Love Notions Sewing Patterns, LLC Company Values
Here at Love Notions we hold the following core values and expect the brands and people we work with to align:
Community – We believe in the power of the sewing community to bring us together. Everyone has a voice that we can learn from and build each other up with.
Quality – In the pattern design, drafting, grading and instructions.
Collaboration – With testers, ambassadors, and other sewing related businesses. Our success depends on the collective passion, skill, and contributions of all our team members – from testers to ambassadors to admins. We value the feedback our team provides. We carefully vet the brands & individuals we work with to be sure their values align with ours.
Respect – For our customers and team members. We listen and hear you.
Diversity – It’s important to us that our team reflects the sewing community. We are continually looking to add new members to our testing and ambassador teams that show as many different faces, voices and walks of life as possible. We support our BIPOC team members and customers and work build a sewing community where they are seen and appreciated.
Meet The Love Notions Team
From around the globe
Customer Service, Assistant Designer
I adore helping people create clothes they love and feel great in. Witnessing people achieve their goal in crafting clothes for themselves and others is an amazing privilege. Nothing beats that feeling of pride when somebody finishes a piece and shows it off, and I love that I can share in that with them whether it’s helping learn a new technique, or admiring a picture that was shared. Boy sewing is a challenge I can’t get enough of! I am so honored to be able to design sewing patterns for boys under the Love Notions brand. My goal is to provide you with unique designs boys of all ages will love to wear and that you will love to sew!
I love sewing because it allows me to have special hobby all my own, and to create something that actually stays DONE. As a mom with small kids, sewing has been an extraordinary gift. I work in the Love Notions community assisting with marketing. I have been a fervent supporter of Love Notions from the beginning and have helped organize and plan the Sew-cations and community events with Tami for the past few years. I love the sewing community and I am thrilled to be a part of the team. You can connect with me on the Love Notions Pattern Support group or on my Instagram account, @tessadoes.
Kristen Taylor Hilton
Hey there! I’m Kris and I’m sooooo excited to be a part of the Love Notions Ambassador Team. I’m a lawyer on paper but a maker and crafter in heart, soul and spirit! I started my sewing journey in 2018 because I wanted a new challenge that would allow me to flex some creative muscle. Since then, I’ve pretty much been married to my machine (as much as can be with a full-time job, a hubby and a 4year old!!!) My sewing journey has helped me to learn so much about the body that I have, and I spend considerable amounts of time trying to adapt patterns to fit me. I am however completely self-taught and my techniques aren’t always by the book, but hey, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!
I’m a small island girl, from a tiny spot in the Caribbean, and I love to bring the colours, flava and overall vybe of the islands to my work.
Montserrat in the Caribbean
Ambassador, Group Admin
I bought my first sewing machine in 2010 to make a crinoline slip for a themed wedding I was attending. After which, sewing became a hobby off and on, in addition to my day job as a software engineer and project manager.
Once I became a SAHM, I was restless and needed something to do, a sense of accomplishment. Around that time, I found indie pattern companies, opening up a whole new level of sewing. My first being LN’s Sabrina Slims. I then, started pattern testing in 2017; it gave me something to work towards – satisfying the project manager in me.
Now I only test for Love Notions. Instead of rushing to a deadline, I take time to get a garment to fit ME. This means tissue fittings and sometimes multiple muslins. Trust me, the results are worth it!
I’m not sure I have a signature style, but you’ll find that I often use trims, piping, multiple fabrics combinations, and my very own free-motion embroidery designs to elevate my makes.
When I’m not making garments, I am creating custom thread portraits and paintings for my shop.
I’m Whitney from the Indianapolis, IN area. I was bitten by the sewing bug in 2006 when I taught myself to sew gender neutral bedding for my boy/girl twins’ nursery. It was love (or obsession) at first stitch. When we moved from the Kansas City, MO area to the Indianapolis area in 2011, I was fortunate to meet my sewing mentor, a professional dressmaker. I was lucky to be her apprentice until her retirement, when I then went to work in a bridal workroom. In 2018, on a whim, I decided to start a YouTube channel where I explore sewing capsule wardrobes and recreating ready-to-wear as well as teaching sewing and fitting techniques. My passion for sewing grew into a passion for teaching and inspiring others in the craft. It was through the YouTube channel that I was introduced to Love Notions by a viewer and have been a huge fan ever since!
Tami of Sewsophielynn’s love of sewing began as a tester for Love Notions patterns four years ago. One of her very first pattern tests was the Boyfriend Cardigan and it sparked a love of learning, creating, and capturing her latest makes. She’s a mom to five kids ranging in age from a high school senior to a 7-year-old. She loves sewing for her kids but the photos of them in their latest handmades are her favorite part of the process.
Hello, I ‘m Annick (An Ca) and I live in Belgium.
I learned the basics of sewing (and knitting, and crochet, and embroidery and …) from my mom. She often made my clothes when I was a child. My mom stopped sewing when I was a teenager and so did I.
When my niece was born, 8 years ago, I wanted to make her a personalized gift and started sewing again. In the meantime, I became really passionate about everything that’s sewing related. I have spent quite a few hours on the sewing machine over the past 8 years. The nice thing is that my mom saw my enthusiasm and now she sews her own clothes again. So it has really become a hobby from the two of us.
I would have liked to pass on this knowledge, but my 2 tough teenage sons are not really interested in sewing. Let’s hope for a nice daughter-in-law who shares my passion, who knows someday …
Hello! My name is Allison and I am a fire wife and mom to two wild and crazy boys ages 11 and 9. I was raised in Oklahoma but have lived in Northern California for the past 20 years. I am an accountant with my own home based business but sewing is my passion.
I am vertically challenged at 5’1″ and got into sewing when I got so frustrated with shopping for average sized people. I found this amazing sewing community about 3 years ago and haven’t looked back.
I am truly blessed to be here and look forward to this journey with Love Notions!
I’m so proud to be an ambassador for Love Notions!
Josephine Ann Magoola
I am born and raised in Uganda, Africa and we moved to the UK 5 years ago. I am married and a mother of 2. I trained in Public Health (not practising) but currently working on something different from home. My grandmother sewed and so did my mum. And I first used my mum’s manual sewing machine when I was 9 for simple repairs. And since I bought my very first sewing machine in 2009, I have not lived without one. The main reason I sew my clothes is because I am quite small and struggled to find clothes that both fitted and suited me. I share most of my sewing over on Instagram, my blog and Youtube channel.
I’ve been sewing since I was a child and this craft has accompanied me for the last 30 years. I taught myself for the first couple of years and then had valuable input from my great aunt in my late teens. She was a couture sewing instructor and her influence is with me until this day: neat seams, hand basting, patience and striving for a great fit, along with consuming less resources. I sew because it makes me happy. I can dress the way that I feel great in and that flatters my body, by combining the style and the fabric that I love. I have been a midwife for 20 years and have also been living in different countries since my childhood: Chile, Australia, USA, New Zealand, Bolivia and currently in Brazil. My current passion is teaching sewing on my YouTube Channel.
Ambassador, Community Manager
I am a self taught sewist living in paradise Barbados, a tiny island in the Caribbean Sea. I started sewing as a child, making doll clothing from my dad’s old socks. I always had an interest in fashion but didn’t take it seriously until my failed job hunt when I moved here. As a corporate girl, I had difficulty coping with being home so my husband bought me a sewing machine to keep my busy. I tried handbag making then moved on to trashion. I used garbage from the beach to embellish handmade garments but soon realised I had no idea what I was doing with the technical aspect. I googled ‘how to make a sweetheart dress’ and discovered commercial and indie patterns. The rest is history! Check out my YouTube Channel here.
My sewing journey began with the frustration of not being able to find clothing that fit properly. I grew up with two aunts that could sew anything, and I decided I would be that person in my family. Since then sewing has become the most joyful hobby – I love being able to take a piece of fabric and give it life. I also LOVE the online sewing community. I hope it never dies.
I have always been a big fan of study and education, and as I have delved deeper into the textile world, my understanding of the downside of fast fashion has increased. I like to use fabrics that are ethically sourced and manufactured wherever possible. They are not always easy to find and are always more expensive, and not always available for every fabric type, but this is something that has become important to me on my sewing journey. I have a small handmade business on the side, as my daughter and I only need so many clothes and I love the connections that I have made as a result with families who I have been sewing clothing for for years.
When I am not sewing I am living the mum life – cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, more grocery shopping and sport training. I spend way too much time in my car in Sydney traffic dreaming about getting home to my machines. I also hate hate hate cold weather and I love my dog a ridiculous amount.
I love the fact that Love Notions patterns for ladies suit a huge age range, are beautifully drafted and always fit! I tend to hide my sews in facebook groups but am determined to get more of what I sew for myself up on my instagram page and look forward to more Love Notions sews in the future.
I’m a mom of 2 boys who enjoys reading, cooking and playing board games. I sew because I’ve always felt the need to be creative and found sewing apparel was a useful way to show this. Now I sew because it brings me joy to wear clothes I’ve made and fit well.
Ambassador, Group Admin
My passion has always been sewing! I earned a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education with a minor in Clothing and Textiles and loved the years I spent as a high school sewing teacher. I’ve sewn everything from fully tailored wool suits to wedding dresses, but with five kids ages 5-14, time for sewing was hard to find! A few years ago a friend introduced my to Love Notions, pattern testing, and the amazing online sewing community and I’ve never looked back. I’m excited to share my love of creating.
Sewing for me is all about creativity. I love how I can take a piece of fabric and convert it into something that is unique . This sewing journey began a few years ago when a friend of mine invited me to a wedding, my bridesmaids dress had to be made and I was in awe that the seamstress took a few measurements and I had a beautiful dress!! Of course I just had to try what she did !! After much self teaching, here I am today proud that I took the journey. I cannot imagine where I would be without this beautiful art.
I really can’t remember a time when I was not sewing. The photos of a little girl sewing on my intro video actually really are of me at age 3. My mom, Dorothy, taught me her great passion for sewing. Today, my reason for sewing and teaching others is to help people look and feel their best, and gain confidence through sewing. It’s also a legacy that I would like to see preserved for generations to come.
I grew up in a tiny town where my mom taught me to sew at the age of 8. I have never really cared for clothes shopping. I have always had a hard time finding clothes that are not just suitable for our hot weather, but modest and fit me well. So I decided to only make my own clothes. I haven’t shopped for clothes in over two years. I also make my husband and kids clothes on occasion, after they ask 100 times. Sewing is like therapy for me. It’s also a way for me to express myself and show my love for others. My family and friends are all pretty much guaranteed a hand made gift from me on their birthdays.
I have enjoyed crafting all my life but became an avid sewist about 7 years ago. I love being part of the sewing community and the connections I’ve formed with others. I am late deafened, so it can be challenging to meet new people. I started significantly losing my hearing in my twenties. Now, I cannot hear spoken words without hearing aids, but I can lip read very proficiently. I live in a suburb of Indianapolis. My day job is in Learning and Development at a major pharmaceutical company. My husband isn’t on social media but takes all my pictures and does a lot of hearing for me. My daughter enjoys all sorts of crafting and likes caring for our cocker spaniel and 35+ year old turtle.
Hello! My name is Marta and I’m so happy to be an Ambassador for Love Notions. I started sewing because at the end of my second maternity leave I felt like I had nothing for ME. I needed a creative outlet. I had my late mother in law’s old sewing machine (a trusty Kenmore that my husband remembers buying at Sears in the 90’s. I still use it!), so my husband taught me how to thread it, and I’ve never looked back! I love the sewing community and being able to be creative. The feeling I get from learning a new skill, or creating something that looks in real life like it did in my head, is just the best. I think my very favourite thing about sewing is: POCKETS!
A few years ago after yet another discouraging shopping trip, I came home and for the first time in years thought, maybe it’s not my body but the clothes that are the issue. It was one of those “ah ha!” moments when I realized that I had the ability to do something about it! Even though I had sewn professionally it had been years since I had made my own clothes, I determined right then that that was all about to change. I soon discovered the world of PDF patterns, Facebook groups and Love Notions. That very day I made my first Laundry Day Tee and I’ve never looked back! The way Love Notions designs flatter a variety of shapes, sizes and ages has done so much to build my own self confidence and I hope that through my sewing and sharing I can inspire others the same way!
Happily retired now, I came back into sewing when my first grandchild appeared on the scene and before long I discovered sewing groups. Being a member of the Love Notions Support Group has inspired me, taught me so much and given me the confidence to tackle new techniques and experiment with fabrics and patterns. Now I can’t imagine a day without a visit to my sewing room!
I learned how to hand sew as a child from my meme. But, it wasn’t until 2018 that I started sewing on a regular basis and tackled garments for me and my husband. Now, I can’t imagine not having a mostly handmade wardrobe. Sewing is also a meditative exercise that continues to help me grieve my daughter’s stillbirth. As a sewist in a bigger body, I’m passionate about encouraging others with similar size and disrupting size discrimination. All bodies deserve respect and to be clothed in garments that honour the journey our bodies take. By day I work as a Nurse Practitioner. I am blessed with a supportive husband who is a semi-professional photographer who joins in my hobby by helping me document my makes. I’m also an avid vegetable gardener and serial extreme hobbyist.
I used to do a lot of vinyl crafts and machine embroidery and to help my hooded towels look their best, my husband bought me a serger to finish the edges. But I didn’t really use it (too scary!) Whoops! Then one of my craft groups mentioned how easy it was to make leggings. And I thought, “You can MAKE leggings?” So I started using my serger, found PDF patterns, was totally scared to try it, but decided to just DIVE IN! Caught the sewing bug and here we are, 4? 5? years later! Now I sew for myself, my husband and all 8 of our kiddos (and some others, if they’re lucky! lol)! We are NOT “average” sized in any way, so it’s SO REWARDING sewing clothes for us that fit us well and BONUS, we feel amazing in! Sewing is so empowering and I looooove sharing that passion with anyone willing to listen, especially newer sewists who just need a cheerleader to get going! Helping others accomplish their goals is such a joy!
I’m a seriously lucky wife and mom of three, a reluctant homeschooler, and an avid sewist! I came to sewing for the DIY projects, and stayed for the beauty of well-fitting, ethically-made clothing.
Hi friends! I’m Sequoia, the seamstress behind the machines at SequoiaLynn Sews. What you may not know about me is that my love of sewing didn’t start as a child like so many others. I was fully into my late 20’s before I caught the sewing bug and that was strictly flat things like quilts. I taught myself to sew on a 1930’s machine that had horrible tension issues and didn’t backstitch. I had no idea how to fix the tension, but I made a quilt top with it. It was a complete train wreck, but it made me LOVE sewing. I replaced that machine soon after with a newer model (with backstitch) and continued to improve my skills. That first machine is still in my living room! One day, I realized I was completely fed up with how clothing looked and felt on me. As a plus-size person, I wasn’t happy with my options in the store and was ready to make some changes. I soon began buying thrift store clothes and refashioning them into my style. It didn’t take long for me to want to learn more about clothing construction and achieving a great fit. Enter the PDF world. I finally found “my place.” For the first time since I was a preteen, clothing actually fit me! I made some great friends while falling in love with pattern testing and writing my sewing blog. As a bonus, wearing clothing that fits my shape has really improved my self-esteem. I love helping others improve their sewing too! I am grateful for the opportunity to sew with the Love Notions family, and really enjoying being part of their team!
Ambassador, Group Admin
Rachel has been with Love Notions in some capacity since 2014. She’s a mom of two who loves creating custom clothing for her children. She’s very active in helping test the Love Notions patterns to ensure great quality and fit. You can find Rachel and her children’s faces in the listings of many pattern brands, not just Love Notions! Her encouragement and enthusiasm for sewing is infectious!
I have always been obsessed with clothes, but once I started sewing, my love for fashion grew even stronger. I find so much joy in creating one-of-a-kind pieces that mimic my lifestyle and personality.
I started teaching myself how to sew in 2010, after my 3rd child was born and I decided to become a SAHM. I started my sewing journey by refashioning thrift store finds, as a way to save money. In 2014, I discovered PDF patterns and that is when my passion for sewing really took off! Throughout the years I have sewn countless Love Notions Patterns for myself and my 5 kids.
In addition to sewing for myself and my kids, I also teach sewing classes. I started teaching small group sewing classes over 5 years ago. I absolutely love it! Sewing has brought me so much joy over the years and I love passing that joy onto others.
I spend quite a bit of time on Instagram, sharing my latest makes and I throw in a bit of behind-the-scenes footage too. I am grateful for our sewing community and I feel so lucky to be a part of it!
I started sewing in my 20s with a vintage machine in a tiny studio in New York, mainly to make clothes to fit my petite height. My machine and my growing fabric stash then moved with me to Tokyo, London and now Virginia, US. These days I sew for myself as well as my two girls. Love Notions patterns are our go-to source for versatile wardrobe staples. When I’m not sewing I also enjoy knitting, spinning and gardening.
Hi! I’m Amii! I am a self taught sewist whose speciality is creating dance costumes for my business Amii J Made. I became interested in sewing when my daughter started dancing competitively, and I wanted to be able to create costumes that expressed her personality and talent. Sewing has not only became a creative outlet but also a way to connect with different people. Being a Navy Veteran, I love volunteering at my local VA and sewing for the veterans at the VA nursing home. As an active member of the sewing community, not only do I use my creativity for myself and my family but also to support and advocate for the BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and Plus Size sewing community.
I am so excited about being a Love Notions Ambassador!
Hi, Im Mary Anne and I’m so exited and honored to be a new Love Notions Ambassador. I live on the East Coast (at the beach in NJ). I’m a retired FACS teacher(Home Ec), where I taught sewing, foods and child development for 32 years. I started sewing when I was about 10- learning from my mom, grandmother and older sister. I studied Textiles in college and worked in NYC for a Big 4 pattern company for several years before I decided life at the beach was better and more conducive to raising a family.
I have two grown daughters, 29 and 31, who now both work in NYC (actually still working from home since March 2020). One is a graphic designer and the other is a textile designer.
I retired almost 4 years ago, and now I have all the time to sew! I found the online sewing community while recuperating from foot surgery. I am so glad I did! Since then I have been sewing up my casual retirement wardrobe. I like simple comfortable clothing that fits! As a full busted 5 foot tall woman in her late 50’s, it’s very hard to buy clothing that fits, is trendy and I love. I fell in love with Love Notions after making my first Harmony blouse! I hadn’t worn a woven top in years that actually fit both my shoulders and bust! This is the best thing about sewing!
I do sew mostly for myself but sometimes my oldest daughter “commissions” me to make a few things for her and she takes me fabric shopping in the city as my payment.
Hi everyone, I’m Katie and I live in Southern California with my husband and our three boys. Sewing my own clothes has become such a terrific creative outlet for me over the past several years; I make time for projects a self-care priority these days. I love how there is always a new technique to learn or some amazing trick I haven’t yet seen which keeps this pastime fresh (and sometimes challenging). This sewing community means a lot to me, and I’m always happy to share my experience to lend a hand because other sewists have taught me so much, and it’s a delight to share my knowledge or cheer someone on. My favorite aspect of sewing my own wardrobe is getting to tell someone who compliments my outfit that I made it!