Jo Bean brings her considerable experience in the fashion industry to Rebecca Page as the pattern designer and drafter. Jo has qualifications in Art & Design from Tresham College and Fashion & Costume Design from Yorkshire Coast College – Scarborough TEC. Jo has developed her skills drafting for high-street retailers such as Topshop, Miss Selfridge, H&M, USC, and New Look

What do you enjoy most about working at RP?

We have the most amazing team…..ever!!

Can you tell us a little bit about how you got into your line of work that lead you to RP?

Previous to RP I worked for 20 years as a designer/ creative pattern cutter for manufacturers that supply fashion garments to UK and European high street stores and retailers.

I designed and drafted first patterns that were selected by high fashion ladieswear stores such as Topshop, Miss Selfridge, New Look, H&M, Missguided, that would then go onto being manufactured at high volume and sold in store.  I would travel nationally and internationally for regular meetings with buyers and shop comparison trips.

What qualifications do you have/courses completed?

HND in fashion and costume design

What is your favorite RP pattern?

I honestly love them all…. Every single seam, pleat, pocket, curve or drape is thought through at every single stage to detail. It’s an exciting beginning to the journey of RP patterns, knowing that soon you will see a flood of gorgeous takes from customers on a pattern is truly the icing on the cake.

Describe a typical day in your life.

A typical day in my studio would involve a check in with the team, we are based all around the world and regularly catch up via video call to discuss patterns and the process behind the scenes.

I live fairly close to Rebecca and some of the pattern development team, so we are able to meet regularly. After the check in….. the paper,  scissors and pattern master come out! As our patterns are planned way in advance I will be working on drafts that won’t launch until 6 – 12 months time so it’s super secretive.

Tell us a bit about your style.

I like to layer up my casual daily look, and love to feel comfy but cool. When it’s time to glam up I love anything vintage and sparkly.

Where are you from? And where do you currently live?

I was born in South Wales in the UK, to English parents, I now live in Northamptonshire in the UK.

How long have you been sewing and how did you start?

I have been sewing since I was a little girl, inspired by my mum who used to design and make wedding dresses, and make all 4 of us kids’ outfits. I would get little scraps of fabric and make dresses for my Sindy doll (English version of Barbie doll) as I got older I would raid my mum’s sewing patterns (the really annoying tissue type ones!)  And hack at them, much to mum’s annoyance.

If you had one wish (not necessarily sewing related) what would it be?

I wish I had a special magic wand that I could tuck up my sleeve, and swish over anything that needed fixing.

What’s your superpower?

Turning a piece of paper into something awesome that someone can use to create something equally as awesome with a piece of material.

What’s the superpower you really want?

The one superpower I would love is a remote to pause a moment, or to fast forward and to also rewind…..obviously with an endless battery life.

Can you please share some go-to fail-safe tips for beginner sewistas?

Absolutely definitely press your garment as you go would be my number one top tip, you will gain a much cleaner finish.

Describe your perfect Sunday.

Out walking in the countryside with our 3 dogs, or on an adventure in our old VW campervan.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which historical figure would you want with you, and why?

Christian Dior….we would make beautiful voluminous dresses from palm leaves. And if I could have one item to take with me, it would be a new pair of converse so I could look cool when we are rescued.

What’s the sound of your favorite color?

Ssshhhhhhh and boom ( greys, whites, black and red)

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I would sit and fill my sketchbook with loads of drawings of designs, I even have a sketchbook by the side of my bed just in case I wake up with an idea.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?

Making something out of nothing look fab.

Jo Bean
Pattern Designer & Drafter