What do you enjoy most about working at RP?

The encouraging and upbeat culture of RP is wonderful. It is so fun to work with people who love sewing as much as I do and want to share that passion with the world.

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

I started my journey with Rebecca Page as a Brand Ambassador and I quickly fell in love with the variety and wearability of the patterns. As a BA I got submerged into the culture and fell in love with the RP team and the BA program. When I saw the job opening for Content Creator I knew I had to apply as I have a background in making documentation training videos for my job in the software industry and a passion for teaching people how to sew. Combining my experience in video creation with my love for sewing is a dream come!

What qualifications do you have/ courses completed?

My parents graciously enrolled me in many sewing classes throughout my young adult life where I picked up a variety of sewing skills. I’ve also learned a great deal from online tutorials, videos and reading sewing books (nerdy I know.) My Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration also taught me a thing or two about video production which has proven helpful.

What is your favourite RP pattern?

Being part of the Brand Ambassador group gives you the opportunity to experience many RP patterns so its really hard for me to pick just one. So here are my top three: Tulle Skirt (oh so elegant), Olivia (its just so comfy how can you not love it) and the Stevie Skirt (the quickest sew ever).

Describe a typical day in your life.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me taking extra long walks or hikes with my husband and Airedale terrier; sampling new dessert recipes; scheming with my sister about my next sewing project; or jamming to some good music while sewing my next handmade-wardrobe item.

Tell us a bit about your style.

I love dressing in feminine colors and floral patterned fabrics and pairing them with more classic and vintage style silhouettes. I’m captivated by women’s clothing silhouettes from the 40s to 60s era of fashion. I’m a bit of an old soul and would be totally happy wearing dresses and skirts everyday just because I love them so much!

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

My family moved around quite a bit throughout my childhood until we landed in Pennsylvania, USA. I currently live in the small; but delightful town of Kutztown, PA, USA.

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

As a child, I was inspired by the amazing things that my Grandmother would make for us. She made some of the most fantastic Halloween costumes and Christmas dresses for my sister and me!  When I was 8, my parents got me my first sewing machine for Christmas and my dad taught me how to use it. My dream was to be a fashion designer and I thought learning how to sew would help me achieve that dream. Over the years my parents kindly enrolled me in many local sewing classes, bought me books and supplies and have always supported my hobby. After a long hiatus, and much encouragement from my husband to pursue a hobby that I loved, I got back into sewing and have been crafting a handmade wardrobe for myself (and my sister.)

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

My husband and I have this crazy dream of owning land and having a self-sustaining farm complete with solar panels for electricity, geo-thermal heat, fruit trees, a vegetable garden and some chickens. We’d share our fruits and vegetables with family and friends and anyone in need to give back a little.

What’s your super power?

My husband would say that it is my ability to know exactly where everything is located at all times in our house. Did you lose your glasses? Forget where you left your shoes? Chances are I’ll be able to tell you the exact spot where these objects are.

What’s the super power you really want?

Time Travel. I think it would be pretty amazing to turn back time like Hermione does with the time turner in the third Harry Potter book.

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

When you feel frustrated with pattern instructions or you’re trying to learn a new technique and you’ve read the step 500 times and it doesn’t make any sense, walk away and come back later. Space, distance and sometimes a good night’s sleep always help me to stop overthinking or help the instructions to click.

Describe your perfect Sunday.

After church with my husband we’d grab a delicious brunch (tea involved) and go for a walk with our dog. After the walk, I may either want to take a Sunday afternoon nap or start my next sewing project.

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

I think I’d like to be stranded on a desert island with the apostle Paul from the Bible. As a man who was shipwrecked, imprisoned and lived through many difficult situations, he maintained his faith in God and persevered. Paul would encourage me, challenge me spiritually and remind me of God’s goodness despite the many trials that we would encounter being stranded on a desert island.

What’s the sound of your favourite colour?

The lapping sound of beautiful turquoise ocean waters as they hit the shore.

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

Sew EVERYTHING and read more books.

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

The number of dishes washed by the end of the week.

What do you wish you knew more about?

Pattern drafting and draping techniques. I’d love to observe these processes.

Shaina Mack
Content Creator