Podcast Episode # 57 : Jen Beeman of Grainline Studio

Jen Beeman on the Crafty Planner podcast

As someone who learned how to quilt first, garment sewing has intimidated me. With the exception of my curvy Meadow Quilt, most quilts are flat. 🙂  When you follow a well tested quilt pattern, you know you are going to make the same quilt as pictured on the cover of the pattern. That is not the case with garments.Bodies are three dimensional and the sewing skill set is different. There are many different variables that affect how a garment will fit you. What type of body does the pattern maker design for? Does the pattern maker have professional grading experience? And then how is your body shaped? Do you have narrow shoulders? A wide upper arm? For me, garment sewing is a puzzle with many various pieces.

Whenever I start to think about a new project, I research…and research… and research. I want to know everything I can possibly know. In my garment sewing research, I discovered Grainline Studio. Their Scout Tee received excellent reviews and felt like it could become an every day shirt for me. The fact I have made three of them is testimony to the simplicity of the design, the thoroughness of the pattern and need they fill in my closet.

Aside from the Scout Tee, I also own the Linden sweatshirt pattern and the Alder dress shirt. Jen recently released a popover version for the Archer shirt so I have a feeling that will be my next pattern. Have you seen the Grainline Studio patterns?

[one_half] Scout Tee by Grainline Studio

[/one_half][one_half_last]Archer Button Up Shirt by Grainline Studio[/one_half_last]

Just don’t blame me when you want to buy all.the.patterns!

During our podcast, Jen and I talk about her journey to today, her advice for new designers and why being an entrepreneur is a perfect fit for her. Jen inspired me to keep pursuing my dreams and I hope she inspires you.

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Notes from the Show:

Hemlock Tee by Grainline Studio (it’s FREE!)

Driftless Cardigan by Grainline Studio

Stitch and Bitch by Debbie Stoller

Marlboro Bra by Orange Lingerie

Fringe Supply Company

Sewaholic Patterns

Oliver + S Patterns

Colette Patterns (and my podcast with Sarai Mitnick)

Helgate Fabrics

Mood Fabrics



This episode is sponsored by:

A Gathering of Stitches Retreat
Creativebug (two free week trial and three free classes to keep forever using promo code THREEFREE)
Fat Quarter Shop (don’t forget 15% off everything except gift certificates using code:craftyplanner).

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