One of my favourite parts of being involved in events such as Topsitchers is getting to know the other contestants. So, today I wanted to share a little more about me!
For those of you that are unfamiliar with Topstitchers, it is a sewing competition held at the Sewing Stadium. Pairs of contestants are given a prompt, and the readers (that’s you!) rate them on their outfit and presentation.
I am going against Andrea of ‘The Design, the Stitch, and the Wardrobe‘, and our prompt is sure a fun one!
History is filled with women we adore, whose closets we envy. But for every Princess Di and Jackie O, there’s an equally fashionable counterpart we love to hate. For this “Mean Girl” challenge, design a modern, wearable, (and age appropriate) outfit inspired by the Marie Antoinettes and Kardashians of the world.
Judges will be looking for wearable designs with high-fashion elements. Take risks in your designs, and be sure to tie them into the time period, reputation, or actual closets of your inspiration.
So if you’d like to know a bit more about me and my sewing…read on!
1. What inspired you to make sewing part of your life?
I am the oldest of 8 children, and my mom sewed every piece of clothing we wore. I grew up watching her behind the machine, and tagging along to the fabric store (good old Fanny’s Fabrics, for any fellow Canadians reading along!). She gifted me my first sewing machine on my 12th birthday. She passed away a few years later, and I didn’t do much sewing through my senior high and university years, but when I was home on maternity leave after my first daughter was born I picked it up again.
2. Where do you find ideas for your projects?
I spend WAY too much time online, browsing through Pinterest and reading other people’s blogs. I also find inspiration from ready to wear clothes; often I see an outfit and think ‘I can make that’!
3. What is one thing that people are surprised to find out about you?
I’m normally a pretty organized and tidy person…except for my sewing! I regularly have 4 or more projects on the go at the same time, and there are pattern pieces, fabric scraps, and other bits and bobs all over my sewing space. It is the messiest place in the house and I don’t know how many times I’ve had to recut a pattern piece because I’ve lost it!
4. Can you share your all time favourite project and tell a little bit about it?
That is a hard one! Probably this outfit I made for my son for last Valentine’s Day. It wasn’t that technically difficult, but I love sewing for my boy and he received so many compliments on it!
Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope that you continue to follow the competition, and I can’t wait to share my ‘mean girl’ look with you!