Reflections + Predictions ~ Elizabeth Evans + Liz Evans

on January 4 | in Interviews + Profiles, Sewing Trends | by | with 15 Comments

Elizabeth and Liz of Simple Simon & Company married brothers, and have more than family and the same names in common! They both love to sew and have created a pretty amazing selection of free tutorials on their site. We had fun watching them sew up a storm in an online sewing competition this year, and we can’t wait to see what they create in 2012.

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Sew,Mama,Sew!: Looking back at the 2011 sewing scene, what trends stand out in your mind?
Elizabeth & Liz: We noticed lots of trends in 2011! Some of those included chevron projects, ruffles, bold big printed fabrics, and maxi skirts and dresses. Refashioning and upcycling were also still pretty popular projects… (Which is such a smart thing.)

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What were some of your favorite things?
Elizabeth & Liz: We loved that people were using lots of vintage buttons, and adding more details to clothing: pleats, exposed zippers, lace. We also loved a lot of the colors that were everywhere in 2011— Mustard yellow, deep grey, raspberry, and turquoise.

Rocket Launch Club from the Children at Play collection
by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What was your favorite fabric collection or print?
Elizabeth & Liz: First of all we love vintage fabrics. We love the thrill of the hunt and finding fabric gems in thrift stores that would otherwise be lost. It has almost become an addiction! Also, this year we loved he Sarah Jane Studio “Children At Play” line because it has such a vintage feel, as well of the images of children at play— Two things that are close to our hearts.

Simple Simon & Company pajamas featuring Children at Play fabrics.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What did you make that you’re most proud of?
Elizabeth & Liz: In this last year, we had the opportunity to compete in Project Run and Play (a design competition for sewing children’s clothing) and we really enjoyed ourselves. It gave us an opportunity to design things a bit more out of our comfort zone, it was a fun challenge to sew on a timeline and most of all we learned a lot.

A few of our favorite outfits from that project include “The Audrey Outfits,” “Disney’s Up Costumes,” and our signature finale looks.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Do you have a favorite sewing book or pattern from the past year to recommend?
Elizabeth & Liz: Vintage patterns.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Are there any trends you’re over and done with?
Elizabeth & Liz: As much as we love ruffles (and don’t get us wrong… We still love them.) we are looking forward to new and different embellishments for sewing in 2012.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What are your thoughts about social media? How is it going for you? What do you love or hate?
Elizabeth & Liz: We love blogging! It has been such a creative place for us and feel like we have developed skills and talents that we never knew we had, which has been rewarding. We also love to see others’ creativity and enjoy seeing their creative processes as well.
But, on the other hand, we are really bad at the promotion side of things. Facebook and Twitter (we don’t even know how to tweet!) are just not our cup of tea. We are just not organized enough to do it all!

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What do you predict for 2012?
Elizabeth & Liz: We only wish we could see into the future… But here’s what we would love to see in 2012:

  • We would love to see softer, more muted tones of solid fabrics: softer greys, lilacs, creamy oatmeals, soft muted yellows, soft corals, and more! (We know we are making up colors here… But hey, it’s our dream of what we want to buy right now…)
  • We also love that classic children’s fashions are coming back. We think we will see a lot more of that in the future.
  • Moving toward more softer, shimmering fabrics. We think this has hit the fashion industry but not quite into the sewing world yet. Maybe next year?
  • Instead of adding big, bulky embellishments to clothing, the interest will be more in the details of the sewing— Pintucks, piping, pleating and other more subtle details that still give great design.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Can you tell us anything about what to expect from you in 2012? Any projects or life-changing goals you can share?
Elizabeth & Liz: You will see more the same from us… Classic children’s patterns with the addition of modern twists. But we do have some new ideas up our sleeves. We would like to venture more into the pattern drafting world, explore new fabric options and gain more advanced sewing skills that will give some new details and dimension to our looks.

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15 Responses to Reflections + Predictions ~ Elizabeth Evans + Liz Evans

  1. lm says:

    So nice to hear that these fantastic ladies are not superwmen, but normal like the rest of us. Have a great 2012!

  2. Kelli says:

    How have I missed their blog? I am headed over now. Wow, I feel like I’ve just hit the jackpot. Wow!

  3. cheri says:

    Oh yes, the breakfast at tiffany’s coats are on my pinterest list already! LOVE!

  4. Jennyroo says:

    The styling of her photos just KILLS me with the cuteness! As a mama of boys, I am particularly drawn to the boys in their PJs!

  5. Becky Greene says:

    Oh, if I had a daughter, I am sure I would have to make the Breakfast at Tiffany’s outfit for her. I don’t think my 12-year-old son would go for that !

  6. amorette says:

    those patterns are almost too much! love them!

  7. Jennie P. says:

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Oh my gosh, That is adorable!

  8. Cheryl says:

    Thank you for introducing me to these talented ladies! I’m so glad you showed us The Breakfast at Tiffany’s capes because that’s what made me sit up and take notice. Going to check out more of their stuff on their site.

  9. Gwen Windham says:

    SUCH cute things! I love sewing for children, but it’s been years since I had a child to sew for.. But, now, as of May 5, 2011, I have my first granchild, Clarabel, and I am so looking forward to making special outfits for her as she grows up!!! I enjoyed reading your answers to these interesting questions! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Erin says:

    Love the starboard skirt pattern. I have already made one for my daughter and have plans for the fall edition starboard for the weekend. I really enjoy their blog and am a follower of project run and play.

  11. Sarah McGrath says:

    Love the starboard quilt, so bold!

  12. [...] Elizabeth Evans & Liz Evans: If you’re on Pinterest, you most certainly know the work of Elizabeth and Liz  since their many wonderful Simple Simon & co tutorials for children’s clothing are pinned like mad.  And no wonder–every picture is adorable and their staging and photography are top-notch.  Seriously–do not miss their projects! Simple Simon is creative and fun and we absolutely can’t wait to see what they do next! [...]

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  14. Mary says:

    Thank you for their introduction! I enjoyed looking through their blog and the tutorials are great. I can’t wait to take a closer look later this evening.

  15. Lorrie says:

    Oh I love those Breakfast at Tiffany capes.

    I’m off to explore Elizabeth and Liz’ site.

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