I am the Chief Instigator of the ASG Neighborhood Group known as Sew Chicago. I organized the group for the very selfish reason that I wanted sewing buddies. That was in the fall of 2008. What I have now are new friends, lots of energizing inspiration, new knowledge about sewing and a fabric collection (much nicer word than stash) that just might outlive me.
I started sewing the summer after 8th grade, when I talked my parents into sending me to a six-week sewing class at the Singer store. Nobody in my family sewed. My mother hyperventilated whenever she had to do so much as sew on a button. I happily sewed pants, jackets, skirts, pretty much anything. My sweet sixteen birthday present was a Singer Touch & Sew. In high school, I used it to sew costumes for plays. In college, I used the embroidery function to embellish bed sheets I turned into togas for a sorority rush party. The machine sat in the closet while I attended law school, but came out again when I started working. I actually sewed a couple of suits I wore to work, but all I did was follow the directions in the patterns and I really knew nothing about tailoring.
I stopped sewing when I could buy well-made ready-to-wear and realized how my sewing really didn’t measure up to those standards. Besides, I had many other demands on my time. I picked up sewing again several years later, but got frustrated with a lapped zipper application. About five years ago, I ventured back into sewing. I subscribed to Threads Magazine. I discovered sewing videos that could help me improve my skills. And the Internet introduced me to a whole world of sewing books I never knew existed. I was hooked.
Today, I struggle with fit and get frustrated that the garments I have in my head don’t look like the finished product. The curse of perfectionism. Still, my skills are improving and I find the joy of creating outweighs the frustration. And so, I continue to sew.
Favorite color: Blues and greens
All-time favorite sewing accomplishment: Instigating the Curvy Girl Prom Dress Challenge and making that blue dress for it.
My sewing project list: I’m sure you don’t want to read a list that long! Right now I’m busy getting ready for the ASG Chicago Fashion Show. And I can’t wait to get started on my next Curvy Girl Prom Dress–I might even make two this year.
Favorite sewing tool: The one I spend the most time with is my seam ripper. I do love my serger. I had avoided knits for the longest time until I discovered what a breeze they are on a serger.