Sew Different has been up and running for two years now. The idea for the website sprang from my love of sewing, fabrics and clothes! The fabrics and all those rolls of paper with experimental patterns were taking over my house…...so, I thought I’d share them with you!
What I always wanted was to be able to recreate the clothes I bought from my favourite shops. And you will see on my blog that my patterns are inspired by things I have bought on the high street, or just gazed longingly at in Vogue. As a seamstress, I have got better over the years. I’m not really a technical expert – it is the “sculpture with fabric” element that attracts me – the drape and shape potential of every piece of fabric.
I grew up using a Bernina sewing machine and am now very proud to be a writer for the European Bernina blog. I’ve recently upgraded my fabulous (but vintage) Bernina Sport which I had for m ore than 25 years for a brand spanking new digital Bernina 350 PE, which I love even more, if that’s possible. Other recent projects include a feature in Love Sewing magazine, a series of sewing tutorials for beginners on Skillshare and the Top Blogger award from Allfreesewing.com
Sew Different is a reflection of my passion for dressmaking and it is growing really quickly. I am thrilled to have now launched my own range of multisize paper patterns as well as having the free PDF pattern downloads on the website. And more recently combining my own back ground of graphic design and sewing, a range of sewing themed art prints for your sewing space.
My creative background is originally in painting – I have an honours degree in Fine Art, and I went on to work in the textiles industry as an exhibition and graphic designer. You can find my paintings and exhibitions at www.lauracasey.co.uk.
Sew Different is here to inspire you! I encourage anyone to have a go. You don’t have to have any training – all you need is a sewing machine. Don’t be too cautious and don’t use expensive fabric on your first attempt. Start experimenting and anything you’re not sure about, just look it up online. There are a million and one tutorials out there. Good luck and happy sewing!