspiration and creative juices, Mary Tilton is giving away a

$100.00 gift certificate

to her online store to one lucky Goodbye Valentino reader!
To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below. Do you know how you might spend your gift certificate if chosen?  (You can change your mind if you win 🙂 ) The winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 5th.
Good luck, dear Readers and a huge thank you to Marcy Tilton for the fabulous interview and generous giveaway!!

 

 

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546 Comments
  • Katie Raschdorf
    Posted at 12:33h, 02 November Reply

    I can see Issey Miyake in her designs. Such a great interview. I look forward to many more

  • Karen Nathan
    Posted at 12:37h, 02 November Reply

    I love her knit fabrics-such great quality. I bought a combo pack to make a t-shirt – I never would have put these together on my own, but they work!

  • Jeanette Cooter
    Posted at 12:39h, 02 November Reply

    I’ve made three of the patterns posted in your interview and love them! Would like to re-make with some of your fabrics1 Thanks

  • Charlotte Broome
    Posted at 12:40h, 02 November Reply

    I so enjoyed reading this great interview. If I won a gift certificate I think I would chose one of the “perfect pants” fabrics. I’m sure it would be the best!

  • Rebecca Maddox
    Posted at 12:41h, 02 November Reply

    What a wonderful interview! I enjoyed reading it! I love Marcy Tilton patterns!

  • Jeanette Cooter
    Posted at 12:41h, 02 November Reply

    I have made three of your patterns posted in your interview. I love them! Would like to remake with some of your fabric. Thanks

  • Jane koburger
    Posted at 12:44h, 02 November Reply

    Love Marcy’s patterns and fabric offerings.! I want to try some perfect pants fabric.

  • Marie Rourke
    Posted at 12:44h, 02 November Reply

    I would love to win a gift certificate for Marcy Tilton’s shop! It would be hard to decide how to use it!

  • jean dhalgren
    Posted at 12:44h, 02 November Reply

    Inspiring interview. Doing what you love. Awesome. If I won, it would be a combination of the knit fabrics to create a stunning top.

  • Elise
    Posted at 12:45h, 02 November Reply

    I’ve been trying to push myself with my fabric choices. I’ve always tended towards solids but looking on Marcy’s site I see lots of prints that could come live in my wardrobe.

  • julia slebos
    Posted at 12:45h, 02 November Reply

    I”m a huge Marcy Tilton fan. For years I sewed with a group of women in a fabulous independent fabric store (Mulberry Silks in Carrboro, NC) and there was always excitement when the new Marcy Tilton patterns were released. I’m made her skirts, pants, t’s, and recently one of her fabulous dreses. This was a great interview.

  • Marta Tapanes
    Posted at 12:46h, 02 November Reply

    What an interesting designer! I would love to visit her shop and go to one of the Paris trips! What a dream indeed. If I win the $100 I will probably spend it within 5 minutes of being in her shop on a black/white print!

    Marta

  • Terri Baker
    Posted at 12:46h, 02 November Reply

    Fabric!!

  • Susan
    Posted at 12:47h, 02 November Reply

    Great interview about someone who follows her dreams!
    I’d use the gift certificate to splurge on a wonderful fabric that I might not ordinarily consider.

  • Cecilia Pitas
    Posted at 12:51h, 02 November Reply

    Great interview; makes me look forward to the perhaps upcoming series of interviews? A new Marcy Tilton pattern is always a growth opportunity for my sewing skills – and the concept of making a travel wardrobe added a lot to my excited anticipation of a week in SF last summer. Now I need some fabric to make the not really a suit suit!

    Ceci

  • Donna
    Posted at 12:51h, 02 November Reply

    Learning to improve my sewing techniques has brought me new friends, and a spurt in creative thinking. After seeing many of Marcy Tilton’s patterns brought to life by my sewing mentor, I know that my sewing will continue to improve by using her patterns. The area of focus recently, has been in being more selective in choosing fabrics and colors. Just browsing the Tiltons’ on line store provides more knowledge in this area. What an interesting interview! Thank you.

  • Catherine Smith
    Posted at 12:52h, 02 November Reply

    I have been looking for a stretch denim to make a jacket and the Limoges stretch denim would work perfectly. A very interesting interview of Marcy…..I’ve used her patterns and follow your blog faithfully.

  • Barbara Waterman
    Posted at 12:53h, 02 November Reply

    What a talented lady. Love her patterns and unique way of blending fabrics to produce interesting one off designer look items.

  • Cindie Carlson
    Posted at 12:54h, 02 November Reply

    I really enjoyed reading the interview and want to try a Marcy pattern. I have sewn for over fifty years and am just getting back into sewing for ME after years of quilting and kid sewing.

  • Fran Giacobbe
    Posted at 12:55h, 02 November Reply

    Good interview…creative woman interviews another creative woman. As I already have purchased several black/grey/striped/and textures from Marcy, I would spend the GC on white/off white dress fabric…probably a sheath dress pattern. How fun would that be!

  • shari arroyo
    Posted at 12:55h, 02 November Reply

    Thank you for interviewing Marcy! I have bought many fabrics from her finely curated collection. I recently bought a pattern by her sister Katherine, Butterick 5891. Sigh, I would like to make a lightweight jacket but I have nothing in my stash that seems right!

  • Sarah h
    Posted at 12:57h, 02 November Reply

    Very interesting interview. If I won the $100 I would select fabrics to make a travel wardrobe. It was wonderful to learn about possible one on one help with fabric selections.

  • Carol Mendoza
    Posted at 12:57h, 02 November Reply

    great interview! I would love to win the prize!

  • Carolyn Orth
    Posted at 13:02h, 02 November Reply

    What an interesting interview. She has a very creative mind. I went to her store…the fabrics are beautiful. I may shop there anyway, but winning $100 would be better!

  • Cherie McCallum
    Posted at 13:03h, 02 November Reply

    What a great interview. Her patterns are inspirational and her fabrics are of the best quality and design. When they arrive in the mail it is like Christmas! I would be buying some pants fabric for sure with the gift certificate.

  • Rebecca Trittel
    Posted at 13:03h, 02 November Reply

    I love Marcy’s selection of fabric and I would be delighted to win the prize!

  • Jean
    Posted at 13:05h, 02 November Reply

    I would buy wool. Next time in Paris I am going to have to look for some interesting clothes!

  • Rheta Stears
    Posted at 13:06h, 02 November Reply

    Who wouldn’t love $100 worth of fabric. Marcy’s creativity amazes me.

  • Laura Cahill
    Posted at 13:06h, 02 November Reply

    I love the knit fabrics, so I’m sure I would love to purchase some of those! Great interview. Love the new look blog.

  • K Cullen
    Posted at 13:08h, 02 November Reply

    Such a great and informative interview. Would definitely enjoy a long slow look at everything before making my choices.

  • Eleanor Schreyer
    Posted at 13:11h, 02 November Reply

    I would definitely buy 3 yards of her double sided Teal/brown wooll & copy that coat she featured first in Paris… (On her blog) What a beautiful coat! The doubled sided wool would be needwd to make this reversible coat. Well, a girl can dream!
    Thanks for the dream!

  • Taivahalla
    Posted at 13:11h, 02 November Reply

    Oooh, I just received my 1st order from Marcy’s store, a black, white, and taupe Missoni-type knit. I get tons of compliments on the top I made with it, and it was an easy sew- it’s the fabric that makes it stand out. They have really cool zipppers, too.
    Great interview, thanks!

  • Yvonne Mullins
    Posted at 13:13h, 02 November Reply

    Loved the interview. Thank you. There are so many beautiful fabrics on her site. I won’t have any problem spending $100.00.

  • Rena
    Posted at 13:13h, 02 November Reply

    I love fashion and what a great way to learn more with Marcy Tilton”s Website and Blog. Thanks to both of you for this superb set of interviews.

  • Karen Walker
    Posted at 13:13h, 02 November Reply

    Winning would be such an opportunity to step outside of my self-defined sewing box, to attempt new projects with glorious fabric and inspiration. Thank you!

  • Adrian Bettevy
    Posted at 13:14h, 02 November Reply

    If I win I would love some of her knit..

  • Lorraine Torres
    Posted at 13:14h, 02 November Reply

    What a great interview!! We were just in her neck of the woods, wish I’d known about her shop there! Love Marcy’s patterns!

  • Colleen laschuk
    Posted at 13:16h, 02 November Reply

    I Am soooo going to love this series. What a great interview!

  • Margaret Skean
    Posted at 13:16h, 02 November Reply

    Very nice interview, would try a knit top or jacket.

  • Millie Payne
    Posted at 13:17h, 02 November Reply

    Wonderful interview….reading inspiring and informative blogs has become a major part of my continuing education. I sometimes call it “falling down the rabbit hole,” and always come back up with new ideas and motivation to continue my love of fabrics and design. Thank you for beginning these interviews…loved this one and look forward to those that follow.

  • Shelagh Millett
    Posted at 13:18h, 02 November Reply

    Have used some of her patterns and do like her ideas. Would love to see her shop but living in the UK a bit far to go.

  • Della L.
    Posted at 13:19h, 02 November Reply

    With a gift card to her site, I would without hesitation purchase a few yards each of that Japanese fabric. I’m drawn to the prints that look like watercolor art!

  • Rhoda K
    Posted at 13:19h, 02 November Reply

    I’m not one to miss a chance for money to buy fabric, so I’m tossing my name in the hat. I don’t know what I would buy yet, but I’m sure I could find something 😉

  • Christianne McCall
    Posted at 13:19h, 02 November Reply

    Oh me please!! I love her style!!

  • Lynn Pias
    Posted at 13:21h, 02 November Reply

    Oh my I visited your site and I’m very excited! Bengaline, Eileen Fisher knits, I am very happy!

  • Julianne Sharer
    Posted at 13:23h, 02 November Reply

    I’d buy some of that stretch bengaline in every color offered!

  • Dawn
    Posted at 13:23h, 02 November Reply

    Not all of Marcy Tilton’s designs fit my style, but I always enjoy seeing the creativity she brings to Vogue patterns. Her collection of fabrics is out of this world — I’ve had to pry myself away from the website more than once!

  • Michelle Moseley
    Posted at 13:23h, 02 November Reply

    What a wonderful start to your interview series. Please keep them coming and thank you!

  • Margaret Cole
    Posted at 13:24h, 02 November Reply

    I enjoyed this interview. Marcy Tilton is a very inspirational. It would be fun to go to Paris with such a knowledgeable person.

  • Patty Park
    Posted at 13:25h, 02 November Reply

    When I saw the interview, I poured myself a tankard of coffee and started reading. Terrific interview. Marcy has been inspiring me for years to get out of my comfort zone and play Sewing is fun, at times frustrating but always fulfilling. I’ve been sewing for more than half century (scary, eh?) and can’t imagine life without needle and thread. I want to make a raincoat and if I won, that would be my first choice.

  • Linda T
    Posted at 13:26h, 02 November Reply

    I have almost all her patterns (as many sewists do these days). What fun it would be to do a Paris trip. Maybe one of these days. Of course I’d love to win. I could add more to the stash and that’s always great!

  • Shelby Smarte
    Posted at 13:26h, 02 November Reply

    This interview gives a really interesting perspective of a wonderful and fun designer. I would love to win a gift certificate to shop her wonderful fabrics. What would I pick? So many choices!

  • Angela
    Posted at 13:27h, 02 November Reply

    Great interview! I enjoyed learning more about Marci. At the moment I am working on one of Katherine’s patterns:) If I won I would probably get some of those fabulous prints for tops.

  • Sandy Gibson
    Posted at 13:27h, 02 November Reply

    After completing two princess costumes for grandchildren this fall, I am anxious to do some creative sewing…possibly in adult sizes! The interview was so interesting, and I am now inspired to try out a couple patterns that I have admired in Vogue magazine, and pattern books. Hard to find fashion fabrics would take care of that gift certificate!

  • Joen Venitsky
    Posted at 13:28h, 02 November Reply

    Thank you for the great interview! Marcy Tilton is a very talented lady! I love her on-line fabric shop and her Vogue patterns. I would use the gift certificate to buy the Grey Chevron Quilted Knit!!! if absolutely FABULOUS!

  • Sally Dalrymple
    Posted at 13:32h, 02 November Reply

    Your interview caught the spirit of Marcy’s creativity. In addition to her design talents, I would like to add….Marcy is one of the warmest and most genuine people on earth. I was fortunate to be a member of her Paris tour. After only a week, I will always consider her a friend. The kindness and goodness must run in the family, as Katherine is just as special.

  • Gail M
    Posted at 13:32h, 02 November Reply

    I have admired Marcy’s patterns for quite a while and purchased one in the spring that I have not yet used because I did not have “just the right” fabric for it. Maybe this is my chance, oui?!

  • Patty Reeves
    Posted at 13:33h, 02 November Reply

    I have started sewing again after a 20 year break…family and career. Inspiration is my theme and you have inspired me!

  • Emmy Jay
    Posted at 13:33h, 02 November Reply

    So many wonderful things to choose from — at this very minute I’d buy some Cambon Wool Blend for a reversible jacket or long vest.

  • Cindy Aymes
    Posted at 13:33h, 02 November Reply

    Wow! A gift certificate for Marcy Tilton fabric! Be still, my heart! Thankfully I’ve been drooling over the Snow Paisley Italian Wool Coating so I know EXACTLY what I would buy! Thanks for the great interview! Cindy

  • Meriwether Burruss
    Posted at 13:35h, 02 November Reply

    Thanks for the great interview! I’m on a jeans making kick recently, so I’d love some of the printed stretch denim, especially the Pickwick dots, from Marcy’s shop.

  • Judie Loveday
    Posted at 13:35h, 02 November Reply

    There is not much in the shop that I wouldn’t buy! Postage is a big stumbling block though – it is so expensive to Australia. One day I’ll be able to buy some of her gorgeous fabric,

  • Karla Crane
    Posted at 13:35h, 02 November Reply

    I love shopping for fabrics on line and Marcy Tilton’s descriptions and suggestions for uses of the fabric – especially the care instructions – are great!

  • Myrtle Washington
    Posted at 13:37h, 02 November Reply

    Great interview! I bought Marcy and Katherine’s class on Craftsy….great class. With that being said, I would love to buy some of the knits off her website if I win!

  • Martha Schildknecht
    Posted at 13:38h, 02 November Reply

    I bought my first Marcy pattern (the shingle dress!), after seeing you do it two ways here, but have not taken the time to jump in–afraid I’ll “mess up”?! I can’t wait to proceed fearlessly! Marcy’s advice gives us all the courage we need to make mistakes, learn from them, and then fix them or get rid of them!! I’ve only just recently discovered Marcy’s store (I know–was I not paying attention?!) How much fun this will be!

  • Ellen Sherman
    Posted at 13:39h, 02 November Reply

    What an inspiring person ! If I were to win I think I would get some of the Japanese fabric, so unique. Thanks for introducing me to Marcy, her website is now bookmarked.

  • Treasa Antony
    Posted at 13:39h, 02 November Reply

    Wonderful interview. Thank to you and Marci for the opportunity to win some beautiful fabric.
    Treasa

  • Elizabeth Lacey
    Posted at 13:40h, 02 November Reply

    I loved this interview! My dearest friend Charlotte went to Paris with Marcy and returned with wonderful tales and fabrics. She is my sewing mentor and we love to research Marcy’s patterns and fabrics. Thanks for a wonderful blog and a great interview.

  • Myra
    Posted at 13:45h, 02 November Reply

    What an awesome interview, thank you so much Sarah! This Is a good example of what keeps her sewing community so strong, sharing with others!

    If I won the very generous gift certificate, I would make a mini collection of self drafted items for Marcy and her team to review and critique my talent! It would be an honor to have them review my work. I know most of my Subbies like what I do, but to have someone so experienced look at my work with a critical eye, would be very exciting! Good luck to everyone and thanks again Sarah for another wonderful post!

  • Anna Hinkle
    Posted at 13:49h, 02 November Reply

    I love Marcy and Katherine, they both have styles that appeal to me, and I think I own most every pattern they have designed. I am also fortunate to live close to them, so I can actually so my fabric shopping in person. I would have no problem using the gift certificate, thanks for the chance!

  • Susan Konkin
    Posted at 13:50h, 02 November Reply

    Loved the interview! So timely as I have been browsing Marnie’s Web site alot…. Lusting after some fabric!!!! Would LOVE to win this one!!! Thanks Goodbye Valentino!

  • Joanne Perwak
    Posted at 13:50h, 02 November Reply

    Great interview! I love her styles and have many of her patterns. Thanks.

  • Susan Owens
    Posted at 13:51h, 02 November Reply

    Thanks for doing this interview. Have loved her patterns since I first found them. Hope to go to Paris with her and Katharine someday……..

  • Susan Owens
    Posted at 13:52h, 02 November Reply

    Thanks for doing this interview. Have loved Marcy’s patterns since I first found them in Vogue. Hope to go to Paris with her and Katharine someday……..

  • TracyK
    Posted at 13:52h, 02 November Reply

    I might buy rainwear fabric because I need a new trench coat. But there are so many other beautiful pieces, I might have a difficult time making a decision!

  • Christy Coy
    Posted at 13:54h, 02 November Reply

    Oh gosh. I’d buy stretch bengaline, maybe some knits for a tshirt (for her craftsy class which I love)…

  • Karen Lachance
    Posted at 13:54h, 02 November Reply

    I love looking through Marcy Tilton’s fabric store. The curated nature of her selections make it very visually appealing and I love that she does detail shots as well. Great interview!

  • Nancy Morris
    Posted at 13:57h, 02 November Reply

    I have my eye on some double-sided wool on Marcy’s website and would love a gift certificate to speed the purchase!

  • Judy J Miller
    Posted at 13:58h, 02 November Reply

    Both you and Marcy are my biggest inspirations!! Thank you for this wonderful informative interview.

  • Linda Hartmann
    Posted at 13:58h, 02 November Reply

    What an inspiring woman. Thank you for the wonderful interview. I wish I were closer to her shop to see all the fabrics in person!

  • Theola k rarick
    Posted at 14:01h, 02 November Reply

    Outstanding interview; I would select an Eileen Fischer knit.

  • Virginia from A Sewing Life
    Posted at 14:04h, 02 November Reply

    Wonderful interview! Many thanks to both of you for the information and inspiration. I have a terrible shortage of stripe and dot knits in my life, so that’s surely what I would choose for more knit tunics (my current obsession, using Marcy and Katherine patterns, among others).

  • Lu Anne Simpson
    Posted at 14:08h, 02 November Reply

    I really enjoyed reading the interview. If I won the gift certificate I would break out of my norm and buy one of the beautiful new prints and then sew one of your dresses.

  • Cynthia Flagg
    Posted at 14:09h, 02 November Reply

    Great timing on this post. I’m expecting some yardage in the mail from Marcy’s website sometime in the next few days. Alas, I only ordered one of the many beautiful fabrics that caught my eye. I’d love to order some more.

  • Jane Collins
    Posted at 14:13h, 02 November Reply

    This is such an inspirational interview, thank you. I can’t make up my mind about the patterns, I live the skirt, raincoat and teeshirt top that Marcy has sewn up for her Paris trip.

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 14:13h, 02 November Reply

    I would purchase lots of knits. Marcy’s knits are so pretty!

  • Lorelei Gamroth
    Posted at 14:14h, 02 November Reply

    Such an interesting interview, thank you Goodbye Valentino. You are both inspiring women! Yes a chance to choose fabric, would be fantastic!

  • Martha Ann Murray
    Posted at 14:16h, 02 November Reply

    Oh my – $100 to spend at the Art Barn? Knits, knits and more knits would be my choice! Thanks for the interview Sarah and thank you Marcy!

  • Ellie
    Posted at 14:17h, 02 November Reply

    I really like Marcy’s easy-going style! Thanks for the wonderful interview!

  • Lynn Mally
    Posted at 14:17h, 02 November Reply

    I took a class with Marcy years ago–a creative experience I will never forget. She called herself a “recovering perfectionist,” and I have tried to take those words to heart.

  • Jane mccormick
    Posted at 14:19h, 02 November Reply

    Great interview! I’d love to take a trip to Paris!

  • Linda Jepson
    Posted at 14:19h, 02 November Reply

    I am in love with almost everything, Marcy Tilton, she exudes creativity and enables me to be more creative by using her designs and fabrics. Love, love love

  • Becky
    Posted at 14:19h, 02 November Reply

    I have a couple of pieces of Marcy’s fabric in my stash, but I especially like her knit collection. She picks great, saturated colors that are fairly easy to sew. I think her fabric collection is one of the best online.

  • Susan Bishop
    Posted at 14:20h, 02 November Reply

    Great interview! I am going to read her full biography. Being a long time customer of Marcy Tilton I have a wish list all ready for extra funds!

  • Michelle Gregorek
    Posted at 14:20h, 02 November Reply

    It was 30 minutes ago that I read your post. Since that time I have been exploring Marcy’s site. While reading tutorials, I realized I hadn’t left my comment for the giveaway! Fabric? Patterns? I don’t know what I would use the $ for….but excuse me, I am going back to her site now.

  • Nakisha
    Posted at 14:20h, 02 November Reply

    What a fantastic interview! I love reading the blog especially if I am seeing a Tilton pattern. One day I will learn to print mix! 🙂

    There would be much hand wringing trying to choose from the selection! Probably something graphic. She has prints that I haven’t seen elsewhere!

  • Faye Lewis
    Posted at 14:21h, 02 November Reply

    Thanks for the look into Marcy Tilton’s business and life – this was a great interview.. I’d. .love to win your giveaway. I know I’d enjoy choosing from her unique fabric collection finding textures and patterns that I’ve never seen or even heard of before. I’d even consider choosing a special piece for a friend of mine – who knows!

  • Christine Kille
    Posted at 14:22h, 02 November Reply

    Kudos for a very inspiring interview! Love reading about creative people who turn their passion into personal and professional success! Looking forward to more inspirational interviews!

  • Nancy Peth
    Posted at 14:22h, 02 November Reply

    I recently bought a few patterns from the wonderful Tilton sisters and would love to buy some of their lovely fabric to make them. I really enjoy their unique and fresh designs!

  • Linda Jepson
    Posted at 14:23h, 02 November Reply

    I am in love with almost everything Marcy Tilton. The creativity in her designs allows me to be more creative in my choices. Love, love, love

  • Jo-Anne
    Posted at 14:27h, 02 November Reply

    Marcytitlton.com is one of my most often visited websites! I love perusing the site for inspiration, even if I am not able to sew as often as I would like. Marcy’s ideas are always new and fresh and a springboard for me to incorporate into my own wardrobe. I hope some day I can take the tour with her to Paris as I have never been.

  • Wendy Grossman
    Posted at 14:27h, 02 November Reply

    I love Marcy’s fabrics and rely on her web site as a trusted resource for my sewing. I am hoping to join Marcy and Catherine on a Paris tour soon. Thank you for sharing her story with us.

  • Loretta Heard
    Posted at 14:27h, 02 November Reply

    I’m new to Marcy Tilton,, but checked out her fabric website not long ago. Beautiful fabric! I think if I won I might sew at knit top from pattern #V9057 or one of her bags. Thanks!

  • melle@featheredruffles
    Posted at 14:28h, 02 November Reply

    ooh. She has a teal and black double weave knit…. I would DIE for a top in that… something structured but not…

    And there’s also a sweater knit in pastel-ish corals and aquas that would be gorgeous in a cardi and sweater tee. 🙂 I live in those kind of items.

  • Michele Owens
    Posted at 14:29h, 02 November Reply

    I have one of the pictured top patterns and can’t wait to make it.

  • Madeline Rodriguez
    Posted at 14:30h, 02 November Reply

    WOW! That was a great interview. How inspiring for me to wake up Sunday morning to read your blog! I have been in a rutt and now at 6am I just want to get up and get going! I have a few of Marcy’s pattern’s and this may be the day to try one out! Thanks Sarah for continuing to inspire us through your blog!

  • Jean W
    Posted at 14:30h, 02 November Reply

    i love Marcy’s online fabric shop – a fabulous selection of high quality, fun fabrics. And, they have a great swatch service so you can actually get your hands on the fabric before you buy. I would love to make a winter jacket and have some fabrics from her shop in mind. . .

  • Carolyne Pietz
    Posted at 14:35h, 02 November Reply

    This was an excellent interview, particularly fueled by your thoughtful questions which in turn led to Marcy’s inspiring answers. I just received my first order from the ArtBarn a few days ago and was pleased with the excellent quality of the fabric. If I won, I would choose a few of the more “adventuresome” knit prints in order to push out my boundaries..

  • Karen viser
    Posted at 14:36h, 02 November Reply

    This was a fascinating interview. Marcy and her products are the best!

  • Annette Goswell
    Posted at 14:36h, 02 November Reply

    Thank you so much for such a fascinating insight. I love all her vogue patterns and have made several. I didn’t know she had an online shop. Just took much choice to make a decision on what to buy if I won but would be the best early Christmas present

  • Angela
    Posted at 14:39h, 02 November Reply

    LOVE her website! So many yummy fabrics to choose from! I live in knits, so I would choose from the many colorful, vibrant knits – and of course pair it with one of her patterns!

  • Kathy Sews
    Posted at 14:39h, 02 November Reply

    This is a really wonderful interview.. Well, thought out. Thanks for working on it and sharing!!! And I would pass out from excitement to have a gift certificate for her fabric shop!! I have no idea what I’d choose, I could take 5 yards of it all.

  • Whitney Luckenbill
    Posted at 14:40h, 02 November Reply

    I would spend it on silk or knits!

  • Carol Wilson
    Posted at 14:43h, 02 November Reply

    I follow only a few blogs and Mary Tilton’s is one of them. (Of course, yours is one too!). Thanks so much for writing this interview!
    If I won the gift certificate, I would pick out some rainwear fabric and attempt to make a raincoat.

  • Jennifer Churchill
    Posted at 14:43h, 02 November Reply

    Great interview! I have yet to purchase from Marcy Tilton’s online store but I’m on the website regularly admiring all the pretty fabrics. I would probably spend the $100 in the knit section as she has so many amazing knits.

  • Mary Ann Carlson
    Posted at 14:44h, 02 November Reply

    My eyes grow big as I imagine the fun of using the $100 gift certificate in Marcie Tilton’s online store. The blog and newsletters are such creative inspirations and would lead me to spend it well on the fabulous choices. Thanks for offering the chance at such a gift.

  • Rose Kiley
    Posted at 14:46h, 02 November Reply

    I love the knits, and would like to try some of the mesh fabrics listed.

  • Suzanne Lavoie
    Posted at 14:47h, 02 November Reply

    Such an unusual life history and perspective she has. Loved this.

  • Jackie Shepherd
    Posted at 14:47h, 02 November Reply

    Sarah,
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. My favorite blouse is made of a beautiful Marcy Tilton fabric. I am so glad I found both of your websites!

  • Patrice Smith
    Posted at 14:48h, 02 November Reply

    I loved the interview. Looking forward to reading others.

  • Anne Rhodes
    Posted at 14:49h, 02 November Reply

    I love Marcy Tilton’s online store! Offering me a $100 shopping gift would be opening Pandora’s box—I know I couldn’t stop buying 🙂

  • Anita Engert
    Posted at 14:51h, 02 November Reply

    Absolutely loved the interview and Marcy’s website. As to the favorite, honestly, could anyone really just pick one?

  • Brenda
    Posted at 14:51h, 02 November Reply

    Great interview!
    I’m planning to make the new skirt for New Years!

  • Bryonna Denning
    Posted at 14:51h, 02 November Reply

    After a years-too-long hiatus from sewing beautiful things for me, I’ve been teetering on the edge for the past couple of months. This article (plus your consistent posting of your own beautiful sewn garments) has given me the extra resolve I’ve needed. I’m about to sort through my ancient fabric stash and choose the first piece for my new “artful” wardrobe. Thanks so much for the inspiration! I really enjoyed your interview with Marcy, and look forward to the ones to come.

  • Charlene McDaniel
    Posted at 14:52h, 02 November Reply

    Fabulous interview. This sparks a real interest in Marcy Tilton fabrics and encourages a new adventure with her patterns. Thanks for the interview.

  • Heather Myers
    Posted at 14:54h, 02 November Reply

    Thank you for the inspiring talk! I love her persimmon wool and the grey / black houndstooth blend, as I’m creating my cold weather work wardrobe after losing 25 pounds.

  • Isabel Hendry
    Posted at 14:55h, 02 November Reply

    I think I’ve finally found the perfect designer for my wardrobe! Basic clothing with tremendous flair. I’m glad I found you (via Goodbye Valentino) !

  • Bobbi Piles
    Posted at 14:57h, 02 November Reply

    Thank you for the great interview! She sounds like an amazing and interesting woman. Out of curiosity, what was the pattern that she said became a best-seller? Is it still available? A gift certificate would be a dream! My fabric stash is almost gone and needs to be restocked.

  • Carol Therneau
    Posted at 14:58h, 02 November Reply

    Love her patterns and fabrics. I check her website daily to see what new eye candy she has in her fabrics. Her insight as to where her fashion pattern ideas come from is interesting. Great story.

  • Kathie Boyle
    Posted at 15:00h, 02 November Reply

    What a lovely, generous giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity. I would like to make a real raincoat from one of the great fabrics Marcy offers for rain wear.

  • Joan G. Partrick
    Posted at 15:02h, 02 November Reply

    My favorite Marcy Tilton design is a jacket I made at least 10 years ago. It has a variety of navy rayon velvet and glittery trim. It’s obviously more of a party jacket and I love to wear it at Christmas. Lovely.

  • Robyn Turner
    Posted at 15:02h, 02 November Reply

    A super interview with a very talented lady. I am a Chinese art dealer with a great passion for sewing and clothing. Living in New York I am able to visit many RTW shops but look forward to Marcy’s new patterns with great anticipation, I have them all and am now working on the new coat and V9035. Looking forward to the new spring patterns. The only problem is that I am working so now I take off Friday to sew. I also love the relationship between Marcy and Katherine, I was very close to my sister, so there is a special place in my heart for the sisters. My hope is to join the sisters in a Pais trip once I can fit it into my schedule. Several of my
    friends have gone and love the trips.

  • Debbie Weber
    Posted at 15:04h, 02 November Reply

    I have been following Marcy Tilton’s website for about 6 months and am so inspired by the beautiful fabrics and lovely patterns. I spend many evenings browsing through her fabric choices and dream of what to create with the pontes, wovens and rainwear. I am planning a trip in spring and would love to use the chocolate rainwear fabric to make Marcy’s new coat. That’s how I would use my certificate if I were chosen the winner.

  • Carole Mellin
    Posted at 15:04h, 02 November Reply

    What a lovely post. And two lovely women. Thanks. And of course I would love to win that gift certificate!

  • Catherine Forsyth
    Posted at 15:04h, 02 November Reply

    I go to her website almost daily and dream of what I would make with her beautiful fabrics! Both of you are so inspiring! Although, also not ready to do the RTW Fast, I do add to my wardrobe with beautiful skirts and jackets……and almost ready to try a dress! So, winning this contest would be such a treat! I am pleased to know you both, even if only through your websites!!! Keep motivating please 🙂

  • Nancy Williamson
    Posted at 15:09h, 02 November Reply

    Love Marcy’s fabric & patterns!

  • Janet Miles
    Posted at 15:09h, 02 November Reply

    I love Marcy’s innovative designs for Vogue, definitely “designs with a French Flair”. I would love to make the perfect black skirt out of one of her scrumptious knits.

  • Lisa Pirrello
    Posted at 15:10h, 02 November Reply

    Thanks for the very interesting interview!

  • Jamie Bartalamay
    Posted at 15:13h, 02 November Reply

    A really yummy knit

    I’ve been planning a vogue wrp dress and after reading your mention of her online shop earlier, I’ve had her page bookmarked, waiting. Hard to choose just one!

    Would totally welcome suggestions as to which knit, from her shop, would work best.

    Great interview, BTW.

  • lynette roth
    Posted at 15:15h, 02 November Reply

    It is always inspiring to read how others balance the work/play/creative parts of their lives. Thank you for sharing.

  • Diane A
    Posted at 15:18h, 02 November Reply

    Wow, great interview. I LOVE Marci Tilton. I would spend my $100 on a fabulous knit in a solid color.

  • Cheryl Fillion
    Posted at 15:19h, 02 November Reply

    Thank you so much for composing such great questions, and thanks to Marcy for taking the time to write such in-depth answers.

    I would definitely spend a gift certificate on the Gray Chevron Quilted Knit… or maybe the Frank Lloyd Brown Wool… or wait, it could even be the Patently Dotty Wool Blend…

  • Molly Levine
    Posted at 15:19h, 02 November Reply

    Great Interview! I look forward to more.

  • Marsha Stanfield
    Posted at 15:19h, 02 November Reply

    Interesting interview! I would buy some French silk or a rayon knit. So many tempting choices.

  • Ann smith
    Posted at 15:24h, 02 November Reply

    I have admired Marcy since her SF days at sewing workshop. I sew up most of her patterns and just made the new skirt twice. Where would I be without Marcy?

  • Janice Stokes
    Posted at 15:25h, 02 November Reply

    I love Marcy Tilton’s fabric and pattern. I already have several of her patterns. So if I win, I’d buy more fabric. Someday, I hope to go on one of her Paris tours. Thanks for the interview!

  • Kathy Zachry
    Posted at 15:26h, 02 November Reply

    What an inspiring interview with such an interesting person! I’d spend $100 on Marcy’s signature knits!
    Thanks, Marcy for this lovely offer!

  • Patricia Giglio
    Posted at 15:28h, 02 November Reply

    What an interesting interview. I would love to make a raincoat or jacket with one of Marcy’s wonderful fabrics.

  • Laura Arriola
    Posted at 15:29h, 02 November Reply

    Loved the interview and have for quite some time admired Marcy Tilton’s designs. My personal challenge at this time is to master sewing knits and love the combinations that Marcy puts together. I would love to buy a spectacular combo for a one of a kind top!

  • Roylynn Harren
    Posted at 15:29h, 02 November Reply

    I was fortunate to go to Paris with Marcy and Katherine last spring. I have a beautiful jacket from Miller et Bertaux. I think I am the unlikely person who tried on and purchased. Marcy’s patterns and fabrics are fabulous!!!!!!!!

  • Bonnie Johnson
    Posted at 15:31h, 02 November Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful interview. I have followed Marcy for years and buy some fabric (my stash could rival her warehouse) and all of her patterns. I have such confidence in her design sense that even though a new pattern might not be quite love at first sight, there is every chance that someday I will be glad that I have it.

  • Holly Clifford
    Posted at 15:34h, 02 November Reply

    I really enjoyed reading this interview, and then following through with a tempting peek at the wonderful fabrics at Marcy’s online store. Immediately I was drawn to the incomparable (at least where I live) array of stretch mesh laces and nets available. That would be my first choice, as I would love to have the luxury of combining and layering these gorgeous fancies!

  • Lea
    Posted at 15:35h, 02 November Reply

    Thanks for the wonderful interview! Marcy has some fabulous knits on her site, and I’m loving this: http://www.marcytilton.com/item.php?pid=16427&cid=907 for a pair of skinny pants.

  • Starla Lester
    Posted at 15:40h, 02 November Reply

    I’ve admired Marcy Tilton’s patterns for years, and especially adore the way the patterns change personalitly completely depending upon the fabrics used. This feature makes her patterns so much more versatile and re-usable than most patterns out there!

    I didn’t know she had her own fabric store, or that she had written an autobiography. I see many happy hours ahead. Thank you for doing this interview!

    • Starla Lester
      Posted at 17:02h, 02 November Reply

      I’m replying to my own post because I don’t want to accidentally “cheat” in the drawing or anytng, BUT I just spent an hour on Marcy’s website and I want to go play in her fabric supply, lol!
      There isn’t a fabric on there that I can’t think of several uses for. I especially like the Glasgow knit. There was so much inspiration on that one site that I know it’s going to become one of my “go to” sites from now on.

  • Melody Lenart
    Posted at 15:40h, 02 November Reply

    I have followed Marcy for many years. I even took a lecture class from Marcy at Sewing Guild Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana in late 90’s. I have been into quilting lately but feel the urge to return to my sewing roots. To have some special fabric from Marcy would be wonderful Enjoyed your interview and look forward to more.

  • Linda Richards
    Posted at 15:41h, 02 November Reply

    This was a delightful interview and very inspiring. Thank you Sarah & Marci! Hmmm……how would I spend “free money?” I would spend it a hundred times over before actually making a real decision and even then it would be hard to finally decide! So many delicious choices…..

  • Kimber Crow
    Posted at 15:43h, 02 November Reply

    Great interview! Curious to know if that little vintage French housedress inspired pattern is still being made by Vogue

  • Cynthia Baudendistel
    Posted at 15:43h, 02 November Reply

    I’d spend the $100 buying Marcy’s fabulous knits!

  • Mary Lynn
    Posted at 15:44h, 02 November Reply

    Wow! A cast of hundreds! Would love to win the gift certificate.

  • P Art
    Posted at 15:46h, 02 November Reply

    Love your blog. It is full of inspiration and ideas. The interview with Marcy is just what I mean. The fabrics she sells are high quality ans worth every penny.

  • Robin
    Posted at 15:47h, 02 November Reply

    Love this interview, I would love to win! If I was the lucky winner, I would stock up on her beautiful knits.

  • Pamela Flynn
    Posted at 15:49h, 02 November Reply

    Marcy, you are an inspiration to all of us! I love your patterns and fabrics and hope to make the Paris tour one day!

  • Rose Cherry
    Posted at 15:50h, 02 November Reply

    What an inspiring interview. Thanks. I just ordered several pieces of fabric from Marcy. They are beyond my expectations. If I was fortunate to win $100 gift certificate, I would spend it on a combination of knits (unless something else on the website started speaking to me).

  • Renee Gibson
    Posted at 15:50h, 02 November Reply

    I learned about Marcy’s website through Goodbye Valentino. I love the fabrics, designs and blog.
    It has inspired me to use specialized fabrics and techniques that I might not have tried otherwise!
    Fabrics purchased from Marcy have been phenomenal. I would gladly spend that gift certificate on more fabric!

  • Suzanne Granstrom
    Posted at 15:52h, 02 November Reply

    I have been a fan of Marcy Tilton for years. really enjoyed this interview!

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 15:54h, 02 November Reply

    Oh what a delicious interview! I’ve know Marcy because of my association with Waechter’s Fine Fabrics, which has now closed. She was such an inspiration when in the store….and that was many many years ago…but still remember her….I love her fabric site. I can take her patterns and her sister Katheryn’s patterns right out of the envelope and with a few measurements can make a garment. Love their style.
    Well let me see…..yes $100 on knits would be nice……thank you for such a wonderful interview, with links, pictures etc. Like I said delicious!

  • Lisa jones
    Posted at 15:55h, 02 November Reply

    Love the article

  • Kathleen Ford
    Posted at 15:56h, 02 November Reply

    Love, love, love the Tilton designs. They make such wonder wearable clothes that have style for my everyday life!

  • B
    Posted at 15:59h, 02 November Reply

    Issey Miyaki is one of my favorites, too. Please put me in for the gift certificate — if I won, I would definitely get some knits…thanks

  • Linda Kluss
    Posted at 16:01h, 02 November Reply

    What a great interview! I think I’d put any extra money I had towards the Paris trip–what a fantastic week that would be!!

  • Jill Frank
    Posted at 16:02h, 02 November Reply

    I love her patterns! Thank you for this lovely article!

  • Elizabeth Lewis
    Posted at 16:03h, 02 November Reply

    I would buy prints to jazz up my neutrals in my wardrobe. Great interview with an inspirational woman!

  • Lin Burley
    Posted at 16:03h, 02 November Reply

    I love her fabrics- I have a few now nd would LOVE to add to my collection!

  • karen minet
    Posted at 16:03h, 02 November Reply

    I am now so inspired to do one of the Paris trips. Might start buying foldable suitcases to bring back my stash. Yaaaay

  • J K Williams
    Posted at 16:04h, 02 November Reply

    What an opportunity for a new sewist like myself to consult while choosing beautiful fabric!!

  • Daisy Barreto
    Posted at 16:08h, 02 November Reply

    Great interview! Marcy’s thoughts on creativity are inspiring. Her eye for fabric is amazing. I’d love to have any of her knits!

  • Lauren
    Posted at 16:10h, 02 November Reply

    I love this post! I can’t say I’m a big fan of Marcy’s patterns (they are definitely not a style I like to wear), but I’ve always liked her fabrics and it pleases me to no end to know that she’s such a diehard about the quality of what she sells. This interview just makes me want to be friends with her – she seems like an awesome lady, so passionate about her craft+businesses! I love it!

    If I won this giveaway, I’d jump on that quilted cable knit and make the cutest sweater dress in the world 🙂

  • Margaret Cameron
    Posted at 16:10h, 02 November Reply

    Of course I would love to have $100 to spend on Marceys lovely fabric

  • Beckie Frazier
    Posted at 16:11h, 02 November Reply

    Oh! Her shop is in my neck of the woods. I wish it was more a retail store so I could touch all the awesomeness. I would use a gift certificate on some pretty plaid!

  • Marybeth Tawfik
    Posted at 16:14h, 02 November Reply

    These days I sew almost exclusively from Marcy and Katherine’s patterns, and so do many of the women in my sewing guild! Love these gals!

  • Lorinda Prociuk
    Posted at 16:18h, 02 November Reply

    I find Marcy’s fabrics and style inspirational. I would love to sew with some of the fun silks on her site.

  • Christie Porter
    Posted at 16:19h, 02 November Reply

    Really enjoyed your interview with Marcy Tilton! I am sewing again after a 30 year break – and loving it. If I won the gift certificate, I would must certainly choose on of Marcy’s patterns for my completed project. I have several already in my pattern stash.

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 16:34h, 02 November Reply

    Love the Cape Code Ponte and the cable knits.

  • Joanna
    Posted at 16:36h, 02 November Reply

    Ooh! Fingers and toes crossed. Love her store – especially the knits. She is selective and it shows!

  • Jessica Walker
    Posted at 16:37h, 02 November Reply

    Great interview! I know I’d be drawn like a magpie to the wonderful prints, but I might challenge myself to stick to beautiful basics. Thanks Marcy!

  • Karen Rohlf
    Posted at 16:38h, 02 November Reply

    I took classes from Marcy in the 80’s at the Sewing Workshop and am inspired by the way she has continued to find ways of following her passion. I’m having a bit of a problem converting to online fabric shopping since part of the fun for me is touching the actual fabric and imagining what I could make with it.

  • Kathleen Meagher
    Posted at 16:38h, 02 November Reply

    I love Marcy’s pattern, fabric and blog. Hope to go on one of her Paris trips someday. Just finished a cardigan from her fabulous sequin knit in blue.. The fabric, and Marcy’s description of it, gave this non-sequin wearer the incentive to give it a try.

  • Jennie
    Posted at 16:47h, 02 November Reply

    Oh mercy. I frequently haunt Marci’s website to drool over the fabrics. I have no idea what I would choose; anything from her carefully curated shop would be lovely.

  • Barb Wagner
    Posted at 16:48h, 02 November Reply

    Thank you, Sarah, for a fantastic interview. I would go for a set – or two- of the Cool Combos that Marcy puts together, along with one or two patterns. Her vision and creativity are so inspiring!

  • Melissa Brown
    Posted at 16:49h, 02 November Reply

    What a wonderful interview. I have seen Marcy Tiltons patterns on the Vogue website, but as I am a quilter with a great interest in sewing some of my clothing. Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Shams
    Posted at 16:51h, 02 November Reply

    What a fabulous interview, Sarah! Marcy Tilton is one of my idols and what a wonderful choice to kick off your series with her. Please do not enter me in the drawing, but thanks for such a great post!

  • Rhonda Michalek
    Posted at 16:52h, 02 November Reply

    I love the MT fabrics, especially the digital prints. – which is what I would buy more of. Very interesting interview.

  • Ruth Lombard
    Posted at 16:52h, 02 November Reply

    I, too, took classes at TSW in the 80’s. I was delighted to find Marcy, again, a few years ago. I am currently needing knit and cosy tops for colder weather. However, something else could certainly tempt me.

  • Eileen
    Posted at 17:01h, 02 November Reply

    Great interview, Sarah! I would love to own FABRIC from the Marcy Tilton collection.
    Which fabric? Now, a decision like that would be so…. much fun to make. Thanks for
    bringing all these sewing ideas to us. I cannot imagine cutting into a Marcy Tilton fabric.
    I think I would just display it, touch it, drape it, and use it as an inspiration piece.

  • Colleen Smith
    Posted at 17:12h, 02 November Reply

    Thank you for this informative interview. You asked the perfect questions, and Marcy answered so thoughtfully. I love her patterns and buy them often. I have my eye on her raincoat fabric offerings.

  • Mary
    Posted at 17:13h, 02 November Reply

    Thank you for a great look inside! I would purchase whatever fabric spoke to me at the moment I was perusing the site!

  • Suzanne Egger
    Posted at 17:13h, 02 November Reply

    I love Marcy’s fabric and have bought many things from her. I have her new coat pattern and want to buy fabric for it. I have three shirts to make from her store and can’t wait to make the coat.

  • Susanne
    Posted at 17:16h, 02 November Reply

    Inspirational! Marcy is a BUSY woman and she is filling a need in the sewing world with her fabrics and patterns.

  • Treva Putsche
    Posted at 17:18h, 02 November Reply

    Love this interview Sarah! If I won I’m pretty sure I’d have to get some coating or jacket fabric.

  • Yanina
    Posted at 17:20h, 02 November Reply

    Please enter me in the drawing and thank you for such a great post!

  • Jean OReilly
    Posted at 17:23h, 02 November Reply

    Loved the linens and knits, and your article. Thanks for sharing.

  • Christin Yingling
    Posted at 17:27h, 02 November Reply

    What a great way to kick off this new series! It’s always nice to get a glimpse into the life of the people behind the brand. Not sure exactly what I would buy with the gift certificate but I know it wouldn’t take me long to figure it out. 🙂 thx for the great interview.

  • Teresa Kennard
    Posted at 17:30h, 02 November Reply

    Great interview. I’ve already got the $100 spent. Um,please don’t tell my husband, if by chance I don’t win. it Thank you, Teresa

  • Susan Maxwell
    Posted at 17:33h, 02 November Reply

    What a fantastic interview! And what an amazing life. I love what she said about the Paris taxi drivers knowing the color of the season and having an opinion about it. I used to travel to Europe all the time for work and they would say that Americans dressed in a sloppy/comfortable way. Hmmm…great! If I won I would definitely purchase the new Visage French Digital Knit. Lovely!

    I’m new to your blog (and blogging!) and love what you did with your 365 day challenge. I left my corporate world job at the end of June to focus full-time on my commercial embroidery business. At that time I decided to either make or thrift all of my own clothes. Now that I’m sewing again I’ll probably mostly make. But if I find something with a dog on it I just might have to buy it! Is that a Boston Terrier in your picture? I have 3 rescued Bostons and a rescued Rottweiler who thinks he’s a Boston. 🙂

  • Robin Reid
    Posted at 17:34h, 02 November Reply

    I have taken Marcy’s sewing seminars at Pullyup WSU’s sew expo when I lived in Washington state. She gave great presentations on design, pattern, and fabric. I have purchased some her fabric when she had a booth there. The fabric is so gorgeous . I have purchased some of her Vogue patterns and can’t wait to sew and wear them.

  • Susan town
    Posted at 17:34h, 02 November Reply

    I would buy rainwear fabric. Marcy has a wonderful collection that is well suited for winter outerwear in our milder southern california climate.

  • Jeannie Crockett
    Posted at 17:40h, 02 November Reply

    What would I buy? Fabrics, of course! I spend more time in Paris than Marcy, so I’m always looking around to see her group when they are here. I tried to get together with her years ago, but it didn’t work out.

  • Sue Parrott
    Posted at 17:42h, 02 November Reply

    I would buy more of Marcy’s screens for printing texture on fabric. Not only is it fun, but a great way to combine fabrics, add detail, and unique designs to garments!

  • Jane Koura
    Posted at 17:43h, 02 November Reply

    I love Marcy Tilton’s style and eye for interesting and beautiful shapes. I would buy one of her hand-picked knits. She finds the most interesting fabrics in her travels. Thanks for the interview with Marcy.

  • Astrid
    Posted at 17:46h, 02 November Reply

    A wonderful interview of a very talented woman by another very talented woman! Kudos.

    I would use the GC to make something lovely for myself – something I don’t often have time for. It would be an inspiration.

  • Janis Keeling
    Posted at 17:51h, 02 November Reply

    Loved the interview with Marcy. What is the vintage little French housedress pattern that became so popular? I too love everything French after getting to live there for four years. Still have wonderful friends in France..

    Janis Keeling

  • Jenny Reid
    Posted at 17:52h, 02 November Reply

    I want to make one of her fun dresses with the pockets in the front. I have studied one in particular and felt inadequate to make it but after reading this interview, I am stepping out!

  • Maggie Priest
    Posted at 17:55h, 02 November Reply

    If I won a gift certificate I would buy awesome fabric for the pants I so desperately need to make!

  • Camille Combs
    Posted at 17:59h, 02 November Reply

    I’ve always been inspired by Ms. Tilton pattern collection. I know that when I make a selection from her collection to sew I will have learned a new sewing technique as well as explored new fabric combinations. It forces one to go beyond ones comfort zone. Marcy’s pattern designs are great representations of wearable art.

  • Aileen Rykiel
    Posted at 18:09h, 02 November Reply

    Thanks so much for the great article on Marcy..
    I always check her patterns when ready to make something new.
    What a joy it would be to have a shopping splurge .
    Thank you.

  • Aileen Rykiel
    Posted at 18:14h, 02 November Reply

    I would make some of her pants using her unique fabric .i need some that are stylist and made from lovely fabric

  • Deborah Howe
    Posted at 18:16h, 02 November Reply

    Thank you for introducing me to Marcy. I love her. What a talent.

  • Mel
    Posted at 18:22h, 02 November Reply

    I’d splurge on some of those gorgeous rayon lycra knits!

  • Lucy lowry
    Posted at 18:22h, 02 November Reply

    I have shared Goodbyevalentino blog with all my Creative Clothing group of friends in the Seattle area…they love the blog. Many of us have met and studied with Marcy, and I think I support the entire Art Barn crew with my too numerous fabric purchases….I have no intention to stop my fabric purchases and plan to sew and look stylish at least until I’m 150. Years old…..Am currently in Italy, and fabric purchases is on my list…but I also check Marcy’s web site every day! Thank you great women!

  • CarolinasCallin
    Posted at 18:24h, 02 November Reply

    What an interesting article on a fascinating designer! LOVE Marcy Tilton’s website – she’s always one of the first places I check for fabric online! I’ve gotten some beautiful pieces from her site (ok, I haven’t actually SEWN all of them, but I’m workin’ on it!).

    So interesting to hear her talk about her background, her adventures in Paris (what a fun place to be if you’re into fashion!), and her present company came about! Thanks so much for sharing this interview! Now, off to her website to see what’s new…:)

  • MaryEllen
    Posted at 18:26h, 02 November Reply

    I own several of Marcys patterens & have “taken” her craftsy class. I’d love to own some of her knits for a stunning tee shirt . Thanks Sarah for giving us speak into her life !!!!
    MaryEllen

  • Wendy Baschkopf
    Posted at 18:27h, 02 November Reply

    In 1989 I crossed paths with Marcy at the Sewing Workshop. Sarah, you beautifully captured her creative essence- great interview. Winning $100 in fabric? Something Fancy Schmancy.

  • Jayne Miller
    Posted at 18:28h, 02 November Reply

    I have not purchased any fabrics from the internet but. I am very tempted with the French car silk print she currently has available

  • Brenda
    Posted at 18:30h, 02 November Reply

    I am in love with the Lillianne or Gina Felted wool for a very chic coat. Such an interesting lady! Thanks for the interview.

  • Barbara
    Posted at 18:33h, 02 November Reply

    What an inspirational interview! I loved what Marcy had to say in question and answer #9. So so true! I’m going to post it in my studio and read it everyday!

  • Lynda Stevenson
    Posted at 18:36h, 02 November Reply

    Enjoyed reading this interview. I would buy some stretch denim or some knit fabric. Thanks.

  • chris Johnson
    Posted at 18:42h, 02 November Reply

    What a great interview with tidbits about Marcy that are new to me. I love the geometry of her designs, her sense of pattern and color; as well as the joy she imparts through her words and energy. If I were to win the giveaway, I would ask her for a visit to the art barn to see and feel the fabric, and I would spend even more than the wonderful $100 gift. Her fabrics never disappoint.

  • amy mayer
    Posted at 18:45h, 02 November Reply

    I would LOVE to win this GC to her fabric “stash”!!! I am a follower of hers and have admired her creativity and originality for a couple years now–I don’t YET have the confidence to wear her original designs –working on more self confidence, BUT starting with her choice of fabrics will help bring that a long way. Terrific interview with an admirable, down to earth designer.

  • Laura James
    Posted at 18:47h, 02 November Reply

    I’ve been reluctant to purchase fabric online because I’m so unsure of what I’d really be getting. I have a feeling that buying from Marcy would be an excellent way to start! Great interview!

  • Denise
    Posted at 18:48h, 02 November Reply

    Really interesting interview and a wonderful giveaway! Your new space is starting out with a bang 🙂

  • Carol Stoner
    Posted at 18:58h, 02 November Reply

    Marcy’s top, jacket & vest patterns made from her incomparable fabrics are my go-to to achieve an interesting outfit. At this stage of life I wear mostly black or navy slacks, coupled with interesting tops. . Marcy’s ideas, fabrics and patterns help keep such uniforms intriguing.

  • Margaret Winters
    Posted at 19:00h, 02 November Reply

    I really enjoyed reading your very insightful and thoughtful questions for Marcy. I have several of her patterns, and have bought a few pieces from her. She’s definitely an amazing woman and a lifeforce all on her own!

  • Kari Kechter
    Posted at 19:00h, 02 November Reply

    What a great interview – thank you for doing this. I love Marcy’s site and have had my eye on some of those amazing prints.

  • Lisa Jensen
    Posted at 19:03h, 02 November Reply

    What a delight to find this interview with Marcy. I’m a huge fan! Half of my wardrobe is Marcy inspired. (I’m still working on the other half.) I’m sitting down this afternoon to sew her coat V8934. The fabric is a deep plum that I scored on her site last year. I love the ease and wearability of her pieces. They make me feel on the outside what I feel in the inside. What would I do with a $100 Marcy Tilton giftyness? Hmmm I’ve been eyeing a combo of fabrics for a dress – beautiful plaid, purples, greys… yum!

  • Janet
    Posted at 19:09h, 02 November Reply

    Are you kidding? I adore Marcy Tilton’s fabric and patterns. I am a bit of a “follower”. I still haven’t purchased fabric from her online store. But I look at her fabrics regularly, like really often…..Today I would love to purchase the following:

    Bohemian Bouquet Rayon Knit
    Desert Sunset Stripe
    Kew Garden Scuba Knit

  • Barbara Novak
    Posted at 19:12h, 02 November Reply

    I love Marcy’s fabrics and her patterns and always find something to inspire and motivate my sewing on her website. Thanks for the great interview.

  • Jackie Williams
    Posted at 19:15h, 02 November Reply

    I would love to get some more of her wonderful fabrics from her online store..

  • Charlotte Griffin
    Posted at 19:21h, 02 November Reply

    I really enjoyed learning more about Marcy Tilton, her background and how she produces her patterns. Thanks for providing us with this informative interview.

    Charlotte

  • Alice Elliot
    Posted at 19:25h, 02 November Reply

    Oh please, let it be me!!! I have uncountable Marcy and Katherine Tilton patterns. I’ve made so many of their t-shirts, skirts, pants. Dying to make the latest raincoat. I’d buy rainwear from their collection if I win this fabulous prize!!!!!

  • Beverl Meadows
    Posted at 19:26h, 02 November Reply

    Beautiful fabric!

  • Joan Lastovica
    Posted at 19:31h, 02 November Reply

    So nice to know you have discovered Marcy–I have most of her Vogue patterns, including her wonderful bag collection! Plus her fabrics are excellent. JL

  • Rhonda Gatti
    Posted at 19:34h, 02 November Reply

    The interview with Marcy Tilton was fabulous. I found it so inspirational and so interesting. The Paris trip sounds like a dream.
    Thank you so much for this wonderful article/interview.

  • Laurel Wilson
    Posted at 19:37h, 02 November Reply

    I would choose some interesting knits to make comfortable clothing.

  • Mary Funt
    Posted at 19:38h, 02 November Reply

    Enjoyed reading this very much. Great insight into a designer.

  • Jael heber
    Posted at 19:39h, 02 November Reply

    I love mt’s style! I’d have a wardrobe full of.tilton patterns…. Maybe one day!
    Great interview, thanks!

  • Patti Hamel
    Posted at 19:40h, 02 November Reply

    Thank you for a great interview. I have most of her patterns, but have not made any. I would buy lots of linen and cotton.

  • Barb Altekruse
    Posted at 19:43h, 02 November Reply

    Just moved to a cooler climate. I would make a winter jacket/ coat. A Marcy pattern of course!

  • Zeila Schmidt
    Posted at 19:51h, 02 November Reply

    I just love Marcy’s work…not everything works for me, but I admire her originality and eye for the beautiful and unusual.

  • Annette Botting
    Posted at 20:00h, 02 November Reply

    Hello,from the UK! this is a first for me, as although I have followed your blog for months, I have never,never commented!
    Techie stuff is all a bit beyond me. Only yesterday my daughter showed me how to set up Instagram. But I have managed to post some baking photo’s!! Yay
    I have spent a lovely half hour, with a cuppa of course, reading your interview with Marcy… Fab. I am currently making one of her patterns..the tiered one , you have already made one in blue and white stripe…. I might even post a photo when I’m done!!!
    In my head I’ve had loads of chats with you… So now I’ve taken the plunge… Perhaps we will chat again soon.
    Annette

  • GayleMI
    Posted at 20:03h, 02 November Reply

    Would love to win the $100 AND go on the next trip to Paris!

  • Joan Klein
    Posted at 20:04h, 02 November Reply

    I’ve made used several of Marcy’s patterns (and Katherine’s too) often with fabric from Marcy’s website. I’ve been dying to try one of her coat patterns and if I won the $100, I would take the big step and get some coat fabric.

  • Robyn Kirk
    Posted at 20:07h, 02 November Reply

    Thank you for your interview with Marcy. I also read both her and Katherine’s blog. I live in New Zealand and seriously rely on Shelly when purchasing fabric for the coming season. Because we are in Summer when you are experiencing winter I can
    plan ahead. It is most definitely worth while paying the exorbitant US postage to get her unique fabrics over here and Shelly
    can advise me which is suitable for which pattern. Go Marcy!

  • Accordion3
    Posted at 20:08h, 02 November Reply

    I have several of Marcy’s patterns from Vogue. I love sewing them, and always get compliments when I wear them. While I adore prints, it is the neutrals that I need more of in my life.

    Terrific interview.

  • Karen mccoll
    Posted at 20:10h, 02 November Reply

    Great article and inspirational!

  • Leigh
    Posted at 20:16h, 02 November Reply

    Oh I love drooling on my keyboard while looking at her shop. I’d start with the Art Noveau Cobalt stretch denim and then the teal and brown felted wool. I also like the Red Italian wool jersey. Delightful!! I have several MT and KT patterns so I’m totally inspired!

  • Suzy
    Posted at 20:28h, 02 November Reply

    I am brand new to sewing and wish I had started earlier. I saw a link to Marcy Tilton’s fabrics that was posted a few months ago, and they are beautiful. My next purchase will be from there, for sure. Thanks for the great interview.

  • Vancouver Barbara
    Posted at 20:32h, 02 November Reply

    A great, great post. One disagreement with Marcy about hand-mades costing more than RTW. I look at simple coats costing anywhere from $1,500 and more – much, much more, I know I can make something just as wonderful (if not more so) for $100 or thereabouts. But if she’s thinking about tops made of ponte, then she’s right.

    Please put me into the draw for the gift certificate. I’d love to win some of Marcy’s yummy fabric.

    Love your new format. Really stunning.

  • ginny winter
    Posted at 20:36h, 02 November Reply

    I have followed Marcy from her days at The Sewing Workshop and always appreciate her eye for detail and her accurate patterns and directions-Thanks for interviewing her- She has so many luscous fabrics -It would be hard to choose

  • Marie Schroeder
    Posted at 20:38h, 02 November Reply

    Love browsing through her online store! She always has many interesting fabrics.

  • Andi B
    Posted at 20:39h, 02 November Reply

    Your new layout is really nice. Please consider me for the drawing. I would love to get some of those luscious knits that Marcy carries for some new pants!

  • Kathy Weisner
    Posted at 20:43h, 02 November Reply

    I own almost all of Marcy’s and Katherine’s patterns and love to sew from them. If I were to win the prize, I would use it to buy one of the gorgeous two-sided wools she has.

  • ruta
    Posted at 20:45h, 02 November Reply

    Nice interview. I love her patterns! . I would love to win and probably will shop her wonderful fabrics.

  • boutis
    Posted at 20:54h, 02 November Reply

    Marcy sells the best pants fabric on the web. It is perfect. Weight, color, price is right. Very high quality and very fun fabrics I have ordered and been extremely pleased. And thanks Sara for the wonderful interview.

  • Gjeometry Catja
    Posted at 20:58h, 02 November Reply

    What a terrific interview and background info. This is going to be a great series! I love Marcy Tilton designs, the shapes and drape and the fact that they are not particularly ‘hourglassy” but are very feminine. For me, this is all the appeal. What would a do with the gift certificate? To buy fabric or patterns…..that is the question. 🙂 I think a bit of both. Some high quality knits and wools and some top patterns that have that lovely drape and scooped like, hammock style pockets. I really like those.

  • Peggy McCallum
    Posted at 20:59h, 02 November Reply

    What an informative interview. I visit Marcy’s website at least a couple of times a week and especially love her selection of knits, especially the stripes.

  • ginny winter
    Posted at 21:01h, 02 November Reply

    I’ve been following Marcy since her days at The Sewing Workshop – I always appreciate her sense of style and attention to detail and her accuracy in the patterns she creates- It would be difficult to choose from all of her luscous fabrics-

  • Nana
    Posted at 21:06h, 02 November Reply

    I enjoyed the interview and love the patterns Marcy has through vogue. I have purchase several but never actually sewn with them. Would love the gift certificate….maybe would get brave enough to buy the fabric for one of the patterns.

  • Tomasa Jimenez
    Posted at 21:08h, 02 November Reply

    Thank you for posting this fun interview of the very talented Marcy Tilton. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to more.

  • Linda turske
    Posted at 21:08h, 02 November Reply

    I would buy a gorgeous piece of fabric for myself….

  • BeckyMc
    Posted at 21:15h, 02 November Reply

    Very nice, entertaining and thoughtful interview! Thank you! If I win the $100 gift certificate I will choose some perfect pant fabric and some of those gorgeous ponte knits! Pick me, Pick me! Pretty please?

  • Helen Gorsuch
    Posted at 21:16h, 02 November Reply

    My last fabric from Marcy became clothes that went to France with me! She sells wonderful fabrics. Thanks for a terrific interview.

  • Judy hale
    Posted at 21:17h, 02 November Reply

    Thank you so much for doing the interview. I love reading about designers! I would buy fabric to sew something special for my granddaughter. It’s good to hear that it is not less expensive to sew but a way to use our creativity.

  • Paula Pinter
    Posted at 21:19h, 02 November Reply

    Everything at Marcy’s online store is wonderful looking… what wouldn’t you want to get?!

  • Mary Ann Carlson
    Posted at 21:22h, 02 November Reply

    Love tis blog

  • Lynn Hastings
    Posted at 21:29h, 02 November Reply

    I just returned from Italy, where I had a suitcase full of clothes made from Marcy Tilton fabrics and patterns. I also had a pair of pants that I made from one of Katherine’s patterns. Needless to say, I am a big fan! Thanks for the interview!!

  • Mary Morton
    Posted at 21:35h, 02 November Reply

    Terrific interview questions. Appreciate the thoughtful and detailed answers Marcy provided. B6064 has been sitting on my desk and I have yet to find the right fabric, but then I noticed that there are a few fabric recommendations for that pattern on Marcy’s site (e.g. pearl gray crinkle taffeta).. Of course there are so many great knits, too…..hard to choose.

  • Virginia
    Posted at 21:37h, 02 November Reply

    Those fabric combos are very inspiring! Love the designs in the photos on this article too.

  • Jean Feller
    Posted at 21:37h, 02 November Reply

    This would be a great birthday present because my birthday is Tuesday, Nov. 4!

  • Marilyn Sweet
    Posted at 21:37h, 02 November Reply

    I often go to Marcy Tilton’s online store and look through all those lovely fabrics category by category, design by design. Always am I thinking, “As soon as I practice enough, I’m gonna buy a huge pile of this luscious stuff.” Sigh. Her fabrics are my skill-quest. So, if I were the lucky winner I’d start off right away with the violetta stripe for a neat top and several of the pontes for basic dresses and skirts and for my MT jacket pattern that sits waiting. THANK YOU for a dynamic interview with one of my heroes and for your gracious offer!

  • Kim Rutty
    Posted at 21:48h, 02 November Reply

    Having just recently retired from a grueling 8-5 job after over 33 years, I am now eagerly looking to get back into sewing for pleasure rather than necessity. So far just catching up on the mundane chores left neglected throughout that time, has left me looking for inspiration on the internet and I’ve fallen in love with Marcy’s relaxed look and carefree looking fabrics. I have ordered several of her patterns and some yardage, and am excited to complete these looks, I believe your interview with Marcy spurred me into action. Between reading about Marcy’s active schedule and your blog, I feel an eagerness to jump into my favorite hobby again, full steam ahead. Your blog has shown me that it’s now MY TIME for me!

  • Kathy Obana
    Posted at 21:56h, 02 November Reply

    This was a fantastic interview.
    I love Marcy’s patterns and have made several – people used to ask where I buy my unusual clothes (now they know I make them and ask about the patterns!) I am always giving out the Vogue pattern numbers! Just gave one our this morning.
    Thank you Sarah, for making the great interview available to all of us. Very inspiring.

  • Tina Perry
    Posted at 21:56h, 02 November Reply

    What a great interiew. Inspiration is all around us – we just need to keep our eyes and ears open. Would loe to win the gift certificate – who doesn’t want more fabric!!

  • Lori Bator
    Posted at 21:57h, 02 November Reply

    Love Marcy Tilton! If I won I would buy some of the “cool combos”

  • Keren kabbes
    Posted at 21:58h, 02 November Reply

    I would love to be entered in the contest! I just finished a top in a lovely knit fabric from your online store and then ordered more fabric to make a top in a different pattern for my sister who admired the fabric too. Thank you for offering such quality fabric for us!

  • Carol F Tuntland
    Posted at 22:08h, 02 November Reply

    Leaving Tuesday for Marcy’s Paris tour. It’s a dream and the trip of a lifetime for someone who has sewed and taught sewing for years. Sewed a black and white wool skirt (Vogue 8561) from my mother’s stash of fabric, so I am taking “Mother” with me in a manner of speaking. She was my original inspiration. I’m taking one of her hats too!

  • Bernice Francisco
    Posted at 22:09h, 02 November Reply

    Thanks for a very interesting interview. I’d love an opportunity to win the gift certificate and redeem it for some knit fabric.

  • Vicki Maiorano
    Posted at 22:11h, 02 November Reply

    What a great interview! Marcy is living our dream! I can’t think of anything more wonderful than living in the country surrounded by fabric and the occasional trip to Paris 🙂 If I was lucky enough to win, I think I would buy fabric. Or maybe some silk screen stencils.

  • debbie
    Posted at 22:11h, 02 November Reply

    I would get some of her beautiful, beautiful fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Ann Beale
    Posted at 22:19h, 02 November Reply

    Yes, please enter me in giveaway.
    Good questions resulting in insight into Marcy’s life-long passion for clothing, fabrics and education. I recall a workshop she had in San Diego back in 90’s–always engaging and so creative.

  • Katy A
    Posted at 22:26h, 02 November Reply

    I love the descriptions Marcy writes for each fabric in her store. I’d probably get something to make pants with, or some of her denim for some skinny jeans.

  • Lauren Judson
    Posted at 22:32h, 02 November Reply

    I’d definitely look for some denim in a great jewel tone. I’d like to make a nice jacket that actually fits my broad shoulders. (No, sewing doesn’t save us much money but at least we know it fits! I just ignore the receipts.) Perhaps some pants fabric too!

  • Linda Bair
    Posted at 22:36h, 02 November Reply

    Sarah, I’m loving your new look here, and your interview with Marcy is a great kick-off to your newest feature. I’ve been fortunate to have gone on two of Marcy’s Paris tours, and am going again next May -they are tremendous on all levels, and I always come back with a few choice fabrics and lots of inspiration. A box from the ArtBarn is in the mail as I type, it’s the most reliably quality fabric on the web. I’d love a gift certificate for whatever is coming next on the site.

  • Carolsue
    Posted at 22:42h, 02 November Reply

    I know exactly what I would get — something I’ve been wanting for a long time! The Kai Tailor Shears – 9″ Professional Shears !!! There are certainly some beautiful items here! I’ll be back.

  • Tonita Croghan
    Posted at 22:54h, 02 November Reply

    I love Marcy Tilton patterns and fabrics. Her sense of style is beautiful and wearable. If I win, I would buy some knits to use for her T shirt patterns.

    Tonita Croghan

  • Terry Kretzmer
    Posted at 23:05h, 02 November Reply

    There are so many ways I could use Marcy’s fabric. I have a tendacy to wear knits so guessing that is what I would use the $ for. Or a trenchcoat? Thanks for doing the interview.

  • Wendy See
    Posted at 23:11h, 02 November Reply

    Loved the interview with Marcy . . . I want to be just like her when I grow up!:)

  • Gertrude Carter
    Posted at 23:28h, 02 November Reply

    One of the amazing things about Marcy is her ability to help others find their unique voice. Her patterns are the toys that open up the playground of personal expression. And the fabrics are better than any box of crayons. I would use the $100 for the prefect fabric for this time in my life.

  • Mary Frances Giattina
    Posted at 23:37h, 02 November Reply

    What a wonderful interview!!! Marcy is doing what a lot of us dream of doing.

  • Kay Dole
    Posted at 23:43h, 02 November Reply

    What interesting answers to such thoughtful questions which I really enjoyed reading. I’d love to create my own version of Marcy’s new coat V9070.

  • Tiffany Whitehead
    Posted at 23:49h, 02 November Reply

    I would love to win the fabric. I rarely sew for myself. I usually sew for my grandchildren but feel very motivated to sew for myself after reading all about her.

  • Jessica Antion
    Posted at 23:54h, 02 November Reply

    I have to disagree about saving money sewing, I save a ton! I am a full time non traditional student and mommy. That translates into busy and broke. I am able to sew my own clothing that fits me better than what I can purchase, is better quality than what I can find, and I don’t feel I spend anymore money than if I bought cheaper RTW. I just finished a lace skirt to wear out on our anniversary that I modeled on designer skirt that cost 8,000$. *gasps for breath* Even if I had the money to spend on that I don’t think I could justify it. I spent around 75$ on mine but I have a beautiful lace and a silk layer underneath. There is no way that I could afford that if I purchased it already assembled.

  • Meg Kundert
    Posted at 23:55h, 02 November Reply

    Hmmm….I’ve got my eye on some of her raincoating, or mayber the double cloth, or maybe a trip to Paris is in order.

  • Elyse Friedman
    Posted at 00:03h, 03 November Reply

    So many good things in Marcy’s shop! I love the Rabat French knit – so I would tentatively choose that.

  • Lynne Farrow
    Posted at 00:06h, 03 November Reply

    I have had the extreme pleasure of attending many of Marcy and Diane Ericson’s Design Outside the Lines workshops. They were a game changer for me creatively. I learned that I could take a pair of scissors to any garment and make it my own creatively. There were some garments repurposed that I only wore once or twice and threw away, but I learned the exhilarating potential of running with scissors creatively. Wonderful, generous interview. Vintage Marcy.

  • Helen Peemoeller
    Posted at 00:20h, 03 November Reply

    Which is the French house dress? Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks for the interview.

  • Wendy Sells
    Posted at 00:23h, 03 November Reply

    I have been following Marcy and Katherine for a long time. Their designs are inspiring and.they are very compassionate and caring people. I have had the pleasure of meeting them and I have enjoyed their fashion shows. I am always inspired by their designs and creative spirits. I would defiantly be looking at their denim and knits. These are fabrics that I live in and helps me look like I am wearing designer clothes.

  • Marjorie Trundle
    Posted at 00:23h, 03 November Reply

    Thank-you for such a wonderful interview with Marcy Tilton. It was great to read more about this very inspiring woman. I have recently become a fan of her patterns at Vogue and now a fan of her online fabric shop. The steep postage and handling costs to Australia are well worth it because the quality of her fabrics is the best and I love every piece I have bought.

  • Larrayne Zygmunt
    Posted at 00:26h, 03 November Reply

    Marcy Tilton is my sewing and fashion muse. The Design Outside the Lines workshop I attended changed the way I sew and the way I view myself. Her designs are always fun to wear and a spark to creativity and imagination. Her inspiration is the reason I continue to expand my sewing exploration in the face of obstacles, like dwindling fabric stores and the lack of friends who sew. Thank goodness for online fabric stores and classes!

  • Peggy Lobello
    Posted at 00:31h, 03 November Reply

    Thanks for this interesting interview. Marcy is such a creative spirit. I’d certifiably be able to use the gift certificate to find the perfect fabric pairing for my own French house dress!

  • Sue Prichard
    Posted at 00:40h, 03 November Reply

    LOVE Marcy’s patterns AND fabrics! What a great interview, too. And hey….. I live in Oregon, too, so I could even pop down from Eugene to pick up my winnings. Knits and stretch denim would be on my list for starters.

  • Gail G. Smith
    Posted at 00:40h, 03 November Reply

    What a nice interview. Really liked the photo of her Studio. Very inspirational fabric selections from Marci’s on line store.

  • Lyn McConnell
    Posted at 00:59h, 03 November Reply

    Thank you Marcy for the inspiration and advice. I realize I need to express myself more by experimenting with color and texture. With that in mind, I fancy a new long sleeve wrap dress made from Marcy’s ‘Nimble Dots Rayon Lycra Knit’ in black and off white paired with a bright jacket in ‘Persimmon Felted Wool Knit Boucle’ to keep the chill at bay.

  • Jane
    Posted at 01:08h, 03 November Reply

    Fabulous interview. We should all be so lucky to have a “job” we love so much!

  • Jane Cartwright
    Posted at 01:14h, 03 November Reply

    Fascinating story.. Thanks for choosing Marcy to interview. She does inspire us.

  • Wendy Huss
    Posted at 01:22h, 03 November Reply

    I love Marcy’s fabric! This interview was delightful to read. If I won the certificate I would look at the fabric for a new rain coat, I believe.

  • Sandy Hagness
    Posted at 01:30h, 03 November Reply

    Great article/interview. I enjoyed learning more about Marcy as I will be going to Paris with her and Katherine next spring. Her fabrics are the best and the customer service is awesome!

  • Vicki Gianniny
    Posted at 01:38h, 03 November Reply

    A really great interview with Marcy Tilton. I found it very interesting in how she uses her RTW clothes along with the things she sews and her inspirations in doing so by other designers. If I were to win the $100 gift certificate, I am sure I would pick out some beautiful selections of fabric from her site!

  • Martha Hughes
    Posted at 01:40h, 03 November Reply

    Like most sewists I love fabric and would like to win some of Marcy’s fabric. Please enter me in this give-away.

  • Kim Dimond
    Posted at 01:42h, 03 November Reply

    I recently took the Craftsy class on the Tilton Tees. I would buy knits and more knits to replicate their look.

  • Mary Beth Mesrobian
    Posted at 01:44h, 03 November Reply

    Thank goodness for such a great fabric buying site as fabric retail stores, at least in the Boston area are very limited. I loved the interview and hope to win the $100.!!

  • Kathy Erickson
    Posted at 01:44h, 03 November Reply

    Great interview. It’s always inspiring to hear where designers get their ideas and designs. If I win, I would choose a selection of the Japanese fabrics…they are all so lovely!

  • Sheena Rang
    Posted at 02:01h, 03 November Reply

    Loved the interview. Both of you have inspired me to start garment sewing again after many many years of not. I loved the part of ” go for it” mistakes will happen. I am a 63 , chunky, and happy to be starting again on wonderfully garments for me! Thank you Katherine Tilton!

  • Tamara A
    Posted at 02:06h, 03 November Reply

    What a wonderful interview – I love the behind-the-scenes information offered!
    P.S. All the fabrics in her shop are simply divine it would be hard to choose!

  • Marie-Louise
    Posted at 02:08h, 03 November Reply

    Thnaks for an interesting interview.

    I’m a regular customer of Marcy’s, but I could always use more of her fabric!

  • Cheryll Kackowski
    Posted at 02:14h, 03 November Reply

    Great interview. Marcy lives my dream and I am sure many others as well. Her style and enthusiasm for her art is contagious. That said, I would love, love, love to win the gift certificate. I have been wanting to make a top from one of Marcy’s patterns that I have had for ages. Finding the right fabric has been tricky. A year or so ago the Art Barn offered a theme print of of Paris, Eiffel Tower etc. I placed my order. I was thrilled. The next day they were sad to inform me that it was all gone! Oh no said I. Since then, still looking.

  • Diane O'Neal
    Posted at 02:17h, 03 November Reply

    It wouldn’t matter which fabric you picked, they’re all wonderful! I was fortunate to attend one of the last Design Outside the Lines workshops Marcy taught, she is such a genuine and inspiring woman.

  • s reynolds
    Posted at 02:17h, 03 November Reply

    Fabulous, I will be spending time going through all the links and learning as much as possible. thank you both for the questions and yes, fabulous answers.

  • Rachel
    Posted at 02:20h, 03 November Reply

    I’d get some fun fabric! My stash is getting low. 😉

  • Jan Quarles
    Posted at 02:46h, 03 November Reply

    I love Marcy’s fabrics and would splurge on a beautiful raincoat fabric to make her new coat patten! She has a great aesthetic and is a marvelous teacher — I did an ION DOL with her years ago…

  • Dawn Jones
    Posted at 02:47h, 03 November Reply

    I would probably buy some of the Playground Cotton and the Roman Holiday Cotton Lawn Fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Diane Beavers
    Posted at 03:06h, 03 November Reply

    The Moody Blues Floral Denim is devine. Beautiful for a jacket. I also love the tunic tops Vogue 9057, a must for me paired w/leggings. Thank you Marci for inspiring me to look beyond the RTW. I’m not afraid to make mistakes w/my garment sewing, still do and that is the best way to know which fabrics drape well for your project at hand. I’ve never thought of browsing RTW just to look at the fabrics and garment construction. Thank you for inspiring me to do so.

  • Hillary Tulley
    Posted at 03:06h, 03 November Reply

    My coats: Marcy Tilton fabrics, my pants: Marcy dragon fabrics, all my knits: Marcy again! Superb quality, fun and unusual. Made my return to sewing feel artistic and elegant, even when it’s funky;)

  • Dala Chin
    Posted at 03:07h, 03 November Reply

    Great interview, can’t wait to see who else you will interview in your series! I follow Marcy’s blog and frequent her store, she gets incredible fabrics. I would love to splurge on some of her gorgeous and unique wool coating fabrics if I am chosen, or perhaps a couple pieces of her amazing ponte fabrics.

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 03:21h, 03 November Reply

    I love Marcy’s fabrics! With $100 I’d pick up some lovely knits.

  • Rita Broun
    Posted at 03:39h, 03 November Reply

    Great interview ! I love her styles in patterns and fabric. I could use some new basics too.

  • Pam from South Australia
    Posted at 03:41h, 03 November Reply

    What a great interview, very motivating. Looking forward to the next one.

  • louise carlson
    Posted at 04:29h, 03 November Reply

    Thank you so much for this interview. I have been a fan of Marcy’s for years. I enjoy your blog very much.

  • Tammy McKinley
    Posted at 04:30h, 03 November Reply

    Great interview. These fabrics are to die for, the scuba, the ponte, the wools, oh my. Pardon me while I drool. I think my pick would be the wine felted wool.

  • Susan Martin
    Posted at 05:01h, 03 November Reply

    Marcy has such gorgeous fabrics it would be hard, but oh so fun, to select just the perfect items to make one of her patterns. I’ve made the french house dress and I absolutely love it.

  • KerriMoon
    Posted at 05:15h, 03 November Reply

    What a great opportunity! Please count me in.

  • Eleanor Krause
    Posted at 05:15h, 03 November Reply

    I’m not sure what I would spend it on, but I would make myself a cup of coffee, get comfortable and probably enjoy checking out the entire website before making up my mind!

  • Lori Githens
    Posted at 05:16h, 03 November Reply

    Great interview! Wow, a chance to spend $100 at Marcy’s?! Count me in! I would have no problem whatsoever spending that money in no time at all!

  • june lovell
    Posted at 05:36h, 03 November Reply

    i’m torn between buying more Marcy stuff or using the $ as a first installment on the next Paris trip…

  • Joy
    Posted at 06:08h, 03 November Reply

    I loved reading this interview and especially liked the links to specific places on Marcy’s website – so I could learn more about the specifics – it took me places I had never explored on her site. I have purchased many of Marcy’s Vogue Patterns and have sewn a number of them and have plans for more. If I were to win the gift certificate, I think I would use it on something from the coat and jacket fabrics. I have my eye on several different pieces. I’m looking forward to your future interviews.

  • Joyce in NC
    Posted at 06:14h, 03 November Reply

    I have several of her patterns and would love to win the giveaway. i think I would purchase some of the black/white prints.

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 06:43h, 03 November Reply

    Thanks for the great interview. I am also a fan of the wonderful prints that Marcy sells and would definitely use the gift certificate to buy something special. How very generous of her to give such a gift.

  • Dallas
    Posted at 07:01h, 03 November Reply

    I would buy a pack to make some very interesting tshirts. Thank you both for making this possible.

  • Chris
    Posted at 07:02h, 03 November Reply

    I would love to make some new clothes. So fabric and patterns for me.

  • Carol McFee
    Posted at 07:30h, 03 November Reply

    I love Marcy’s patterns and would try the knit fabrics and try and be braver with prints

  • Nikie hughes
    Posted at 07:39h, 03 November Reply

    I would love to buy the T-shirt fabrics Marcy,s collections are so lovely! Thanks to Marcy for such a brilliant interview and give away

  • Tina
    Posted at 07:45h, 03 November Reply

    Such a great interview, I love that she has her pup right up on the cutting table with her project! It’s so much fun to browse her fabrics, I’d go straight for the texto mesh knit, jacques noir stripe, and the mega daisy mesh to make tops & a striped cardi for our upcoming 20th anniversary vacation!

  • Connie M
    Posted at 07:45h, 03 November Reply

    I love the prints Marcy sells on her site. I have yet to find anything comparable. When I called the shop, Beth helped me pull together coordinating fabrics based on one selected print. I love that kind of service and would easily find another batch of prints for my next project!

  • Desiree Pillado
    Posted at 07:52h, 03 November Reply

    Great article, it captures Ms. Tilton’s flare for creativity and life. Southern Oregon is beautiful. One day I hope to go on one of Ma. Tilton’s trip to Paris.

  • Priscilla Shorne
    Posted at 08:00h, 03 November Reply

    I have been admiring Marcy’s fabrics and clothes for a while without really daring to think I could make something of hers. I am retiring from my job at the end of the month and am looking forward to taking a different more creative direction. If I had the $100 voucher for her online store, I would split it between a cool combo and some beautiful basics to make clothes that will inspire my new life.

  • Sha
    Posted at 08:17h, 03 November Reply

    Thank you for a inspiring interview. The advise fir aspiring designers is the best I have ever heard! If i am the lucky winner of Marcy’s $100 voucher. I would use it for some of her luxurious leather.

  • Neroli Chadderton
    Posted at 08:26h, 03 November Reply

    How fascinating and what an inspiration. Sometimes I think Marcy Tilton’s style is a bit “out there” for me but then she comes along with a great basic, like the Shingle dress, or a new and interesting take on an old staple, such as a jacket, and I’m intrigued to try. I look often at the fabrics on her website and love the variety. Right now I’m eyeing up waterproof coating.

  • Micki Suzuki
    Posted at 08:43h, 03 November Reply

    So enjoyed the interview! I saw the fashion show of and met both Marcy and Katherine at the Sewing Expo back in February, and bought some fabrics at the booth. I especially love the quality knits she carries. My only regret is not buying more fabrics from her then! What she said about Paris clothes shops is sooo true. Mirrors my experience!

  • Barbora Siskova
    Posted at 08:50h, 03 November Reply

    It is very hard to choose from so many wonderfull fabrics! I loved the interview, very interesting.

  • Yoshie Wong
    Posted at 09:08h, 03 November Reply

    Love Marcy’s designs. Would spend the gift certificate on fabric of course! I need to make a pair of pants.

  • Katalin Fidel
    Posted at 09:34h, 03 November Reply

    Thank you for the fabulous interview!
    I would spent the gift certificate on some lovely knit fabric so I could complete my “Ultimate T-Shirt”. This was a great Craftsy class with Marcy and Katherine.

  • Cindy Anderson
    Posted at 10:39h, 03 November Reply

    Wonderful interview ! I love Marcy’s patterns and all the fun things she post from Paris. I love to put my own twist on clothing I make. I would have to splurge on some of the great fabric!!

  • Ann Edwards
    Posted at 10:58h, 03 November Reply

    Marcy Tilton is one of my go to websites when I need something or am just browsing. I always look at her new listings.
    One day I will get to travel to Paris with her tour.

  • Gail Gorgol
    Posted at 11:31h, 03 November Reply

    Informative and inspiring interview. Thank you for sharing this with your readers. . I sewed Marcy Tilton’s Vogue 8904, the shingle dress ,using a wonderful gray and black stripe knit fabric. purchased online from the ArtBarn. Marcy’s staff was very helpful and the fabric was just right for the dress. It turned out great.

  • Cheryl Evers
    Posted at 11:31h, 03 November Reply

    I love Marcy’s site – I’m eyeing that coated linen to make her newest coat pattern.

  • Sue Whelan
    Posted at 11:48h, 03 November Reply

    I dream of taking one of Marcy’s trips to Paris. Her fabrics are always beautiful. Postage costs put most of it out of my reach but her selection of grey fabrics always calls my name. I love her patterns.

  • Sharon Cumiskey
    Posted at 11:55h, 03 November Reply

    I love all of Marcy’s patterns and buy from her shop online. I get lots of compliments on my clothing because they are so different from what’s in the stores. I love that Marcy has the imagination to design clothes for me – because I couldn’t do it!

  • Tammy Randall
    Posted at 12:05h, 03 November Reply

    Great interview. She has such a unique style. I love the textured knits she sells.

  • Debbie Wiliams
    Posted at 12:11h, 03 November Reply

    Definitely a French scarf. Marcy has been instrumental in inspiring me to open a sewing school in my community. I will be teaching women and children to sew the rest of my life. Although i am still working, i am starting with one class a week after work. There. I’ve said it. Now i do it.

  • diane wittik
    Posted at 12:26h, 03 November Reply

    I would definitely like the gift on money to go towards yards and yards of beautiful fabric for an inspiration top!

  • Heidi Massingill
    Posted at 12:38h, 03 November Reply

    Marcy is such an inspiration! I love following her trips to Paris (wish I was joining them – on my bucket list!!) She is truly a joy and so talented! Her fabrics are to die for as are her designs. I’ve created many of her patterns & used her fabric choices, too. I’m going to my sewing room now to make a pair of pants using her Vogue pattern – I can’t wait to wear them. Keep it coming , Marcy! We love you!!

  • Ann Geocaris
    Posted at 12:40h, 03 November Reply

    Hi – Great interview with Marcy.! She is definitely one of my sewing heroes. It’s so much fun to hear all about her thoughts on design and her life/inspiration. Thank you for interviewing her. I look forward to reading more.

  • Bobbye Pousson
    Posted at 12:48h, 03 November Reply

    I love the fabric at March Tilton. I have some knit ready to be cut, sitting on the kitchen table ( waiting for school today). I just bought some coating fabric yesterday. I knew when it came time for the coating fabric that Marcy would be the place and after searching the Web stores to no avail I was right. I found to many choices and it took hours to make my choice. With my 100. Gift certificate I would buy the navy circle coating fabric. It looks so dreamy and I know one friend that would drool over a coat from this fabric. I needed 3 yards so $100. Would make a great dent. Hope I win but either way i will post my project for anyone interested. I have the black waves to use for now.

  • kathyh
    Posted at 12:55h, 03 November Reply

    I look forward to seeing the Tilton’s every year at SewExpo in Puyallup.

    I would spend it there.

  • Faith Daya
    Posted at 12:56h, 03 November Reply

    I love the Tilton’s sense of style, I work in an office environment where I wear “work” clothes and sweats at home; the fabric choices and patterns Marcy offers inspire me to want to be myself agian.

  • Roni Sher
    Posted at 12:57h, 03 November Reply

    Wonderful interview. Is there anything better than coming home from work and seeing a package from the ArtBarn in the door? And there nestled in the black polka dot tissue is the fabric I’ve been waiting for. This weeks package brought the gray linen knit. I love this stuff. It”s my third order of the linen knit. And the patterns – I collect them all. I was thinking that if I won the $100 I would get the KAI scissors. Though after reading what Marcy had to say I’m thinking I may get fabric that I don’t normally choose – just to play. Perhaps a print or two.

  • Jo-Anne Lowe
    Posted at 12:58h, 03 November Reply

    Marcy is an inspiration to many sewists! The pattern designs and oh, the fabrics, are to drool over, experiment with and enjoy. Wonderful interview! I always need more fabric!

  • Lynn Larson
    Posted at 13:01h, 03 November Reply

    Thank you for interviewing Marcy Tilton. I have been an avid fan of her patterns and her website for years. This interview gave me a brief insight into her creative process and I think the fabrics she sells have a special quality all their own thanks to her great eye. I have lots of her patterns and have purchased and will continue to purchase fabrics from her. Any time I wear something I have made from her fabrics or used her patterns I receive compliments. I tend to dress very conservatively and the little edge her patterns and fabrics give me a style all my own. Such fun.

  • Adecia Walker
    Posted at 13:03h, 03 November Reply

    Such a great giveaway. Finding quality fabric is so difficult and I would love the opportunity to win some Marcy Tilton fabric for tops and dresses.

  • Lynn Findlay
    Posted at 13:06h, 03 November Reply

    I am an active member of the Portland OR Chapter of ASG and we were thrilled to have Marcy speak at a quarterly meeting and present a trunk show. She brought beautiful fabric for us to drool over and buy:). Reading this blog makes me want to save up for her Paris trip!

  • Dorothy Ferguson
    Posted at 13:09h, 03 November Reply

    What a wonderful interview with a wonderful women. Marcy Tilton is such an inspiration. I have admired her site since I started fashion sewing a few years ago. Thank you so such a great interview, and look forward to reading your next interview post.

  • Jan Crumpler
    Posted at 13:11h, 03 November Reply

    Wow, what an amazing talented woman. I would love to take a class with her. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway. P.s. I love your blog. You are so inspiring.

  • Heidi Blanke
    Posted at 13:15h, 03 November Reply

    The way Marcy mixes patterns is inspiring. I took her T-shirt class on Craftsy and have applied the techniques to two T-shirts and am ready to do more. Thanks for letting us “peek” into Marcy’s creative process.

  • Patti Barnatt
    Posted at 13:17h, 03 November Reply

    What an inspiration Marcy is! One day a friend asked what pattern I was wearing – it was a Vogue Marcy – again. I would love to indulge in some of the beautiful knits I’ve seen on her site.

  • Brenda Radford
    Posted at 13:24h, 03 November Reply

    Wonderful article….I follow Marcy’s blog avidly and love her selection of fabrics. I am currently looking for a knit to make a Burda pattern moto jacket. My dream would be to join a Paris tour in the near future.

  • Barbara Livengood
    Posted at 13:26h, 03 November Reply

    Thanks for the great interview! I enjoyed it as much as I enjoy my daily visit to Marcy’s website!

  • Denise Capley
    Posted at 13:26h, 03 November Reply

    Marcy and her very talented team have guided me towards the perfect fabric many times! They are my ‘eyes and hands’ when purchasing fabric online. I would love to whip up Marcy’s new coat pattern V8934 in a beautiful light weight wool. Thank you Marcy and Art Barn Team!

  • Cynthia
    Posted at 13:28h, 03 November Reply

    This was a fabulous interview for kicking off your new blog location and initiating a new interview series!
    I remember taking classes at the Sewing Workshop in San Francisco many, many years ago. The supplies at that store filled the need for couture notions back when small independent fabric stores were still plentiful. I took classes there and I still treasure the information received from a Kenneth King workshop on the military hats he custom made for Elton John! I still refer to my notes. (Phew! How long ago was that!?) lol
    Love Marcy (and her team) and her fabric knowledge and enthusiasm for the fashion industry is unmatched…
    Congrats on all your endeavors!…

  • Tracy Caldwell Becker
    Posted at 13:33h, 03 November Reply

    I love reading Marcy’s blog. I am just getting started in artful sewing. I don’t have any friends that sew and need the inspiration I get from online bloggers. I buy some fabric from her website and really like the descriptions she provides for each fabric. That information is really helpful for beginners. I have her T-shirt and Jacket CD and have also taken her Craftsy class.. I guess that makes me a big fan.

  • jane denny
    Posted at 13:42h, 03 November Reply

    I’d buy lots of patterns!

  • sydney anderson
    Posted at 14:02h, 03 November Reply

    I would buy some stuff for me and my mother in law we are both into fashion

  • Amy
    Posted at 14:08h, 03 November Reply

    I enjoyed learning more about this Vogue designer. I’ve purchased and made many of these patterns and have enjoyed mixing these styles into my wardrobe.

  • cathy voight
    Posted at 14:08h, 03 November Reply

    Lovely, lovely interview. I would have to buy some knits as I shy away from them generally.

  • Claire Southerlin
    Posted at 14:11h, 03 November Reply

    Wonderful interview. I have been reading Marcy’s blog for a while and have collected some Tilton patterns and watched the Craftsy class. I now have a new blog to enjoy and maybe actually sew something soon.

  • Mickey Newman
    Posted at 14:18h, 03 November Reply

    Thanks for your introduction to Marcy Tilton. I loved her website and would love to buy a knit from her. I love her selections of knits!

  • Vicki DeVito
    Posted at 14:35h, 03 November Reply

    I was delighted by my first fabric purchase this summer from Marcy Tilton’s online store; the quality of her fabrics is exceptional. Thank you for the wonderful interview and additional exposure for Marcy’s products, and thank you for the opportunity to win a gift certificate. BTW, your blog, Sarah, is so very inspiring!

  • Tasha
    Posted at 14:36h, 03 November Reply

    Knits! I need knits! lol great interview 🙂

  • Karen
    Posted at 14:44h, 03 November Reply

    I love Marcy’s patterns and her fabrics are quality! I just placed an order from her online store but would love to buy more!!!

  • Debbie
    Posted at 14:55h, 03 November Reply

    Great interview. I love Marcy’s fabrics! I’m looking forward to your next interview. (Congrats on your new website- i love it)

  • Jane M
    Posted at 14:57h, 03 November Reply

    I love Marcy’s sense of adventure and her encouraging spirit and I am happy that she has made a business grow and thrive. I’m becoming more creative in combining fabrics and use her patterns and her blog as wonderful guides to find the line between too little and too much.

  • Prencella Hamby
    Posted at 14:58h, 03 November Reply

    What a great interview! I am always inspired by Marcy’s designs and her fabrics are wonderful!! If I should be the lucky winner, I know exactly what I’d get with that gift certificate.
    I drool over the website every day! LOL

  • Audrey Middleton
    Posted at 15:01h, 03 November Reply

    Having been with Marcy to Paris once, I re-live that wonderful experience with all succeeding adventures, blogs, etc. where she & her team are involved. I’ll be making her latest skirt and top patterns !

  • Deborah Ritchie
    Posted at 15:05h, 03 November Reply

    I really enjoyed reading the interview and totally wish I had Marcy’s talent for combining colors and fabrics, not to mention designing. I can get “lost” in her online store, just dreaming about all the possibilities.

  • De Murr
    Posted at 15:09h, 03 November Reply

    I would spend my gift certificate on some of that lovely taffeta that Marcy has on her website — on the other hand, maybe some of that lovely wool that she has for coats.. So many lovely choices!

    And thank you for this interview. I am looking forward to your next one!

  • Carol Cochrane
    Posted at 15:13h, 03 November Reply

    i am always inspired by Marcy’s creativity. I would love to join them for a Paris trip. Maybe someday…..

  • Julie Tebay
    Posted at 15:13h, 03 November Reply

    Marcy is always an inspiration. Her patterns are delightful and I’m sure I need MORE fabric!

  • Elaine Sweet
    Posted at 15:17h, 03 November Reply

    Very nice interview with Marcy!

  • Claire H
    Posted at 15:18h, 03 November Reply

    Great interview! Would love to throw my hat in the giveaway. Sarah, looking forward to seeing what you sew for your holiday wardrobe!

  • Brigid de Jong
    Posted at 15:28h, 03 November Reply

    After many years away from sewing, I have been inspired again to make my own unique clothing. A great part of that is because of getting to know Marcy and her sister through their blogs, Facebook page and Craftsy classes. I’m having fun sewing again!

  • Nancy Liedl
    Posted at 15:46h, 03 November Reply

    I enjoy following Marcy and Katherine online. I keep looking for the perfect jacket. Thank you for your inspiration.
    XXOO
    Nancy Liedl

  • Rhiannon
    Posted at 15:48h, 03 November Reply

    Oh wow what a generous give away! I would love to buy some knits and have a go at making something with them! Thanks for the chance

  • Nicola Briggs
    Posted at 15:51h, 03 November Reply

    Would love the opportunity to win some of Marcy’s fabric. It all looks so much more interesting and exciting than anything I have seen here in the UK..

  • Kimberly Haber
    Posted at 16:04h, 03 November Reply

    I would make B5994 a Kathrine Tilon pattern.

  • Mary Chapman Boyd
    Posted at 16:13h, 03 November Reply

    What a fabulous post about a fascinating woman! I love her story. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Dana Weigel
    Posted at 16:15h, 03 November Reply

    What an amazing woman. The fabric in her shop is amazing – I would love to get my hands on some of that ponte for some fall/winter dresses.

  • Sandy Ellison
    Posted at 16:24h, 03 November Reply

    Loved reading Marcy’s “history.” I think I’d choose raincoat fabric if I win.

  • Kathy McGinnis
    Posted at 16:31h, 03 November Reply

    After a few decades of sewing only things I really needed for my house (curtains, pillows, etc), I came back to sewing garments when Marcy’s patterns convinced me that sewing could be my art form. She and her sister are great inspirations, and were so nice when I met them at the Sewing Expo. It’s great to see two women making a living doing what they love!

  • Barbara K
    Posted at 16:34h, 03 November Reply

    I completely enjoyed this, thank you! I’d like to see an interview with someone who dyes fabric and works with surface treatments — maybe Diane Erickson???

  • Rosie Goodnight
    Posted at 16:53h, 03 November Reply

    I love your designs and your article encouraged me to reinvent my designing goals. Thank you Marcy for being you.

  • Lynda Linderman
    Posted at 16:54h, 03 November Reply

    Finishing a BS degree in Early Childhood Education (at age 67) did not keep me from at least collecting Marcy’s patterns, and I missed a few good ones at that. So many times, I would leave homework to scroll through Marcy’s website–fabric, tutorials, her closet, and other blogs she was following, G.oodbye Valentino included…such a great de-stressor. Thank-you for this interview. I love to read about a person’s journey to success, especially when there have been a few failures along the way. With all of Marcy’s gifts and talents, I think one of her greatest is her ability to connect on a personable level with those who follow her. Loved it when she threw planting tea roses into her blog.
    Also, I have always wondered WHO named the fabric. Now I know.
    Now that the stretch cotton printed with dragons has been forever removed from my life, I am drooling over the Fine Wine felted wool. for a jacket for my daughter.

  • Liana Hanson
    Posted at 16:57h, 03 November Reply

    I’ve had the pleasure of taking several of Marci’s workshops here in Anchorage, Alaska at a time when I wa about to give up sewing. My ultimate goal is to sew most of my garments for a trip and have them all work together. If I can’t do that I would work with a few outfits I’ve sewn and incorporate it with some RTW. If I won this contest, I would make one of her raincoats, and so I would buy raincoat fabric as they are always so hard to find, and she has already vetted her fabric for that task. I buy all of her patterns, whether I make anything or not. They are pieces of art!

  • Mimi Berg
    Posted at 17:03h, 03 November Reply

    I think I own almost every Marcy pattern. I love the adventurousness of her designs which nonetheless remain very wearable. If I won the gift certificate, I’d use it to buy some wonderful knits, because of where I live in Florida, I practically live in knits, but have a hard time finding really high quality fabric to make up in Marcy’s designs.

  • Nancy Liedl
    Posted at 17:06h, 03 November Reply

    Thank you for the blog.
    Nancy Liedl

  • Carol A. Curtis
    Posted at 17:06h, 03 November Reply

    I so admire Marcy’s guts and gumption to live the life she wants at any stage of her life! Since I just retired, I would choose pants fabric because the majority of clothes I have now are suits.

  • Cherie Killilea
    Posted at 17:19h, 03 November Reply

    I’ve been following Marcy’s blog, drooling over all of her fabrics and saving for a trip to Paris. It is great to get to know her here in this interview.

  • Lynn Pinda
    Posted at 17:22h, 03 November Reply

    This all looks so beautiful! It’s a whole new world to me.

  • Roseann Stewart
    Posted at 17:29h, 03 November Reply

    loved the interview and love your new sight. I look at marcy’s website almost daily to see her new offerings. I saw some new fabrics that I would love to buy. So hopefully I’ll be lucky and win. Thanks to both of you.

  • Linda Montgomery
    Posted at 17:36h, 03 November Reply

    I have followed Marcy for years. Living in Alaska and taking her classes gave me a new goal in sewing. The material!!!! See her each year at SewExpo in Puyallup.

  • Carroll Thatcher
    Posted at 17:54h, 03 November Reply

    Enjoyed the interview with Marcy. I love her approach & patterns, I believe I have purchased them all. If I my name is picked I would select black Pleetz, if there is none left I would select a double knit. Thx

  • Lottie Smith
    Posted at 17:55h, 03 November Reply

    Loved the interview! Marcy is such an inspiration to this old sewist who is beginning to make garments again after decades away from the activity… everything changed while “I wasn’t looking”, and Marcy’s informative website and blog are helping tremendously to sort it all out! If I win, I would gather some purples!

  • Joan Holms
    Posted at 18:01h, 03 November Reply

    I love the distinctive look of Marcy Tilton’s designs. I was hooked after attempting to make a pair of pants using one of her patterns and they looked awesome. People often want to know where I bought them. So proud to say “They’re Marcy Tilton’s and I made them”.

  • Gayle Hazen
    Posted at 18:02h, 03 November Reply

    Love love love her designs! Currently obsessed with making dresses & she has the greatest patterns. Thanks for the awesome interview! Fabric choices in Fairbanks are slim – checking out her on-line store asap!!

  • Kristine Barge
    Posted at 18:04h, 03 November Reply

    Marcy is a never-ending source of inspiration. She has such a fine eye for detail, for what makes a good combination. We don’t really have nice fabric shops in our area, so visiting the Art Barn is a nice treat when we pass through the area. Cheers, Kris

  • Susan Silva
    Posted at 18:10h, 03 November Reply

    i love Marcy Tilton patterns! I have recently purchased several of her tunic and pants patterns and can’t wait to get started sewing! I have my eye on some Ponte fabric on her website!

  • Marilyn Hagopian
    Posted at 18:28h, 03 November Reply

    Thank you for the wonderful interview with Marcy. I enjoy her blog and often visit her website. Thanks for the chance to win the certificate for fabric. I’ve followed your sewing with Mood..

  • Nancy Cannell
    Posted at 18:29h, 03 November Reply

    This was such an interesting and informative interview. Marcy’s passion for her craft is so evident and really inspires me. It’s hard to find beautiful fabrics here in Georgetown, Ontario and unfortunately, the cost of shipping makes buying fabrics online a bit prohibitive. However, I think that is the only way to move forward with my sewing endeavours. It would be wonderful to win as the winner will be announced on my birthday!

  • Margy Houtz
    Posted at 18:29h, 03 November Reply

    Great interview, Sarah! She’s one of my favorite people. I love the special fabrics
    Marcy finds once in a while…they are usually limited in yardage available and a great challenge to sew!

  • Bonnie Byington
    Posted at 18:31h, 03 November Reply

    I love her Vogue patterns, I would purchase knit material for a dress. Wonderful interview, makes me excited to get to sew for myself again.

  • Lisa mayerhofer
    Posted at 19:06h, 03 November Reply

    I know Marcy’s fabrics would never disappoint.

  • Lynda Pearson
    Posted at 19:07h, 03 November Reply

    I am currently working on a Marcy Tilton project–both pattern and fabric are MT! I would continue to search for the unique but understated fabric for wardrobe enhancement. Loved reading the interview!

  • cheri schwartz
    Posted at 19:07h, 03 November Reply

    me,too!!!!!

  • Suzy Musil
    Posted at 19:10h, 03 November Reply

    Well, of course if I won I’d have to make something from an Issey Miyake pattern, as well as one of Marcie’s Vogue delights!

  • Cindy Murdock
    Posted at 19:15h, 03 November Reply

    I really enjoyed the interview and learning more about Marcy. I sew because it is difficult to find RTW clothes that fit me. I love Marcy’s patterns because they make style reasonable and attainable to me. I often shop in Marcy’s store filling the cart with beautiful fabrics that I cannot purchase. If I win the drawing, I would purchase some knit stripes and pant fabric!

  • Nancy Karpen
    Posted at 19:19h, 03 November Reply

    I love Marcy’s fabric store. Her taste and color choices are in tune with mine. I have found some of the most original knits here and love wearing what I make from them. So, yes please count me in!

  • Elizabeth Molleur
    Posted at 19:38h, 03 November Reply

    Great interview. Love the new blog

  • Toni Morse
    Posted at 19:43h, 03 November Reply

    Wonderful interview, thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Also enjoyed dreaming as I browsed her website! So many beautiful fabrics and some great tutorials. If I won the gift certificate I would definitely get some of those beautiful knits. I can see beautiful tops and pants in my future. 😀

  • Lynn Swanson
    Posted at 19:45h, 03 November Reply

    Enjoyed the interview. Avid follower of Marcy/Katharine. I would buy some wool for a jacket, along with some knits for a top. Would love to join a Paris trip some day.

  • Nancy Parsons
    Posted at 19:48h, 03 November Reply

    I love the interview — it was a great inside peak at how Marcy thinks and creates. It inspired me beginning to end! Thanks for publishing it.

  • Caroline Emmons
    Posted at 19:54h, 03 November Reply

    I have always loved her designs and beautiful fabric.. I can’t decide right now what I would do with the fabric. I would need to revel in it first.

  • Caroline Emmons
    Posted at 19:55h, 03 November Reply

    I have always loved her patterns and beautiful fabrics. I don’t know yet what I would do with the fabric. I would revel in first.

  • Joanne Burnett
    Posted at 20:00h, 03 November Reply

    I have fabric that I bought 10 years ago from Marcy and it STILL goes with more recent purchases. I love that she categorizes so if you’re looking for a specific type you can zero in easily.

  • Beverly June Davis
    Posted at 20:17h, 03 November Reply

    Thank you for this fascinating article! enter my name to win this fabulous gift ; so I can make a new coat.

  • Virginia
    Posted at 20:27h, 03 November Reply

    I have heard of Marcy and Katherine but have not sewn any of their patterns. I plan to immediately go to Marcy’s website and learn more….then on to the on-line store. At this point, I do not know what fabric I would choose were I to win the $100….but I am quite sure it wouldn’t take me too long to figure that out. The interview was interesting and inspiring.

  • Meaghan Read
    Posted at 20:30h, 03 November Reply

    Thanks for asking all the questions on my mind. Marcy has been my idol since my first class with her in Denver in 1995. I love your blog as well. thank you!

  • Karen Combs
    Posted at 20:31h, 03 November Reply

    What a lovely interview== and now I have another shop for great fabrics! Thank you both!!

  • Johanna Branley
    Posted at 20:37h, 03 November Reply

    I love Marcy’s fabrics- they’re perfect for creating a professional wardrobe that will last and last. Timeless treasures!

  • TL Ruiter
    Posted at 20:47h, 03 November Reply

    This looks like a fun and very interesting discussion of the current state of personal fashion. I would make a jacket that would bridge the seasons of SW Oregon.

  • gail zakem
    Posted at 20:54h, 03 November Reply

    Loved reading about Marcy. Love her patterns and fabric. She is so very creative.

  • Meera Raja
    Posted at 21:10h, 03 November Reply

    I would use it to get some sheer and silky material with pretty patterns and maybe even some buttons!!!

  • Mary Glenn
    Posted at 21:18h, 03 November Reply

    I had the pleasure of shopping at The Art Barn in June but there is always room for more yummy fabric!

  • Pete Partin
    Posted at 21:28h, 03 November Reply

    Wonderful way to inaugurate your new blog. Two of my favorite bloggers in one place.

  • Nancy Stringer
    Posted at 21:53h, 03 November Reply

    Love Marcy and Katherine! I always receive compliments when I where one of their patterns. It would be fabulous to win a $100 shopping spree on Marcy’s site. Fingers crossed!

  • Jo Beth Force
    Posted at 21:56h, 03 November Reply

    Wow…….I would choose a rainwear or knits!

  • Evelyn
    Posted at 22:00h, 03 November Reply

    love Marcys fabric and patterns, knits are not really my favorite, I prefer linen, cotton or silk but I’ve found that it’s always quality fabric if found on Marcy’s website and she is so inspiring …great interview…thanks

  • jaj
    Posted at 22:08h, 03 November Reply

    I’m sitting next to a stack of ten Marci Tilton patterns and nine Katherine Tilton patterns from Vogue and Butterick. I really NEED to win that gift certificate. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

  • Sandra Rohde
    Posted at 22:08h, 03 November Reply

    I keep my pattern envelopes in garment-type folders- it helps with the pattern “shopping” when I want to start a new project. Recently, I started a separate Marcy Tilton folder as I have so many of her patterns. And now I know why I love them so much- Issey Miyake is MY favourite designer !!! Even being way over here in Australia, I constantly look to Marcy for inspiration and fabrics.

  • Helen Maciejewski
    Posted at 22:13h, 03 November Reply

    Thanks for an inspiring interview!

  • Susan Evans
    Posted at 22:23h, 03 November Reply

    I’d like to win,and then use it towards the cost of a Paris trip.
    Marcy is one of my idols.

  • John Hutchens
    Posted at 22:27h, 03 November Reply

    excellent interview a very creative person

  • Donna
    Posted at 22:33h, 03 November Reply

    I’ve ordered from Marci’s website several times, and bought from her booth at the Puyallup Sew Expo as well. I would use the certificate to buy more of her gorgeous leathers

  • Kathleen O'Brien
    Posted at 22:52h, 03 November Reply

    Thanks for that great interview of Marcy – she has been such an inspiration for me for so very long. Even before I’ve met her and been blessed to have been at workshops and retreats with her – her patterns in Vogue and her various articles made me know I found a kindred sewing spirit. I love her design eye and her attention to detail – she encourages you see things more creatively and attunes you to being more critical (in a good way) of fashion. I’ve learned so much from her and hope to continue that forever! What would I do with fabric from Marcy?!? Oh, my goodness – make more from wonderful Marcy Tilton patterns!

  • Sandi Barrett
    Posted at 23:06h, 03 November Reply

    How wonderful it would be to travel to Paris and visit fashion houses and be with people who love to sew, eat and enjoy a great glass of wine! Hopefully someday. Thank you Marcy for bringing back all the wonderful ideas, fabrics and patterns. You are an inspiration to us all.

  • Angie Deffee
    Posted at 23:09h, 03 November Reply

    Lovely article from an exreamly interesting and talented lady ..Love her fabrics (of which I have a few !! ) and her patterns ..I do my best to fly the Tilton flag in the UK ……

  • Becky Bagwell
    Posted at 23:28h, 03 November Reply

    I would love to try one of her “combos” with suggested pattern.

  • Carol Till
    Posted at 23:51h, 03 November Reply

    I would get some knit fabric and make the dress with the big front pockets and jacket. Haven’t sown a piece of clothing in decades but I’m totally inspired by these Tilton patterns! Ready to dust off the old Viking…

  • Donna Emberson
    Posted at 00:00h, 04 November Reply

    Thanks for the great interview! I have been fond of Marcy’s patterns for a while now…the pieces are truly interchangeable and absolutely perfect for travel. Thanks for giving me a better insight into what fires her creatively.

  • Ellen Tatge
    Posted at 00:03h, 04 November Reply

    Fabulous interview, very inspiring. I love to peruse marcy’s end cuts for gems to combine with stash fabric or use creatively on their own. Gets the juices flowing!

  • kim bennett
    Posted at 00:14h, 04 November Reply

    I love Marcy and the way she puts fabrics together. I wish I could just sit and watch her for a day or two and try to figure out her secret. What would I buy with the 100 dollars? Well that persimmon felted wool boucle has been yelling my name for a while now. An extra 100 dollars might put it into reach.
    Thank you for the interview. It was great!

  • Aartee Ignaczak
    Posted at 00:19h, 04 November Reply

    I drool over the fabrics on her website all the time! Thanks for the terrific interview!

  • Cathy McAuliffe
    Posted at 00:53h, 04 November Reply

    Great interview! I’ve been wanted to make vogue 9057, so knits for that make would be my first choice.

  • Peggy Abrams
    Posted at 00:57h, 04 November Reply

    Sarah,
    Thank you for the lovely interview of Marcy. Your questions and Marcy’s responses brought Marcy’s wonderful energy, enthusiasm, and creativity to life for your readers. I have been a fan of Marcy’s for more years than I can count, and have been inspired by her thoughtful and generous teaching through her classes, retreats, patterns, and articles. I love Marcy’s fabric taste and appreciate the personal service of everyone at The Art Barn. Thank you for a great post!

  • WabiSabi
    Posted at 01:20h, 04 November Reply

    Thank you for the in depth interview with Marcy. I admire her blend of creativity and sharp business skills; a balance of right and left brain talent! If I won the gift certificate I would purchase some printed fabric with colors to expand my core wardrobe

  • Carolyn Castino
    Posted at 01:35h, 04 November Reply

    What fun it would be to add some Marcy Tilton fabric to my resource stash. I picked up a small piece at last years Sewing Expo in Wa state.

  • Sharon Aiken
    Posted at 01:56h, 04 November Reply

    Loved the interview. All my basic pieces need updating. I would spend the $100 to purchase coordinating fabrics for a core wardrobe.

  • Sarah Jo Harris
    Posted at 02:00h, 04 November Reply

    I first heard about their shop after I purchased Marcy and Katherine’s t-shirt class on Craftsy. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot; I have been window shopping ever since. I was just perusing their cool combos the other week, wanting to purchase a black and white knit and it was all I could do to honor my fabric fast! I would LOVE to get some of her great fabrics! Thanks for the great interview and the chance to win!

  • Denise Holloway
    Posted at 02:09h, 04 November Reply

    A wool knit is what I would spend the gift card on.

    I enjoyed the interview.

  • Liz Karp
    Posted at 02:30h, 04 November Reply

    I’d spend the money on sewing classes!

  • Becky H
    Posted at 02:33h, 04 November Reply

    Wonderful interview – very insightful and inspiring. If I won the gift certificate, I would get some quality core wardrobe builders that I could expand upon in the future. I learn so much from this blog.

  • Mary Lewis
    Posted at 03:11h, 04 November Reply

    I love Marci Tilton’s patterns and fabrics. I recently made one of her shirt patters using one of the combo packs off the website. The zipper in the collar was definitely a stretch for me, but it worked out beautifully! Thank you for a great interview.

  • Ruth Poupon
    Posted at 03:20h, 04 November Reply

    Love your blog Sarah.
    I was so uninspired to sew clothing but I wanted to sew. I got tired of making aprons and bags. I went to the local fabric store and found a Tilton pattern. I loved it enough to inspire me to give sewing clothes another try. Oh, wait, there are no nice knit fabrics at the local store. I bought my Bernina in 1988 from a shop that specialized in knit fabrics but it’s long gone. I remembered the designer’s name was on the pattern envelope and thought maybe she has a website and I can get a clue about where to find nice quality knit fabrics…. I called and Shelley helped me. I loved my fabrics and I. silk screened my top, added stretch mesh lace, and when it was done I picked up the phone and ordered more.
    Marcy makes the creative part of style possible. Fun, creative and comfortable. There are women on blog right now on her Paris tour that have all made their clothes and they all look stylish and individual and right at home in Paris. Thanks Marcy!

  • Maryam Wright
    Posted at 03:36h, 04 November Reply

    I’d purchase striped and solid jersey fabric to whip up a few brenton shirts and maxi dresses.

  • Patsy Byers
    Posted at 03:59h, 04 November Reply

    Thanks for the great interview! I would buy at least one combo pack and maybe fabric for what I’m craving right now: leggings!

  • Becky Fisher
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 November Reply

    What a great interview! I would love to purchase from Marcy’s fabric. I would be selecting the Anatolia Italian Felted Wool. I owe my Mom a jacket and this would be the perfect opportunity to make her something extra special!

  • Marilyn Richards
    Posted at 04:14h, 04 November Reply

    A great interview of a truly creative and artistic individual in every sense of the word! Love you Marcy!

  • Mary Helen Crowe
    Posted at 04:31h, 04 November Reply

    Marcy has the best eye and always has fabric I dream about. Her Miyake -esque fabrics tempt me greatly.
    Marcy, want to hear more about Paris!

  • Carol Boyles
    Posted at 04:54h, 04 November Reply

    Marcy is a delightful, energetic person with so much to share when you talk to her! So glad that you made tis connection!

  • Jamie Chiang
    Posted at 05:45h, 04 November Reply

    Redz Italian wool jersey! I’d love to try working with wool jersey! Love your blog and this series!

  • Debbie shearer
    Posted at 05:51h, 04 November Reply

    Great interview. So inspirational. I just took her t shirt class on crafty and can’t wait to start my project.

  • Deb Holden
    Posted at 06:12h, 04 November Reply

    Nice interview. A good addition to your blog. The TIlton’s are my favorites for patterns. The fabrics are phenomenal.

  • Pam
    Posted at 06:25h, 04 November Reply

    Delightful interview with the inspirational Marcy! Thanks!

  • Mary Haskell
    Posted at 07:23h, 04 November Reply

    I recently purchased 3 of her patterns and would purchase fabric to match.

  • Anne in Melbourne
    Posted at 10:43h, 04 November Reply

    I have just purchased Marcy’s t-shirt class and would love to use her fabric!

  • Cathy Larsen
    Posted at 11:11h, 04 November Reply

    Marcy is a great inspiration for me. I have several of her patterns and have taken her tee shirt class on Craftsy.com I love that she thinks about how to bring a fabric alive and chooses her design and pattern along these lines. I’ve been on a couple of NYC fabric buying trips which were very eye-opening to be sure, but a “bucket list” item for me would be to go to Paris with Marcy too!

  • Pamela H .
    Posted at 12:11h, 04 November Reply

    Have purchased from Marcie’s on-line shop and received unique fabrics that I love. thanks for allowing me to enter this giveaway.

  • Lori Boe
    Posted at 13:42h, 04 November Reply

    Great interview! I would love to use the gift certificate to purchase some of her Theory Black Burnout fabric.

  • Susie Reardon
    Posted at 15:32h, 04 November Reply

    Wonderful inspiring interview!! I would use the fabric to make my version of one of Marcy,’s pattern

  • Lisa Newman
    Posted at 15:36h, 04 November Reply

    I Love Marcy’s fabric selection! Fingers crossed!

  • margaret Sampson
    Posted at 15:37h, 04 November Reply

    Great post. Marcy has great fabric!

  • Mary Cordell
    Posted at 15:41h, 04 November Reply

    French Farmhouse pattern has been waiting in my stash for a year now. I would love to find the right fabric from the Art Barn.

  • Karla Bruno
    Posted at 16:40h, 04 November Reply

    Marcy’s taste in fabric is impeccable. Count me in for the contest!

  • Debbie Williams
    Posted at 16:58h, 04 November Reply

    Marcy is so creative in her designs for patterns……..and I can always find a great fabric for the pattern on her website. As seamstresses, we are very lucky to have her as a resource!!!

  • Lorie Hughes THoms
    Posted at 17:28h, 04 November Reply

    Loved this interview! Have enjoyed the fun Tilton patterns over the years. If I win the gift certificate, I would like to buy some of the fun fabrics on Marcy’s website. Good luck, everyone! And thanks again for making Goodbye Valentino my favorite blog!

  • Jacqueline
    Posted at 17:32h, 04 November Reply

    I love Marcy’s patterns – and her online fabric selection. Thank you for the excellent interview: I agree with your opening comment on Marcy’s adventurous spirit!

  • Robyn Newell
    Posted at 17:52h, 04 November Reply

    I would make a start on my Paris capsule wardrobe! 🙂

  • Juanita Vega DeJoseph
    Posted at 18:15h, 04 November Reply

    Ooh boy would I love a piece of the Anatolia felted wool for a wrap then, I would go with gray gardens French Stretch Cotton and the Black wave Qulted knit for a reversible jacket. Or instead of the quilted knit change it to the Hollywood Tweed. Or, oh goodness I could go on and on!

  • Karen Nakagawa
    Posted at 19:00h, 04 November Reply

    If I won, I would like to get the Parisian microfiber knit to make a wrap dress I’d wear forever and a bit of the ziggity-zaggety quilted rainwear for cool details on a trench like a floating back yoke, under collar and/or outer neck band, and epaulettes. Thanks for hosting this giveaway and great interview!

  • Carmiña Antezana
    Posted at 21:02h, 04 November Reply

    Thank you for sharing such an inspiring and wonderful interview. Macy´s Site is great.
    I would love to get fabric and patterns for me.

  • Carmiña Antezana
    Posted at 21:03h, 04 November Reply

    Thank you for sharing such an inspiring and wonderful interview. Macy´s site is great.
    I would love to get some fabric and patterns.

  • Kat
    Posted at 22:52h, 04 November Reply

    Funnily enough I was about to order from the site! I would get the navy blue polka dot mesh, and the Duncan and dorcas navy blue knit to make one smashing dress. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Ann's Fashion Studio
    Posted at 00:10h, 05 November Reply

    Wonderful post! Marcy, and Katherine, have contributed greatly to the sewing world!!!
    I would buy a selection of her fabulous fabrics 🙂

  • Pam Solberg
    Posted at 00:39h, 05 November Reply

    What a fascinating interview! It makes me want to head for my sewing room right now! The Paris trip sounds awesome. And the selection of fabrics in Marcy’s shop is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing all this inspiration.

  • Nancy gott
    Posted at 01:43h, 05 November Reply

    i don’t remember when I discovered Marcy and Katherine, exactly. While I have always been a sewist and interested in fashion, it was not until I began sewing Tilton sisters’ patterns that I found my style stride. One of my first creations is a pant pattern, now OOP, very loose and fun. I hesitated to wear them to work and was thrilled when I finally got the nerve that a male manager noticed them and said he liked them. Wearing Tilton designs, for me, is a way of challenging a worn out stereotype of aging women as dull and frumpy. We are so fortunate that Marcy and Katherine share their knowledge, creativity, and passion with us. I cannot imagine a world without them. Thank you!

  • leslie weigel
    Posted at 01:53h, 05 November Reply

    Love Marcy Tipton! Have most of her patterns and someday will actually sew them instead of just dreaming about them. My stopper – is this the Best use for this fabric?? Get over it, Leslie!

  • Rose in SV
    Posted at 02:27h, 05 November Reply

    What a lovely profile! If I won, I would purchase the Queen of Hearts DoubleFace knit. (perfect for a jacket!) Thank you for the opportunity.

    Rose in SV

  • Carrie Diamont
    Posted at 02:52h, 05 November Reply

    I first heard of Marcy and Katherine Tilton when Katherine stopped at Treadle Yard and Goods in St. Paul MN to present their artfully creative t-shirts. I instantly feel in love with their creativity! I would buy one of her cool combo’s and challenge myself to make a t-shirt a la what you can find in her t-shirt gallery.

  • Patricia Davidson
    Posted at 03:17h, 05 November Reply

    Wonderful interview with a very creative wôman. I’ve made a few of her patterns but I would love to shop her online store for knits!

  • Martha Rushing
    Posted at 03:50h, 05 November Reply

    I love her patterns, and am just now finding out about her online store.

  • Celina Hardin
    Posted at 04:25h, 05 November Reply

    Great interview with Marcy Tilton. I follow her on FB and always look forward to the release of her new patterns.

  • Veronika bush
    Posted at 04:29h, 05 November Reply

    What a great interview- I loved reading that, thank you!

  • Doris Risner
    Posted at 05:58h, 05 November Reply

    I would probably get that avant-garde skirt she is showcasing! Thanks for the chance!

  • Mariam Togora
    Posted at 05:59h, 05 November Reply

    Hi!
    OMG! She is fabulous! I am not sure what I would get yet!

  • arlene franks
    Posted at 08:07h, 05 November Reply

    There are so many things that I’d love the get from the online store
    it’s impossible to decide….but I’m sure I could manage….
    HUGS

  • Ellen Lundy
    Posted at 12:10h, 05 November Reply

    Great article! Her solids are the best ever, and I’m always wishing for those.

  • Sheila
    Posted at 12:42h, 05 November Reply

    Great interview! I would love to choose from the great selection of fabrics on her site!

  • Hilary McDaniel
    Posted at 14:45h, 05 November Reply

    I love her fabrics. I just wish I could afford to buy them more often. She’s great at inspiring. Thanks for the generous offer

  • Sheree
    Posted at 16:50h, 05 November Reply

    What a stylish woman Marcy is. You would trust her judgement completely..

  • Ruth Gregory
    Posted at 17:46h, 05 November Reply

    I love the Marcy Tilton patterns and fabrics. When I retire some day, I would love to go to Paris via one of her tours. Great interview!

  • Carol Carrier
    Posted at 19:05h, 05 November Reply

    After reading the post I’d love to try her fabrics

  • Ruth Lutz
    Posted at 22:54h, 05 November Reply

    Who wouldn’t love the chance to purchase anything from Marcy’s shop! She is one of the most creative designers for Vogue. Thank you both for inspiring me to further my sewing skills and my creativity!
    Ruth L

  • Piroska
    Posted at 00:50h, 06 November Reply

    What absolutely gorgeous fabrics!

  • Sandra Loreth
    Posted at 19:12h, 06 November Reply

    I know I’m to late for the drawing but that was a great interview with Marcy Tilton. Thank you. I’ve been a fan for quite a few years now, but never shopped her site. I definitely will now.

  • Randi Cook
    Posted at 23:36h, 06 November Reply

    I would get my future mother-in-law’s Christmas gift. She is impossible to shop for, but she has does love to sew and this would make for a gift I think she would be happy with!

  • Nancy Goehring
    Posted at 17:41h, 07 November Reply

    I would use the $100 towards a trip to Paris with Marcy and Katherine!

  • Pat Francis
    Posted at 14:30h, 11 March Reply

    I would love to have you on the east coast…
    I would love to done challenges or brain storm with the
    lot of you…
    Imagine getting a swatch, or 6 buttons and create a design that is inspired
    by your item…
    Love the whole family and the art they created for all of us
    -pat

  • C. Schramer
    Posted at 23:24h, 06 October Reply

    Love the fabrics.. Love the style. Love the inspiration. So glad you do what you do. I’d spend my money on a great flashy lining for the wool coat I’m making from you coat pattern.

  • Diane Stump
    Posted at 15:05h, 21 August Reply

    I love your patterns. I have taken one of your Craftsy classes and am currently enrolling in another..

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