I’ll be hosting this month’s Linden Sweatshirt sew along…because, let’s face it, I’m completely obsessed with this pattern. Okay, and with most patterns from Grainline Studio. The designer behind Grainline’s modern/classic vibe is Jen Beeman. Learn more about her here – and join us next week to get started with your Linden Sweatshirt!
Jen Beeman is a designer and patternmaker living in Chicago, IL. She studied fashion design at Columbia College, where she focused on patternmaking and technical design. Jen is the founder of Grainline Studio, a pattern shop featuring modern, fashion-forward patterns. She’s also the proud owner of a serious cute senior beagle who makes regular appearances on Instagram.
SN: What do you love most about the sewing community (online or otherwise)?
I love that the sewing community, for the most part, is an inclusive, encouraging place where people can exchange ideas and have fun in what would otherwise be a pretty solitary activity. It’s amazing how people become fast friends over sewing social media and how it extends into life offline.
SN: Who do you design for?
We try to design for women with a classic, no-fuss style. We love clean lines, great proportions and garments that can be made over and over again in different fabrics. Sometimes people describe the Grainline aesthetic as slightly masculine, and we do borrow from menswear a bit, so that fits to me. We want our garments to be comfortable, easy to wear, favorites that make you feel great!
SN: What’s next for you?
Well more patterns of course! Other than that we’ve got a new website in the works as well as a few things I can’t talk about right now. I promise they’re exciting though!
SN: What do you think (or hope!) people love most about your designs?
I think (or hope) that they appreciate the longevity of each design. I try to design garments that people can sew up season after season, year after year. I like to describe our patterns as elevated basics that will fit right into your existing wardrobe, helping you build your dream closet one piece at a time!