Last Saturday I had a unique experiencee. I grabbed my friend Carol, who is a sewing newbie, and headed for the Rio Hotel for the first ever ICPA Fashion Show. Who is the ICPA ? I didn’t know either, but soon found out.
About ten years ago they started surfacing, they wanted to design by their own inner voice, express a style that was not always for the masses, and they weren’t interested in the approval of the big four, McCalls , Vogue, Butterick and Simplicity. They were the independent pattern designers.
With easy access to the internet, getting the word out was much more obtainable and cost effective than ever before. So these creative mavericks produced unique sewing patterns for all to enjoy. There was just one problem… customers didn’t always get what they expected and designers weren’t always sure what they expected so-
The Independent Pattern Company Alliance was formed. Being a member meant your patterns are:
- Professionally drafted
- Professionally graded for multiple sizes
- Have comprehensive, illustrated instructions
In other words they created a standard for the independent designer. Some of brands that had interesting point of views were Saf-T- Pockets , a line for the traveler, most pieces having hidden pockets to stash your cash. Another was Islander, with a great assortment of mens clothes. Have you looked for a men’s pattern in the big four lately?,very scarce, and there’s more men sewing now too!
The fashion show was lots of fun, especially when they had a competitive segment with a shipwrecked theme.