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Joost of Make My Pattern on Sewing & Style

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Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Joost of Make My Pattern. I totally relate to what he has to say about finding that on his journey to find his personal style, he’s chasing a moving target. I’m delighted to share his thoughts on the connection between his ability to sew and his personal style. My name is Joost, I live in Antwerp, and I work in Brussels. I like sewing and pattern design. I’m a bit of a geek, I love food, and people with a sense of humour. I’ve been sewing for four years now, and in that time it has slowly taken over most of my spare time. I have a personal blog at joost.decock.org, but most of my sewing related online activity is concentrated at makemypattern.com, a website that generates sewing patterns based …

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Helena of Gray All Day on Sewing & Style

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Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Helena of GrayAllDay. I first met Helena when she took part in my Bow Neck Blouse sewalong and I was smitten with her style then as I still am now. I totally agree with her about how delightful it is to execute your own vision and I’m delighted to share her thoughts. My name is Helena and I blog it GrayAllDay.com and I just opened a pattern shop — GrayDay Patterns. I am constantly sewing for myself or my two daughters. I just have way more ideas than time! To keep myself organized, I keep four boxes under my sewing sideboard, where I put my works in progress, 1 to a box. So that should keep me to no more than 4 projects going at one time, right? Nope. My …

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Carolyn of Allspice Abounds on Sewing & Style

Archer of Many Details by Allspice Abounds

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Carolyn of Allspice Abounds. I love what Carolyn has to say about how sewing is liberating, both physically and emotionally, and (as someone who rarely makes the same thing twice) I particularly enjoy seeing her many lovely and inspiring variations of the same pattern! I’m delighted to share her thoughts on the connection between her ability to sew and her personal style. Hello SeamstressErin readers! I’m Carolyn, and I blog at Allspice Abounds. I’m a PhD student living in Boston, and I’ve been sewing garments for almost three years now. I sew modern, practical separates with a focus on fit and craftsmanship, sewing slowly and finishing my garments as professionally as my sewing skills will allow. Many thanks to Erin for featuring me in her ongoing blog series on sewing …

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The Geeky Seamstress on Sew-viving Academia

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Finally finishing graduate school this year was the hardest thing that I have done in my life. Working through the challenge, I learned so much about myself. Part of that was learning how important it is to me to sew – to work with my hands, to design, and to create. Sewing is my rock that gets me through hard times. Curious to see if others have had similar experiences, I asked some other sewists to share their personal connections between sewing and making it through graduate school. Here to share her thoughts today is Mindy of The Geeky Seamstress. I got my start in sewing a few years ago. I’ve always been a busy person. During my undergrad years, I took anywhere from 16-20 hours per semester and held down several part-time jobs. As a graduate student, I again took the maximum course load I could while working from …

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Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic on Sewing and Style

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Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic. I love what Carolyn has to say about sewing for her lifestyle and she definitely puts the creative into “creative corporate” style! I’m delighted to share her thoughts on the connection between her ability to sew and her personal style. My name is Carolyn and I blog at Diary of a Sewing Fanatic.  I’m a plus size blogger who loves designer fashions and interpreting them to fit my lifestyle. I’m also passionate about the art of sewing and want to encourage sewists to continue in our craft. I’m a fabricaholic, who loves an amazing piece of fabric and I’m happiest in my sewing cave creating something new. Describe your style. I work in a very corporate atmosphere so I call my style, Creative Corporate.  Mostly because I use …

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Stacey of FreshStitches on Sew-viving Academia

Fresh Stitches Amigurumi Designs

Finally finishing graduate school this year was the hardest thing that I have done in my life. Working through the challenge, I learned so much about myself. Part of that was learning how important it is to me to sew – to work with my hands, to design, and to create. Sewing is my rock that gets me through hard times. Curious to see if others have had similar experiences, I asked some other sewists to share their personal connections between sewing and making it through graduate school. I’m excited to introduce Ph.D. linguist and crocheter Stacey, who blogs (and sells delightful amigurumi crochet patterns) at FreshStitches. I’ve always loved working with children, so after doing my undergrad in Linguistics, I decided to continue and get my Ph.D. in Child Language Acquisition. At the start, it’s a lot of fun because you use toys and playtime as a way of documenting and …

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Chris of Dr. Griffin’s Food and Sewing on Sew-viving Academia

Dr Griffin Food and Sewing

Finally finishing graduate school this year was the hardest thing that I have done in my life. Working through the challenge, I learned so much about myself. Part of that was learning how important it is to me to sew – to work with my hands, to design, and to create. Sewing is my rock that gets me through hard times. Curious to see if others have had similar experiences, I asked some other sewists to share their personal connections between sewing and making it through graduate school. I’m excited to introduce Ph.D. scientist and seamstress Christine of Dr. Griffin’s Food and Sewing. Hi! I’m Chris. So, being the super-nerd I am, I carefully researched Erin’s blog and the other interviewees. I took notes! I’m amazed by how much we seem to have in common. I mean, okay, Erin, I’m beginning to wonder if we’ve basically been traveling *around* each other. You …

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Dayo of ByDaiyami on Sew-viving Academia

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Finally finishing graduate school this year was the hardest thing that I have done in my life. Working through the challenge, I learned so much about myself. Part of that was learning how important it is to me to sew – to work with my hands, to design, and to create. Sewing is my rock that gets me through hard times. Curious to see if others have had similar experiences, I asked some other sewists to share their personal connections between sewing and making it through graduate school. I’m excited to introduce Ph.D. historian and seamstress Dayo, who tweets as ByDaiyami. I didn’t sew in grad school. My roommate had a machine, but it seemed like an odd curiosity. In grad school, I maintained sanity through taking African dance, and training to teach aerobics. Dance, aerobics, sewing: these are the three mileposts on the way to comfort with my body. …

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Kat of the Couture Academic on Sew-viving Academia

Kat Couture Academic Overeducated Seamstress

Finally finishing graduate school this year was the hardest thing that I have done in my life. Working through the challenge, I learned so much about myself. Part of that was learning how important it is to me to sew – to work with my hands, to design, and to create. Sewing is my rock that gets me through hard times. Curious to see if others have had similar experiences, I asked some other sewists to share their personal connections between sewing and making it through graduate school. I’m excited to introduce Ph.D. molecular biologist and seamstress Kat of The Couture Academic. I was so delighted to see an invitation from the lovely and talented Seamstress Erin to do a guest post on the relationship between sewing and the academic life. I also wanted to say a hearty CONGRATUATIONS to Erin on her substantial accomplishment – it’s no small feat …

Shannon of Shanniloves and the Rambo Project

Shannon Shanniloves Rambo Turban

What a way to end the Rambo Project with a bang! Shannon of Shanniloves made awesomesauce shorts (complete with chevrons on the back pockets) and filled in exactly what Rambo was missing (other than a shower) – a sidekick!

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Cindy of Cation Designs and the Rambo Project

Cindy Cation Designs Rambo Turban

I love what Cindy has to say about sewing and friendship in her writeup of her Rambo Project. This great little cardigan successfully turns an old turban into a functional new garment and I’m so glad to have enabled Rambo’s imaginary 4th movie: A Celebration of Friendship.

Cassie Stephens and the Rambo Project

Cassie Stephens Rambo Turban

If anyone can successfully do a mashup of Frida Kahlo and Rambo, it’s the inimitable Cassie Stephens. So delighted to have her artsy contribution to the Rambo Project!

Tempest of Fanbloomingtastic and the Rambo Project

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ZOMG. You guys have to go read Tempest’s post about her Rambo Project outfit. She re-wrote Rambo III into an elaborate story making her Mr. Rambo’s emergency costume and “His Worst Nightmare.” It’s brilliant!!! Thanks Tempest for injecting your usual funky style and fabulous wit into the Rambo Project.

Lauren of Lladybird and the Rambo Project

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I didn’t even think it was possible to take a worn turban from Rambo III and make it into something uber-sexy. But Lauren of Lladybird has definitely done it with this little top! As she says “When given a small piece of random fabric with questionable characteristics and an awesome back story, I like to go by my old stand-by – make something SLUTTY! Rambo would be proud.”

Shams of Communing With Fabric and the Rambo Project

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Shams of Communing with Fabric turned her Rambo Project turban into a jeans style jacket. I had the pleasure of seeing it in person and the construction is impeccable (of course) and there was SO MUCH hand stitching so that the crazy fabric would stretch out during construction. Love how she used the stripes in her jacket!

Sonja of Ginger Makes and the Rambo Project

Ginger Makes Rambo Turban

The awesome Sonja of Ginger Makes turned her Rambo Project turban into a super fun summer top. I love her use of the stripes! She says “I turned this old turban into a swingy, summery top!” putting an awesome spin on the phrase “Oh this old thing?”

Oona of Oonaballoon and the Rambo Project

Oona Rambo Turban

Kicking off The Rambo Proejct, is the lovely Oona of Oonaballoona. She may have kept the project simple, but her turban was refashioned into la wrambette in true kalkatroonaan style!

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Amy of Sew Well on Sew-viving Academia

Amy of Sew Well on Sewing and Style

Finally finishing graduate school this year was the hardest thing that I have done in my life. Working through the challenge, I learned so much about myself. Part of that was learning how important it is to me to sew – to work with my hands, to design, and to create. Sewing is my rock that gets me through hard times. Curious to see if others have had similar experiences, I asked some other sewists to share their personal connections between sewing and making it through graduate school. I’m excited to introduce Ph.D. chemist and seamstress Amy of Sew Well. First of all, I want to give a huge congratulations to Erin on her well-earned Ph.D. Not only has she now received a few very prestigious letters to add to the end of her name, but she also earned those letters while perfectly poising herself to transition into an independent …

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Anne of PlayCrafts on Sew-viving Academia

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Finally finishing graduate school this year was the hardest thing that I have done in my life. Working through the challenge, I learned so much about myself. Part of that was learning how important it is to me to sew – to work with my hands, to design, and to create. Sewing is my rock that gets me through hard times. Curious to see if others have had similar experiences, I asked some other sewists to share their personal connections between sewing and making it through graduate school. I’m excited to introduce Ph.D. computer scientist and quilter Anne of Play-Crafts. I started quilting when I was 8. I made the start of a row of log cabin blocks, declared it boring and moved on to the next shiny thing. Fast forward almost 30 years, and I found myself in grad school for computer science, going nuts from stress, long hours, …

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Karen of Bella Industries on Sew-viving Academia

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Finally finishing graduate school this year was the hardest thing that I have done in my life. Working through the challenge, I learned so much about myself. Part of that was learning how important it is to me to sew – to work with my hands, to design, and to create. Sewing is my rock that gets me through hard times. Curious to see if others have had similar experiences, I asked some other sewists to share their personal connections between sewing and making it through graduate school. I’m excited to introduce Karen of BellaIndustries. Congratulations to Erin, on the Completion of her PhD! First off, I don’t have a PhD! I can’t focus on any one thing for very long, so Erin let me into this august group of bloggers because I have an MA-TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and MS – Library Science. Though neither has had …

Interview with Bridgeen of Cherry & Cinnamon

Mugshot Portraits- Textile Art by Bridgeen Gillespie

I’m excited to share an interview Bridgeen of Cherry & Cinnamon. I’ve had a total artist crush on her since I saw her embroidered portrait of David Bowie’s mug shot, although at this point I probably couldn’t even list all of the projects of hers that inspire me! Bridgeen illustrated the front cover of my Presidio Purse pattern and here she shares some thoughts on illustration and textile art. Why did you want to illustrate the cover of this pattern? As an Artist I create contemporary textile art for exhibition while as a Designer I create fabrics and embroidery patterns, the element that unites my creative practices is a love of illustration. So it’s no surprise that creating and eye catching illustration for a sewing pattern would be an enticing prospect to me. The pattern cover should inspire you to make, and with Erin’s Presidio Purse pattern that’s exactly what …

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Shams of Communing With Fabric on Sewing & Style

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Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Shams of Communing with Fabric. Shams is a hoot! Her spunky enthusiasm, passion for sewing, boundless creativity, and tell-it-like-it-is attitude are totally infectious. I’ve had the delight of hanging out with her in person so I can say that she’s even more awesome in real life than on her blog! I love that, while her body shape and aesthetic are totally different from my own, I’m still inspired by every single garment she makes. Her “freak flag” is awesome, and I love seeing it fly! I’m delighted to share her thoughts on the connection between her ability to sew and her personal style. Hello! My name is Shams (aka Sharon) and, by profession, I am a technical writer (for Google) who lives in San Francisco. I have two daughters, ages 21 and …

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Marie of A Stitching Odyssey on Sewing & Style

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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. 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 …

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Lauriana of Petit Main Sauvage on Sewing and Style

lauriana main petit sauvage sewing and style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Lauriana of Petit Main Sauvage. I love Lauriana’s vintage influenced style, the daring fashion choices she makes, and all the gorgeous pattern drafting that she does. Some serious swooning, seriously. I’m delighted to share her thoughts on the connection between her ability to sew and her personal style. Hi, my name (in the blogging world) is Lauriana. I blog about my ventures in sewing and style over at Petit Main Sauvage. I’m a seamstress and pattern maker with a love for vintage fashion. Style I would describe my style as contemporary meets vintage meets pattern making experiment. But when I, occasionally, have a look in the shops I tend to find out that I’ve been drifting further away from ‘mainstream fashion’ since the last time I was there. Not that …

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Andi of Untangling Knots on Sewing and Style

Andi Untangling Knots Sewing Style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Andi of Untangling Knots. I’ve been a fan of Andi’s ever since I bought a crochet jacket pattern from her (which I did before I learned to crochet because it was just that awesome). Although I am ashamed to admit that I have yet to knit any of the several patterns of hers that I have purchased, I will readily admit that I ooh and aah over every new knit pattern she releases (yep, I’m another fangirl). Turns out, not only can she knit and crochet, she sews too! I’m delighted to share her thoughts on the connection between her ability to sew and knit and her personal style. Hello there! My name is Andi, short for Andrea. I am currently in my 20s, living in Seattle, and working as …

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Heather of Closet Case Files on Sewing and Style

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Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Heather Lou of Closet Case Files.  I love this gal’s style. Feminine without being too girly, elegant without being too stuffy. And she rocks delicious red lipstick! My feelings for her went from blogger crush to fangirl with the release of her Bombshell Swimsuit. I’m delighted to share her thoughts on the connection between her ability to sew and her personal style. Hi! I’m Heather Lou and I am a Montreal based sewist, blogger and designer. I’ve sewn my whole life but began taking it really sewing seriously a few years ago; I started my blog as a way to document my process. Becoming a part of our inspiring online community and studying this craft has totally changed my life in so many positive, exciting ways. I released my first pattern …

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Maria of How Good Is That? on Sewing and Style

VeloSewer sewing and style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Maria of How Good Is That?. I was first drawn to Maria because she sometimes goes by the name VeloSewer (I have a natural affinity for bike people!). I’m lucky to have gotten to know her a better as a fellow Minerva Craft Blogger and as a test sewer for my Presidio Purse. I always enjoy seeing the thoughtful touches she adds to her garments. I’m delighted to share her thoughts on the connection between her ability to sew and her personal style. Describe your style. I’m a work and weekend casual type. That means I’ll endeavour to wear clothes that fit, but they might not be quite ‘fashion’ and sometimes not ‘age-appropriate’. Those jumpsuits I made recently did get some judgemental looks from a few people I know, but hey, it’s …

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Wanett of SownBrooklyn on Sewing and Style

wanett of sownbrooklyn on sewing and style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Wanett of SownBrooklyn. I’ve been taken by Wanett’s simple and bold style. She makes everyday wearable clothing look so darn good. Recently, I’ve been eating up every word of her exploration of self-confidence and sexiness. I can count on her to tell it like she sees it and I’m often impressed with how her words crystalize similar thoughts that are floating through my own head. I’m delighted to share her thoughts on the connection between her ability to sew and her personal style. Hello Seamstress Erin, readers! I’m, Wanett. Salutations from, Brooklyn!! Erin was nice enough to ask me to contribute to her Sewing & Style series. My personal style is an ever-in progress, ever-changing thing. From a young woman, to young mother, to mother of many, my style has adapted …