Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection - Inspired designs for the modern sewist.
Linda Lee purchased The Sewing Workshop sewing school in San Francisco in 1991, and that same year began producing a pattern collection under the same name. The Sewing Workshop has grown to become a premier multifaceted sewing business specializing in education and products for the home sewist.
In addition to producing an avant-garde line of sewing patterns for women’s clothing, both in printed form and as downloads, the company sells designer fashion fabrics online and at their retail location in Topeka, Kansas. Other products include hard-to-find specialized sewing notions and how-to books by Linda Lee.
The Sewing Workshop produces a yearly subscription program called Sew Confident! Class in a Flash, an easy-to-follow step-by-step series of monthly sewing tutorials accessible online.
Linda travels and teaches the creative art of sewing at trade shows, workshops, in-store events, and other gatherings across the country.
Behind the Scenes: The Sewing Workshop Team
Linda Lee Founder + Creative Director
Topeka, Kansas is Linda’s hometown and she continues to base her business in this “heartland”. Starting with making and selling felt hats in 6th grade, Linda’s business ventures have followed – from a life-long career in interior design to producing avant-garde sewing patterns for the adventurous sewer.
She loves to investigate the engineering of garment sewing — thus the geometry of the patterns. And she likes to watch the transformation of her students’ views of themselves as she works with them to create wearable wardrobes that complement how they want to express themselves.
Always watching the trends, she interprets them into styles that work for real people. Her experience as an interior designer has given her the freedom to experiment with interesting fabric and color combinations, giving the brand it’s unique look.
“When asked why I sew, I try to describe the feeling that I get when I am squirreled away in my sewing room, sometimes late into the night, with the rest of the world tuned out. It’s me and the cloth and the rhythm and hum of my sewing machine. It’s play time in the truest sense.”
Kathy Davis Pattern Developer + Technical Writer
Kathy has lived in Kansas all her life. All the women in her family did some form of sewing and needlework. While she didn't always get off-the-rack clothes, her Mom would take her to JC Penney's fabric department and treat her to fabric.
Kathy is passionate about fashion, fabrics, textures and embellishments, especially the creative aspect of transforming a flat piece of fabric into a 3D garment. There are many great outlets when learning the art of sewing. But when she found Linda 20 years ago, she heard the click. And the rest is history!
Erin Snethen Graphic Designer + Technical Illustrator
With a degree in fashion design from Kansas State University, Erin loves having the opportunity to combine her love of sewing, color & design. Like many small businesses, a typical day can hold a variety of tasks. Erin transitions between technical illustrating & pattern production to website & social media concepts. We all work together here at The Sewing Workshop. Collaborating is how we get things done!
Pat Huey Office Manager
Pat runs a tight ship around here, keeping us well organized and running successfully. Pat deals with every single order from start to finish. If you've ever had the pleasure of ordering via online, over the phone or via email - you'll recognize Pat's witty sense of humor and generous spirit. Thanks Pat!
Briana Vilayoune Pattern Developer + Social Media
Briana started sewing at age 9 and never stopped. Briana is happy to return to the Midwest after living in New York and Italy while studying International Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is excited to put her degree to good use on pattern development, technical illustration and social media.
Alex Woodbury Marketing + Social Media
Alex grew up in the sewing industry under her mother, Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop. She went on to pursue a degree in Counseling, and soon after a Fashion Design and Entrepreneurship degree. She has infused her love of sewing and helping people through trips abroad to Africa with various organizations and ministries teaching underprivileged women how to sew. She has launched a bag pattern and lifestyle business, Alex + Ikat, has worked in the sewing event industry, and has taken her passions to Paris, studying under ESMOD International’s summer fashion program.
Betsy Blodgett Marketing + Social Media
Betsy is a new member to The Sewing Workshop team. Previously the co-owner of bon bon atelier, a fabric and craft store, she left retail ownership to work on the marketing and production side of the sewing industry. Betsy is also the host of the craft and indie design podcast Hello Atelier where she interviews designers and artists.