Every few months I sit down (digitally) with one of the RP brand ambassadors and ask them a bunch of random questions to get to know them better. These are our Sewista Stories, and, aside from “meeting” some supremely cool people, you will also get to know a bit more about what makes the behind-the-scenes ladies tick.
Not only is Miss Stephanie Rose Troemel a brand ambassador, she is also the Rebecca Page cut-file queen by night and a crazy-smart forensic toxicologist (WOW!) by day.
Stephanie and her sister, Virginia.
Where are you from?
Where do you currently live?
How long have you been sewing?
I learned how to sew when I was about 6 (25 years ago!), and have been actively/ regularly sewing for about 12 years.
How did you start?
My grandma helped me make a cute pillowcase style dress. Ties at the shoulders. Big red and white flowers. I loved it!
WHY did you start?
No idea! The parents probably just wanted me distracted and out of trouble, so why not learn a useful skill? Plus crafting has always been a huge part of our family, so it is a logical distraction!
How did you find Rebecca Page patterns?
I was asked to test the Madison blouse. It was such a fun test, where the designer listened to my feedback and was kind and fun to work with! When she asked me to be a regular tester, I was so excited!!!
What was the first RP sew you made?
If you had one wish (not necessarily sewing related) what would it be?
Oh, you do ask tough questions! In the grand scheme, I’d wish for more tolerance and acceptance for humans. But, selfishly, I wish I was independently wealthy, so I could retire and relax. Really eliminate stress.
What’s your super power? Other than turning a piece of material into something awesome?
Anything in the kitchen! I love cooking and baking.
What’s the super power you really want?
The ability to refill things! Thirsty, fill that glass. Running out of thread, fill the bobbin. Broke, fill the bank account. So useful, but so subtle!
Tell me a bit about your machine collection.
Oooh!! I am one lucky sewista!! I am a Brother fan, myself and I have two LB6800PRW embroidery/sewing machines. Typically one is for regular sewing and one stays set up for heavy duty stuff. My serger is the Designio Series DZ1234 and my coverstitch is the 2340CV. Plus I have a Silhouette Cameo!
What other “crafty” things do you do?
I enjoy quilting (I know this is also sewing… ) painting, crochet, scrapbooking, and cross stitch. If it is crafty, I’ve probably tried it.
What colour is your toothbrush? ☺
Right now, blue!
Can you please share some go-to fail-safe tips for beginner sewistas?
Read the instructions before you even pick fabric. Read them multiple times and read them slowly. Reread them again. Then, read them one more time. This is my best tip. It helps me anticipate what is meant to happen next. It helps me pick the right fabrics, grade correctly to get the intended fit. Understand what the intended fit is.
I cannot emphasize enough how much it helps to read the entire patterns from the first word through the very last.
Cats or dogs?
Describe our perfect Sunday.
Coffee on the porch, with a slight chill in the air. Then make some brunch. Waffles with fruit, bacon, more coffee, orange juice (mimosas!). Meander down to the craft room, hang out with the kitties and any humans who want company. Sew up a beautiful something. Quilt, garment, a few wallets, something lovely. Listen to some great music or have a show in the background.
Dinner on the deck (weather permitting). Then people time. Hang out. Play games. Chat and catch up. Maybe a glass of wine. Unwind and prep for the week ahead.
I’m relaxing just thinking about it!
If you were stranded on a desert island, which historical figure would you want with you, and why?
Nikola Tesla! He seems like he’d be resourceful and interesting.
What’s the sound of your favourite colour?
Hut, hut. The oomph of shoulder pads colliding as linebackers try to hold the opposing team at the line. Green 19!! Rodgers steps back and has all the time in the world to get the ball downfield. There’s a crispness in the air and cheese on heads. I can hear it now.
What sewing project are you currently working on?
Project? Singular. Hahahahaha. My to do list is long and that’s how I like it!! I owe the sister a complete outfit, from unders to a cardigan. A deal was made. I regret nothing!
What is your next planned sew?
Hmm. Priorities…couple of pretests right now. A few things for the moms and sister back home.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
ALL. THE. SEWING. I’d probably bake a lot too! Scones anyone?
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?
Procrastination then cramming all the work into as little time as possible. Just made a Taylor Trench and a Kingston jacket in about 12 hours each. Deadlines are life!
What do you wish you knew more about?
Not to get too real, but depression. So many of my loved ones suffer from some form of this and I always wish there was something more I could do to help.
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