The Seamstress Tag

Hey everyone!  Last week, Jenny from Ms. Jenny Homemaker tagged me in The Seamstress Tag on Instagram.  Hollie from Hollie Sews started this, and I’ve always dreamed of being cool enough to be tagged in it.  After recovering from being flattered that Jenny thought of me, I realized it was a great way to introduce myself on this baby blog!  So, here we go: 12 soul-searching (sew-l searching? Okay that was awful sorry) questions to learn more about me!

1) Who are you?

I’m Maddie!  I’ve lived in Chicago all my life, except for a three year stint in Ohio for college.  I just turned

~gratuitous selfie~

23 at the end of December.  I finished my Master of Library and Information Science last month as well, and I have one more class this semester for a MA in Public History.  My end goal is to find full-time employment as an academic librarian.  Keep your fingers crossed for me, please!

2) When & why did you start sewing?

This is kind of a long answer, and probably deserves its own blog post (spoiler: I have one ready to go for someday!).  The short answer is in college.  My Instagram bio says I was a costumer in a former life, and I still am, kind of.  I grew up doing community theatre and chairing many a costume crew.  Somehow I escaped without ever truly learning to machine sew.  In college, a position in the theatre department’s costume shop opened up my first month of classes, and I applied.  I lied through my teeth when asked if I knew how to machine sew — if you ever see this, sorry Ms. Donna!  I then spent my entire first week hiding that my phone playing YouTube videos as I sewed a dozen drawstring pouches.

3) What is your favorite or proudest make?

I don’t know when I’ll wear it again, but I truly am in love with my Christmas dress from last year.  I was nervous about whether or not I could pull it off, but when I put it on, I felt confident and beautiful!  At our family party on Christmas Eve, I got a lot of compliments on it.  My super stylish aunt even asked where I bought it!  When she found out I made it, she wanted one for herself.  I think that someone wanting to commission you to replicate something you’ve made for yourself is one of the highest compliments a sewist can get!

4) What is your most disastrous make?

Oh man.  Luckily, I rarely have total losses when I’m sewing.  Even if I end up taking something apart and reusing the fabric for something else, I count it as a win.  Most of my disasters occur when I speed through things and make a mistake.  There was one time in college when we were pulling loooong days trying to finish garments for a dance concert.  I was making shorts out of gray panne, and sewed them the wrong way, using the crotch as the inseam, probably four times before getting it right.  It certainly made us laugh!  I actually did the same thing last summer making the bottom of a romper.  Something about shorts really gets me…

Yep, did it again.

5) Where is your favorite place to go fabric shopping?

In college, we really only ever bought fabric from JoAnn or Hancock (RIP to their brick and mortars).  Where I live now, JoAnn is a dangerously close 7 minute car drive from home.  There are really no independent apparel fabric stores close to me, unfortunately.  If I buy online, it’s most commonly from Hawthorne Thread, Fabric.Com, or Stylish Fabrics.  I’ve been trying to move more towards small fabric sellers, but the instant gratification of JoAnn is hard.  Sometimes you just need something to work on that same day, you know?  And being able to feel the fabric is important to me, since I’m still familiarizing myself with different kinds.  The coupons at JoAnn are a big deal, too, as an unemployed student.  I try and shop small as much as possible, but I also don’t feel guilty when it isn’t in my timeline or budget.  It took me a while to get to that mindset, but there’s no purpose in feeling bad about something I just can’t control right now.

6) What is your most used pattern?

It’s a close tie between the Lou Box Top and the Driftless Cardigan!  I love every single version of both of those that I’ve made.  They’re easy and versatile.

7) Your most dreaded sewing task is…

Probably cutting out the pattern and the fabric.  Does anyone like that?  Second is properly finishing out seams.  We really never did that in college because we would remake and tailor things over and over so it just didn’t make sense.  Now I’m just laaaaaaaaaaazy.

8) And your favorite sewing task?

It’s kind of silly, but washing my makes.  I get a real sense of pride when my clothing comes through the wash like a RTW piece!

9) What is your favorite ‘sewing entertainment’?

Mostly I watch Netflix while I sew.  I like TV shows that’ll just keep playing and playing so I don’t have to stop and find something new!  I’ve just gotten back into podcasts, too.  I love sewing podcasts, but keep those for car rides.  I feel like I’m double dipping when I sew and listen to a sewing podcast at the same time.  My favorite podcasts right now are My Favorite Murder and The Dollop.  Both are so funny!

10) Printed or PDF?

PDF. Instant gratification, baby!  Downside: the taping and tracing and taping and tracing and taping and tracing.

11) What sewing machine do you use?

I learned to sew on Husqvarna Vikings (affectionately nicknamed Toothless and Astrid – leave me a comment if you know why!), used my mother’s pea green Sears Kenmore from the 1970s when I sewed at home during college, and got a Singer Talent for my college graduation.  I love my machine.  All I wanted was a button hole maker and a base that was small enough to hem sleeves on!  I don’t do quilting or many fancy stitches, so this is the perfect machine for me right now.

12) Do you have any other hobbies?

My other crafty hobbies are embroidery and cross-stitch.  I’m not great at either, but they’re fun!  I read a lot, but not as much for fun as I’d like to (you can follow me on Goodreads if you’re interested).  I’m also on the advisory board of my childhood community children’s theatre, if that counts as a hobby.

Whew!  I hope you feel like you know a little bit more about me now!  I love getting to know you all, so if there’s ever anything else you want to ask, you know how to find me.  I’m passing along the Seamstress Tag to Erica from The Handmade Wardrobe and Nikki from PinCutSew Studio — ladies, want to play?

1) Who are you?
2) When & why did you start sewing?
3) What is your favorite or proudest make?
4) What is your most disastrous make?
5) Where is your favorite place to go fabric shopping?
6) What is your most used pattern?
7) Your most dreaded sewing task is…
8) And your favorite sewing task?
9) What is your favorite ‘sewing entertainment’?
10) Printed or PDF?
11) What sewing machine do you use?
12) Do you have any other hobbies?

2 comments

  1. Toothless! Astrid! Love those movies!

    1. You got it, girl!

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