What inspires me as a pattern maker the most? YOU! The amazing, talented people (mostly women) who sew. I love seeing what you make and reading what you think about various fabrics, patterns, sewing techniques and so on...
I've asked eight of the super talented and inspiring women who are active on Instagram to tell me a bit more about themselves and why they sew. All eight are also pattern testers for Threads by Caroline.
Today we'll read about Janine & Ida!
Also, read further interviews with other inspiring sewists in:
Part 2, Matilda & Madeleine.
Part 3, Charlotte & Anja.
Part 4, Mona & Elin.
Janine / @vrolijkevos
NAME: Janine Oosterhuis
LIVE IN: Netherlands
WORK AS: lower school teacher, 6th grade (group 8) and a mom of two daughters (3 & 5 year old)
STARTED SEWING WHEN: 2017
WHY I SEW: When I was very pregnant with my second daughter I was walking with my mother on the fabric market in Utrecht, Netherlands. I saw a very tiny harem pants hanging there. With the idea in my head 'how difficult can this be?' I borrowed the sewing machine from my mother and I just started. A few months later I bought my own machine and I never did regret it.
Sewing gives me peace of mind and allows me to fully use my creativity. I love doing it and try to make as much time as possible to work on my projects.
FAVOURITE PATTERN: I'm such a big fan of almost all patterns from Threads by Caroline. Not because she asked me this question, but I really do love to work with them! My all time favourite is the Billy & Betty, but Elsa & Elliot, Wilma & Wide are coming really close! They are so diverse and you can make the most beautiful items with them.
So my tip is: just try! Keep growing by challenging yourself to keep trying new things. Sometimes it works, sometimes not, but you learn something from it every time.