When did you first start sewing and how did you learn?
I learned to sew as a child from my mom, who made almost all of my baby clothes. In high school, I also had the chance to take a short Home Ec sewing course, where I learned how to properly install a zipper and make my first clothes. I sharpened some of my skills after college with a few sewing classes, and have been learning more and more from the internet ever since.
Can you remember the first thing you made?
There is a picture of 7-year-old me sewing a fleece beret, and that is probably one of my earliest projects. I guess it was an easy project, although not a super stylish one.
Do you have any favourite pattern designers or celebrity sewers?
I sew from a variety of patterns, but I love Grainline for Jen's classic silhouette. I'm also currently obsessed with Marilla Walker, a new pattern designer making simple, classic clothes in fun shapes. For men's sewing I love Thread Theory, and they've recently begun to release women's patterns, too. The last pattern I sewed up was the Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Files, and I'm dying to get my hands on the Marlborough Bra pattern from Orange Lingerie.
What's your sewing room like and how do you organize your stash?
I have some basic sewing training, but my creative process is far from the careful, studious seamstresses out there. You can often find me tracing changes to the pattern pieces right on my fabric before I cut, and pinching out fabric and fitting changes as I go. I have learned to slow down a bit in the past few years, and if I really love a piece I will often make it again.
What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?
I am a big fan of NPR, and listen to a LOT of that as I sew - news broadcasts, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!, Car Talk, This American Life, RadioLab, a local Forum show, and more.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I often wish that I loved to cook because there are many nights when I sew rather than make up a good dinner. I do enjoy running around the lake by our house, and that is currently the other activity competing for my sewing time.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
For the last few years I have been focusing on making wearable, every day clothes, to varying degrees of success. I'd love to connect with more sewists and work on some new skills!