About Baste + Gather
Baste + Gather is a place for garment sewists (seamstresses, sewcialists, sewers, what-have-you) to get inspired, discover new designers, learn fun techniques and connect with others who share the same excitement for perfect topstitching and a completely invisible zipper (or exposed - to each her own!).
This blog has evolved since 2009 (and changed names multiple times!) from a place where I posted random upcycling projects and thrifted outfits to mostly a collection of my sewn garments and things I learn along the way to creating my own handmade wardrobe.
In January of 2014, I launched my online PDF sewing pattern course, Pattern Workshop, and soon after that, I started designing my own sewing patterns for sale. Since then, I have partnered with Janome America to review and promote their products. I am also an instructor at BurdaStyle Academy, How Design University and Craft Online University where I teach digital pattern design and fabric/surface design courses.
You will occasionally find home decor, children's and accessory projects on Baste + Gather, but I am primarily a selfish garment sewist with a bias toward modern silhouettes with a ready-to-wear feel. I sew both Big 4 patterns (Butterick, Simplicity, McCall's & Vogue) as well as designs from independent patternmakers - many of which I am lucky enough to call friends.
About Lauren Dahl
I have been sewing for as long as I can remember. My grandmother worked in a factory in Alabama (also where I grew up) making men's dress shirts for 45 years and retired in about 1984. While staying with her that summer, I discovered her fabric stash (full of pinstripes and shirting from the factory) and set off sewing doll clothes and simple nightgowns. I sewed off-and-on throughout my adolescence and young adulthood, but I didn't get serious about it until I started having babies in 2011. Now, I sew almost every day and have a mostly handmade wardrobe. (My kids are not so lucky as I stopped making clothes for them when I realized how quickly they grew out of them!) I have also since taught myself to knit and love pulling out the needles every now and then. You can see my knitting pattern designs here (yes, I've tried many things!) and connect with me on Ravelry here.
Prior to becoming a semi-stay-at-home mom, I worked in advertising/marketing for several ad agencies and was marketing director at a small ski resort in Colorado (ski-in, ski-out office! I KNOW.). I became disillusioned with the corporate world in about 2009 and went in a completely different direction - launching a line of handmade shopping bags which I sold on Etsy and at local craft fairs/farmer's markets. Once I realized what I was making on an hourly basis (and how tired I was of being a one-person production line), I got my real estate license and worked as an agent for a couple years.
Mommyhood soon took over, and I stopped all my income-producing activities to focus on my family. But after a while, I needed something to keep the creative juices flowing (and to maintain my sanity!), and that's when I started sewing, blogging and designing patterns.
I have a bachelor's degree in mass communication from the University of Alabama and a master's degree in advertising management from the University of Denver. Despite sometimes regretting all the student loans I racked up, the knowledge I gained in school ultimately helped me to launch my blog and grow my current businesses.
I live in Portland, Oregon with my husband, three children and two cats. The photo below pretty accurately represents all our personalities. My daughter, Harper, is always laughing about something (or making us laugh!). Finn, my little guy, is generally just along for the ride and completely entertained by his siblings. And Ezra, my sweet middle child, gives fantastic hugs and has a belly laugh to make anyone smile.
My husband, Scott, makes this face at me a lot when I have no idea if what he's just said is real or sarcasm (usually sarcasm). We have a fun, busy, sometimes chaotic life, and although there are good days and bad days, I love this bunch more than anything.