What do you enjoy most about working at RP?
I think the Rebecca Page support system is amazing and I have truly made some great friendships. Last year, Stephanie talked me off the proverbial sewing cliff so many times when I was ready to jump. It wasn’t pretty folks, but she was a champ! We sorted out my sewing issues, figured out how to make the patterns fit me, and now I am able to help others. She has actually become one of my dearest friends. I love that we are building lifelong friendships even behind the scenes!
Can you tell us a little bit about how you got into your line of work that lead you to RP?
I honestly have no idea. I lucked into my spot, I think. I began pattern testing late in 2017. That is actually when I began making clothing. I started a blog, did a few tests, An Staute suggested that I apply for pattern testing. I was accepted in early 2018, and that’s where I began. Now RP patterns equally challenge me and teach me new things. I was asked to become a moderator in the last few months as the group has been growing like crazy and I am so happy to be here to see it all.
What qualifications do you have/ courses completed?
Absolutely none! I have taught myself to sew by making a lot of mistakes, ruining my pretty fabric, bending needles, and watching YouTube and googling. It is a fun journey and I think everyone should try it! I took one sewing class about 12 years ago and it was for making a quilt. I knew as much as the instructor and every single point in my quilt was missing because I didn’t know what a seam allowance was. The raggedy old quilt is still on my bed today! The points are still missing, the binding is threadbare, and there may be a bite size hole in it from my dog.
What is your favourite RP pattern?
Well, I think this depends on my mood. I love the Circle Cardigan and have a few of them in my closet, but these woven maxi skirts are stealing my heart! Most recently, Hayley, but I also have a swoonworthy Arabella.
Describe a typical day in your life.
A typical day… I get up early, usually to at least one set of dog paws on the edge of the bed. I work full time as an administrative assistant which is a new to me position. I have been in that role a little while, though I have been at the company going on 9 years. After work, I sew. On the weekends, I sew. In my sleep, I sew. I am almost always pattern testing, sewing strikes, or just filling my blog full of new and exciting things! I sew for myself and my Momma Mia. Recently, I have taken on a few new clients.
Tell us a bit about your style.
My style. That is a tough one. I feel like my style has really changed with my sewing skills. Before sewing, I wore a ton of men’s T-shirts, but never cool graphic ones. I like all things floral, striped, or polka dotted, and I love me some camo. I mix my prints and patterns, but I am still trying to learn to be bold and confident in my styling. I like comfy clothing and rarely wear fitted garments. I aspire to be one of those trendy, well dressed, put together ladies I see on Pinterest.
Where are you from? And where do you currently live?
I am an Ohio girl. I live in the same neighborhood that I grew up in.
How long have you been sewing and how did you start?
I began when my grandma bought me a terrible antique sewing machine because I told her I wanted to hem my pants. This machine had major tension issues that I never did resolve. I spent a lot of years quilting and only recently began making clothing successfully.
If you had one wish (not necessarily sewing related) what would it be?
That I lived in a small cabin in the mountains with a ruggedly handsome mountain man, a few dogs, chickens, and maybe a baby cow.
What’s your super power?
I can multitask like a champ!
What’s the super power you really want?
I would want time travel. I could sew through the Victorian Era, make all the sparkly things for the Roaring 20’s, feel groovy in the 70’s and then set the trends for the future!
Can you please share some go-to fail-safe tips for beginner sewistas?
Don’t give up! Use the correct needle for the job, it really does matter! Slow down! Ask questions if you need to.
Describe your perfect Sunday.
Oooh Sleeping in to at least 7:30am. Hanging in my PJs all day and just sewing. I would have a great audiobook playing, my dogs would most likely being snoring on the couch, and I would be getting projects done.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which historical figure would you want with you, and why?
My first thought is I will never be on a desert island. I hate being in the sun and I hate being hot, but not as much as I hate water. LOL However, if a plane crashes and I end up hitting land, I want to end up with someone who knows how to do stuff, like build a shelter, a boat, and a fire. I am hoping this person can also hunt, find water and sunscreen SPF 100. I think Amelia Earhart would be pretty cool to hang out with, but not sure of her skill set for my survival.
What’s the sound of your favourite colour?
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would probably sew or blog. I enjoy both of them. I could also be tempted to spend some more time hiking in the woods or watching movies.
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?
Hoarding sewing supplies.
What do you wish you knew more about?
Maybe drafting patterns for myself, but in general I would love to be better at perfecting fit. Or math. I stink at math. 🙂
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