Hello and welcome to The Ruffled Stitch! My name is Darcy and I am so glad you are here! I started sewing about 5 years ago. Before that I thought I despised it. I never liked the classes in school that taught you to sew and I hated being forced to follow patterns. In college the thought of sewing briefly crossed my mind. I had a crafty roommate and two sister-in-laws that made it look like it could be pretty fun. My mother-in-law attempted to teach me a little. After a few attempts I decided I wasn’t creative enough. After I got married, I was introduced to the world of Pinterest and I became hooked. I bought a really old, cheap sewing machine and decided to give sewing a chance again. I started sewing things for around the house. Slowly I started to gain confidence and actually started to enjoy sewing. I started making gifts for friends. Then I started taking things like casserole carriers, clutches, and zipper pouches up to a local farmers market. That turned into selling self designed wallets on Etsy. I tried sewing a few garments for myself, along this process, but they never turned out right. Yet another thing I decided I wouldn’t do. That is until I had my daughter. I became interested in sewing clothes again. My first decision was to make my daughter and I’s dress for a family members wedding. I drafted up a pattern for both of us and made a trial version. The first thing my husband said to me was “I can’t believe you made that.” It was so rewarding to make something exactly the way I wanted it. So I decided to buy Pattern Workshop and dive in even deeper in the pattern making world. I am absolutely loving it. Sewing clothes has been the most rewarding thing I have ever sewn. I want to share that love with you. Five years ago I never believed I would be here today designing sewing patterns. I never believed I was creative enough. It has taught me to be careful what I tell myself I can’t do, because I might surprise myself. I want you to know, that you too, are capable of things that seem impossible, if you set your mind to them and stick with it!
The story above paints a dandy happy easy picture. Let me assure you, that whole process, it didn’t happen overnight, nor was it easy. There were many tears, many doubts, many mangled projects, many accidental burns from the iron, and many long days sitting at a booth with no customers. I don’t even want to know how many times I told my husband I just want to quit. He never let me, and I never let myself either. I kept going and it has been so rewarding despite the hard times. I have struggled with confidence issues both inside and out. Don’t we all? Through my blog I want to share with you my successes and my failures. I want to share with you my experiences in a way that will encourage you and give you confidence that you are capable of great things.
I am also passionate about helping others learn to sew. I will share sewing tutorials, review patterns, and share as much as I can about sewing in general. I will also provide modest sewing patterns that are stylish, modern, and comfortable. I never used to like sewing with patterns, but it was because I didn’t know the possibilities. I didn’t know how easy it was to make sewing clothes custom to my tastes. Once I realized this I was sucked into the garment making world. I couldn’t stop sewing clothes. I decided I wanted to make my very own clothing patterns to sell. As I was thinking what exactly I wanted to design, modesty kept coming to mind. I know it isn’t hard to alter a pattern to make it modest. For example, lengthening a dress, or making a neckline higher. I also know that a lot of the patterns out there already are modest without holding the title. But I secretly wished I could just go to one pattern designer and know whatever I bought would be modest. That it would be long enough and high enough. I decided, I want to be that designer. You can expect my dress patterns to hit at the knee, the necklines to be high enough, and I will also include a shorten/lengthen line on all my dresses to accommodate any further customizations you may want to make. All my patterns are designed with modesty in mind.
I am a seamstress and pattern designer. I help aspiring seamstresses and seamstresses of all talent levels by providing high quality modest sewing patterns. I sew clothes, design patterns, and teach sewing classes, so that others can experience all the benefits and joys of sewing.
I am so glad you are here, if you want to contact me feel free to email me at: email@example.com