The Making of Boundless Style
The idea I pitched to the publisher involved mixing a bunch of pattern pieces so that the reader could be a part of the design process. I’ve always wanted to create a project that allowed you guys to have a choice in your design, and I thought that doing it in the form of a book would be amazing. I keep seeing you guys create incredible pattern mash-ups of your favorite design elements from various patterns and I figured you’d have fun with something that made mash-ups a little more methodical and simplified. So, in the end, we settled on a mix and match pattern concept with 15 interchangeable patterns.
Designing the modular pieces was a fun challenge and a great learning experience. It’s a bit different from developing one-off designs, as everything has to align correctly and work cohesively from an aesthetic point of view. This provided some limitations, but working within a confine creates new possibilities that you may not have thought of before. For the design to be selected as “the one,“ you have to the think ahead to how it will be constructed, making sure that none of the pieces will call for special treatment in construction, as in the end, the final instructions that tie everything together must be uniform. This was one of the trickiest parts, and since it was the first step of the bookmaking process, it meant anticipating any challenges that could occur, as there was no going back on these designs.
I decided to make a collection of twenty-one garment combinations to showcase the design possibilities. It was fun for me to pick which pieces to combine and I tried to take a balanced approach to making sure to use each component in equal proportions. Then, choosing fabric was another journey. I sourced from a handful of shops in Toronto, using lots of dead stock vintage florals buried deep underneath piles of bolts and designer ends from various studio around town.
Just a tip: Designer studios are great for sourcing fabric if you have local designers near you. Ask them if they have fabric sales, or if you can book a time to come into source some of them. They’re usually happy to get unused yardage from past collections off their hands.
I know picking fabric is often people’s favorite part, but I dread it. I spend way too much time making selections because it’s so hard to align what you have access to, to what’s in your head. But after the huge treasure hunt, I’m so happy with how it all worked out.
When I look at the book now, it’s sort of a photo album of memories from an incredible and intense journey. It was a wild time, and it makes me pretty emotional and pretty happy to hold it in my hands; it’s great to share it with you. Thanks to everyone who has bought a copy and shown support! I hope you love it and I’m dying to see what you make!
To design your own garment using patterns from Boundless Style, visit Lookbook, our mix-and-match pattern app.
To order a copy of the book, visit our shop.
(You will be redirected to the Interweave shop, where you can take advantage of more affordable shipping than what I can provide here in Canada. Purchasing through this link will also provide you with a digital link to the patterns.)
If you have purchased the book from another source and would like access to the digital link, get in touch with me through my contact form.
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