21 May Sprout Patterns
I wish I could say I’ve been on vacation but home renovations interfered big time with sewing.
This Spring Sprout Patterns offered me the opportunity to sew some of their patterns. I knew about this unique sewing concept, and having never sewed the Sprout way, I enthusiastically accepted the generous offer.
First of all I greatly admire creative minds who think outside the box and the concept is brilliant.
Sprout Patterns is a business that sells Indie sewing patterns printed with any Spoonflower design. After selecting a pattern you are directed to a design board featuring a screen with a 3D rotating image of the finished garment and a 2D image of pattern piece images, along with a box for adding fabric samples from Spoonflower.
Once fabric samples are chosen the customer can click the samples to feature the garment in the fabric sample. Below is the process from one of my choices.
- I selected the Penelope Peplum by See Kate Sew and was directed to the design board.
2. I tried a few fabric samples out……..
…… before choosing the Nautical Rope design.
3. The fabric placement is selected by dragging the fabric design on the 2D image. For this pattern and fabric design the fabric placement was not difficult, but the 2D feature would be extremely useful for plaids and other designs that require precise placement.
4. Next it’s time to select the fabric type, pattern variation and size. I chose the variation with cap sleeves in a cotton jersey with spandex, and placed my order. (show above)
5. The pattern pieces are digitally printed with notches onto the fabric produced with shrinkage compensation so that once you prewash at home the pieces will all be the correct size ready to cut. Customers also receive a PDF pattern to print to transfer additional markings.
What do you think? \
I selected one pattern featuring a knit and one featuring a woven fabric. My woven garment is the Aster Shirt by Colette Patterns. While I very much like the pattern and fabric, the knit top was the more successful project.
Since the pattern pieces are printed onto the fabric, I was unable to make alterations to get the perfect fit.
I love the flutter sleeves,
the shapely hem and the overall pattern design……
but the neckline buckles.
I’m all about creative endeavors and congratulate Sprout Patterns for developing this idea and technology. This company has unlimited potential with this process which I’m sure it will achieve.
For an additional fee Sprout Patterns will sew your pattern, aka ‘The White Glove Treatment’.
- Beyond the one issue I faced, I believe Sprout is a fantastic asset for placing pattern pieces on complicated designs or unstable fabrics. The grain is always straight and there is no shifting during cutting.
- I found it great fun to try virtual fabric samples on different garments and think the process is a great educational tool for beginning sewists.
- I also think a Sprout Patterns gift certificate makes a wonderful present!
Many thanks to this innovative company for generously allowing me to share its unique process with Goodbye Valentino readers. I wish it great success in the future!