As a child I began sewing as play while watching my mother sew. She would give me fabric and let me play with my little "sewing"machine that actually GLUED the fabric together. When I was in third grade I was allowed to use the real machine. My first project was a lavender gingham peasant style nightgown. My mom didn't hover and tell me how to do it, she just let me ask questions if I had any. She said it was really hard to quietly watch and that I didn't even bother to hem it. I happily wore it to bed that night. I am so glad that my mother let me think of sewing as play instead of a perfectionist project! I still feel that way today. Over the years of sewing, I have developed skills and figured out how to finish my garments beautifully but it has all been for fun. I always try to keep an element of fun in my sewing. That means choosing fabrics that are easy to sew and prints that make me happy.
Do you sew everything yourself?
Yes, I make each skirt from start to finish one at a time. While I sew, I am thinking of the person that will be wearing the skirt and hoping that they love it.
Where do you sew?
I have a lovely sewing studio with lots of natural light and it is super organized. Each night I clean up the studio and get ready for the next day's sewing projects. I also have sewing classes in my studio which is fun because sewing all day can be lonely. I have a spot for coffee and snacks for my students and I use it every day at 3:00 for my afternoon pick-me-up while sewing orders.
What brand of sewing machine do you use?
I love Janome machines. I have used them for years when they were New Home and love how they always stay the same in so many ways. I have a Janome serger also. It is a professional machine so it is quite loud but is a real work horse for me.
What about your Wardrobe Styling?
I have developed a special Closet EDIT process that I use to help clients find their unique personal style and edit their wardrobe to reflect that style. I have always loved playing dress up and styling lets me do it all the time. I feel that clothing can help you feel confident and lift your spirits. Visit my styling page for info on my services.
Favorite flower? Daises
Favorite Color? Yellow because it makes me feel happy
Favorite Movie? You've Got Mail