The seamstress tag has been floating around YouTube for a while, but there’s no reason a non-video blogger can’t answer! Plus, given recent events, it’s difficult for me to put content together right, much less make anything original. Answering questions is pretty straightforward, though.
I’ve done this same kind of “tell us about yourself” post before, but this one is sewing specific. So without further ado, here are my answers to the 12 seamstress tag questions:
Who are you?
Hi, I’m Paulette. There’s a whole About Me page, so to avoid regurgitating it, here are 3 things you may not already know about me:
- I was born and raised in Los Angeles, the middle child between two brothers
- I refuse to eat kale, Brussels sprouts, or salmon (except as lox or in sushi) because I’m only 97% full-grown adult
- SPOILER: I wanted Daenerys to sit on the Iron Throne, and no, I haven’t read the books (yet)
When & why did you start sewing?
I became enamored with the Great British Sewing Bee episodes I found on YouTube and couldn’t get enough. I’ve always loved learning how things are made. So when I finally learned how to make clothes, I was hooked. I bought my first sewing machine 2 weeks after I got married and it’s been a love affair ever since.
What is your favorite or proudest make?
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My favorite make is one I’ve never worn, sadly. My faux rabbit fur cape (inspired by Game of Thrones, of course), is completely impractical. Sure it gets cold in Los Angeles, but I forget I even own it. How dumb is that?! I also don’t think it offers much protection against the cold anyway. But I did pull it out of the closet to put on while I write this (cuz it’s cold in my house today).
There was a fair bit of hand sewing with this one. And futzing around the lining (still not 100% attached…). But it’s so pretty.
I should take it out for a spin more, shouldn’t I?
What is your most disastrous make?
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This is a tie between Simplicity 1668 View E and the Petite Stitchery Sunflower Dress. I blame my lack of sewing skills (and very poor serging skills) on the first one and the second on being suckered by the tester photos. I also forgot to do a full bust adjustment on the dress before cutting it out. So that’s totally on me. I wasn’t able to salvage either one.
And just remembering this has me really pissed about the fabric wasted.
Where is your favorite place to go fabric shopping?
Hands down, it’s the fashion district in downtown Los Angeles. I’m spoiled for choice. The downside is that while there is a LOT to choose from, nothing is ever really labeled. Even at the super organized Michael Levine, half of the bolts don’t have fiber information. So I have to make a lot of educated guesses. But I can choose from hundreds of vendors and get just about anything I want for dirt cheap. Liverpool for $3/yard and silk ranges from a mere $7 to $52 per yard. It’s great!
What is your most used pattern?
It’s rare that I use a pattern more than a few times. I have many that I really like, such as my Top 5. And listed in there is my most used men’s pattern, McCall’s 7206. I’ve made it twice for my dad (with a third coming for Father’s Day) and once for El Hubo.
The only other patterns I own that I’ve made more than 3 times is Simplicity 8268. I have a pair, and El Hubo has 3.
Your most dreaded sewing task is…
Buttons followed very closely by hemming. Buttonholes are a nightmare! Not because my machine doesn’t like them, that isn’t even an issue. It’s that I get nervous about them lining up, both vertically and with the buttons on the opposite side. I’m very careful when I make buttonholes, which I guess is good, but it’s also sooooo time-consuming.
As for hemming, by the time I finally get to that task, I’m usually over the project. No matter what it is, I usually hate whatever I’m working on by this last step. Even if I love the final garment, I’ll probably start to hate it just a little when it comes time to hem.
And your favorite sewing task?
Honestly, I hate all sewing tasks just a little bit (but by far buttonholes and hemming are the worst). But I love getting to see a garment on for the first time. When it finally starts to look like a real piece of clothing, I get excited. Especially if I can try it on at that point and make sure it fits!
What is your favorite ‘sewing entertainment’?
I listen to either podcasts, audiobooks, or have YouTube on in the background. My favorite podcasts are Pod Save America, Dear Prudence, and Love to Sew. The last audiobook I finished was Becoming by Michelle Obama. She narrates it herself and it was exceptional! My favorite YouTube channels are all educational, like all of Simon Whistler’s (Today I Found Out, Biographics, and Top Tenz) but I recently fell down the rabbit hole with tattoo videos so Inked comes up a LOT on my feed.
Printed or PDF?
Both. It’s nice to be able to print things out when the PDF is layered so I can choose my size. But it sucks having to tape them together.
I’m #teamtrace so I never cut my paper patterns out, so I have to trace the damn things. It’s boring.
I do like that PDF patterns are more sturdy, though.
What sewing machine do you use?
I have 2 sewing machines and one serger. My Brother JX2517 was my starter machine. I upgraded to a Brother Innov-is 40e about 18 months later. And I finally got a Brother 1034d serger last year.
Do you have any other hobbies?
I really love to crochet, knit, and cross stitch but I haven’t done any of these in years. I’m a damn good cook, but recently Ryan has taken over doing that while I get my head back on straight. Since we moved I haven’t found another kickboxing gym, but that is my favorite way to relieve stress!
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I also love beer, but you might already know that!
If you are a blogger and want to join in the seamstress tag, please do! I tag everyone!