TSW Contributor: Megan Grandstaff
Because I'm not a total unreasonable taskmaster, the ladies who contribute to the Sew Weekly are allowed to sit out challenges from time to time. Debi, facing work deadlines (believe me, she's doing some noble work outside of sewing) handpicked Megan (aka Meg the Grand) as the community member who she'd like to take her place for the week. Megan has kept with us and completed each and every Sew Weekly challenge and this week will be spotlighting her city of Chicago.
Blog: Meg the Grand
How long have you been sewing: I began sewing in college. I was on an acting scholarship, and if I wasn't cast in shows, I had to work in the costume shop. I had never threaded a needle before my Sophomore year in 2004! When I went back to BGSU for grad school, I taught the sewing class and helped my students make shirts for their final projects.
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I have a fabric stash that takes up an entire closet, floor to ceiling. When my Grandmother's hands became too arthritic to continue crafting, I inherited all of her supplies. Also, my friend was helping her mother clear out some storage areas and gave me five garbage bags full of fabric. I have an idea for every single piece in my possession and I thought it was high time to do something about it.
What do you love most about sewing garments: I find sewing so completely relaxing. Before I fall asleep at night, I think of my next project and go over the pattern in my head (strange, I know, but so much better than counting sheep!). Making things for myself gives me the chance to relax when I get home from work as well as create something I am going to love and wear proudly.
What do you hate most about sewing garments: When I rush and think I am doing everything correctly, and then realize I have sewn a seam on the outside, or a piece upside down, or with no bobbin thread – those are incredibly frustrating moments.
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I would love to gain some knowledge on a variety of techniques: pleating, pin tucks, lapped zippers…the list goes on and on.
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2011: To beat my Chicago marathon time from last year. Before February 2010, I had never run in my life and I decided to cross it off my "Life's To Do List." It was miserably hot and I almost didn't finish in time, so I want to finish way ahead of the pace car this October.
What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing, Adventures in Dressmaking, and definitely Already Pretty. I find so much inspiration from each of these women – I love sitting down with a cup of tea and reading about their projects and style.