Interview with Erin


We always like to know who’s behind the winning designs in our contests, so we did a little e-mail interview with Erin (aka Sewhat) who created the rather versatile bolero jacket that won our “Sew your song!” contest and that we will probably be sewing in all sorts of fabrics as christmas gifts this year.

Here’s what we found out about her – enjoy!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m 27 years old and live in the Seattle area (I love rain). Spent my post-college years working on a research station in the Antarctic and am currently doing the under-employed thing back in the states because of the current economic climate…but the silver lining is that I have time to work on all my crafty hobbies.

Do you sew your own clothes? And if so, what attracts you to sewing as opposed to buying off the rack?

I haven’t in a long time, I used to in college. I have been trying to get back into it and improve my meager sewing skills, which is why I was so happy to find this site! My body shape is not the norm, so I have a hard time finding things that fit just right, hence I am attracted to making my own clothes because I love having things that are custom made just for my shape. I really love old patterns from the 50’s and 60’s because they are more suited for those of us who have bigger busts and smaller waists…or just curves in general for that matter.

Do you have one piece of clothing that you could never ever throw out, regardless if it’s out of style or not?

I have an old blue hoodie that I wear when I paint, I have had it since high school, it’s full of holes and covered in acrylics and I will probably wear the thing until is disintegrates. My mother was always appalled when I would wear it in public but people strangely always compliment me on it. I guess you could call it the deconstructed look.

Your drawings are lovely and have a very own style – how did you develop that?

Thanks! I have tons and tons of creative hobbies (too many really) but painting will always be my first love, I spent time in a few college art classes doing figure drawings but mostly I am really really into comic books so I think my style kind of evolved from that. I haven’t been drawing people in a while though so “Your Style Rocks” has given me a good excuse to mix things up a little bit.

Any tips for other members who want to try and sketch something for our contest?

Photographs! I think reference photographs of how a fabric drapes or how a person poses are always helpful. I keep photos of everything I find visually interesting online, you never know when a color or print or style (new or old) will inspire you.

Thank you, Erin!

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