What do you enjoy most about working at RP?

I love working with some of the best people I’ve ever met.  We work hard to bring beautiful, well-written patterns to all these lovely sewists and get to see that outcome every day.  It is so satisfying.

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

I have been sewing since my Grandma taught me at 5 or 6.  After discovering PDF patterns a few years ago, I started testing for anyone who would have me.  After just one test for RP, I fell in love with the complex patterns that were broken down into the most simple of steps.  And Rebecca is such a lovely human.  So fun to work for.  Then, an application opened up for a pattern assistant.  I hesitantly applied, thinking there were dozens more qualified and was THRILLED to be chosen.  It has been an adventure, a whirlwind, simple fun, ever since.

What qualifications do you have/ courses completed?

I’ve been sewing since I could reach the pedal and have taken quite a few online classes.

What is your favourite RP pattern?

Oh no.  You can’t do this.  There are too many I adore.  Pippa?  Dreamy Drape?  Madison?  Taylor?  Maybe Taylor.  I DON’T KNOW!!!

Describe a typical day in your life.

I meet with various team members to assist, support, troubleshoot, connect, whatever they need.  Dive into some patterns.  Tackle a special project.  Help answer questions.  Basically whatever the team needs.  Cook a meal or two.  Relax with some sewing or a movie.  Connect with friends.  Days are pretty fluid and just wonderful.

Tell us a bit about your style.

I love classic pieces that won’t be out of style in 6 months.  But, I also love bright colors and bold prints.  Often together.

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

I am originally from Wisconsin but have lived in Atlanta for more than 10 years.

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

My grandma taught me to sew when I was 5 or 6.  I sewed off and on until college, where I picked up hand quilting.  Something I could do while letting my brain rest a bit, or work through some chemistry.

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

I wish everyone could find their thing.  That thing that calms, soothes and excites all at once.  Whatever it is, everyone deserves that happiness in their lives.

What’s your superpower? Other than turning a piece of material into something awesome?

Functioning on no sleep.  I do best with 1000 things on my plate and no time on my hands.  Sitting down to do nothing is a bit torturous.  So, I tend to run late into the night and start early to tackle the to-do list.

What’s the superpower you really want?

The power to refill things.  Empty coffee cup, full!  Empty bank account, full!  Empty bobbin, FULL!!  Best power ever.

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

Read.  Seriously, read.  Read the instructions thoroughly, then read them again.  Read them all at once.  Then read them one step at a time with breaks.  It really helps to absorb the information, so each step is clear and you know where you’re headed next.  Most mistakes I make are because I haven’t read thoroughly or recently.

Describe your perfect Sunday.

Sleep a little late, brew the perfect pot of coffee and make breakfast for anyone who is in my house.  Then meander to the studio.  Turn on a movie, TV, music, podcast.  Whatever strikes my fancy.  Do a bit of work and dive into a project.  Really dive.  Lose complete track of time.  Enjoy each step.  Choosing fabric.  Grading to my size.  Deciding on matching or contrasting threads.  Every step.  Break for dinner and some conversation (maybe) and dive right back into the mix.

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

Benjamin Franklin.  I feel like the conversation would rock, and if anyone can help me get off the island, it’s Ben.

What’s the sound of your favourite colour?

Dew drops slowly sliding off a fresh bud.  Drip, drip.  The morning light filtering in.  Just before the heat of the day settles in.  Brightness hitting tree branches and showing off spring, just about to bloom.

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

Learn!  I’d take classes and read books.  Learn new techniques.  New recipes.  New hobbies.  My brain would explode with information!  Silly sleep.

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

The cleaning hustle.  Waiting until the very last minute to clean, then miraculously being prepared for guests to show up!

What do you wish you knew more about?

EVERYTHING!  I love learning.  About everything really.

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Stephanie Troemel
Pattern Manager