This month's installment of the Sewers Interview Series lets us meet Ann of A Good Yarn. Here is her sewing space, isn't it awesome??
Q: How old were you when you started to sew?
I made my first garment at 9 years of age with my mother’s help. A simple top in a
pretty floral cotton.
Q: Who taught you to sew?
My mother who was a competent home sewer and my grandmother who was an
excellent seamstress. I never tired of spending hours watching them create beautiful clothes from wonderful fabrics. I especially loved shopping with them for fabrics back in the days when there were lots of fabric shops in our town. Each shop had different patterns and prints to choose from. It’s still one of my favorite activities although the fabric shops are thinner on the ground these days.
Q: What sewing machine do you sew on? Do you like it or do you have one that you wish for?
I was given an electric Singer sewing machine for my 13th Christmas – the best present I ever received. Now I use a Janome QC6260. It’s reliable but I wish it had a bigger throat space as I like to machine quilt my quilts.
Q: What do you know how to sew?
Garments, home furnishings, quilts, accessories, costumes. I’m not a seamstress just a home sewer. I can’t draft patterns but I’ll give just about anything a go! I also enjoy silk ribbon embroidery and candlewicking.
Q: Have you always used patterns?
For most things and certainly for clothing. Some of my quilts have been my own designs. I have the greatest admiration for those who design patterns.
Q: What is your favorite thing to sew?
Fabric! I know that’s a cheeky answer but I just love to sew – so it doesn’t matter what I’m making. Hours spent in my sewing room are among the most enjoyable.
Q: Do you have something that you made that is your favorite?
Lots of them! From years and years ago....my school formal dress (styled on Princess Diana’s wedding dress – that’s a scary thought now, isn’t it?); an exquisite Swiss spotted lawn blouse inset with strips of handmade French lace; a raw silk blouse with a concealed front and French cuffs; a wine colored velvet tulip shaped skirt; a summer blouse in a self check voile embroidered with pastel colored butterflies. Ah, the memories!
More recently...the garments I made two summers ago; all but one of the quilts I’ve made and every item I have ever made as a gift for family, friends and swap partners.
Q: What is your favorite fabric line/ Designer?
Right now I adore the 3 Sisters ranges of fabrics – Aster Manor, Martinique, Park
Avenue, Luna Notte; Bonnie & Camille – Breakfast at Tiffanys; Gipsy by Felicity Miller; Sanibel by Heather Mulder; Penelope Two by Holly Holderman; and that’s just this week!
I also like reproduction fabrics and modern prints. There are so many to covet!
Q: What are some of your sewing secrets?
Enjoy yourself! But that’s no secret is it? I don’t think I have any secrets or useful tips that you haven’t read elsewhere. That’s where I get mine! I can say that I sew for the pleasure it brings and I don’t like stressful deadlines.
Thanks so much Ann for letting me pick your brain on all things sewing that you love. Stay tuned for next month installment to learn from another great sewer.