How do you find the time to sew?
I get asked this question ALL THE TIME. Between a full-time job, being a mom, volunteering in my community and spending time with my husband it sounds like I must not sleep at all! But you know what else takes time, shopping for clothes. Between getting to the store, finding a handful of items that might fit to trying everything on to staving off tears as you can’t find anything that works for the umpteenth time…not only does clothes shopping eat up a whole lot of time (both online and in-store) it can often leave you feeling depressed and annoyed. On the other hand, sewing never leaves me feeling sad, even if I make a garment that doesn’t turn out just right. Sure, I may get momentarily frustrated, but with every project I am learning something new and more often than not I finish a project and turn out a beautifully fitted custom garment. Which in my opinion is way better time spent than crying in a dressing room.
What sewing machine do you use?
I use a super- basic Singer 7462. This machine was a hand-me-down. It’s nothing fancy but does the job. I really don’t have any complaints at the moment but I look forward to upgrading soon!
I also use a Brother 1034D Serger also called an overlock machine. I purchased this machine for $190 on Amazon and have to say we’re having a pretty passionate love affair at the moment. If you find yourself sewing a lot of knits a serger is a wonderful addition to your sewing room.
How long have you been sewing?
I learned to sew at a very young age. My grandmother taught me when I was probably 6 or 7 years old. My mother made all of my halloween costumes so I was very used to sewing machines and hand stitching. In high school I was fortunate enough to have awesome home economics teachers and a classroom full of sewing and embroidery machines. As I got older and busier I stopped sewing and mostly used my skills to sew home goods like curtains and pillowcases and our annual halloween costumes. So I guess you could say that I’ve known HOW to sew for years but didn’t start sewing regularly (on a weekly basis) until fairly recently (and out of necessity).
How tall are you?
I am 6ft tall. Yes, I played college basketball. Yes, the air is clearer up here. Yes, I wear heels. Why? Because why the hell not?
What size do you wear?
I have no idea. Seriously. Depending on the brand and whether I’m buying a top, bottom, or dress I range from a 14-20. Ready-to-wear sizing is known to be terribly inconsistent and not uniform. As far as length goes I always have to purchase the tall or long size (if available, it’s usually not) and even the tall sizes aren’t always long enough.