Hello stitchers, hope you’re all well. I noticed I have now just passed 100 followers mark here, woo-hoo! Thank you so much for all of you who follow me here and via email too, I’m really grateful that you’re all here to join me on my creative journey.
I thought, since I haven’t got a finished object to share with you today, I’d do the #sewmanyquestions tag and maybe answer a few questions you might have about me. The tag is initiated by The Specky Seamstress and The Camden Stitch, and actually intended for sewing vloggers on YouTube, but since I don’t vlog, I’ll just do it here… I hope they don’t mind. 😀
I chose 17 questions from the 40 available. Here we go:
1) Where are you from?
I thought I’ll start with the question most people ask me when they first see me, I was born and raised in Bandung, Indonesia. I spent the first 27 years of my life there. And then I married this amazing British guy and emigrated here to the UK and I’ve now lived here for exactly a decade. My husband and I actually met online, we were bloggers in the early days of blogging. I blogged, at the time, to keep practicing my English.
You see, English is my first love, and I’d always wanted to study English in university. But I come from a culture where the whole family (parents, grandparents, uncles, aunties, parents’ friends, basically everyone who’s older than you) decide everything in your life. They decided it was better for me to take Japanese instead, even though I never showed any interest in Japanese language at all (don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy my time in uni and I love the language) – there are lots of Japanese companies there, so my family thought that was the best path to get a job after uni – plus they were paying for my education, so they kind of had a big say. If I rebelled, that would’ve meant I probably wouldn’t get to be educated in a university. So, I had basically no option other than “following orders”. I worked for a Japanese company for a few years, and joined an English speaking community/blogged in my spare time. Little did I know that that was going to alter the course of my life. And now here I am, ditching my Japanese skills and fully embracing my love of the English language. The Universe listened to my heart’s desires, I guess. LOL.
2. How and when did you start sewing?
I came to sewing from knitting actually. I remember watching a few knitting vloggers talk about their sewing projects and I was intrigued. So in October 2016, for my birthday, my husband bought me a sewing machine, Tilly’s Love at First Stitch book, and about 3m of quilting cotton fabric from Abakhan that became my Megan dress – my first ever sewing project. I’m hooked ever since. I don’t knit much anymore – I still knit socks periodically, but that’s it.
3. How much time do you spend sewing?
Not enough. That’s all I can say. 😉
4. What’s your dream job?
I have two dream jobs; artist and anything to do with sewing. Katie Kortman, yeah, she’s basically who I want to be! She’s amazing, artistic, and such an awesome sewist. If you don’t know who she is (in case you’ve been living under a rock) check out her website here, or her inspiring instagram account here. I’ve got so much love for this lady! Right now, through my blogging and sewing, I’m trying to build my portfolio – so to speak. I’m trying to sharpen my sewing and blogging skills, and hopefully I’ll find my sewing-related dream job soon. As for art, I’m still trying to find the courage to share. Sharing art to me is the scariest thing. I don’t know why. Ugh.
5. When you aren’t sewing, what are you doing?
I sketch/draw, paint. I also love cooking and baking. Read a book (mostly classic lit) or a magazine (I love Daphne’s Diary, Flow, Frankie, Womenkind). Occasionally knit socks. Play Mario Kart with the Hubby – and soon Crash Team Racing 😉
6. Where do you sew?
I am so lucky and grateful that I have my own studio at home. We live in a three bedroom house, and we don’t have kids. So we turned one bedroom into a studio for me where I can sew and paint, and another room into a gaming room/office for my husband. Maybe I’ll do a studio/sewing room tour one day, after a massive tidying up, obviously. LOL.
7. How big is your stash?
Right now, at the time of writing this post, I have:
- 2.5m of See You at Six viscose fabric that I’m going to turn into a Kalle shirtdress (Closet Case Patterns).
- 4m of cotton lawn from Abakhan for Kalle (wearable) toile and pyjamas.
- 2m of low stretch cotton jersey – I’m planning a couple of tees out of this.
- 1.5 m each of coating fabric and viscose lawn for lining Sew Over It Coco jacket.
- 2m of newest Atelier Brunette viscose crepe, I think it’s called Dune, that I’m planning to make longer version of Winslow Culottes.
- 2m of seersucker fabric for pillowcase(s).
- 2x50cm of denim leftover from my Yanta and Dawn that I’m planning to turn into either another pair of Romero shorts or Maritime shorts. We’ll see.
Big or small is a relative term, isn’t it? For me, what I have right now is more than what I am comfortable with. The See You at Six fabric has been in my stash since October 2018, and every time I see it it makes me sad. So it’s going to leave the stash and move into my wardrobe this month.
8. Proudest make/moment?
I think my proudest one has got to be the Megan dress. Being the first sewing project and the first time I’d ever touched a sewing machine, I learned a lot from that project, from how to cut fabric on grain and sew straight, to fixing gaping in the back neckline and inserting invisible zipper. It took me 2 whole weeks of scratching my head, but I got there in the end. And it didn’t put me off sewing, I fell in love hard instead.
9. Most disastrous make/moment?
It’s got to be my Freya dress hack when I poked a hole in the waist area with my seam ripper. I mean, it really broke my heart! I don’t count early makes as disastrous as they serve as a lesson for me to learn, but this??! I should’ve known better by now, I’d had over two years of sewing and ripping experience by then and I made that booboo. *facepalm* I did fix it by adding waistband, but it wasn’t my original vision that I fell in love with.
10. Biggest sewing hopes/challenges?
Drafting my bodice sloper. That’s my dream. It’s on my goal list for this year. I’ve done skirt, but that was easy. I feel that bodice requires more time and energy. So yeah, one day soon.
11. Roughly how many makes in a month?
Two. Hence my weekly blog posts alternate between project and non project posts – when I’m being good with my blogging that is.
12. Who taught you to sew?
Tilly. It was her. Yep. Or rather, her book Love at First Stitch.
13. Favourite pattern company? (and if you could only sew their patterns forever?)
I have two; Helen’s Closet and Pauline Alice. They got my number.
14. Most favourite and least favourite sewing task?
Most favourite: obviously the sewing bit. LOL.
Least favourite: gathering skirt; pulling the threads, trying to distribute evenly – and it almost always never is, in my case. The OCD in me just hates uneven gathers.
15. Best tip/technique you’ve learned from YouTube.
The slide and pivot method. I carry my weight in the middle so my waist is always at least one size bigger than the rest of my body. I find this method really helps when I need to add an inch or two around the waist without altering the fit on the bust, shoulder, or hips.
16. How has your style changed since you started sewing?
Massively! I used to only wear suits for work, jeans and t-shirts for weekend. I never imagined myself in a dress. Now, I don’t even own a pair of jeans (yet) – oh hang on, I do have old pairs that no longer fit. They don’t count, right?
17. Tell us two truths and one lie?
- I have a butterfly phobia.
- I am an avid stargazer.
- I am a very talented whistler.
So, I hope that wasn’t TMI for you. I’ll be back next week with my Megan Nielsen Dawn project – woohoo! I’m so excited about this make. Until then I hope you have a nice weekend and week ahead, see you again soon. Happy stitching.