I’ve just read Emily Ann’s Seamstress Tag here and really enjoyed it, so I’m going to do one myself.
Who are you?
I’m Norma and I live in beautiful Mid-Wales.
When / why did you start sewing?
I’ve always enjoyed sewing. My Mum was a dressmaker by trade and sewing was a part of life when I was growing up.
I was pretty awful at it though – my clothes were Mum-made rather than Me-made.
I started taking it seriously in my twenties and got obsessed in my thirties. The obsession continues – I love sewing.
Favourite / proudest make?
A “knock-off” Armani suit made from fabric fr0m the Jaeger factory – I bought it on Grantham Market (Lincolnshire). I needed something for a job interview. I got the job & wore the suit to death. I’m still proud of it even though it is long gone.
Lots of those – I laugh when I think about my early attempts; I must have looked a sight. I always wore them to death though.
The worst one recently was probably my bra. I managed to put the cups on upside down. I haven’t tried again but I will one day…
Favourite place for fabric shopping?
Charity shops, vintage stalls, jumble sales, old clothes. I love a good rummage.
Most used pattern?
My own pattern free designs. And just recently, a pattern from a 1934 magazine I’ve made twice and I’ll be using again as a base pattern.
Most Dreaded Sewing Task?
Favourite sewing task?
This is a hard one: it changes often. Anything involving handstitching is my current favourite.
Favourite sewing entertainment?
The radio. I like Radio 3 and Radio 4. For those of you outside the UK, Radio 3 specialises in classical music and Radio 4 has plays, current affairs, stories and so on.
Printed or PDF patterns?
I am trying to like PDF patterns but I find them very hard work.
What sewing machine do you use?
A Pfaff Select 1548 – it’s a mechanical rather than electronic machine and it’s been a pleasure to use since the day it arrived. My previous computerised machine went insane (yes, really!) and I decided to go mechanical. I’ve never regretted it.
And I’ve also got this
It’s a 1930s machine and still sews perfectly.
Any other hobbies?
I’ve got two Labrador Retrievers so walking is a big thing, I run, and I keep hens. And I’ve started knitting.
I hope you’ll want to join in this tagging because I’d love to know more about you.
Thanks for dropping by,