Last week we wrote a blog post about patterns and in that post we mentioned that our interest had been sparked because we were in fact designing our own pattern. Well, what we didn’t tell y’all is that this pattern has been simmering on the back burner for years. However, all the planning and drafting and correcting has finally come to a close and we are proud to announce that our pattern is now available for order!
“a Wink and a Nod” patterns is so thrilled to present our inaugural design: “Cissy” by Sally Whinghter and Cindy Foose.
The inspiration came to Sally and Cindy while they were looking through vintage patterns and commenting on how charming the vintage styles were. The charming, simple designs were certainly timeless and deserved to be brought to the modern sewing scene. And so an idea was born. The idea was the easy part…those of you who have dabbled in pattern design before know what kind of process followed. If you had told us when we started the task how many corrections and edits were ahead, we might have been too daunted to even begin. However, we enthusiastically threw ourselves into the pattern designing and drafting world, blissfully ignorant of how many grey hairs would follow. After a few trial construction runs to make sure the pattern pieces all fit together, our next step was to study every inch along every line on every piece of every size to make sure they were precisely reproduced from the original pencil-drafted pieces. We jumped hurdles involving file formats, printing accuracy, and brain overload! Once the pattern pieces had been converted to workable digital files, the labeling process commenced.The first printing of each size on “real paper” was a milestone reached only to find that the initial scan had for some unknown reason re-sized the pattern width. So, back to the drawing board to make those corrections. Of course, along with the headache of corrections came a lot of fun, creative moments! For example, we had a blast deciding on the names for our patterns. The name of every pattern by “a Wink and a Nod” is a special lady’s “granny” name. Cindy’s grandchildren call her “Cissy”, and so it seemed appropriate to name our first pattern after one of our fabulous designers (we hope to name our next pattern “Gigi” after Sally).
Of course, when you design a pattern you get to include your own preferences! Not only are all seven sizes included in the envelope, but the individual pattern pieces are unstacked for easy use-no tracing necessary! There are two “views” included in the pattern, and the simple silhouette is perfect for hand or machine embellishment.
After over a year of work on this pattern, we have grown extremely attached to Cissy. We have learned so much throughout this process and we know our knowledge will help us fly through the production of our next pattern (which is already in the works!) Comment with some name ideas for some of our future patterns….your special name could be next!