*How long have you been sewing?
Since I was a little kid, early 30 some years
*How did you learn to sew?
Sitting on my mothers lap before I was tall enough to reach the presser foot & then with her standing behind me, giving directions.
*What was the first project you made that you remember?
A dress & pinafore for my friends cabbage patch doll when I was in 1st grade
*Do you have a favorite thing to sew?
Anything historic or any of the costumes my daughter comes up with.
*What is your favorite step in the sewing process?
The end! Pulling something out of the closet years later, looking at it & thinking "dang, I did a good job on this!"
*What is your least favorite thing?
Hemming. It was my mom's least favorite job so she always made me do it & now I'm sick of it too.
*Do you have a favorite brand of patterns?
I rarely use patterns & when I do, I never follow the directions anyway.
*What era do you like sewing best?
18th Century & regency gowns are the most rewarding, but I sew 1940s dresses & skirts most often.
*Do you use vintage patterns? How do you prepare/use them?
I trace all my patterns onto tracing paper, whether they are vintage or modern.
*How do you finish your hems/seam allowances?
seam allowances for 20th C things are zig-zagged or bound or flat felled, depending on the material. Historic stuff always gets flat felled or other appropriate historic treatment, which sometimes means doing nothing. Hems are usually hand sewn blind hem unless I'm in a rush, in which case I will machine the blind hem. On very fine fabric I will hand roll the hem but it takes forever!
*Do you sew for other people or just yourself? Why?
I sew for my daughter & my fiance. I also sew historic clothes for friends babies. Why? Because I like the challenge & there is only so much I can wear myself!
*What's your favorite type of fabric to sew?
I only sew with natural materials, linen wool or silk. I'm a snob like that.
*What are your favorite trims?
I rarely use any special trim.
*Do you use a dress form? Which brand?
Yes, I have a self made duct tape double.
*What brand is your sewing machine? Would you recommend it to others?
I have 3 Singers & a Kenmore plus a Singer serger. I love the Singers most, especially my 2 old ones (1958 & 1963). Sturdy, simple, reliable.
*And words of wisdom to share with those starting out?
Start small. Always sew with high quality materials & high quality thread. Don't be afraid to sew by hand. Keep trying, it gets easier.