I was nominated for the Liebster Award by miss Lavender Revenge during Me Made May and during that crazy month I never got around to accepting my "challenge..." Thank you to Brittany for the nomination!
I started "refashioning" in high school (cutting up tee shirts to make... mostly cut up tee shirts). I decided I wanted to learn to actually sew maybe five years ago, when repro patterns became more available. My mom helped me make Vintage Vogue 2903 in green poly taffeta in 2008, I think. I still haven't worn it, but it started my love of retro design and of sewing, so it definitely wasn't a waste! I'll probably still wear it, if it still fits!
2. Where did you learn to sew?
My mom taught me! What has really made a huge difference in my sewing is the amazing community of sewing bloggers. They constantly inspire me and push me to improve my techniques.
3. Why do you sew?
I love it--I don't consider myself a super creative person, but sewing allows me to create something beautiful and utilitarian, and to express my creativity within a structured environment. I like the limits imposed.
4. Which blogger has had the biggest impact on you?
The first few sewing bloggers I followed in earnest were Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing and Casey's Elegant Musings. Gertie constantly astounds me with her precision and skills and I adore Casey's modern retro style (and her darling new baby is very fashionable as well :)
5. What is the thing you have made you are most proud of?
I think my skeleton dress. I really took my time to alter the fit (even though it isn't perfect) and finish the inside. Plus, I get compliments every time I wear it.
6. How do you balance the rest of your life with sewing?
I don't. I go on stitching binges and neglect family, friends, and school until my item is complete. Sort of.
7. What piece of advice would you give to a novice stitcher?
There's a tutorial for that.
8. What sewing skill eludes you that you would like to perfect?
Patience! This is not necessarily limited to sewing, but I do get impatient and have the less-than-perfect garments to prove it.
9. Why do you blog?
10. What (or who) is your biggest source for inspiration?
The 1960s, especially television from or set in the time period. I am not caught up on Mad Men, but I love it for clothing inspiration, and I have watched an embarrassing amount of the 60s gothic soap Dark Shadows. I love it. All the girls wear incredible shifts, and the hair!! omg. You may see a Dark Shadows inspiration post in the future.
11. Tell me something about yourself that people would be surprised to know!
Maybe you will not find this surprising, but I'm a librarian. Well, studying to be one, and working in a library. So, practically a librarian. I'm interested in children's librarianship, especially for tweens. In my free time, I read a LOT of middle grade fantasy. My favorite authors are Lloyd Alexander, Daniel Pinkwater and Jose Saramago.
First, I'd like to nominate a fellow 60s stitcher, Sewing the 60s: this darling aussie has THE BEST shift dresses. I love that she can make her very retro outfits look so modern! Plus, she is so proficient-- she turns out adorable clothing with amazing rapidity.
and I see I am just too late to nominate My Liberty Skirt--Miss Demeanour beat me to it--but pop over to her lovely blog and you can read her answers.
Sally at The Quirky Peach 1. is adorable and 2. sews some of the most wearable clothes out there. I look to her style when I see myself veering into "totally impractical" territory. Plus she shares my love of peplums!
Thanks again to Brittany at Lavender Revenge for the nomination!