Meet Hannah from indie label Sinbad and Sailor!

As part of Indie Pattern Month, The Curious Kiwi and I are interviewing some of the amazingly talented people who are behind some of the fantastic indie pattern labels.

First up, I’d like to introduce you to Hannah, the creator of Sinbad and Sailor.

Welcome, Hannah! I’m so glad you could join us, and I’m really looking forward to hearing more about your label. So, first up….

What inspired you to get into pattern designing?
I was inspired to design sewing patterns as I found it hard not only to get patterns which reflected the looks I was seeing on the catwalks and in the shops but also felt that the instructions and layouts of patterns had become very poor. I wanted to offer an alternative to people which created a positive experience and encouraged people to continue to sew.

Sinbad and Sailor Dove fitted T instructions

Dove fitted T instructions

How would you describe your aesthetic?
Very London – modern and fresh with clean lines.

What do you consider your point of difference?
Sinbad and Sailor patterns are unique, they reflect shapes and styles from the catwalk made wearable for the modern woman.

Hannah's pinboard

Hannah’s pinboard

How similar are you designs and your own day-to-day wardrobe?
My style feeds into the designs definitely, my preference is for clean and modern lines which is what I seek out when looking at upcoming shapes and styles.

Kimono fabric cut for a Dove fitted T

Kimono fabric cut for a Dove fitted T

Which is your favourite of the patterns you’ve designed?
I’m going to blow the trumpet of the upcoming O’Keeffe skirt pattern, it’s not released yet but I’ve been making up samples and I just love with the way the pleats come together at the front (such a satisfying part!) oh, and the asymmetric pocket.

If you could make that one for anyone at all, who would it be for, why, and what fabric would you make it in?
As a lover of bold prints and patterns I’ve been inspired by stage costumes of singers recently. Beth Jeans Houghton who plays with her band The Hooves of Destiny have a song called Atlas which has the lines “Dissecting the atlas for places we’ve been. Your list is longer but you’ve got more years on me” so I’d make her an O’Keeffe skirt using map print fabric to rock out in!

Map print fabric

Map print fabric

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learnt since you started your pattern label?
Sinbad and Sailor is a solo venture for me and I’ve had overwhelming support from all my friends and the online sewing community. It’s really touching to have such encouragement not to mention seeing the patterns made up!!

Hannah's workspace

Hannah’s workspace

Why did you choose that name for your label?
The name is based on East London cockney rhyming slang for tailor (Sinbad and Sailor = tailor) which I like as not only do I have family history in the area (I live a street along from where my Grandad grew up) but the area’s creative culture and scene really inspires the designs.

Favourite tools

Favourite tools

How do you decide what to call your patterns?
Naming a pattern can be so hard. The next set of patterns are named after female artists with each pattern reflecting an element of the artists work. For example the O’Keeffe skirt has these beautiful pleats which echo the flower petals which Georgia O’Keeffe painted in extreme close up, pioneering a new style of painting in the process.

Sinbad and Sailor O'Keeffe Skirt

Sinbad and Sailor O’Keeffe Skirt

Thanks Hannah – it’s been great hearing about your inspirations! And I love where you got your label’s name from (I must admit I had been wondering what the story was behind it).

And that’s not all folks. Hannah is offering up a copy of her new (and very cute!) O’Keeffe skirt pattern as a giveaway! Want to be in to win? Just comment below and tell us – what fabric would you make up the O’Keeffe skirt in first?

The giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere, as long as you comment below and tell us your fabric choice. Entries will close at 11pm on Friday 21 June (NZ time), and Hannah and I will draw a winner on Saturday 22 June. (Side note: please make sure we have a way to contact you if you’re the winner.)

Can’t wait until then to try out the O’Keeffe pattern? It’s just been released today and you can buy it over here. 😉

26 responses to “Meet Hannah from indie label Sinbad and Sailor!

  1. Oh that’s a real nice pattern and sooo see Anna Maria horners linen sinister swarm from field study line! I have it wait 😉

  2. So good to learn a bit more about Hannah and Sinbad and Sailor. I have a pale grey suiting that would be perfect for this new pattern – pairing with some summer brights tops.

  3. Great post Kat! I had not heard of Sinbad and Sailor before (which makes me wonder how many other awesome Indie Pattern Companies am I missing out on – eek!). If I won this lovely skirt pattern I would be tempted to make it in a bold primary colour – most likely red. Or I would go crazy and make it from the sugar skull fabric I picked up from my trip to the USA.

  4. I love the map fabric that she bought on the sewing meet up and would make mine in a floral print.

  5. How lovely, thanks for introducing this new indie designer! I’m in for the giveaway!
    Maryall @
    maryallhandmade at gmail dot com

  6. I love the map fabric!
    I’d use ‘Sketch’for the skirt!

  7. I love how you got the name for your company! I have had a look and I love the dove tail T too, now on my to do list. The skirt is really pretty I think it lends itself to almost any fabric but being summer I think I would go for a English garden foral print!

  8. Great interview Kat, I hadn’t heard of Sinbad & Sailor before. I love the O’Keeffe skirt and given that it is winter here in NZ I would like to try a wool blend in a solid deep red! If that even exists?

  9. Interesting to read all about a pattern company new to me – I am looking forward to reading about others in this month. I would make the skirt in a NZ print cotton from Nutex – probably the rata design? Or a over the top rayon twill with extra large bird of paradise flower close ups that came from Los Angeles. contact

  10. Love the interview and the skirt pattern!! Thanks so much for the chance … Hope I win!!! 🙂

  11. I’ve never heard of this company… Gorgeous patterns! I think this skirt would be stunning in a bright solid colour, bright blue or yellow 🙂 lisacdolan

  12. Oh I’d never heard of this company! That is a beautiful skirt. I’d make it up in a purple silk noil so it would have nubby texture and good drape for the pleats, but no print to disguise the lines.

  13. That map-print fabric is amazing, I want a whole dress made from it! 🙂 and I love that the label’s name comes from rhyming slang, that’s so cute! (Don’t enter me in the give-away, if I won it would look super dodgy, hehe)

  14. Lovely to learn more about what’s behind the name and company.
    Thanks, Mates!

  15. Always good to hear about a pattern company I’ve not come across before. I’d make the skirt in some African print I’ve just bought. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  17. Ooh, I’ve been dying for this pattern to come out, it’s gorgeous! I’d use a navy blue and bright pink floral print cotton that I got in a meet up swap.

  18. Count me in!! I would make it in a linen block colour.

    PS – I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award!

  19. definitely an african wax print! I’ve waiting for the perfect pattern. Thanks for the lovely giveaway

  20. lovely to hear more about such diverse companies :o) i would make this up in my oldest hoarded fabric a lovely soft teal :o) jmurdison at gmail dot com

  21. Wow! I’m so glad you featured this company; I’ve never heard of them before! I’m thinking it would look awesome in a plaid wool (although that’ll probably be a nightmare to match-up)!

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