When did you first start sewing and how did you learn?
My grandmother taught me embroidery and cross stitch and then I realized I could take those same techniques and hand sew clothes for dolls and toys. At 15 I bought the cheapest sewing machine I could find and started making handbags from tutorials online. It wasn't until college that I started sewing garments.
Can you remember the first thing you made?
I can remember the first garment I made from a pattern. I thought I was good enough that I didn't need to read the directions or worry about seam allowances or pick the right drape of fabric. Needless to say it was a disaster.
Do you have any favourite pattern designers or celebrity sewers?
I remember just starting out sewing clothing and feeling totally bored with pattern offerings until I found Wendy Mulin's Built By Wendy design collection for Simplicity. Her patterns were young and hip and I gobbled them all up. The next thing I knew I was a garment sewist.
What's your sewing room like and how do you organize your stash?
It's about the size of a walk in closet and is packed to the brim with all of my supplies but I'm glad to have a dedicated space. Most of my fabric is in two big dresser drawers that double as a tall cutting table. I've got more supplies in the closet, on book shelves and hanging on the wall.
What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?
I've been listening to audio books while sewing lately. I don't know how else I could have gotten through the Song of Fire and Ice Series (Game of Thrones books). I also listen to the Daily Show when I want to feel like I'm keeping up with politics. When I don't feel that way I'll watch a marathon of Hoarders. ;)
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I also scrapbook and make cards. I like embroidery, too. One of these day's I'm going to re-learn how to knit.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Thanks Cut out and Keep for this fun opportunity!