11 April

Sew Confident are pleased to announce that we now sell Homer + Howells PDF patterns in our online shop! You have the option to purchase the PDF pattern on its own, or alongside an A0 Print that we print and send out to you! No more back pain from cutting out patterns.

We’re so excited to tell you all about this that we asked Homer + Howell’s to join in on a Q&A, giving you the chance to get to know the face behind the brand!

Introduce Yourself!

Hello, I’m Nic, I run Homer and Howells from my home in Glasgow, not too far from Sew Confident’s Glasgow base! Homer and Howells is dedicated to bringing you traditionally drafted patterns with a modern cut and a nod to the season’s trends. I love British tailoring, a boxy fit and big pockets. I spent years working as a garment technologist for retail but get much more excited about helping others sew your own clothes.

What would you like people to know about your patterns?

That I pour loads of love and detail into the instruction booklets for each pattern. I take you through the whole process, step by step.

What are your personal favourites?

The Ingrid dress and Lennox boilersuit are my favourites from the collection, I find myself grabbing for these more than any other Homer and Howells makes I have.  I like that they both have a couple of versions too, I wear my Ingrid tops all the time and have been meaning to sew another Lennox shirt. I’m thinking of using a stripy white fabric I have had for a while.

What materials do you love working with?

I usually head straight for woven fabric, but I have been sewing more with knits recently.  It’s been chilly this winter so some new cozy boucle cardi’s have come in handy!  I enjoy sewing with fabric that has a little texture to it, like brushed flannels or dobby cottons.  I tend to avoid prints, I like to sew and wear solid colours and introduce texture for interest.

What’s your favourite thing about dressmaking?

I love that each garment we make is unique.  Even if you use the same fabric and pattern as your sewing friend, you will both make different alterations to suit your style or get a better fit. I also love, that you never stop learning, there is always a new techniques and processes.

Scottish Snog, Marry, Avoid – Irn Bru, Haggis, or Tunnock’s Teacakes?

Hahaha.  Easy – I’d marry the Tunnocks, snog a haggis and avoid Irn bru at all costs.

Nic x