The Seamstress Tag

Have you seen the thing that is doing the rounds on Instagram at the moment, where you have to write 20 things about yourself and tag others to do the same? I love reading these and finding out funny random facts about people – especially fellow sewists.

I’m not taking part in it myself because I prefer to keep my Instagram just for photos but I do love reading them.  It got me thinking about the Seamstress Tag, a similar idea to the Instagram one, which was popular on sewing blogs a year or two ago.

I know the Seamstress Tag is kind of old now but I wasn’t blogging when it was doing its thing and I love stuff like this, so I am doing it anyway. I’m not going to tag anyone else but if you have never done this before and you want to give it a go then I would love to read your responses.

OK, here goes.

THE SEAMSTRESS TAG QUESTIONS:

1) Who are you?

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Hi, I am Wendy and I am a 40 year old sewing teacher and an avid home seamstress. I’m originally a northerner, from Lancashire, but I’ve been living in London for 15 years so the accent has pretty much gone. This fact irks me.  I share my home with my partner, Mike, and our two cats.

2) When & why did you start sewing?

I don’t actually remember a time when I didn’t sew. I come from a long line of ladies who sew. My mum was a seamstress and as a child I just wanted to be like her. I must have been around three years old when I first used a sewing machine and I can clearly remember making clothes for my dolls when I was very small. As a teenager I used to watch the Clothes Show on television and try to recreate what I saw. Sewing has always been my main hobby and ten years ago I decided to make sewing my career. Possibly the best decision I have ever made.

3) What is your favourite or proudest make?

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I have made a lot of dresses that I am proud of  but I would have to say my Colette Anise Jacket. So much work went into that one. I still can’t believe I made a jacket!

4) What is your most disastrous make?

There have been so many! I never used to pay much attention to the fit of a garment. I would just sew my size on the envelope (or sometimes the size I wanted to be) and cross my fingers. The result was a lot of badly fitting clothes that were never worn. I am ashamed to say I have wasted a lot of fabric in this way over the years.

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

My absolute favourite place to go fabric shopping is Mood Fabrics, NYC.

London has its share of good fabric shops too but to be honest I usually buy my fabric online. My go to places are Ditto Fabrics, Sew Over It, Fabric Godmother, Guthrie and Ghani and Minerva Crafts.

I am lucky enough to live 10 minutes walk away from Ray-Stitch so I go there quite a lot. Other favourites are the bargain stores of Walthamstow and good old John Lewis.

6) What is your most used pattern?

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I have made Jennifer Lauren’s Bronte Top three times, so probably that one. I love her patterns. Always such a great fit.

7) Your most dreaded sewing task is…

I have to really be in the mood for hand sewing, otherwise I just find it such a chore. A hand sewn hem can bore me to tears.

8) And your favourite sewing task?

It sounds weird but I love fiddly sewing. If it is something that I have to concentrate on then I love it even more. In that moment I am in the zone and it is like nothing else exists except me and my sewing machine. Top stitching and free motion embroidery come to mind when I think of my favourites. I’ve been practising bra making recently and really enjoying how fiddly that is too.

9) What is your favourite ‘sewing entertainment’?

Depending on my mood I will either put on a record or the radio or I will have complete silence. There are times when I really love silence. I don’t usually need to be entertained while sewing.

10) Printed or PDF?

Both

11) What sewing machine do you use?

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I have a Brother Innov-is 350 Special Edition. It is an absolute joy of a machine. I also have a Janome overlocker which I would not be without.

12) Do you have any other hobbies?

Aside from sewing and knitting, my main hobby is music. I go to a lot of gigs and music festivals all over the UK and Europe. Mostly free jazz, experimental, indie and alternative music but I’m no music snob and can appreciate most genres. I like going to art galleries and exhibitions and going to the theatre and cinema. I like eating. I really like eating. I run regularly but I would not say it was a hobby, it is just a thing I do to counter effect all of the eating. I also love yoga and practice regularly, despite not being very good at it.

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