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 Jen Brigham.
How long have you been sewing?
I’ve been sewing since I was a kid in fits and starts. My mom sews and my grandma used to work in the fabric department in the department store. I took my first sewing class the summer before 8th grade and made a fabulous pair of MC Hammer pants (yikes!). My mom used to make my dance dresses and I would occasionally “extend the truth” regarding the actual sewist of these garments, claiming them for my own (sorry Mom!). Over the last couple of years I’ve been getting back into sewing, making a lot of baby things like Amy Butler’s Nappy Bag, blankets, quilts, outfits.
My favorite recent projects have been for my daughter. She’s a budding fashionista and has some pretty specific demands regarding clothing. I found a peasant dress pattern she really likes and have also been making t-shirt dresses for her as well. On the docket for her is a Mod Kid serger dress in pink velour and an Oliver + S Hopscotch dress in a rainbow chevron knit from Bolt. I also made a charm square quilt for my niece who will be making her appearance any day now!
I’ve really been working on being more precise when cutting out my projects lately, so, that said, my rotary cutter is probably my favorite item. I also just bought a fancy bamboo seam ripper at MD that’s really sharp–love that thing! Lastly, I got the binding foot at the 25% off sale as an early Christmas present and have been making bibs and aprons like crazy!
I sew in our recently finished basement in a pretty small, makeshift space. I am lucky that I can keep my machines out and ready to go but I don’t have many bells or whistles in my space. My goal over the next few months is to get some shelving, better lighting and a power strip so I don’t have to keep swapping cords between my serger and sewing machine.
I have a couple of dresses for Carmen in the works, another baby blanket for my niece in the Cuddle fabric, the Oliver + S Tea playsuit for my son and, believe it or not, something for me–going to make the Renfrew top in red! Also need to make some kitchen curtains.