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Question and Answer with Maria of How Good Is That

Meet Maria from How Good Is That...

When did you start crafting and what inspired you to start?

Would you believe I've had two craft starting points. The first was at school during sewing classes. Sewing a fun class because we could chat and sew and the same time – and not get into too much mischief. I then became a Home Ec teacher but I sewed less and didn’t enjoy teaching but I still loved the crafts. After I gave up teaching I forced myself to start sewing again because I ended up working full-time in the corporate world and needed suits. This was during the era of big shoulder pad jackets and power suits so I made loud suits just like in the tv series ‘The Nanny’. I haven’t stopped sewing since then.

What is your favourite craft?

Sewing clothes. Most types of clothes and I constantly work on getting the fit right, especially if I’m sewing for the family.

What was your first sewing project?

My first sewing project would have been a pillow cover at school. At school we learnt how to thread a machine and sew a straight seam. I was really proud of my pillow cover and still have it.

What do you love most about sewing?

Sewing is my time-out or ‘me’ time. Everyone’s life is so busy and there’s always that struggle to find the time to sew. It’s very common to let time slip away when you have family and other pressing commitments filling your day. Sewing always gives me a positive lift to my day no matter what life throws my way.

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

I used to sew in a group with a dedicated sewing teacher and when she moved away, blogging made sense to document what I was sewing. My plan was to use my blog as my sewing resource for techniques I didn’t use very often. That's why I write technical posts. I take photos as I sew to create these technical posts so they're true to life. I still use my blog as a refresh of techniques I haven’t used for a while. Since then I've seen how many people blog about their sewing and crafting and they've opened my eyes to all the variables to creating clothes for any style and shape. This has helped me make clothes for the family and not just for myself.

How are you liking being part of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network?

I love the challenge of planning sewing projects for MCBN. Each MCBN blogger has such individual style and each one is really talented. They create wonderful projects and still stay grounded with their work and family lives. I'm enjoying having the opportunity to browse though all the fabrics and notions Minerva's website has to plan ahead and make clothes that are very wearable.

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

Unpicker: I have a few unpickers and they get used for every project. I’m not super accurate and having an unpicker at hand means I have a second chance at creating my best work.

Embroidery scissors: I’ve tried a few scissors and methods for finishing off buttonholes but I always have great success in opening a buttonhole with long nosed embroidery scissors.

6mm double sided tape: Any type of double-sided iron on tape that makes hem edges straight is worth its weight in gold. If I can’t buy it locally, I’ll buy it online.

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?

Coatings or suiting fabrics. I love making coats and jackets because of the tailoring work that goes into them so coatings and suitings are my favourite fabrics. When I look at a coat or jacket I want to make, what I see is a more detailed version of a shirt so I have more motivation to tackle a coat than if I saw it as a coat and then felt overwhelmed by the effort that goes into making it. It's like, when I'm about to cycle for 90kms, I think of it as riding 15kms at a time - smaller chunks of time becomes more achievable.

What are your favourite yarns to knit and crochet with any why?

One day I might go back and learn to knit and crotchet. There are so many wonderful crafters who have knit and crotchet such lovely work but I’m not one of them yet. I do admire their work – a lot especially when I see all the lovely clothes and toys you can make with yarn. My Mum used to knit and my Grandmother used to crotchet with fine cottons so I'm bound to knit or crochet at some point.

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

I’ll look at trends and inspect ready to wear (rtw) clothes for style and colours. I sew because rtw don’t fit me off the rack. I used to get embarrassed when I would see someone else wear what I’ve bought on the street or at a special event. That hasn’t happened since I've been making my own clothes. These days I research styles online and collect sewing ideas on my pintrest board. These boards are fun to watch when others repin the items I’ve selected.

Are there any other crafts that you enjoy doing other than Sewing?

I do enjoy cooking, especially making preserves.

Are there any other crafts you would love to learn?

I would love to knit and crotchet one day. I really should have done the crochet session at the Minerva Meet up last year.

As you have inspired many others in the past to start sewing and crafting through your blog and Social Networking sites, what would you say to other potential sewers who may want to give it a try?

Everyone's different so here's my take on giving a craft a try.

Passion:

Being creative means you are passionate about your project. Your passion can go from joy to frustration and these emotions drive your sewing or crafting project. I’ve accepted this and have found a majority of projects very satisfying.

Find other crafters:

Find some like-minded crafters to share your project passion and have fun with it. PS. Like-minded crafters exist locally and online. You just have to find them.

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

I love sewing.

Here are just some of Maria's makes and see all Maria's posts from the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network;

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