About Pattern Scout
My name is Casey Sibley and Pattern Scout is my sewing pattern design company specializing in women’s sewing patterns.
In 2018, I started sewing my own clothing as a hobby, became absolutely obsessed, and fell in love with the sewing community online.
In 2019, I launched my very first bag sewing pattern, The Luna Crossbody! And it wasn’t long after that when I started designing women’s clothing patterns. I love sewing so much, and the sense of empowerment that comes from making my own clothes. Being a sewing pattern designer allows me to share that love with sewists all over the globe. It’s pretty special!
This whole journey started way back in 2011, though. I was working as an intern architect (my first career) in Mississippi, and longing for creative work that I felt more connected to. After a move across the country to Reno, NV, for my husband’s Ph.D. program, I had a short period of unemployment while I searched for a new job. It was the first time since I started college that I had a chance to really explore the idea of starting something new, and I launched my first creative business designing fabrics and selling handmade products. That evolved into a busy wholesale business over time (about 8 years, but who’s counting!). I worked in architecture for several of those years (even became a licensed architect!) while I grew my business on the side, eventually leaving architecture to focus on my side hustle full time. It was great, and so empowering! But burn-out from sewing products in wholesale production mode was starting to wear on my body and my enjoyment. And I was becoming increasingly uncomfortable with creating product waste. Believe it or not, I thought I hated sewing! So, even though I had pondered making my own clothing many times, I put it off for far too long, fearing that I’d not enjoy it.
I was so wrong. After another move across the country to Lansing, MI, I had yet another chance to reflect and slow down a bit while we resettled in our new home. It’s amazing how much time you have when your social life is a clean slate! ;) On a whim, I decided to sew myself a Kelly Anorak (don’t ask me why I started with something so complicated!). It turned out SO nice—I still wear it all the time. I was immediately ready for my next project.
The rest is history! Or HER-story! And I haven’t looked back since.