1. I often sigh, curse and mutters when I’m sewing, even when things are going fairly well. Also I tend to talk to myself, often commenting on my progress “okay, so that was that” or “what to do next?” Every time I do this, my husband (who has his desk across mine) thinks I’m talking to him.
2. I never clip threads or do any hand sewing at my sewing desk. For those things I always move to the sofa and watch tv or a movie. I love how cosy and “non-workish” that makes sewing feel. However our sofa is covered with velvet fabric, so you can imagine how much thread that needs to be removed afterwards!
3. Topstitching is my favorite thing do with a sewing machine. Coverstitching is my least, because my Pfaff serger/coverstitch combo machine would do a really poor job, so 3 times out 4 there was some kind of snafu that forced me to redo the entire thing. And two weeks ago the coverstitch function went bust and the repair shop told me there are no longer any spare parts available. So this week I went ahead and bought a Janome Coverpro 2000, which was recommended to me by an expert.
4. The only thing on my sewing bucket list is making a tailored jacket. I’ve done a couple of feeble attempts in the past, but I especially lack the skills when it comes to the collar and the lapel. So one day I plan to take a sewing class on how to make a tailored jacket, since that must be the best way to learn this intricate craft.
5. I began sewing my own garments when I was 11. The first ever clothing I made was a pair of trouser with elastic waist, using vintage bed sheets as fabric. I mostly sewed at home, but also had home economics in school where I made my first trousers with zippers and waistband.
A blouse that I drafted and made back when I was 18.
6. I’ve been drafting my own patterns since I was 16. I bought a book and learnt by doing. My biggest struggles were understanding the proper amount of ease and the right fabric choice for each projects. As a result I often ended up with things like sleeves so tight I could hardly lift my arm.
7. I’ve never taken a sewing class. But I’ve taken a few courses in pattern making, which definitely has improved my skills. That said, the biggest progress has been made at home, experimenting and being systematic with my methods.
8. I think my major strength as a sewist is my tenacity. I’m not naturally technically gifted, but I can be incredibly stubborn which has helped me make slow but steady progress over time.
9. Despite my early struggles with choosing the right fabrics, over time I think I’ve developed a good eye for picking good fabrics and prints and using the sort of sewing patterns that elevates those fabrics.
10. Sewing is the only hobby that I’ve been 100 percent consistent with over the years. I think it’s because it encompasses several passions of mine: fashion, glamour, making things myself and being creative.