TSW Contributor: Casey Sew

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. Sarah, handpicked Casey (aka Casey Sew) as the community member who she'd like to take her place for the week. Check back on Thursday for her apron creation!

Casey – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Blog: I don’t have one – I’m technologically challenged! The Sew Weekly is my first foray into the online world. Here's my TSW Sewing Circle profile.

How long have you been sewing: I sewed a bit as a child with the help of my Mum, who used to make clothes for herself and for my brother and I. I did Home Ec at school and then studied fashion design for three years (I have an Advanced Diploma in Fashion). After that I worked as a designer mainly in sportswear and screenprinting for about 7 years before starting my family. I now work part time from home doing the graphic art for screenprints and have just re-discovered sewing.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I’ve been looking for some ‘me’ time. Somehow I stumbled onto Menas site last year.. and couldn’t believe she was making a dress a week. I have always kept a big stash of fabric, patterns etc, but just never had the motivation and discipline to get sewing. It took me a while to join in, but now I’m hooked! I still find it hard to believe that I’ve found the time to sew something every week! They say it takes 3 weeks to form a habit. That must be true, because I think I’m up to 8 weeks now and still going strong.

What do you love most about sewing garments: Making things that fit & in particular dresses that are long enough! The stores have been full of short skirts & dresses for so long, it’s been driving me crazy! I just can’t do a short skirt… it’s not a good look for me. Oh.. and I love thrifting. It’s good for the planet and good for my pocket. I’m so over consumerism. The feeling of making something from nothing is just the best!

What do you hate most about sewing garments: That point when you realise it’s not going to be finished today and that you really need to take a break before you botch it completely!

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: Confidence that I can indeed sew an entire wardrobe for myself. I haven’t even been into a clothing store since I started this, and my magazine obsession is now focused around finding ideas for sewing! I’m also still waiting for my ‘go to’ pattern to reveal itself.

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2011: Live simply and well and be happy!


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. YAY Casey! So excited to see what you make! I loved reading this…I’m so with you about short skirts and dresses, what you hate most about sewing (I definitely cannot sew while I’m tired) and being excited about sewing something every week! So happy you’ll be guest blogging this week!

  2. Way to go, Casey! I’m excited to see your creation!

  3. margueritedesigns

    Look forward to seeing your challenge this week Casey!

  4. “That point when you realise it’s not going to be finished today and that you really need to take a break before you botch it completely!”
    I totally get that. :)

  5. Yay Casey! So excited that you’re a guest contributor this week – can’t wait to see what you make!

  6. Cheers Casey – looking forward to your creation.

  7. Casey, can’t wait to see what you make this week! I’m always impressed with your creations. Nice to learn a bit more about you!

  8. Casey – looking forward to seeing your dress & apron. I’ve had one of your “moments” today, I have a dance costume that I so wanted to be finished today, and it just isn’t working out, I can’t bear to look at it. Now I’m panicing – I need something by Saturday – arghhhhhh! And I still need to do a black dress and an apron (wishing it was Monday).

  9. There’s still time Debbie! I am always surprised that if you put it down, take a break and just think on it for a while, even an hour.. when you come back it’s like the easiest thing in the world. I had a couple of my ‘moments’ during this challenge.. but had no time to stop.. and it shows in my zipper! darned it. I’ve made a resolution that zippers are done first thing in the morning from now on!

  10. Casey you have the best attitude! I’m so inspired by you even if you don’t have a blog. Just keep sharing your goodness and many, many thanks!