Every other week, we profile one of our customers to find out a little bit about their sewing life. This week the MD Sewist Spotlight is on Andrea Christenson.
How long have you been sewing?
I learned to sew in middle school, but unfortunately I didn’t have the foresight to continue with it past seventh grade. So instead of approaching the 20 year mark (I could be an expert by now!), I’ve only been sewing for eight months–since I took Sew Basic last spring.
Tell us about a favorite recent sewing project.
I’m so new to sewing that every project feels like a major accomplishment: pillow cases! A lunch bag! A zippered pouch! A tote! I recently learned how to hem and was extremely pleased to no longer have to cuff my nylon hiking pants. (My hiking companions were probably also pleased, so can I say that project was for them?) If I had to choose a favorite, though, it would have to be the color block pillowcase in the photo. It wasn’t particularly hard to make, but I’m really happy with the fabric–the colors blend right in with my other throw pillows, and the linen doesn’t scream “I made this myself!” It was a good lesson in how fabric choice plays a huge role in how professional the finished product looks. (A lesson that was hammered home when I tried to make a sleeveless top out of quilting cotton. Not my finest work.)
What is your favorite sewing tip/tool?
I think bias tape is amazing. Who would have thought that rounded edges could be so easily finished? I’ve only used the pre-made stuff so far, but I can foresee a bias tape maker becoming a new favorite tool. I also love my rotary cutter, possibly because I’m absolutely terrible with regular scissors.
Where do you sew?
My apartment has a tiny desk nook between the kitchen and living room. The laptops never seem to make it back to the desk, so I might give the sewing machine permanent residence there. The nearby dining room table doubles as a cutting table (with protective mat of course!).
What sewing project(s) do you plan to tackle next?
It’s time for more garments! I think I’ll start with an easy Colette skirt, and then perhaps a winter work dress. But I’m most excited about the possibility of pants that fit perfectly–the fitting process will certainly be a challenge, but maybe by the spring? And I love the Minoru jacket, which is excellent motivation to keep practicing.