What do you enjoy most about working at RP?

The admin team are stellar – I love the global aspect of the team and working together to really represent what Rebecca Page patterns are.

Can you tell us a little bit about how you got into your line of work that lead you to RP?

In my Clark Kent Day Job, I have to be organized, logical, meticulous, and enthusiastic about what I do.Tthis leads me to be able to be the sparkly admin that I am!

What qualifications do you have/ courses completed?

Life skills? Organization, creativity, seeing live with glass half full eyes, ability to troubleshoot, and more!

What is your favourite RP pattern?

Pippa Pants – they just make my behind look magical!

Describe a typical day in your life.

Wake up and take care of the birds, dog, and myself before dropping Husband off at work downtown.  Drive back home and log in to my office network and work from home all day. Let the dog out at 10, noon, and 2pm – he’s a demanding beast. Get distracted and reviewing all RP posts to ensure questions are answered and everyone feels special (I LOVE seeing what everyone makes). End work and either workout and practice Yin Yoga followed by making dinner and catching up on sewing stuff, or go to Vision or Vestibular Therapy and crash for the night.

Weekends are spent off-grid in the wilderness of Quebec on our 6 acres of forest land where I burn a lot of wood, collect branches and downed trees to burn, read in front of said fire (I can have one to two fire pits on the go at the same time), play board games with our favourite camp neighbours followed by impromptu dance party, go on ATV rides to magical places along the river, dig a stair or two and lay down the actual wood steps that I’ve been building into the mountain over the last 2 years, sitting under the waterfall – one of three that is! Eating poutine on the way home, getting home and relaxing in a bubble bath. Rinse and repeat the following weekend.

Tell us a bit about your style.

Id like to think I have Classic style with a twist. I like garments I can wear for multiple occasions, that are comfortable, and are as efficient as possible with fabric – hence why I end up colour blocking most of my clothes (I can make 1 metre go a LONG way).

Where are you from? And where do you currently live?

I’m from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada… lived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (and area) for 11 years, and was wooed back to Ottawa 11 years ago by my now-Husband.

How long have you been sewing and how did you start?

I started sewing basic items at 9 or 10 years old – aprons, oven mitts, hemming my own pants, basic costumes. It wasn’t until I got my current sewing machine that I started sewing Victorian-style costumes, and 2 years ago, my own wardrobe.

If you had one wish (not necessarily sewing related) what would it be?

To have a pre-made cabin at our camp lot – we’re currently in a trailer, but it’s not super inviting inside (outside is awesome though!). A nice woodstove, winter access, and having friends inside our place for gatherings – that would be awesome!

What’s your superpower?

Prancercizing.

What’s the superpower you really want?

Making money grown on trees.

Can you please share some go-to fail-safe tips for beginner sewistas?

Follow Every. Single. Step. For instructions – missing one step can be critical in making sewing frustrating.

Have fun – don’t be too serious while sewing. If something is frustrating you, step away from the project, do something non-sewing related, and come back with a clear mind. Sometimes that’s all we need. You’ll be proud with the end result – even if it takes you a week or longer to finish a project. The sense and pride of a finished project is well worth your time. And makes others smile in awe that you made something amazing!

Describe your perfect Sunday.

Coffee in front of the fire pit, no bugs, sunshine, a float down the river in my Unicorn, time spent with fun friends, delicious food, and uninterrupted sleep.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which historical figure would you want with you, and why?

Maybe not historical, but I’d bring Carrie Fisher with me. She has struggled with a lot in her life, yet still maintained a smile on her face (and she loved her dog to the moon and back!). If she took anything from her movie roles, she would be particularly ingenious, intuitive, and able to think quickly on her feet. Mixed with my logic and creativity, I feel we’d be a dynamic island duo!

What’s the sound of your favourite colour?

The ocean waves.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

Sew. Sew. And sew some more! Sometimes I don’t sleep because I *am* sewing.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?

Dancing badly

What do you wish you knew more about?

Accounting. I’d be able to get a second professional designation if numbers and accounting weren’t my downfall.

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Crystal Anderson
Customer Support & Pattern Tester

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