Like we said in our About page, I’ve sewn for a long time—since I was around eight or so. My mom taught me, and it was a really big deal. She had been a sewer and quality control staff person at Pendleton Woolen Mills while working her way through college. So, she had pretty high standards. Not to mention (and she’ll kill me for saying this publicly) she was a home-ec superstar in high school, it being the only class she bothered to attend regularly. Anyway, I digress, my mom taught me to sew, and it was a big production. She announced one day, “It’s time for you to learn how to sew.” We went to the Mill End Store and picked out some fabric and a pattern. And that was that. I don’t recall what I sewed, but my mom was not of the philosophy that I sew something simple like a dish towel or even an apron. No, my first project was clothing for myself, and I still haven’t made a dish towel or apron. I’m sure my skill have improved significantly since those days, but I appreciate my mom instilling in me fearlessness in my sewing. Really, thanks to her, no fabric or sewing pattern intimidates me. (That doesn’t mean that it always turns out, I just don’t feel the sewing fear.) I have been pushing myself more and more in my sewing skills, especially since starting this blog—I feel like since I’m writing about sewing there’s more of an impetus to learn more about sewing. I subscribe to Burda World of Fashion, and the challenging, detailed construction combined with minimal instructions have made me much more intuitive in my sewing, and have really built up my confidence in just figuring stuff out. Other sewing-related stuff about me:
- I only sew with natural, or mostly natural fabrics (2% lycra is great for pants, and I’ve made some nylon raincoats, and a faux fur jacket, but beyond that I generally stick to the all natural stuff).
- I am mildly obsessed with using the twin needle for top-stitching.
- It was only recently (as in fall 2007) that I discovered how awesome dresses are—you don’t have to coordinate anything but your shoes) and have been compulsively buying dress patterns and scoping out dress styles at Nordstrom
- I hate linings. Not sewing them, the actually wearing of them. The extra layer of fabric just annoys me. I’m trying to get over this, as I know they serve a purpose.
- I believe corduroy is one of the most wonderful things ever invented, and stretch corduroy only improves upon the greatness of corduroy.
- I only recently began sewing “stuff” that you can’t wear (i.e. pillows). It just never occurred to me.
- I’m not a huge fan of sewing with knits, although I love wearing them. Partly this is due to my issues with finding fabric that meets my criteria (mostly natural).
- I’ve never met a sewing patterns I didn’t want to change “just a bit.”
- I like to go to bookstores and get overly annoyed about the lack of good sewing books out there (there are some fun beginner books, but not much that’s really focused on building skills in an engaging way). It’s sort of an obsession.
- Teaching my husband to sew has been the single thing that has most motivated me in my own sewing. It has made me think about the sewing process and has really just make me think a lot more in general about what I’m doing with my sewing and why.
Random other stuff that you may or may not want to know about me:
- I’m a native Oregonian. Oregonians really like to say that. A lot.
- I hate snow (I don’t mind going to visit snow, but I don’t want it coming my way).
- I love shoes, and love boots even more.
- I talk to my mom everyday, and each lunch or dinner with her at least once a week.
- I love gadgets.
- My favorite place in the world is the Oregon coast.
- I love to read. Books. Magazines. Newspapers. Online stuff. Whatever.
- I also really like good television, and some bad television—and I’m not afraid to admit it.
- I am very proud that I recently took apart our laptop and replaced a $7 part that would have cost over $100 to have repaired by a professional.
- I’m a die-hard Portland Trail Blazers fan. Always have been. Always will be. I cannot express how much it means to me that Josh has become a fan too.
Anyway, that’s more than you probably ever needed to know about me, but I hope it gives some insight into where I’m coming from. Thanks so much for checking out my page.
Feel free to e-mail me at sewersewist [at] gmail [dot] com.