So you’ve established an interest in the sewing community and industry and are looking to make a bit more of something you thought was just a hobby. Your next step is to focus your business. Creative professions in this industry include fabric designers, pattern writers, bloggers, and authors and more often than not, those who are most successful are working in several of those areas. While each of these tracks will overlap a bit (we are all working with the same raw materials here!) we encourage you to focus on one or two areas.
All tracks from the September 15-18, 2016 event will benefit from general classes discussing things like: social media essentials, time management & organization, the fabric production process, cross over promotions, accounting, and learning to utilize computer software like the Adobe Creative Suite.
Aspiring fabric designers come with varying levels of experience– someone who has experience in two dimensional design but not necessarily fabric, someone who sews and loves fabric but just wants to make their own, or someone like a blogger who has a following and is just taking their branding to the next step are all common starting points for beginning designers.
Being published is an awesome way to give credit to your personal brand and build your portfolio. Deciding what media outlet to utilize is key. With a slew of magazines and book publishers in the industry, it’s important to understand how publishing works and what to expect of the process.
The sewing industry is highly communal. So much of the satisfaction in completing a project is sharing it with others and many of us get ideas for our next work-in-progress by seeing what others are doing. Being a popular blogger and sharing what you’re doing earns you notoriety with hobby sewists and industry professionals alike. There’s more to blogging than just writing a few sentences and uploading photos you snapped with your phone.
Those who are successful pattern writers typically meet the following criteria: they would rather write their own rules than follow someone else’s, they have a keen eye for detail, and they’re highly skilled sewists who put great care into their projects and sharing with others. Whether it’s quilts, garments, or bags, printed or PDF, the pattern world is dynamic and has many facets.