I founded Pattern Workshop back in 2014 when PDF patterns were just starting to take off, blog tours and linky parties were all the rage (remember those?!), and using quilting cotton for garment sewing was not only accepted but encouraged. (Thank goodness we are past all that!) I had quit my job in advertising to stay home with my (then) two young children, and in my spare time, I started following several pattern designers’ blogs and getting back into sewing.
Upon noticing that a popular sewing blogger (not pictured in any of these photos!) was giving away a free pattern that had been drawn with a Sharpie and scanned into PDF format, I knew there was a way I could contribute to the community and possibly create a little income for myself in the process. I reached out to several designers offering my digitizing services for free (I knew how to use Illustrator and InDesign from my prior career), and I soon landed a few paid gigs helping with pattern grading, pattern package design and even one-on-one teaching.