Sunday, 9 October 2016

The Seamstress Tag

The Seamstress Tag has been going around YouTube and I've loved learning more about my fave sewing ladies and discovering new people to follow!

I definitely do not have a YouTube account because I struggle to keep up with my blog, let alone editing video, so here's my written version of the tag.

  1. Who are you?

    Hellooo, I'm Jenny. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter to find more about me and my makes.
  2. When and why did you start sewing?

    I've sewn as long as I can remember, making clothes for my dolls with old pairs of socks and tights. My mum has always been into stitching so she taught me how to use a needle and thread. It wasn't until I was in my teens that I really wanted to make my own clothes because I didn't find anything I liked in the shops. And... the rest is history really!
  3. What is your favourite or proudest make?

    My Simplicity Blogger Challenge dress from last year pushed me into understanding the shapes of patterns and how I can use my creativity to create something quite different to the style of dress laid out for me. I also got to use an old skirt of my Grandma's as the main fabric, so that in itself is something I'm super proud of.

  4. What is your most disasterous make?

    I love the Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers but struggled to find a fabric that I wanted to use for them. I ended up getting a stretch cotton for them but it was not the right fabric in the end. Soooo I made a pair of leggings. This was all fine, but I struggled to fit them around my waist and ended up making the crotch too short. I also tried to finish the seams but the stretch just made the seams go completely wonky. The leggings are great to wear in the summer on a lazy day at home as they are really comfortable, but one day, I am determined to make the Ultimate Trousers and make them well!

  5. Where is your favourite place to go fabric shopping?

    I live in Brighton which has a few amazing fabric shops, including Fabric Land which is just down the road from me. I also love Goldhawk Road - it's a real treat to visit London and be overwhelmed with choice! eBay is also a good place, with shops like The Textile Centre providing good value basics.
  6. What is your most used pattern?

    The McCalls 7080 has been a great template for dresses, even if I've changed the style of the dress. I've made a cotton fit and flare dress from this pattern, as well as a viscose smock style dress using the shape of the bodice. I've also made a cropped tee from it, and the original dress itself which turned out so well after the first time I made it!

  7. Your most dreaded sewing task is..

    I still struggle finishing seams, and so I hate this task. My machine is only basic, so there's only a couple of stitches I can use. The edgestich is great for some knit fabrics, and the zig zag stitch can work for wovens, but it's time consuming, uses all my thread and it's just a faff really.

  8. And your favourite sewing task?

    I love piecing together the first bits of fabric after I've cut them. Pinning shoulder seams together means I can see the garment take shape for the very first time.

  9. What is your favourite 'sewing entertainment'?

    If I'm concentrating on sewing, then any sort of sitcom or light hearted film works well for me. Even re-runs of Come Dine With Me are good company for sewing.
  10. Printed or PDF?

    Printed please! I've only used one PDF pattern and it's the biggest hassle ever to get them printed, cut and stick and cut them out again. Plus, 80gsm white paper isn't the easiest to pin to fabric, so give me a printed pattern any day.
  11. What sewing machine do you use?

    I'm on a very basic Janome 2032 but I love it. It's my first proper machine which I've had for about 8 years and eventually I'd like to upgrade to something with a bit more strength and capability to it. However, I'm still discovering stitches and functionality on my machine so I think I'll stick with this one for now!

  12. Do you have any other hobbies?

    It sounds like a cliche but I do love to bake (and eat everything I bake). I also spend time doing yoga, or seeing live music or spending time at the beach when the weather's warm enough. 

I tag everyone who reads this to do their version of The Seamstress tag - happy sewing! 

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