Hot! 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.

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Megan Grandstaff, Chicago, IL

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.


Meg the Grand

Megan Grandstaff was thrown into the sewing world in 2005. Ever since that fateful day, she has been eager to increase her skills and reduce her (quite large) fabric stash.


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  1. I couldn’t think of a better person to stand in.

  2. Welcome, Megan! I’m so impressed that you actually have ideas for all of your fabric! I have lots of fabric that I USED to have an idea for, and then abandoned the idea…

  3. Everyone needs a week off (just had one myself – had to finish a quilt for a new niece). I’ve been enjoying your contributions Meg, so look forward to what you produce next :-)

  4. Welcome to you Megan, can’t wait to see your creation this week!

  5. Aw, thanks Charlotte! That just made my day :)

  6. Thanks R8chel! I get a ton of ideas from CraftGossip…do you follow that blog? They have at least 30 new tutorials posted a day!

  7. Thanks Jen! I look forward to seeing pictures of your quilt! I have always been envious of people who could quilt – I just cannot manage to get all the pieces straight in my head. Do you have any tips for the rest of us??

  8. Thanks, Darling! I’m looking forward to yours as well :) I’ve been telling people all about your Roobios made from a tablecloth and how fabulous it is!

  9. Welcome Meg!! Looking forward to your outfit this week – the ones on your blog are fantastic!!

  10. Yay! Can’t wait to see what you’ve made this week! I love all your outfits so far!

  11. YAY Meg!!! So happy you could do it! You’re going to be fabulous!!

  12. Thanks Adey! I love the fabulous things you do with fabric – your dress this week is stunning! And you take such pretty pictures :)

  13. Debi, you are super fabulous and I adore your sewing! Thank you so much for thinking of me for this because it was crazy exciting and I loved every minute! I am ever so grateful and look forward to your next outfit so much!

  14. Thanks Sarah! I love your blog and all of your outfits – you and I both love color and I feel that makes us kindred sewing spirits a la Anne of Green Gables. I cannot wait to see your creation this week!

  15. Meg it looks great. Visited your blog I love your sewing!

  16. Thanks Anne!! Did you make that fantastic turquoise skirt on your blog??  I am in love with those back pleats!  And the tutorial on matching plaids is getting bookmarked in my favorites for sure :)

  17. Wow, that’s a lot of fabric! I have the opposite problem: way too many patterns and no interesting fabric to sew them with! Off to go check out your blog!
    If you need help with lapped zippers, here is a tutorial:

  18. Lisette, you are my new best friend – thank you for sharing this with me!  I am going to try this on my next zippered garment :)