My name is Laura. I founded Sew Different nearly 3 years ago when my passion for sewing, fabric and clothes was starting to consume every moment of my life. I have always drafted my own patterns and I decided it was time to share them with you!
I am based up in the north of England in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside – shown here as the backdrop for two of my favourite handmade garments – my polar bear coat and the Tulip Dress (coming soon).
I always wanted to be able to recreate the clothes I bought from my favourite shops. 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, shape and texture 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 which I had for more than 25 years for a brand spanking new digital Bernina 350 PE, which I love even more, if that’s possible.
Sew Different is growing really quickly and I am thrilled to now have my own range of multisize paper patterns as well as the original free PDF pattern downloads available on the website. And, combining my own back ground of graphic design and sewing, I have designed a range of sewing themed art prints for your sewing space.
Recent projects include features in several sewing magazines – Love Sewing and Sew Now, a series of sewing tutorials for beginners on Skillshare and the Top Blogger award from Allfreesewing.com. In the last 6 months, we have launched the Sew Different Sewing Retreat. It started as I was searching online for my dream sewing holiday…. which I quickly realised didn’t exist. I then set about creating my own version and incorporating all the elements I was looking for.
As with any creative person, I get side tracked from the patterns sometimes and you will see on my blog various posts cataloguing my experiments, from fabric dying to den making. 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 (but 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!