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Pattern Designer Interview - Amy DeCesare of eamylove

Unfortunately I only ever met one of my grandma's and only for a few short weeks when I was eight, as they lived in another country! I really think my own kids are truly lucky to have at least one set of their grandparents in their lives on a regular basis....They enrich their lives in so many ways.....I feel sad that I never really got to know mine! Our next interviewee’s grandma did a great job inspiring and encouraging....as I am sure you will agree! :)

Let's meet Amy of Amy Made That!...by eamylove

...Over to you Amy:

Amy
When did you start designing patterns?

About 2 years ago.

What led you to this path?

My first pattern was for a casserole carrier, and my Aunt Ellie showed me how to make them.  I adapted her instructions into a tutorial-style photo, with lots of step-by-step photos.

Casserole Carrier by eamylove!
Casserole Carrier

Describe your process of designing a pattern?

When I make a new pattern, I take photos every step of the way while I make notes about what I’m sewing.  Later I load the notes into the computer, along with the relevant photo. 

What do you find the hardest part about designing a pattern and bringing it to the public?

I wish I knew how to use diagrams on the computer. 

Which one of your patterns is your favourite and why?

My favorite pattern is the Anita Vacation Tote Bag.  I’ve made this bag literally dozens of times, and I love every version.  Even a beginner can make a professional-looking tote bag.  I especially love the two-toned handles and interior zippered pocket. I’ve made a winter version called Anita Little Christmas Tote.  You can also call this bag Anita New Diaper Bag or Anita Great Big Purse! 

 

Anita Vacation Tote bag - a PDF pattern by eamylove
Anita Vacation Tote!

How would you describe your design style? Anything unique about your patterns?

My style is eclectic.  I love modern fabrics but also 30’s repro prints.  I’ve also discovered zakka style and love to use linen with small scraps of bright fabrics to make sweet functional items.  Pillows are really my specialty, though, and I made a Signature Pillow that shows my favorite colors and fabrics, and just looks like “me”, I think.

 

Signature Pillow by eamylove
Signature Pillow

When you are not working on your own designs, do you like to sew other things? What and for whom?

I am constantly sewing something...often for my friends and family members.  I really enjoy making pillows and pincushions, but also many other projects.  This year, I’ve been sewing at least one Christmas-y item per month, in an attempt to be ready for the holidays.  I’ve made this free tutorial for a Christmas Topiary Pillow, as part of a Christmas in July blog hop.

 

Topiary Pillow by eamylove
Topiary Pillow

Which do you prefer, the design process or the actual sewing and why?

I enjoy coming up with new designs and have a long list of them, but the best part is actually getting to sew them into something real, to share.

Do you have a dedicated work area?

I sew in our dining room, which is a hidden blessing.  It forces me to clean up my workspace on a regular basis. 

 

Dining Room Studio - eamylove
Dining Room Studio

Do you have a favourite fabric type you prefer to work with?

I cringe at working with almost any other fabric besides quilting weight cotton or home dec cotton fabrics.  I tend to steam the heck out of my bags during the construction process, and I can’t be bothered with concerns about ruining the fabric.  That being said, I will often line a piece of linen with fusible interfacing to stop it from squirming around while I make small accessories like sewing kits or ereader cases.  I love the look of linen in combination with prints!

 

Linen ipad cover - eamylove
Linen iPad Cover

Favourite Fabric Designer?

So many favorites...I just love fabric!  For my bags, I love using bolder prints like the ones from the Michael Miller designers.  I use lots of Moda fabrics as well, and am particularly fond of Fig Tree Quilts, French General and 3 Sisters fabrics. 

 

Sewing kit by eamylove
Sewing Kit

What advice do you have for a beginner or someone interested in learning to sew bags? 

Personally I think the most important element in bag-making is interfacing, which gives the bag soft support and structure.  Fusing it to the fabric gives a uniquely professional finish that doesn’t require quilting.  I also use it for my pillows, to give them great style and body.   I buy my fusible fleece and fusible interfacing by the bolt.  When a snowstorm is coming, I make sure I’ve got plenty of milk, toilet paper and fusible fleece!  {No kidding!}  Try it once on a bag, and you’ll never do without it again.

Anita Vacation Tote pattern - eamylove
Another Anita Vacation Tote


Signature

Find out more about Amy here:

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Thank you Amy for sharing some of your fabulous creations with us! 

Next week we have a 40ish (well according to her, more the ish than the 40 bit) craft mad lady who has lots of love and support from her husband and two teenage children who now understand that whenever she has a creative moment, things like dinner have to wait.......and YOU will have to wait until next week to find out jjust WHOM I am referring to! ;)

 Happy sewing!
Christine

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