Episode 37

Launching an indie pattern label

Launching an Indie Pattern Label, with Vanessa Hansen

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There is so much more to launching your own pattern label than meets the eye. Vanessa Hansen, professional pattern cutter, has recently launched her own indie pattern label and she’s here to share her experiences, lessons learnt and let us in on exactly what it’s taken to get it off the ground.

Who is Vanessa?

Vanessa and I met while I was working at Topshop. We quickly found that we shared a love of dramatic dresses and technology.

She began her career in London as an intern for Vivienne Westwood. Since then she’s worked for brands including Erdem, Emilia Wickstead, Issa London, Reiss and Topshop.

After taking a break to have a baby she decided to enter the home sewing world by launching her own Indie pattern label.

Vanessa has 2 gorgeous patterns released so far (and loads more in the works!)

The Viva Jacket
The Lynn Pinafore

Vanessa lets us in on her process and what involved in each step, here’s a glimpse into her world!


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