Dear readers, after three years of mentions, planning, and work, I am VERY excited to announce the launch of my pattern line:
Scroop is the name for the sound that silk and rayon taffeta make. It is added through an additional chemical process that hardens the cellulose and protein filaments, and serves no other purpose than to give the fabric its distinctive rustle.
I find the concept of scroop fascinating: when we think of the desirable of fabric we think of colours and patterns, surface sheen, hand and sculptural qualities, fibre content. Sound rarely comes into the equation, and yet the sound that stiff silks make is so desirable that at some point fabric manufacturers began experimenting with ways to increase it, and now the acid bath that creates scoop is an integral part of the process.
As I developed my pattern line, I kept coming back to the idea behind scroop: of taking something that it already wonderful (whether it is taffeta or sewing patterns), and adding just that little bit more to make it extra special.
With that in mind, I’ve designed my patterns to be just a little bit more: to deliver all the things I’ve ever wished a sewing pattern had, and that my students have asked for.
My patterns are all based on designs that I love and want to make over and over again, and that students and readers have all said they love and want. They draw on my knowledge of fashion and textile history, my understanding of the technical characteristics of fabrics, and my work as a sewing teacher.
Every Scroop pattern comes with:
- Complete, easy to read notations on every pattern piece (because I can’t count the times when I have been cutting out a pattern and have lost track of the single size guide, or have spent 20 minutes trying to find the one tiny place in the pattern where the seam allowance is noted)
- Full instructions (because sometimes you want ALL the information), including:
- suggested pattern layouts
- full sizing guides – with finished garment measurements
- full fabric guides
- alteration tips to help you achieve the perfect fit
- notes on why certain techniques and construction methods are recommended
- tips on the easiest way to complete the trickier steps
- Streamlined instructions (because sometimes you know how to do all the basic steps, and don’t want to print 10+ pages of instructions) which give the essential instructions in the minimum amount of space.
- PDF files for both:
- A print-at-home pattern in A4 or Letter format
- A copyshop pattern that prints on large size A0 paper, so you don’t have to tape the pattern together.
The inaugural Scroop pattern is the Henrietta Maria dress and top. It’s one of my favourite patterns to make and wear, and hopefully it will be one of your favourites too!
I’ll be adding more patterns over the coming months – I’ve got lots of exciting designs in the works!