Hello! I’m Linda – the sewist behind “Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!”, a sewing blog from the West Coast of Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada. Thanks for stopping by!
When I’m not working, commuting to work, exercising, or spending time with family and friends … I’m sewing! I have the perfect set up for me in our cozy home … a sewing machine on a wheeled cabinet in front of a great forested view. Sewing is my time, along with trying to read novels while jogging on my treadmill!
I remember sewing as far back as age 12, when I pieced together Barbie doll clothes (without a pattern) for my younger sister’s dolls. I guess that could be called the “draping” technique? 😜
Come to think of it, the best Christmas present I ever received was home-made Barbie doll clothes (made with a real McCall’s pattern by my older sister!). They were complete outfits plus matching accessories – purses, shoes, etc. – each outfit mounted on cardboard, just like store-bought! They were Beautiful!!
Another remarkable sewing memory for me was when I turned an ordinary Barbie doll into Queen Elizabeth the 1st for my school Social Studies project (I got an “A”!). Wish we had thought to take a photo of that project for my future blog!
My Aunt was a seamstress, trained back in Hungary, and my Mother always had the sewing machine out on the dining room table, mending an old garment or sewing a new one. I’m not the only sewist in the family – maybe it’s in our genes?
At the moment I have two toy VSM’s (a Necchi and a Singer) and these six VSM’s: Maria the Ford deLuxe (she still needs to be cleaned up), my yet unnamed White (needs a bit of work yet), Winnie the Singer 221 Featherweight, Amber the Singer 421G, Barbie the Singer 500 and Ilona the Singer 15-88 (She’s fine, although her treadle cabinet needs work yet!). I really, really would like to play with a Necchi still – someday the right one will find me! I also have a Janome 3160QDC and a Janome MyLock 334.
Recently, I purchased a Janome HD3000 (We call her “Janie”) to help me out with my new bag sewing addiction. Yes, I enjoy all kinds of sewing, but lately I’ve been self-drafting patterns and sewing up various styles and sizes of bags – with an emphasis on using repurposed materials.
I don’t really have anyone else to exchange sewing ideas with, so I was delighted when I snooped around on-line and found your inspiring blogs. You were all so supportive, friendly and fabulous to read, I just had to join the fun! I thank all you wonderful bloggers for giving me a chance to read about your ideas and plans and see your makes!
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And before you go, let me introduce you to my apprentices, Simon and Sophie!
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Also, unless otherwise stated, I am not affiliated with any other person or company and all opinions given are my own. I use on-line courses a lot. We live in a rural area and actually attending a sewing class is not easy for me. On-line courses are easy to access. I also use books, other blogs, and on-line reference material. I’ll let you know every time I get information from somewhere else, in case you want to look it up too. I don’t receive any compensation. I just want to spread the information and education I have found.
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