Question and Answer with Kathryn of Yes I Like That
Posted in Q&A's on Monday the 17th March 2014 by Vicki Ormerod
Meet Kathryn from Yes I Like That...
When did you start sewing and what inspired you to start?
I started sewing as an adult about 7 years ago. I was taking a fabric screen-printing class, and I wanted to make something with all the designs I was printing. Before that I was strictly a knitter.
What was your first sewing project?
It was very simple bag based on the ‘Jordy Bag’ tutorial from Craftster. A legendary tutorial from THE big internet sewing hub back in the day. I learnt a lot from that forum!
I did actually sew a bit back when I was a teenager too, I remember making a brown polyester pinafore dress which I was very proud of, and a 60s style dress out of curtain fabric that was so stiff it could stand up on its own. But my Mum helped so much with these projects that I’m not sure if they count as my own work…
What do you love most about sewing?
Seeing badly made, over-priced clothes in the shop and thinking ‘I could make that’ (although I rarely get round to it, but that’s another story)
What made you decide to start blog about your sewing?
When I started sewing there were hundreds of knitting and quilting blogs, but hardly anyone was writing about sewing. I remember googling for a Peter Pan collar tutorial and getting one measly result (try doing that now!). Then all of a sudden around 2007, the dressmaking community online exploded, with loads of new blogs springing up. I crammed my Google Reader full of every blog I could find, and learnt so much about sewing and new patterns and new techniques. Eventually I thought I might as well join in.
How are you liking being part of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network?
It’s completely brilliant! When the parcel with my projects arrives it feels just like Christmas. Thank you Minerva!
What 3 sewing or craft items/tools could you not live without?
Wonder Tape, which is double sided fabric tape that dissolves in water. I can’t sew without it. It’s the lazy woman’s answer to basting.A sewing gauge, I only got it last year and I’m not sure how I managed before.My overlocker, which is a Brother 1034D. It makes seam finishing and knits so ridiculously easy. God I love it.
What are your favourite fabrics to sew with and why?
I love sewing with rayon and drapey crepes, because the result always looks so professional and RTW. I do like cotton for tops, but it creases so much on skirts that it drives me mad. I’m also a big fan of sturdy knit fabrics, like ponte and double-knits. They are so forgiving for fitting, but still have lots of structure.
What/who do you go to for inspiration before you start sewing?
I have a Pinterest board (http://www.pinterest.com/kathryngr/clothes-and-that/) where I pin clothing with interesting details and colours, it’s a brilliant reference tool. I get lots of inspiration from sewing blogs too. I love the style of Four Square Walls (http://foursquarewalls.blogspot.co.uk/) Handmade by Carolyn (http://handmadebycarolyn.blogspot.co.uk/) Crab & Bee (http://crabandbee.com/) What Katie Sews (http://whatkatiesews.net/), Charity Shop Chic (http://charityshopchic.net/), and lots of others. I also spend hours browsing Net-a-Porter and mywardrobe.com to see what kind of details RTW garments have.
It’s easy to sew something that you would never actually wear, and I’ve made my fair share of these garments. So I’m trying to think about my style in a more considered way this year.
Are there any other crafts that you enjoy doing other than Sewing?
I still enjoy knitting although I am extremely slow. It has one key advantage over sewing in that you can knit while watching TV. I took a foundation course in textile art a few years ago but hardly ever do any drawing or arty stuff now, I’d love to get back into it.
Are there any other crafts you would love to learn?
One day I will learn to quilt, if only to start using up the mountain of scraps I have accumulated. However, I suspect quilting would actually mean acquiring many MORE fabrics for my stash, so I’m putting it off for now.
As you have inspired many others in the past to start sewing through your blog and Social Networking sites, what would you say to other potential sewers who may want to give it a try?
I really, really hope I have inspired people. I’d say to any new stitchers that sewing isn’t easy, but it is massively rewarding. Also, the things you make will never match up to the vision in your head, but that’s okay. It’s all about trying to close the gap a bit.
I have a post about sewing inspiration here - http://yesilikethat.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/sew-grateful-week-making-things-and-mountain-climbing/
Could you sum yourself up as a sewer in 3 words?
Lazy, experimental, irregular!
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