There are lots of fabric websites that you could choose to spend your time browsing but we wanted to offer something a little different. It is very easy to get seduced by a really bright print and sure enough 3 metres ends up in your basket. You can’t wait for it to arrive and you eagerly cut into it and make the latest trendy pattern. Then you try it on and wonder why it looks …. well, home-made.
We believe that in order to make a ready to wear type garment, you need to start with a ready to wear type of fabric. Take a look around the garment stores – a large percentage of garments are in fact made of plain fabric in either classic or the latest on trend colours. There is a smaller percentage of patterned garments but in very specific patterns – one season large florals will be in and stripes never seen, other seasons will see nothing but nautical patterns. But it’s not just about colour, the fabric type and fibre composition need to be right too.
And so Patterns and Plains was born.
Our aim is to search and source these fabrics, and then bring them to you through a fresh and modern web site.
We are a keen bunch of people who are passionate about what we do. Patterns and Plains was founded by Amanda who leads the business. She has a degree in Textile Technology and has worked for several fabric manufacturers, sourcing yarns and fabrics, and working with garment manufacturers supplying quality retailers in the UK and abroad. She has travelled extensively visiting factories around the globe. Oh and she is an avid sewer and has been dressmaking since she could reach the pedal of her mother’s sewing machine at around 4 years of age!
The website is managed by Dave. He's been working with online business for twenty years in a variety of industries including travel, publishing and retail.
The office team make up the rest of the company, dispatching orders with enthusiasm. Many are sewers as well and can often be caught eyeing up the fabric and browsing the patterns.
There’s one other member of the team and that is the CMO – Chief Moral Officer or Mylo the Cockapoo! He patrols the office, greets visitors, alerts us when the postman comes and dozes in the corner. So if you hear barking if you phone you'll know why!