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Q&A with Ashley of SewnByAshley Sewing Blog

Hi Guys!,

I recently came across this lovely blog called 'SewnByAshley', got in touch with the lovely lady who writes it and asked if she would like to do a quick Q&A so you can all find out a bit more about her! Please follow the link to her blog and you can find out more!

So here goes...please meet Ashley..

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your blog?

Well, I’m freshly 30 (yikes!), and I live in Ohio. I like to think my blog is fairly accurate representation of myself, unabashedly nerdy and a bit snarky. I always try to be frank, and being able to laugh at myself and my blunders is one of my favorite traits.

When did you start crafting and what inspired you to start? What was your first project?

I like started sewing as a child, I think perhaps around 8 years old. I grew up in a very rural area of the US, and in that part of the country, something called 4h is prevalent for children. It’s kind of something to get kids involved, whether it be in farming, sewing, baking, etc. Whatever tickles your fancy. I couldn’t tell you the pattern company of my first project, but I remember I used maroon quilting cotton and black bias tape to make a simple dress. I also remember being absolutely PETRIFIED of the sewing machine.

What is your favourite craft?

Oh hands down sewing, though I’m quite the baker, if that even counts. I attempted to take up knitting, but I failed miserably. One day, though, I will conquer knitting! :)

What do you love most about crafting?

Without a doubt, my favorite part is just transforming a flat piece of fabric into a garment. There’s something magical about being a maker.

Do your friends or family craft along with you?

Amy of That’s Sew Amy and I sew together nearly every week. It’s an invaluable thing, having someone to bounce ideas off of and to help you when you’re stumped.

Who do you make things for?

I’m a single girl, so I must confess, most of my sewing is selfishly for me. I do, however, make bandanas for my doggies, and I have made a few garments for friends and family.

What made you decide to start to blog about your crafting?

I’m actually fairly new to the blogging world, having just started my blog last year. I started blogging after looking (let’s face it, stalking) other blogs for a few years. I love how supportive and helpful the sewing community is, and I just really wanted to contribute.

Do you have a favourite snack when crafting?

Oh not really, it all depends on the season. I’ve never been known to skip a meal, so there are usually always snacks at hand. Always coffee in the morning, wine in the evening ;)

What 3 sewing or craft items/tools could you not live without?

Always and forever, in order;

-Iron (I love a good press)

-Seam Gauge

-A good seam ripper, because let’s face it…you’re going to make mistakes!

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?

I love cotton lawn, but the Holy Grail is stretch cotton sateen. For my person style, I tend to prefer with a bit of structure, and not so much draping and flowing. I love the lightness of cotton lawn, but stretch sateen is so forgiving.

How many projects do you have on the go at one time?

I really try to only have one project going at a time, my sewing space is teeny, so having too many things going at once creates utter chaos.

Whats your favourite thing you have ever made?

Oh that’s a tough one. I suppose I would have to say a frankenpattern dress I made, using Simplicity 1426 and the Gertie pencil skirt from her first book. I went at it without making a muslin (gasp!), and still somehow managed to make it in one day, and the fit is perfect!

What is your latest WIP (Work in progress)? Do you have a photo?

I’m currently working on a Colette Lilly dress, in polyester satin, because I am possibly insane.

Do you watch TV or listen to music while you craft?

If I’m sewing at home, I always, without fail, sew while watching Doctor Who.

What/who do you go to for inspiration before you start crafting?

I love to browse fabrics or patterns online. Invariably, I stumble upon something that I can’t resist.

Do you have a crafty tip you would like to share?

There are so many sewing tips I could give, but I think the main thing is to not rush yourself. Have patience, and try to work through fit issues, tricky fabrics, whatever the problem happens to be. When I take the time to do it properly, I’m always so much happier with the result.

Do you follow other blogs? If so which blogs?

Oh, so many, I can’t even begin to count them all. Off the top of my head, there’s:

Handmade by Heather B

Emerald Erin

Sewaholic

Oonaballoona

Lladybird

And so, so many more!

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

Just keep at it, don’t get discouraged. I definitely think there’s a learning curve to blogging, but it is so much fun. Reach out to other bloggers, everyone is friendly!

Could you sum yourself up as a crafter in 3 words?

Oh my! I could try lol. Perhaps…affable, determined, and chaotic. If that makes any sense at all!

Thanks so much Ashley! Be sure to pop over to Ashley's blog to find out more and see future projects come to life!

Vicki x

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SewnbyAshley said:

Lol oh good, because I can't control it. · 7th Aug 2015 06:56pm

mahlica said:

Your snarkiness and straight up truth about what you make are what I like most. · 7th Aug 2015 04:45pm

SewnbyAshley said:

I had so much fun with this!! Thanks :) · 7th Aug 2015 04:02pm