My name is Mary Collins, and I'm going to be contributing to this space for the next little while. I have been working with Michelle and Colin for the last few months, helping with the marketing end of things, and getting ready for some big events that we have coming up in the fall.
First, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I have been sewing for a long time. I had to figure it out the other day, and I think it's heading towards 30 years or so (gulp). My mom made a lot of my clothing when I was small, so there were always fabric scraps around to play with. I was 12 or 13 when I first started making clothing for myself. It's funny what projects stick with you. I remember making myself a jumpsuit when I was 14 or so. It was pink oxford cloth with elastic at the top and waistband, and spaghetti straps. I loved it. I was so proud of myself. It's that sense of pride that keeps us all coming back, I think.
When I had my first child, I found it such a relief to be able to sit down at the machine during nap time and actually have some tangible progress. Plus, there was someone small and cute to make things for! At that point, he didn't complain about wearing handmade things either. I found such joy in sewing that I decided it would be a good way to make some money while still being at home with my kids. I took some classes, and gradually started sewing things for other people. It grew into a full-time business for 10 years or so. There were a lot of things that I loved about it - the variety of people I met, as well as the variety of projects that I got to work on. I made everything from cushion covers to graduation and wedding dresses. Every day brought new challenges. But as my kids got older, my heart just wasn't in it anymore, so I shut down the business and took a year off. And now here I am!
I have had so much fun for the last few months, working with Michelle and Colin. They are a wonderful pair and are exactly like you think they are - open, sincere and ready for anything!
So why am I here?
Well, one of the things that we are passionate about here is teaching people what fun sewing can be. I love that you can keep learning new things about fabric and patterns and clothing for as long as you choose to. Every time you sit down at the sewing machine, it's a creative act. What you end up with may not be what you intended, but you always end up somewhere interesting.
In the coming months I am going to post once a week with some information about fabric, fibre and sewing. The more you know, the easier it is to be successful with whatever you are making. I'm going to try and make sure that you know lots!
First up is Knits vs. Wovens - The Ultimate Battle.
Tune in next week!