ModularME is powered by Ministry of Handmade.
Based in Brisbane, Australia, Ministry of Handmade has a 10 year track record of offering excellence in creative textile workshops including sewing, lampshade making, upholstery, embroidery, fabric printing, basket coiling and more.
Founders, Julie and Maurice Hillier, have a passion for passing on handmade skills. They believe we all need an antidote to the busyness of life, that working with your hands and creating something new, grounds us and helps calm our minds.
The ModularME Story
Julie Hillier is the creator of ModularME. Here is her explanation of how this unique sewing system developed:
I am a maker from way back in the last century….ha ha! Seriously though, I have been sewing for as long as I can remember! Sewing is my thing! My tonic, my joy, my love! After a circuitous career in a range of quasi-creative pursuits, I found myself opening a sewing studio in 2012. We called it Ministry of Handmade!
Since then I have taught LOTS of people to sew clothing, accessories and soft furnishings. While accessories and soft furnishings are fairly straight forward, people seemed to struggle more with clothing. Let’s face it, making a cover (dress or top) for a body, is a lot different to make a cover for a cushion!!!
People were struggling with:
- What shaped garments suited them
- How to fit their own body shape
- Sewing garments that suited their own personality and lifestyle
- How to take a basic pattern, master it and then reinvent it creatively to look different
- Selecting patterns that matched their skill level
So, the seed of an idea stated to germinate!!!
What if I could create a simple pattern for a top, that someone could sew quickly and easily? Then, what if I started teaching how to turn that top into a dress, how to make the sleeves longer, how to add a roll collar, how to add pockets? Boy, I got excited! I still have my original sketches of my concepts, jotted in a notebook while on a camping holiday on a quiet Queensland surf beach!
So, the Simply Sewn Top was born in 2017. In quick succession, using my base pattern, I made ten different tops using fabrics I already had. (#tentopsintendays).
The base pattern has been used for lots of workshops since then and the project has gathered momentum.
The concept continued to grow and take on a life force of its own!! And in 2022, we launched ModularME Sewing Adventure. It is way more than a pattern, it is a pattern system! (That little seed has turned into a sturdy plant that is growing branches and reaching for the sky!)
Our pattern system is designed to help people learn to sew, step by step, technique by technique…building confidence and skills along the way!
Our modules, enable makers to modify the pattern to suit themselves…add sleeves, add pockets, add a yoke, add buttons, add colour blocking…..the variations are literally limitless. And every garment created will be unique and original…..just like its maker!
And we are super proud that we have completed the bulk of the project in-house, even installing our own video recording studio.