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.