Hi, I’m Julie, the creator of Modular ME. I am a maker from way back in the last century….ha ha! Seriously though, I have been sewing for as long as I can remember! Sewing is my thing! My tonic, my joy, my love! After a circuitous career in a range of quasi-creative pursuits, I found myself opening a sewing studio in 2012. We called it Ministry of Handmade!
Since then I have taught LOTS of people to sew clothing, accessories and soft furnishings. While accessories and soft furnishings are fairly straight forward, people seemed to struggle more with clothing. Let’s face it, making a cover (dress or top) for a body, is a lot different to make a cover for a cushion!!!
People were struggling with:
- What shaped garments suited them
- How to fit their own body shape
- Sewing garments that suited their own personality and lifestyle
- How to take a basic pattern, master it and then reinvent creatively to look different
- Selecting patterns that matched their skill level
So, the seed of an idea stated to germinate!!!
What if I could create a simple pattern for a top, that someone could sew quickly and easily. Then, what if I started teaching how to turn that top into a dress, how to make the sleeves longer, how to add a roll collar, how to add pockets!!! Boy, I got excited! I still have my original sketches of my concepts, pencilled in a notebook while on a camping holiday on a quiet Queensland surf beach!
So the Simply Sewn Top was born in 2017. In quick succession, using my base pattern, I made ten different tops using fabrics I already had. (#tentopsintendays).
The base pattern has been used for lots of workshops since then and the project has gathered momentum.
The concept continued to grow and take on a life force of its own!! And now in 2020, our base pattern is ready to launch as a downloadable PDF. But now it is way more than a pattern, it is a pattern system! (That little seed has turned into a sturdy plant that is growing branches and reaching for the sky!)
Our pattern system is designed to help people learn to sew, step by step, technique by technique…building confidence and skills along the way!
Regularly published modules, will enable makers to modify the pattern to suit themselves…add sleeves, add pockets, add a yoke, add buttons, add colour blocking…..the aviations are literally limitless. And every garment created will be unique and original…..just like its maker!
The perfect antidote to fast fashion!
ModularME will empower makers to create garments at their own pace, in their own way, using fabrics of their choice (recycling existing garments, fabrics from their stash or using new fabric if they wish). Garments with inclusions and features that they love, garments that fit well, garments that they feel happy in!
The ModularME team!
While I birthed the idea, I have been encouraged and supported by two people I love dearly. Maurice, my husband, (whose computer skills, design capabilities and tenacity defy logic) has been beavering behind the scenes working on the pattern getting it ready for launch date! And Lauren, our daughter, whose sense of style, eye for detail, passion for teaching and love of the discipline of sewing, warms my heart!!
We hope you get as much joy from using the ModularME pattern as we have had creating it!