I was given the nomination of the Liebster award by Meg over at Made by Meg (I was so pleasantly surprised, thank you!) which is an award given to lesser-known (usually people with fewer than 200 followers) bloggers to show them off and spread them round (:
I haven’t discovered any underground blogs that are not well known already but as soon as I come across some inspiring blog I’ll make sure you get a piece of it.
Meanwhile check out this great blog “I give 2 hoots” that collects sewers as those who are making a positive impact on the fashion industry. What a
And now my answers to Meg’s questions:
A bit about you - where are you from and do you have a favorite local sewing store? Can I come visit? (Ok, you don't have to answer that last part.)
I’m from Estonia. We have some fabric stores and the variety of fabrics has developed but surely the assortment is better where You are (:
How do you choose your fabrics? Do you go with what catches your eye? Have something in mind when you go? Or shop for certain fabric weights or colors?
Of course I go for the fabrics that catch my eye and feel nice against the skin.. you can’t wear something that itches or makes you feel uncomfortable. Then I think through what can I make of it (but sometimes the print is just so exciting that I take enough to make a maxi dress, then I have the freedom to choose what to make afterwards). Sometimes, when I want to make something in black or white, I have the design ready before I go to the store because I can be sure I can find something that suits the design.
Are you a cautious, measure-twice-cut-once type of sewist or are you the throw-it-up-on-the-dress-form, make-it-up-as-you-go type of girl?
Every time I start a new project I’m the measure-twice-cut-once type of sewist but as the project develops I tend to become more of a throw-it-up-on-the-dress-form, make-it-up-as-you-go type of girl.
What is your favorite thing you've ever made (show me!).
I’d like to believe that my favorite thing is yet to come.. (: Otherwise I could pack my bags.
What was the most DISASTROUS thing you've ever made and why? (You don't have to, but of course we'd all like to see that as well!)
I think my first projects were all disastrous because I couldn’t sew very well and it took me so long that the excitement of the project wore off.
Do you primarily sew special garments for your wardrobe (dresses, jackets...) or do you try to make everything yourself (underwear, t-shirts...)? How's that going?
Lately I have tried to make everything myself (that I can), when I’m in stores and like a garment I always think if I can make it myself, if I can, I won't buy it. So far I’ve made coats, jackets, dresses, trousers, skirts, t-shirts and lingerie.
Would you say you've found your personal style? Or do your tastes constantly evolve so that what you made last year doesn't work for you any more? Any tips on that front?
I think I have found a way for myself but it changes slightly from time to time.. It changes more with the seasons, in winter I like darker and sparklier thing, spring is more for flowers and cute blouses, in summer I tend to like lighter colors and flowy things and autumn is for deeper colours like mustard yellows, deep reds and blues.
What decade other than now most closely inspires your (current) personal style?
I take inspiration where I can get it, so I can’t say that there is a specific decade that I like.
Have you ever sewn for others? Did they appreciate it? Did it fit?
We had school projects where we had to sew for others, so I made a jacket and a skirt for my mother and a coat, vest and trousers for my boyfriend. They had to fit well because we were under constant supervision.. I have also made dresses for others but I mostly sew for myself.
What is your day job/day-to-day life like? Are you an all-around creative or is this your artistic outlet?
Currently I’m still a student and I pass my days writing and making my thesis work.
A little sneak preview of what I'm concentrating on right now:
I know all your friends are telling you to get into the sewing business. Do you ever have aspirations to start your own handmade-related venture?
Well.. It would only be possible if you had a strong and big clientele and making collections two or more times a year isn’t that appealing to me. Lets see what the future has in store for me..