MD Sewist Spotlight: Kiki Adamovics

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 Kiki Adamovics.
How long have you been sewing?
I started sewing in 4H when I was nine (1963 ) and won a blue ribbon in the county fair for my dress. It was very exciting. I didn’t take any classes after age 11 but sewed lots of my clothes in high school, copying outfits I saw in Seventeen magazine. I didn’t make many clothes after high school but continued to make all kinds of other things – slipcovers, cushions, pannier bags, massage face cradle covers – you name it.  Only in the past year have I started to sew apparel again.


Tell us about a favorite recent project.

I’ve made a couple pairs of jeans using the Jalie pattern. They were  fun to make and are very wearable. I  free motion embroidered my beloved  Castagnari Lily button accordion on the back pockets of one pair. They have become my official accordion party pants.  Now that I have also taken up the banjo, there will probably be a pair of banjo pants in my future.

What is your favorite sewing tip/tool?

I really love Swedish tracing paper. It is such a great tool. You can see through it – sew it. I can’t imagine sewing straight from a pattern now.  My tip would be to make a muslin or sew up half the swedish tracing paper to check for fit whenever  you are trying a new pattern. At first, with the muslin, I felt like I was wasting fabric making something that wasn’t wearable. Now I just cut it up after I am done and make produce bags or gift bags.


Where do you sew ?

I have a room that is a combination art and sewing studio, music room and library. I can have my sewing machine and serger out all the time but have to set up and take down the ironing board. Last year I set up a cutting table in our basement. Getting the cutting table  ( adjustable trestles with a removable top ) was the most important thing I could do for myself as a sewist. No more scooting around on the floor – sore knees or accidentally cutting into the rug.

What sewing project(s) do you plan to tackle next ?

I am in the middle of sewing for summer weather – just finished the  Juliet blouse – a Boutique Chic pattern and plan on making several more tops and maybe two pairs of shorts. I am going to try to make one pair of shorts from my pants sloper. Draping techniques could be next …

One Response to “MD Sewist Spotlight: Kiki Adamovics”

  1. Karie

    OMG! That jean pocket is epic. Mine feel so blah after seeing that. I guess I need to up the ante.

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