I’ve been working on a little side-project, something very new and different to me: having the Washi Dress Sewing Pattern printed on paper. There’s been such a wonderful response to the Washi Dress and as a result I’ve had many requests from shops asking if they could carry it. It also works really well as a teaching garment, and I think it would be so fantastic to have fabric shops teaching Washi Dress classes (which is much easier to do if you stock printed patterns)!! Last week I sent out an email to about 30 shops I “know” in person to see if there’s enough interest to print a limited-run batch of Washi Dress patterns, and so far I’ve gotten a great response! I thought I’d post it here since I am absolutely certain I missed someone, and it would really help to have a general idea of the level of interest so we can decide how many copies to print.
If you run a local quilt shop or independently-owned fabric shop (brick-and-mortar or online webstore) and would be interested in carrying printed copies of the Washi Dress pattern in your shop, or if you know someone who does who might be interested, please fill out our Washi Interest Survey or contact Jessica, my Director of Print Operations (we’re so small-town around here we amuse ourselves with big-sounding titles) directly at jessica [at] made-by-rae.com. Jessica would love to send you more information. And, if you have a fabric shop near you that you would like to see carry this pattern, would you please go ahead and forward this post or Jessica’s email to them?
I don’t want to get anyone too excited about this because honestly I am not sure this little print experiment will actually happen. But it would be cool; the Washi Dress, naturally, has larger pattern pieces than anything else I’ve ever done and just seems like it would lend itself so well to a printed format, especially with all of the amazing digital illustrations my sister Elli did for the layouts. Seriously, I love this pattern, it just seems a shame not to have it in local shops when one of my goals over the last couple of years has been to visit as many local shops as possible in person. Another thing: the main reason I really like my Job here at The Blog is because I’ve managed to keep it pretty small-sauce, which allows me to spend more time with my kids and Not Go Insane. I’m not sure I’m interested in taking the entire Made-By-Rae empire in the print direction; it’s just such a totally different line of work than what I normally do. So if this seems a little campy, to have me literally polling the Interwebs to find out how many copies of my sewing pattern to print, IT IS. That’s pretty much the point.