Joy- it’s the feeling you get when talking to Amanda Schuler about sewing and her pattern company, Sageville Patterns. As a nearly lifelong crafter, Amanda always knew she wanted to make a living doing something creative. Her love of sewing began with creating things like quilts and curtains, yet as her children grew she began to delve into designing apparel for her family. “It was just a natural thing,” she explained to me. “I noticed after a while that I was already drafting patterns for things my family needed, and it just progressed from there.”
“Sageville” is the name her kids gave their secret play area as young children. Although it was just a field out by their house, their imagination and creativity made it something infinitely more. Amanda named her pattern company after this place her children found so magical because to her, it was a joyful reminder of what is at the heart of her inspiration.
Today, Sageville Patterns is a fabulous resource for comfortable, casual, family-friendly patterns for women, men and children. The tagline on her website is, “Sew Your Own Free Spirit Style,” and it really embodies the philosophy behind the patterns at Sageville. All of Sageville's patterns come with a variety of options, which enables sewists to make something truly unique and imaginative each time they sew. How fun it that?
I recently sewed up a Hazelnut Top and truly, it has become an instant favorite. With relaxed dolman sleeves and easy fit, it’s quick to sew up and easy to dress up or down depending on the fabric used. I made mine with the low scoop and shirt length options, with long sleeves and cuffs in Black with Roses spun poly spandex. You know that feeling when you sew up a garment, then instantly put it on as soon as it’s off the machine? That’s definitely this top for me! The drape of the fabric lent itself so well to the dolman sleeves, and I love how the fit is relaxed, yet still gives a shape and doesn’t feel the slightest bit frumpy. I love it, and I can’t wait to make a million more.
Another pattern I couldn’t wait to try was the Violet Loungers. These pants, designed for knits, are a semi-relaxed fit and come with a TON of options: three lengths, a tapered or straight leg option, two rises, two waistbands, and optional cuffs and slant pockets.
Now I love a pattern with options, but what makes the Violet Loungers even better is the versatility they provide. I made mine in an athletic style, using solid charcoal Poly Rayon Spandex French terry, but one could easily make these perfect for a night out on the town with something like a rayon spandex or a gorgeous spun poly spandex. I love the roomy pockets, and the fit is so comfortable. The sky is really the limit with these pants, and I can’t wait to experiment with all the different options available!
One of the things that I love most about Sageville Patterns is that you get the feeling that it is truly a family affair. Amanda mentioned that her now teenage daughter will sometimes bring her sketches of patterns she’d like her to draft up, and Amanda is always thinking about what her family would love to wear when seeking new inspiration. So what’s next in the Sageville Patterns lineup? She doesn’t want to reveal too much, but Amanda told me, “Think key word: Adventure!”
Sageville Patterns' mission is to empower sewists to just jump in and create something that brings them joy. Passionate about enabling everyone to create clothing that makes them feel beautiful, Amanda puts a ton of love into each of her patterns, and it shows.
Want to check them out for yourself? Visit Sageville Patterns and use the coupon code SSELOVE at checkout for 50% off your total purchase, February 19-February 22 at midnight PST!
Also, be sure to join their Facebook page, Sageville Patterns Sewing Group, to join in on all the happenings there, and find a code for to receive the Buttercup Tee for free! And that's not all. Currently, the Hazelnut Top is 50% off, now through 2/22, and they've added (drumroll please....) projector files! Head on over there now to join the fun. I can’t wait to see what you make!