We're excited to kick off a series of Designer Picks where the designers of some of our pattern ranges have selected their favourite pattern and fabric pairings from our range.
First up, we're excited to introduce you to Johanna from Forget Me Not Patterns.
We can't wait to see how you use Jo's expert advice to create unique and personalised garments that will turn heads and make a statement. Whether you're new to sewing or a seasoned pro, we hope this series will provide you with plenty of inspiration and tips for creating stunning med-made fashion pieces.
Meet Jo, the talented designer behind Forget Me Not Patterns. With a Bachelor of Design in fashion and years of experience in custom-made and alterations, Jo's passion for making things by hand led her to create her own pattern-making company, based right here in NZ. She's dedicated to being part of the slow fashion movement and helping others create a conscious wardrobe while having fun doing it.
Creativity, self-expression, sustainability, and inclusivity are key values at Forget Me Not Patterns. Jo and her team are artisans at heart and love to learn and master new techniques. They believe that sewing is a form of self-expression, allowing us to make creative choices and fit things to our unique shape. Their commitment to sustainability means using sustainable fibres, reducing waste, and keeping traditional techniques alive. And they celebrate diversity, striving to create a space where everyone is welcome as they grow.
If you're looking for some fresh ideas to take your DIY fashion projects to the next level, you're in luck! Regardless of your sewing experience, Jo’s pairings are sure to inspire and elevate your next DIY fashion project. So, let's dive in and see what fabulous combinations Jo has in store for us!
The Valerie Dress x Antique Wash Linen
The Valerie Dress is a timeless design that can be dressed up or down. It features elegant curved raglan lines, a fitted bodice, and an A-line skirt with slash pockets, making it a flattering choice for any body shape. With four sleeve options to choose from, this dress can be made to suit any season, and the diagonal design lines give you the opportunity to play with colour-blocking and top-stitching.
The Antique Wash Linen Fabric in Plum adds a touch of sophistication to the dress with its beautiful soft purple shade and relaxed feel. The linen's superior quality European Flax fibre and mid-weight make it perfect for a wide range of uses.
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The Natalie Gourd Skirt x 21 Wale Cotton Corduroy
Looking for a versatile and stylish skirt pattern? Look no further than the Natalie Gored Skirt! Designed for woven fabrics, this pattern features classic gored style lines and a choice of two waistband options. Opt for the raised waistband with diagonal seams for a statement look, or go for the classic waistband. The flared silhouette is perfect for swishy fabrics, while the A-line view looks stunning in a structured fabric like corduroy. Speaking of which, the Organic Cotton 21 Wale Corduroy is an excellent choice for this pattern. As designer Jo says, "the pile of the fabric gives it a lush, saturated look." Plus, it's sustainable and stretchy for added comfort. Give it a try this autumn and elevate your wardrobe with a touch of elegance!
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Fabric: 21 Wale Camel Cotton Corduroy
The Helmi Blouse x Patterned Viscose and Viscose Cotton Blend
The Helmi blouse pattern offers endless options for a semi-fitted blouse that can be dressed up or down. Choose between two different collar styles and two optional ruffles to create your desired look. The bishop sleeves give the blouse a romantic feel and can be customised with either full-length or three-quarter-length options.
For fabric choices, Jo recommends using lightweight rayons for a flowy look, or considering the Olivia print on Eco-Vero fabric for a delicate floral motif Alternatively, the Tile Chestnut fabric is a perfect blend of BCI cotton and EcoVero viscose, with a structured drape that would complement the Helmi blouse silhouette perfectly.
You'll see from the list below she found it hard to choose just one here, but she did finally settle on one to make for herself!
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Pattern: Forget Me Not Patterns Helmi Blouse
The Kirsi Cardigan x Sweater Knit Viscose or Bamboo Dream Terry Fleece
The Kirsi cardigan is a sophisticated yet comfortable design, perfect for layering and staying cozy. With its tailored lines and draped front opening, you can choose between a longer or shorter length, and tie it at the waist for a cinched-in look. The pattern is beginner-friendly, and a variety of knits can be used to create your own unique version. Try the persimmon sweater knit for a premium, drapey finish with a beautiful pointelle pattern, or the bamboo dream terry fleece sweatshirt fabric for a warm and snuggly option. Whichever you choose, this cardigan is sure to be a favorite for years to come.
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The Ella Skirt x Viscose Crepe or Floral Gingham Cotton
The Ella skirt is a perfect blend of simplicity and elegance. With a subtle high-low hem and a gathered tier, this A-line skirt flatters any figure. This versatile pattern includes three lengths and pocket styles to choose from. For a timeless and feminine look, the Eglantine & Zoe viscose crepe fabric in a soft rose-pearl shade of pink would be perfect. For a fun summer look, the playful floral design scattered over the black and white gingham check cotton fabric is a great choice.
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Pattern: Forget Me Not Patterns Ella Skirt
We're thrilled to have partnered with Jo from Forget Me Not Fabrics to bring you her favourite pattern and fabric pairings. Creating your own garments can be an incredibly rewarding experience, allowing you to express your personal style and values while developing your skills as a maker. With her expert advice and recommendations, you'll have all the inspiration you need to create something unique, sustainable, and stylish.
Whether you're a seasoned seamstress or just starting out, we hope that our suggestions have given you some direction and ideas to get started on your own sewing projects.
So get creative and don't forget to share your creations with us by tagging @harmerandhuff
We can't wait to see what you make!