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Q&A with Heather from Into The Sewing Box

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

I am a 27 year old Education Officer (at a Zoo, it’s amazing!!) from Cannock. I have been sewing for a little over a year and have had my blog, ‘Into the sewing box’ for a few months. I started this blog to help new sewers with hints and tips but have since found out how much I love posting pattern reviews and general chatter about my sewing attempts.

Hello!

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

When I was actually inspired to start sewing was the last season of the Great British Sewing Bee, as I loved the clothes they made and just wanted to have a go. For years I was adamant when growing up that I hated sewing and never would. Oh, how my mother is smugly laughing at me now! My first project was a pair of simple cotton trousers (or so we thought), as it was a great way to see if I would want to sew long term, so I didn’t end up wasting money. As I have been sewing a while now and have several pattern books I have since learnt that the ‘cotton trousers’ were actually pjs.....

First dress I ever made – 1950’s Inspired Swing Dress.

What is your favourite craft?

I really only sew now, I used to make sugar craft decorations for celebration cakes but generally now that is just for special family occasions. I find that I can’t do a lot with sugar craft flowers but I can wear my clothes everywhere!

My favourite creation to date.

What do you love most about sewing?

The things I love most about sewing is the fact that I can forget a lot of other stresses and worries whilst sewing as I have to concentrate solely on the garment and pattern, not everything else going wrong in my life. I also love the fact that no one will have the garment I have made in the fabric I have chosen. The last reason I love sewing is I can make individual presents for friends and family that they can’t get anywhere else.

Do your friends or family sew along with you?

I generally sew alone as I don’t live very close to my family, unless you count my cat; however my mum has sewn all my life and has recently started knitting. So we regularly meet up to go fabric & yarn shopping or just chatting in our whatsapp chat about recent projects, photos and most of all help!

My awesome sewing companion - Lauda

Who do you make things for?

Generally myself, but I will make presents for other people as well. Oh, and my cat, Lauda. My boyfriend is constantly short changed as he bought me my sewing machine and overlocker and I still have only made him half a shirt. I feel bad, but then I see a lovely dress I have to have and forget aaaaaaaall about it!

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

My boyfriend started a blog about his biking adventures and I thought ‘what an amazing idea!’ I love taking about sewing but don’t have that many people that like to listen, so blogging is a great outlet for that part of my life. My boyfriend is eternally grateful.

Do you have a favourite snack when sewing?

If I am sewing at night it tends to be a nice glass of my favourite wine. If it’s on my day off then it’s a massive cup of tea and chocolate.

My sewing snacks!

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

My Tailors Dummy – It allows me to fit garments for closely to my shape and make the necessary changes.

Seam allowance ruler – I am terrible and judging distance by eye so this stops my hems/seams going all wrong.

My sewing journal – This is started to keep track of all my projects, so any issues I can note down for the next time I make the garment.

My trusty sewing journal!  

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?

I adore Stretch Fabric, I love how many different things I can make with this type of fabric, how comfy it is and how it fits itself to my curves, whilst skimming over areas I’m not keen on attention being drawn too. I also love the fact that I can make garments that don’t require zips, poppers, fastenings etc, so they can be made very quickly.

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

I try and only have one on the go at a time as I don’t have a huge amount of space to have out numerous projects. I would rather finish one and then move on, however if I am in the middle of a project and something pressing comes up I will have two on the go max.

I feel I am getting closer to hoarder status with every fabric shopping trip!

Whats your favourite thing you have ever made?

My favourite garment I have ever made is a paisley soft cotton lawn dressing gown (Newlook 6233). It is so soft and drapy making it wonderful for summer and taught me several different skills to take forward to future sews.

First dress made from my favourite fabric – Jersey stretch!

What is your latest WIP (Work in progress)?

The current project I have had on the go for ages is my boyfriend’s shirt. It’s the first time I have attempted a shirt and I must say I am not a fan of the placket!!

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

I watch a lot of TV especially sewing shows and comedians as I tend to listen more than watch as I am concentrated. I do also listen to audio books on audible as I can combine my love of books and sewing in one afternoon.

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

I use a lot of pattern books and generally google for styles of clothes I like and see what other people have posted.

The prettiest yet most troublesome dress I have ever made.

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

Write about what you love. Don’t force it. If it becomes a chore your blogs won’t have the right passion for people to keep coming back for more.

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

Fabric obsessed, methodical and solitary.

My sewing fortress of solitude.  

What would you say to anyone looking to start a new craft?

Just go for it, nothing bad will happen and you may find something you love for the rest of your life. Also, start small. Don’t spend loads of money at the start in case you find it’s not for you.

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