Kaye at The Road Goes Ever On is our sewing survey today. We are in for a treat as she just made her daughter’s wedding dress. It’s absolutely gorgeous and you must check out her blog for more information on it.
It’s absolutely gorgeous though. so much talent. Kaye has been one of those blogs that I read often to check in with her fun and humorous (and honest) posts.
1 : At what age did you start sewing? And for how long have you been sewing?
I started sewing at the age of 9, my mother taught 4-h, I actually learned to sew on my grandmother’s treadle singer sewing machine.
2 : Did it come ‘naturally’ to you or did you have to work hard at it?
It came to me pretty naturally, I was fascinated and my mom could hardly keep me from the machine. I think I must have driven her a little bonkers–but she was pretty patient with me.
3 : Did you have a mentor to help you get started and help you throughout the learning process or did you teach yourself?
My mom pretty much helped me until my skills surpassed hers. I took sewing class from 7th grade to 12th grade and 1 semester in college. I also took a community class and have read a number of self teaching books. I learned a lot of skills sewing my kids clothes with Kerstin Marston’s sew books
4 : What is your favorite book or website about sewing?
I just mentioned it, Kerstin Marton’s sew for baby, sew for toddler, sew for anybody–she has instructions for everything. Her patterns are designed well, they fit well, and they are very simple to construct.
5 : Do you follow patterns or do you prefer to make it up as you go?
I do like a pattern, but I did take a tailoring class so I can alter and change the pattern when I need to.
6 : What tips do you have for the beginning sewer?
have fun and don’t be too critical of yourself. Choose simple projects to learn with
I just completed a sewing project that felt like a pinnacle in my 40+ years of sewing–I made my daughters wedding gown. I have a button in my side bar that you can click on to see pictures of the dress (note, go to her blog to see the dress – the road goes ever on).
Some fabulous new book recommendations that I plan to check out very soon, and great tips overall.
Thank you for sharing with us Kaye – please check out her blog at the road goes ever on.