Last week, Maddie (from Maddie Made This) put my name forward for The Seamstress Tag, a Proust Questionnaire for sewists, if you will, started by Jennifer from Ms. Jenny Homemaker. Thank you for thinking of me Maddie!
1) Who are you?
My name is Erica. I have an undergrad in English Lit and Irish Studies and Master of Library and Information Studies. I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with my partner and our Jack Russell, Yuri, who hates to have his picture taken. I grew up in a military family and have lived in several countries, and I’m a coffee lover with Celiac Disease.
2) When & why did you start sewing?
I started sewing over 8 years ago, on a whim. I was pretty inconsistent for the first few years and made a lot of 1950’s party dresses. I was always having a hard time finding what I wanted in stores and when I did find things I liked, they rarely fit me well.
3) What is your favourite or proudest make?
My Quart Coat. It involved the most construction techniques and I wear it all the time.
4) What is your most disastrous make?
The Ginger Jeans I am working on right now! I think I’ve made every mistake possible on them, including over-enthusiastically zipping off the zipper slider.
5) Where is your favourite place to go fabric shopping?
Patch Halifax! I love it there. It’s such a delight to get to buy something in person rather than online.
6) What is your most used pattern?
I could have a wardrobe of just Grainline Studios Linden Sweatshirts and Ginger Jeans. The are both fantastic basics that lend themselves to endless customization. I’ve got plans for more of both!
7) Your most dreaded sewing task is…
Pre-washing the fabric. Once I have that in my hands, I want to use it right away. There is so little instant gratification in sewing.
8) And your favourite sewing task?
Topstitching. There’s some instant gratification! I like being able to see what I have done.
9) What is your favourite ‘sewing entertainment’?
Anything food related. I’ve made it through every episode of The Barefoot Contessa on Netflix and I love the podcast from America’s Test Kitchen.
10) Printed or PDF?
Both! I used to hate PDF’s but I have really come around to them. I like that I can print off a different size whenever I need and I find the taping and cutting kind of a zen activity after a while. I have yet to figure out a good way to store them, though, digitally or in my house.
11) What sewing machine do you use?
I have a hand-me-down Kenmore White that’s probably from Sears from the 80’s and it is SO LOUD. It handles big bulky projects very well, delicate ones less so. I have a Brother 1034D serger as well.
12) Do you have any other hobbies?
I am a big fan of hot yoga. I also run, but begrudgingly. Most of the time, I’m happy that I did it, but I get really anxious beforehand. I am proud of the progress I’ve made. I used to be the kind of person who could only run on a treadmill while listening to music, watching TV, and looking at a magazine, all at the same time. Now I run outside – without music!