Sewing Superstar

Dixie DIY

Stitch along with Dixie from Dixie DIY

Dixie Davis
Austin, TX
Sewing pattern designer and sewing teacher

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!

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
This could get long… 30 Rock, Dexter, Game of Thrones, True Blood, Rick Steve's Europe, Top Gear, Breaking Bad, anything with Anthony Bourdain
Calexico, Spoon, The Weakerthans
Austin! But as for cities that I don't live in - Seattle and Prague.
Chinatown, The Graduate, Bonnie & Clyde
East of Eden
Fabric Brand
I'm really digging Amy Buttler's new collection of apparel weight fabrics - all her great pretty prints but on voiles and rayons!
Sewing accessory or Tool
Tweezers and embroidery scissors. Does my cat count as a tool? She makes a great fabric warmer.