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Marie of A Stitching Odyssey on Sewing & Style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Marie of A Stitching Odyssey. I love how Marie’s makes always seem bright and cheerful (or maybe that’s just her?). I could copy her description of her style word for word and apply it to myself, so maybe that’s why I like her sewing so much! I’m delighted to share her thoughts on the connection between her ability to sew and her personal style.

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Hello avid Seamstress Erin readers! I’ve been kindly asked to share thoughts on my Sewing & Style today, which I hope you enjoy. Before I storm ahead, here’s some background info for reference. I accidentally ‘discovered’ sewing at the end of 2009 and I’ve been pretty much hooked ever since! My blog – A Stitching Odyssey – started life as a way of documenting my progress, but is so much more than that now. I share tips and tutorials along the way, as well as honest reviews and accounts of my experiences.

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Describe your style.
This is a tricky one for me, because my style is here, there and everywhere really. Unlike some of the bloggers I greatly admire, I don’t have a particular colour palette or aesthetic I stay true to, despite my best efforts. I get easily distracted and like trying out different looks. I’m usually attracted to bold colours and busy prints (floral, animal prints…you name it) and I’m a sucker for any style with a vintage twist.

Describe what you sew.
I’m pretty selfish when it comes to sewing, so you’ll usually find me making clothes for myself…predominantly tops and dresses. Last year saw a lot of babies born into my friendship group though (with more due this year), so I did indulge in a fair bit of tiny sewing, which I actually really enjoyed!

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What inspires or influences your style?
Since learning to sew I’ve been less inclined to look at fashion magazines and follow high fashion online, but now and again I’m inspired by RTW clothes I see in shops. Mostly though, I’m endlessly inspired by the unique details only seen in vintage sewing patterns, the alternative designs and high quality instructions offered up by independent pattern companies, and the abundance of beautiful creations from fellow bloggers.

How does your passion for sewing enable your style?
As I’ve mentioned above, I really love the unique details you tend to see in styles from the past, that just aren’t always available in RTW clothes. Sewing enables me to incorporate these details into my wardrobe by either using vintage patterns or patterns by independent designers.

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Has your style changed with time?
My style has definitely changed with time, ironically, with respect to how I feel about vintage styles. Their beauty still makes my heart skip a beat, but various failed projects have alerted me to the fact that I just don’t suit panelled 40s styles skirts. A-line, pleated or gathered is best for me. So I’ve learned to work around this by drafting my own skirt pieces or incorporating two patterns in one make. This, of course, is the whole beauty of being able to sew in the first place!

Did you learn to sew so that you could have a certain style?
I didn’t particularly learn to sew in order to satisfy any specific sense of style that I had, but I did like the idea of creating something unique. Like many sewers, it’s definitely this ability to be creative and individual that’s my favourite thing about being able to sew my own clothes.

Thanks so much for having me Erin, it’s been a real pleasure!

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