I have started to see quite a few posts with “The Seamstress Tag” created by Hollie Sews in my feed. Of course I fell down the rabbit hole of finding more people’s blogs and vlogs of the seamstress tag. I love how much sewing people love sewing! It makes me feel like my obsession is normal! (It is, right?)
Who are you? I’m Megan; lover of books, cats, dogs, art, cooking, and sewing. I live in St. Louis, Missouri with 2 step-cats who are starting to think I am OK.
When / Why did you start sewing? I have always hand-sewn. Hemming pants is a must when you are 5′ 3″ but I started sewing on a machine about 1 year ago. I have always wanted to learn to machine sew. My grandmother made all of my Mom’s clothes and my Mom never learned so it stopped there. I decided to gift myself a sewing class as an early 30th Birthday gift last year!
Favorite/Proudest make? Simplicity 1872 Cynthia Rowley’s Tiered Dress. I whipped this up in 2 weeks because I had an urgent desire to wear something me-made for engagement photos. I altered the pattern quite a bit by making it longer and adding sleeves, but it turned out rather well!
Disastrous make? Very Easy Vogue V8615 Retro Dress with pockets! I don’t think I am even going to finish this one. I don’t know that I would consider a lined dress “very easy” but I did learn how to line a dress properly! On the other hand this was just not quite made for my body shape. The neck is too high and the boat neck is too wide for me. Also, I ran out of fabric for the sleeves and ended up with petal sleeves that are OK, but not my favorite.
Favorite place for fabric shopping? Sadly, in my area the only fabric stores are Joann’s and a quilting store. I spend most of my fabric budget at Fabric.com. They list the content of the fabric and then you get a receipt with the photo and name of the fabric. You can click on the photo to go directly to the page on the website that shows you the fiber content, even if it is sold out! I have found that so useful!
Most used pattern? So far it has been pajama pants. I know that is not the most exciting thing but I have just made several of them for friends, family and myself! They are a really fast sew and I can use all the twee fabric my little heart desires!
Most dreaded sewing task? It is a tie between cleaning up all the little threads out of my carpet after I finish something or cutting fabric. It is stressful to make sure you are cutting everything properly and I have certainly messed some things up because the fabric wasn’t lined up correctly.
Favorite sewing task? Anything where fabric is running through the machine. I love it so much! It’s so gratifying!
Favorite sewing entertainment? I like to watch or listen to something I have seen a many times so I can drift in and out of it without missing anything. I go through periods of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Gilmore Girls, Golden Girls, and re-runs of radio shows like Car Talk and Wait, Wait, Don’t tell me on NPR. I did find that on a cold day when the wind is rattling the windows a great option is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and a mug of hot tea while sewing something cozy!
Printed or PDF patterns? PDF. I LOVE watching a movie and throwing my laundry in the washer and then while I am waiting I tape together my patterns. It is very relaxing for me! I’m sorry, I know that goes against the grain, but I hate it when I rip that pattern tissue or have to try to get it back into the envelope! I also prefer the instructions that I stick in a 3-ring binder instead of road map style instructions! All around they are just easier for me to manage.
What sewing machine do you use? A refurbished Husqvarna Viking E10, also known as the Huskystar E10. It’s been pretty good to me for a starter machine!
Any other hobbies? I’m a homebody that loves to read (books and blogs) and I love to cook! Basically all the activities that are good for someone who is indoorsy and introverted!