My name is Amy Barickman, you may know my pattern company Indygo Junction. I’m thrilled to be joining the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo this year! This has been an exciting time for me as I recently released my newest title, The Magic Pattern Book. I would like to tell you a little bit about how Magic Pattern came about and how you can see it at the Sewing & Quilt Expo!
My motto is Vintage Made Modern, and I collect vintage hand sewn pieces, sewing and dressmaking magazines, patterns, books and more. The search for timeless and endearing vintage content led me to discover Mary Brooks Picken and the school she founded, The Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences. I was compelled to share Mary’s story once I started collecting the school’s sewing courses and it’s newsletters, Inspiration and Fashion Service. The material from these publications had a timeless quality that I felt would appeal to the modern DIY audience. This led to the creation of my book Vintage Notions an Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion & Fun.
Vintage Notions featured 12 original Magic Patterns – those ingenious sewing ideas found on The Magic Page of Inspiration as well as in another Woman’s Institute publication, Fashion Service. The original Magic Patterns didn’t have any actual pattern pieces. Instead, the patterns included a cutting diagram as well as detailed instructions for the construction of the garment.
I was inspired to bring the spirit of Mary’s Magic Patterns into the 21st century. Working with my friend and Indygo Junction designer Mary Ann Donze, we created 6 master patterns for the book: a tank, skirt, dress, cardigan, jacket and accessory. Then we collaborated on how to transform those base patterns into 6 new garments. The Magic Pattern Book contains 36 fashion forward garment and accessory patterns transformed from those original base patterns. Read more about the story behind Magic Pattern here.
I was so excited about the projects in The Magic Pattern Book and looking for a way to share these designs with sewers nationwide, when I started talking to the folks at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, and The Magic Fashion Show was born!
The Magic Fashion Show will feature new samples (not shown in the book) of projects from Magic Pattern created in up-to-the-minute fabrics. The show will travel to each Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, but what I’m really excited about, is being able to attend some of the shows and emcee – I look forward to telling you in person about the inspiration behind each of the garments, construction tips and techniques, ideas for creating the projects with recycled fabric and more!
I will be attending the Fredericksburg, Overland Park, Minneapolis, Lakeland and Cleveland shows. Not only will I be emceeing the fashion show, but I will also be teaching two classes; Vintage Notions: From Inspiration to Income, and Crafting a Creative Business. In the Vintage Notions class we will explore how a single dedicated source, in this case Vintage Notions, can inspire the joy of sewing and domestic arts as an avenue for the entrepreneurial spirit. In Crafting a Creative Business, I will share my 20 year journey in the sewing and fabric arts trade with an eye toward inspiring and educating those who dream of starting their own business.
Indygo Junction patterns and products can be found in the Early Times Workshop booth at all the shows, except the Overland Park show, where we will have our own booth. I hope you will come see me at the shows – if you can’t make it, The Magic Fashion Show will be attending all the Original Sewing & Quilt Expos through June 2015, so be sure to stop by and add some magic into your sewing!