Every other week, we’ll be profiling one of our customers to find out a little bit about their sewing life. This week the MD Sewist Spotlight is on Caryl Schiavon.
1. How long have you been sewing?
I have been sewing about a year. I moved to Portland from Billings, Montana and started making napkins and curtains for my cute pad. I did sew in High School, many, many moons ago, and have made a few items since then. Mostly supposedly Easy patterns — Sew In an Hour and other lies.
2. Tell us about a favorite recent sewing project.
I just finished a shirt that I made for myself. So happy with it! I made it twice before and had to give it to a smaller family member. The third time was the charm! Ok, I know I should have taken my measurements and traced the pattern on the fancy schmancy swedish tracing paper like Lupine “suggests”. Tears are the sound of learning – Right?
3. What is your favorite sewing tip/tool?
Tool: rotary cutter. Tip: don’t slice yourself like Meredith did! Lucky for her there is a Zoom Care next door!
4. Where do you sew?
I sew at home when I am doing something simple like the zipper bag, great class! But when I want my hand held through all steps, I head to Modern Domestic! I have met so many fascinating people there! Rima being the most recent. The other day I was finishing my shirt, Erica had a French Language Radio station on, and Rima (Master Quilter) was singing along with a couple “Merde” thrown in here and there.
5. What sewing project(s) do you plan to tackle next?
My next project — some pants, a Colette Pattern, and you can bet I will be at Modern Domestic torturing Meredith with silly questions…Am I on the grain? Where is the selvage again? Why did you turn that upside down? Can someone thread my machine??? I forgot my readers AGAIN!!!!