As promised, Laura Barrella from Ginger Louise Clothing has answered a few questions about her process. I hope you enjoy!
1. Your Name? Laura Barrella
2. Your websites?
3. Where do you live? NYC
4. How did you learn to sew? I begged my mother to teach me to sew when I was 7, now looking back, that is when she seemed the happiest! I was also offered a store in 1990, I was a doll maker at the time and knew I needed to sell something other then dolls, so I taught myself how to make children's clothes.
5. What made you jump into pattern design? I always loved pattern making, and doing sewing tutorials will let me design even more because I won't have to make 100 of the same item:)
6. What inspires you when designing children's clothes? everything, life, the streets of NY, once I get started it just keeps inspiring itself, oh and also beautiful fabrics, its an obsession!
7. I love the colors and pattern combination you use on the clothes you sell in your shop. Is there any advice you can give to sewers who are trying to coordinate fabric for their projects? Design from your heart, so that customers can spot your style, stand out from the crowd.
8. Do you have any tips on sewing clothes for girls? For me, it was always comfort and intention. Somehow the clothing is always more special when I am designing for a specific child. They can almost "feel the love" sorry, corny but true! And kids like comfortable clothes.
9. What has been the most rewarding part of being part of the crafting community? I knew nothing about this community until 2 years ago.. Being in this business for 20 years, I never met anyone else that sewed, actually I have 1 friend that sews for her girls. I was shocked that there are so many woman in the USA that sew. I have met the nicest, sweetest woman online. And I love all the support that everyone has for each other. I love it!
10. Are there any upcoming patterns? Tons, some knits and hoodies and costumes. I am also going to set something up for pattern requests.
If you are feeling inspired follow Laura's blog and she will send you a free copy of her skirt tutorial! Or check out Laura's Etsy Shops to find all of the items I have shown here or click on their picture.