Well hello there, and welcome to Octavia, a shiny new one-woman independent sewing pattern company.
Some of you might know me as Jodie or Jodietip and I’m delighted to have this opportunity to tell you about Octavia and my journey to get here.
I absolutely love the beauty, friendliness, and diversity of the sewing world and am a big fan of indie patterns! I love vintage designs but also want to have a wardrobe filled with modern styles that I can wear to work, or on an evening out, as well as the unique wedding guest dress.
A couple of years ago I began sewing commissions, and soon decided to learn to design from scratch as well. This led to me stocking local indie shops with my handmade lingerie, and launching an Etsy shop with my favourite designs in carefully chosen fabrics. But as time went on I realised that whilst I love to sew, I didn’t want to be a solo staffed garment factory, and I was always itching to get started on the next design.
Naturally, offering said designs to the sewing community seemed like the polite thing to do so I put my graphic design hat on and started digitising the patterns, and now here we are! I’m still coming up with ideas faster than I can make them, but I’m so SO excited to see other sewist’s interpretations of my patterns!
I’ll be working to get the first few patterns online as soon as possible, and I already have sketchbooks full of future ideas but I absolutely want to know what YOU want as well – so come and find me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and say hi!
Finally I’d like to thank the hundreds of people who have already helped Octavia to get to this stage, by offering their thoughts and feedback, and supporting my vision for a modern and stylish sewing pattern brand. You’re all amazing, and I’ve listened to every single suggestion. I hope I’ve succeeded in creating something that gets your creative juices flowing – all will be revealed very soon!
With love and good vibes