We have had a chat with Beth Fletcher, the designer of the collection ‘You Can do Anything’. We talked about her favourite designers, inspirations and also her experience in sewing.
Name: Beth Fletcher
Year of birth: 1994
City: Shropshire, England
Designer since: 2016
Hobbies: Swimming, trying out new recipes, taking trips to the cinema and listening to music (David Bowie is my favourite!)
Name your favourite designers.
For print and illustration, I really love The Rifle Paper Co. Their floral prints are so lovely, and for fashion, I think that Mary Benson designs such dreamy dresses. Currently, I’m obsessing over Minju Kim’s SS20 collection- it’s so wonderful!
What made you enter the world of patterns?
I’ve always loved drawing and fashion, and designing patterns is the way that I can do both! I studied illustration at university and started turning my drawings into prints and patterns and I really loved it. I even wrote my dissertation about patterns!
Where did you get inspiration for ‘You can do anything’ collection?
I wanted to do a collection that was bold and bright and super fun. I while back I painted a rainbow with a little cat face on it and thought it was quite cute. I loved the idea of mixing cute animal faces with little weather elements, so that’s where the collection started.
Can you sew?
Yes, but I want to get better!
Who taught you to?
My Nan and my Mom- they’re still teaching me new tips and tricks for sewing.
Which kind of things do you usually sew and in which materials?
The last thing that I made were some Christmas decorations – they were made from felt that I embroidered onto, but usually if I’m sewing it’s because I’m altering something vintage into something new. At the moment my Nan and I are altering some lovely cocktail dresses that belonged to her Mom in the ’50s/’60s.
Which clothing parts or accessories would you like to sew with these fabrics collection, and with which patterns?
I think that the grey marl with the polka dots would look so cute as some little baby leggings and the rainbow print would be a lovely t-shirt dress. Or I’d just want to turn the whole collection into cushions and bedsheets!