Roisin McKenna

Roisin McKenna

Senior Technical EditorBristol, United Kingdom
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Roisin McKenna

Roisin McKenna

Senior Technical EditorBristol, United Kingdom
About me
Hi! I'm Roisin, and I'm a Technical Editor who loves getting into the intricate detail of pattern design. By day I work for a sewing magazine, editing patterns and projects for the beginner sewist to make them as simple and stress-free as possible. By night I work with indie pattern brands and clothing designers to perfect their products. Developing patterns can be a big responsibility. Brand credibility relies on patterns being correct and simple to construct, so having another set of eyes look at your files before hitting send can be a huge weight off of your shoulders. I have a degree in Fashion specialising in couture techniques and have previously collaborated with companies big and small to develop patterns and samples for vintage clothing, lingerie, womenswear, and childrenswear. I’ve tested vintage reproduction patterns for the V&A, led stitching workshops for over 200 people at industry events, liaised with European garment factories, and worked with well-known craft brands such as Simply Sewing, Mollie Makes, and Love Embroidery. If you want clean-cut, clear and simple patterns for the maker-community or are looking to develop a clothing line, then get in touch. Whether you’re just starting out or are an established brand, I can help. You might have a clear idea of what you need, or you might just want to bounce ideas around! Feedback is always informal and friendly with simple, actionable suggestions.
  • Buttonhole Foot Workshop
    Buttonhole Foot WorkshopShowcasing the buttonhole foot and the button foot for a Simply Sewing magazine Workshop. Demonstrating the use of the feet and providing readers with helpful tips to get the best results.
  • The Verna Top Pattern
    The Verna Top PatternDesigning, drafting and grading The Verna Top pattern for Simply Sewing. Creating size charts, working drawings, layplans etc and editing instructions to house style. Two sewn samples plus all tech content supplied.
  • Tech Checking Dressmaking Patterns
    Tech Checking Dressmaking PatternsEditing a variety of women's, children's and accessory patterns for Simply Sewing magazine. Ensuring all elements (instructions, step pictures, size charts, layplans, technical drawings, pattern labels etc) are technically accurate. Patterns are featured from a variety of indie pattern brands including: Named Patterns, Wild Things, Jennifer Lauren Handmade, I AM Patterns, Sew Over It, Nina Lee Patterns, The Thrifty Stitcher, The Foldline and Made by Me Patterns. Book extract patterns are also te
  • Assisting with the Sew Over It Rebrand
    Assisting with the Sew Over It RebrandLaying out, layering, and tech checking patterns in Adobe Illustrator for the Sew Over It rebrand. Updating instruction booklet designs and pattern sheets following new style guides.
  • Tech Checking Patterns for Homer & Howells
    Tech Checking Patterns for Homer & HowellsTech checking instructions, illustrations, size charts, fabric requirements, spec sheets and pattern sheets for a range of Homer & Howells patterns.
  • Wrap Skirt Pattern for Simply Sewing
    Wrap Skirt Pattern for Simply SewingDesigning, drafting and grading The Wrap Skirt pattern for Simply Sewing magazine. Worked on all aspects of the pattern production process: - Drafting and grading the pattern in UK sizes 6-24 - Writing full instructions targeted at complete beginners - Taking step by step photos - Providing a glossary of terms - Drawing working drawings in Adobe Illustrator - Calculating size chart and finished garment measurements - Listing fabric requirements/suggestions - Sample making
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Projects credited in
  • Made to measure lingerie collection
    Made to measure lingerie collectionA collection of made to measure pieces for individual clients. All patters drafted to customers' measurements and sewn/beaded by hand.
Work history
    Senior Technical EditorSimply Sewing, Immediate Media
    Bristol, United KingdomFull Time
    - Editing cover patterns and all magazine projects for accuracy and to fit house style. - Writing monthly technical workshops for beginner and intermediate level readers. - Drafting and grading cover projects for the magazine. Providing pattern, instructions and all tech elements for the patterns. - Liaising with designers to ensure all copy, images and templates are supplied for projects. - Attending and assisting at industry shows. - Senior Technical Editor as of January 2021 (previously Technical Editor)
    Emeryl Lingerie logo
    Emeryl Lingerie logo
    Designer/Pattern CutterEmeryl Lingerie
     - United KingdomFull Time
    - Designing, drafting, grading and sampling three collections of lingerie and loungewear. - Made-to-measure service, tailoring garments to clients measurements. - Working on a handmade basis and later with European factories to produce designs on a small scale. - Sourcing silks, fine laces and trims. - Attending industry trade shows.
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  • Pattern Cutting
  • Pattern Development
  • Pattern Design
  • Pattern Grading
  • Copyediting
  • Proofreading
  • Technical Writing
  • Fabric Knowledge
  • Sample Machinist
  • Editorial Copy
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Hand Embroidery
  • Garment Fitting
  • Garment Technology
    BA(Hons) Fashion AtelierUCA - University of Creative Arts
    Rochester, United Kingdom