We asked sewing industry professionals to give us their reflections on 2015 and predictions for the year ahead. So far we’ve heard from Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness and Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts. Next up is Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette and Cashmerette Patterns, co-founder of the Curvy Sewing Collective. Jenny’s new Cashmerette Patterns are the first line specifically designed for curves, in sizes 12 – 28, and cup sizes C – H.

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Sew Mama Sew: Looking back on the sewing scene in 2015, what trends stand out?
Jenny: This was the year of people trying traditionally “difficult” garment sewing. Particular stand-outs were the popularity of the Closet Case Files Ginger Jeans— I live in mine!– and the rise of bra-making, spurred on by the fantastic modern bra designs of Orange Lingerie.

Jenny’s Ginger Jeans

SMS: Favorite things? (Fabric collections, patterns, books, thread, tools, podcasts, classes, websites, events, etc.)
Jenny: I absolutely love listening to podcasts, and always have one on when I’m sewing. This year, I’ve been listening to even more sewing podcasts. In particular, I love the new Seamwork Radio podcast from Colette Patterns (I was the first guest!) and Abby Glassenberg’s While She Naps podcast.

SMS: Who do you think are rising stars in the industry?
Jenny: I’m continually impressed by the new independent pattern designers, like Kelli Ward of True Bias and Heather Lou of Closet Case Files. They’re filling niches that were previously under-served in the sewing community and sparking a lot of love!

SMS: What did you do this year that you’re most proud of?
Jenny: I launched my own pattern company, Cashmerette Patterns! For years I’ve been dreaming of patterns that would fit and suit my curvy body, and to not have to do endless adjustments any more. I decided that maybe I was the person to do something about it, and now I have a line of patterns that are designed for curves, in sizes 12 – 28, and cup sizes C – H. Say goodbye to Full Bust Adjustments!

Cashmerette Patterns Appleton Dress

SMS: What can we expect from you in 2016? Any big projects, life changes or goals you can share?
Jenny: I’m looking forward to launching more curve-friendly patterns and figuring out other ways I can help women learn to be more confident through sewing.