Simply put, it’s a way for me to justify my sewing hobby and an excuse to explore and read more about fabric, sewing, fashion and style. (I would research and read up on these things regardless, this just gives me a reason.)
Back in January of 2010, I was at a dinner party and the conversation turned to ‘If you could play all day, what would you do?’ It was based on the idea that if you enjoy what you’re doing all day for work, then it’s not really work after all. Immediately I thought ‘well, I would SEW’ as my play-all-day activity. And then I realized how little sewing I was doing, what with work and everything else that life brings… so I decided one of the things I wanted to do was to SEW MORE.
And the best way to sew more is to write about it! By keeping this online journal I have a reason to visit new fabric stores, to read other blogs about sewing and fashion, and to post new projects and ideas.
I recently launched my own line of sewing patterns! Sewaholic Patterns will feature a small line of wardrobe essentials for the pear-shaped woman, starting with the Pendrell Blouse. Stay tuned for more!
I live in Burnaby, BC, Canada where I’ve been sewing since I was very little – using an old Bernina machine and my mom’s fabric scraps to outfit my Barbie in trendy, cool outfits (including a suede skirt and a hooded cape). My favourite subject in high school was sewing (surprise!) and you could find me skipping my regular classes to spend more time in the sewing lab. After winning the Top Subject Award in Clothing and Textiles for 4 years in a row, it was clear to me that I wanted sewing to be more than just a hobby.
After high school, I attended Kwantlen University College and was accepted to the Fashion Design and Technology program. I was thrilled to be surrounded with other people who were as excited by sewing, fabric and design as myself.
During the program, I learned advanced sewing and pattern drafting techniques and had access to a full room of industrial sewing machines. I did 200 hours of retail work experience and 400 hours working as an intern at a local company with their in-house design and production team. Four years later, I graduated with my degree – did you know Kwantlen offers the only fashion degree program in Western Canada?
After graduation, I worked in the apparel industry for eight years, working my way up from Design Coordinator to just about every position imaginable! My most recent work was as Purchasing and Production Manager, where I managed all of the factories (both local and offshore) and planned the seasonal production cycle.
What else? I’m a devoted runner and workout fiend, enjoy all kinds of food, and love to travel. Oh, and I’m a sewaholic.
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