My sewing skills started with my mom and probably about the time of my Girl Scout badge, but I really can’t remember my first project.  There are a few projects that I do distinctly remember though!  The one piece swimsuit I had to make 3 times before I got it right.  That was when swimwear fabric first came out. The first try I got the stretch going the wrong way, the second one didn’t fit (too short), the third one I remember changed from the original yellow color to magenta and the pattern changed, but that’s about all I remember.

The second project that I specifically remember is the plaid bomber jacket with the sheep fur collar that I made in Home Ec and wore in the junior high fashion show.  Don’t ask me why I remember that project.  I’m sure it was so stylish.

I eventually moved on to quilting in high school and the early years of college.  My grandmother pieced quilt tops, then had someone quilt them.  Each grandchild got one when they graduated from high school. When I look at my first projects I see how far I and the industry has come.  The cardboard template I used for a maple leaf applique quilt. Not knowing the importance of using all cotton fabrics.  I made a quilt for my husband when we were dating and it is now the quilt I use in my quilt class that shows the things of “what not to do”.  He still treasures it, but it is half faded due to using some polyester blend and 100% cotton fabrics, then there is the bearding from the polyester batting and limited quilting.

My dad also did upholstery so I have some of those skills.  I have recovered small pieces of furniture, made cushions, draperies, pillows and not afraid to give it a try, but also know my limitations.  I recently came into possession of his industrial sewing machine, but still need to take the time to get comfortable with it.

I got away from garment sewing after being frustrated about patterns not fitting.  A few years ago I decided to make fitting a sewing goal for that year.  I took a tailoring class at a local fashion school, but was unhappy with the instructor and not learning what I wanted.  Then I found a GREAT mentor, teacher and friend, Megan at Stitch Cleveland. She taught me how to design my own patterns and how to fit garments before I make them.  I’m now happier with the garments I make and create.

Sewing is my passion and fabric is my addiction.  I am a fabri-holic and there is no 12 step program.  Thank god!

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