1) Who are you? My name is Sylvia. I recently completed my MBA (I’m actually graduating this week) and love to sew as a hobby. I currently live on Vancouver Island but have also lived in the United States and grew up in Ghana. 2) When & why did you start sewing? I took up sewing seriously after I completed by bachelor’s degree in 2014. There were so many uncertainties in my life at that point and I needed an outlet to release some stress. Although I had attempted some DIY projects in college, I definitely took it way more seriously during this time. 3) What is your favorite or proudest make? My McCalls 6891 shirtdress (pictured above) is my proudest make of all time. It fit me so perfectly! It was a challenge for when I made it because it had buttons and a collar which I was not very good at making at that point. My cascading coat is however, my favorite make of all time. It’s gorgeous and so easy to make. 4) What is your most disastrous make? I have too many disastrous makes to pick just one! I’ve made clothes that didn’t fit at all or didn’t fit right. I’ve made things that looked down right hideous. I prefer not to take pictures of my disastrous makes. 5) Where is your favorite place to go fabric shopping? Fabricland. It’s pretty much the only fabric store in my town so I really have no choice. It has a huge variety of fabrics so I find pretty much everything I need. I’m scared to try buying fabrics online (I love to feel fabrics when buying) but i’d love to try that one day. 6) What is your most used pattern? Burda 6721 semi-fitted shift dress. I have made this pattern with knit and woven fabrics, I’ve hacked the pattern into a top, among others.
7) Your most dreaded sewing task is cutting/tracing out patterns and cutting out fabric for a project. Ugh!! Once that is done, I’m in a happy zone! 8) And your favorite sewing task? Hand stitching buttons on a clothing item. It’s so relaxing.
9) What is your favorite ‘sewing entertainment’? Binge watching anything on Netflix or catching up with my TV shows while sewing. Basically, watching anything interesting will do it for me. 10) Printed or PDF? As much as I print out a lot of PDFs, I do prefer good old printed patterns. 11) What sewing machine do you use? I use a Brother SQ9130. It’s a computerized sewing & quilting machine and is perfect for my current basic/intermediate sewing needs. 12) Do you have any other hobbies?I love to read! I don’t read as much anymore (thanks to sewing) but it does feel good to just kick back and relax with a great book.
I don’t think I have ever blogged about an outfit I didn’t make but this outfit deserves a blog post because it’s so comfortable yet stylish at the same time. It was slightly chilly outside so I decided to wear pants for a Sunday dinner. I bought all the clothing items almost 2 years and I have now found the perfect way to pair them haha!
“No condition is permanent”. My mom said this often when I was growing up. I remember I would roll my eyes every time she said that. Fortunately or unfortunately, I finally get what she was trying to say. “No condition is permanent” is simply a reminder that you have to strive to maintain the comfortable or happy life because life happens. Life will hit you hard – it is up to you to get back on track or let life swallow you whole.
I’m content with my relationship because we aren’t just lovers but friends as well. As much as it is great to be both lovers and friends, it is twice the pain and burden when things don’t go a certain way. One day, we are the best of friends and the fun kids to hang out with but the next day, we could be squabbling lovers. I have to constantly remind myself that at the end of the day, I want to be happy and share all these happy moments with the person I love. A reminder that no condition is permanent, and that it is up to me to get back up and back on to the happiness train after life hits me hard in the head, is what keeps me going and what keeps me sane.
So it’s time to start practicing my sewing skills on others. I feel this will help and challenge me more than just sewing for myself so here goes nothing. Got some pretty fabric from Joann Fabrics over the weekend for this project. I’ll be sewing some skirts for my sister and a friend (of course I had to get some fabric for myself too).
I also made a quick skirt with the help of the Butterick dress pattern I used in sewing my previous fit and flare dress.
I am so excited yet nervous about this project! Since it’s a new month, I have decided to try to make a dress instead of my usual skirts. I’ll be sewing with the simplest dress pattern (since it’s my first time) with this beautiful African fabric. Hoping to complete this project by this weekend. It’s a busy weekend for me but i’ll try my very best. Wish me luck! *fingers crossed*
I have watched tons of videos and read tons of blogs on how to sew a tulle skirt. I’m finally going to try making one myself. Wish me luck! I should be done in a week or so (due to my busy work schedule and some procrastination…)