I was 10 years old when I made my first dress for myself!
I had been making dolls clothes from the age of 7 on my little toy sewing machine and mum thought it was time for me to upgrade to her big electric Singer sewing machine. I would even put the dolls clothes patterns into little envelopes made from newspaper and properly labelled.
And I've been sewing and pattern making for myself and others ever since.
Hi, my name is Ann Martin and I'm the owner/designer of the 1 Puddle Lane Pattern Studio and also Audrey Lane - where I make elegant Ladies 50's inspired Tea Dresses.
I've worked in the fashion industry for the past 30 years doing various jobs as Pattern Maker/Fabric cutter to Production Manager for a small t-shirt company. While my children were growing up I ran a small business from home making Custom Made outfits for a large clientele of gorgeous ladies and also designed a Resort wear range for women and children. It all proved to be a very exciting and satisfying career...... I don't think I'll ever tire of it!
My mission is to produce great quality PDF patterns packed with loads of information so you can become a better informed and more experienced sewist!
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"I love sewing for myself with 1 Puddle Lane patterns – they come with heaps of options (and even more options in the blog posts on this site) so you can use the same pattern many ways to create completely different looks. The instructions are incredibly clear and detailed with plenty of diagrams, to help you get the right fit for your body, and construct your garment with professional finishing techniques. You won’t believe what you’ll be capable of making with these patterns." Lisa Crosbie, Not Sew Selfish.