MD Sewist Spotlight: Jamie Whitaker

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 Jamie Whitaker.
How long have you been sewing?
I began sewing two years ago as a New Year’s resolution to become a more interesting person.  I had a change in my job that allowed me to have less stress so I wanted to take that opportunity and live life to its fullest. Gone were the days of people asking me what I do in my spare time and me
replying “sleep and eat?”  I picked up a $70 Singer at Walmart and followed the directions on the DVD included.  With my husband’s help,  we
figured out how to wind the bobbin and I created my first project, a little tote bag.  A few tears were shed that night and I knew I had found
something that I was deeply passionate about.  I picked up a few more patterns and tried some pajama pants but was so confused by all the
lingo.  I became overwhelmed. To this day my dog gets scared and worried for me when I sit at the sewing machine because he saw those first few
attempts that were, needless to say,  frustrating!  I posted on Facebook that I was looking for some sewing help and someone directed my to a new
little sewing school called Modern Domestic.  I signed up for the pajama pants class with Lupine and was hooked right away!  I have actually taken
9 classes at Modern Domestic,  most of which were in the first year!
Tell us about a favorite recent sewing project.
I have been trying to sew at home on my own when I find the time and my favorite recent project was a really easy little lunch tote.  I found a
pattern on thelongthread.com and felt adventurous using oil cloth for the first time.  The totes turned out really cute but I finished them in just
a few hours so they made great Christmas presents for my two sisters! 
What is your favorite sewing tip/tool?
Its hard to pick just one tip/tool.  My favorite tip came from Erica, whose friend wrote to Isaac Mizrahi for sewing tips. He actually wrote her back, and his tip was that the difference between something looking handmade or professional is to always iron your work.  I tend to get lazy and want to cut corners but I’ve found that ironing makes all the difference in the world! My favorite tool is my rotary cutter ruler I got at MD,  it has a great guide on the edge so you dont slip and cut yourself!
Where do you sew?
My husband decorated and set up my sewing room for my birthday this summer (yes, best husband ever!) so Ive been taking a break from my
beloved classes and sewing at home!
What sewing project(s) do you plan to tackle next?
Even with my adorable sewing room it is hard to find the time to sew at home,  so Im allowing myself to sign up for another class this winter!
Erica’s Midtown Trench Coat class is top on my list!

One Response to “MD Sewist Spotlight: Jamie Whitaker”

  1. autumn

    i love your fun little sewing space! a fun blog post!

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