Fleur Hoare, Patternmaker behind Maison Fleur Patterns
Fleur Hoare hailed from England but she’s also half French, so Masion Fleur came about to honour the French side in her! She took up sewing in my early twenties and that’s where she discovered flat pattern cutting, which she loved so much she decided to retrain at Central Saint Martins (now part of UAL) whilst in London. Fast forward a few years, and she now resides and works in Brooklyn, NYC, as a freelance patternmaker working for small indie clothing labels.
“I really love my work, I enjoy geeking out on patterns and can easily bore the socks off anyone about the intricacies of drafting. I also do the odd bit of teaching, I’m doing a swimwear weekend intensive at the Workroom Social in Brooklyn next month, and have an unhealthy obsession with spandex so it felt like the stars aligned for that class! The covers were designed by artist, R N Taylor. He has a very distinct drawing style much like comic book illustrators and I love what he did for the covers! Fleur told us.
Fleur has designed three of her own patterns under the Fleur Maison label and is open for business. We just love the French retro-inspired pattern envelopes that they come in!
Summer Blouse (1301)
This sweet design will complement anything from high-waisted shorts, casual jeans to a breezy A-line skirt. The top consists of a fitted bodice and sleeves with a feminine shoulder tie. Its 1960’s flair and nipped-in waist will look great on all body shapes and designed to accentuate a curvy silhouette. It also has a shallow scooped neckline, front and back darts to add nice shaping and a side seam zipper closure. Hem finishes at the hipbone level.
The pattern comes with three sleeve variations. Version 1 features shoulder tie knots while version 2 has button-hole closure at the back of the shoulder and version 3 has puffed kimono tie sleeves. This pattern is definitely one of our favourites and a must-have for the summer!
Fit and Flare Skirt (6101)
This skirt is lined with a fit-and-flare silhouette and has a very flattering cut and unusual seaming. Its versatile too and can be made for casual or evenings out. It sits at natural waist, is fitted at the hips with a flat front panel and lightly flares below the hip. The above the knee hem has subtle shaping rising slightly at the sides and dipping down at both the front and back. Centre back zipper closure. Lining has side seam slits for ease of movement.
Box Pleat Skirt (6104)
Another gorgeous lined skirt that has an above knee hemline. With classic A-line cut and pleating, it will never go out of style and will become a staple in your wardrobe. With slanted welt pockets, shaped yoke with a single box pleat and back darts, its sure to be a good fit.