Sewing Superstar

Shanni Loves

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When did you first start sewing and how did you learn?

Not long ago in 2011 I decided I needed a hobby and sewing was it so I went out and bought a sewing machine. I had always had an interest in sewing but for some reason never took the plunge until my later years. As a child I remember making coin purses with my old ratty jeans and a needle and thread from my mom's sewing box. I've taught myself to sew clothing by watching lots of you tube videos and reading lots of sewing blogs and sewing books.

Can you remember the first thing you made?

I believe it was a skirt made from quilting cotton. I didn't care for it and ended up turning it into a handbag.

Do you have any favourite pattern designers or celebrity sewers?

The first garment I really put love into was the Sassy Librarian Blouse by Christine Haynes. I took her Craftsy class and learned so much from her. I think she's a wonderful teacher and has some pretty sweet patterns as well. I also like Colette, Grainline Studio & Jennifer Lauren Vintage.

What's your sewing room like and how do you organize your stash?

My sewing space is a spare bedroom on the second floor of our house. It has two big windows that provide lots of light. My sewing machine is set up in front of one of the windows and I really enjoy the view while I'm sewing. My sewing room is my happy place and it's filled to the brim with all the things I love.

What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?

I listen to a wide variety of music when I sew...old country, heavy metal hair bands from my high school days, classic rock, grunge, rap and even punk. I also like watching reruns of Breaking Bad on Netflix. Walter White I can't quit you!

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I used to crochet a little and would like to take that up again. I also like making jewelry. Shopping for vintage sewing patterns & notions is also a big love of mine.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Learning to sew has opened up a whole new world for me and it's been totally awesome! :)

Thanks Cut Out + Keep for this fun opportunity!

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Mad Men, Dexter
DMB, RHCP, Bob Seger, Jerry Reed, Alabama Shakes
A Bronx Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Fabric Brand
Love them all!
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Seam Ripper