THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

September 13, 2008

Spiderlily Patterns

Filed under: Designer,Fashion,Patterns,sewing — phyllisc @ 1:13 pm

Like the rest of the Divas, I’m always on the lookout for new pattern companies that offer a fresh and different perspective from the Big 4.  Etsy is one of my favorite sites for handmade items and recently I found Spiderlily Patterns. Both of my almost-teenage-daughters love the knit top on the right (I just bought this pattern so you’ll see it made up very shortly.)  Amy Mello is the designer behind Spiderlily Patterns, and pattern drafting is something she truly loves.  She has been sewing for seven years and has taken classes in pattern making, design and construction from the New York Fashion Academy in Seattle, WA, Fashion Careers College in San Diego, CA and at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago, IL.   She began Spiderlily Patterns in January of 2008 and describes her work this way “My influences come first from nature and my personal experiences and then from runway collections.  My designs have a modern vintage feel that focuses on femininity and uniqueness.  I love to make the female form look beautiful.”   Amy is also building a website that focuses on her more artistic wearable art pieces that she has not yet shared with the public  One thing that immediately struck me about Amy’s work is her good grasp of what sewers look for in terms of the pattern envelope information and technical drawings.  The yardage and skill level requirements are well laid out and easy to understand.  She uses a combination of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and In Design software for her technical drawings and illustrated instructions, but the patterns themselves, a la Marfy, are drafted by hand and each size is traced out individually and not nested on top of each other. Right now Amy is working on new designs for woven fabrics and her goal is to make Spiderlily Patterns a fill time business.  I for one am really looking frward to seeing more of her work!



  1. What a great find Phyllis, those funky patterns should make teenagers want to learn to sew.

    Comment by Els — September 13, 2008 @ 6:33 pm

  2. Fabulous Phyllis, I hope you’ll bring the pattern to the S&B!


    Comment by Gorgeous Things — September 13, 2008 @ 6:55 pm

  3. Looking forward to your rendition. Different than anything that I’ve seen out there. Young.

    Comment by Nancy K — September 14, 2008 @ 1:13 pm

  4. Hmmm . . .anything new out there for grown-ups? 🙂

    Comment by Lainie — September 14, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

  5. …Talking to the people into Patternmaking, Markermaking, and Textile Design i would like to report an interesting comment posted in BURDASTYLE blog about a wiki (Drittofilowiki) addressed to the Technical Operator in Fashion Design.

    Drittofilowiki, A Wiki for Pattern makers and Textile Designers (

    Comment by Valerio Pavan — September 14, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

  6. Phyllis .- you found a good page. thanks for show. greetings, Paco

    Comment by paco peralta — September 15, 2008 @ 6:44 am

  7. Cute patterns! I love Etsy too. Curious–do your girls sew yet or want to sew? Or did the sewing gene skip a generation like it did with my DD, who prefers I do the sewing for her.

    Comment by Lindsay T — September 15, 2008 @ 9:12 am

  8. I actually like that first one, too. With the right fabric choices, it could work for more than just the younger set.

    Comment by Summerset — September 15, 2008 @ 11:42 am

  9. Neat! Thanks for sharing this.

    Comment by Linda L — September 15, 2008 @ 7:57 pm

  10. Those funky patterns make me to want to whip out the sewing machine and sew, and I am not even a teenager! What a neat find.

    Comment by Tommy — September 16, 2008 @ 12:24 am

  11. You made my day with that link! (And I was all gloomy this morning.)

    Comment by odumnobles — September 16, 2008 @ 7:47 am

  12. Amy Mello is the new Coco Chanel of this generation! A clothing designer/pattern creator with a fresh eye for the unique and appealing! You go girl! Robin in Calif.

    Comment by Robin DeMartini — September 17, 2008 @ 10:00 am

  13. Love her work! I swear Etsy is a great place to discover amazing designers of all kinds.

    I’ll tell you later Betty


    Comment by Kelly — October 2, 2008 @ 10:36 am

  14. any membership sites

    Comment by lori — October 4, 2008 @ 6:44 am

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