Best of 2011 Dress

Name & Location: Blog: Hi, I’m Stephanie Horman but I go by ejegmama most places.  I live in NC with my husband and two children.

How long have you been sewing: My mom tried to teach me when I was growing up but I really started 4 years ago when my daughter was a baby and I wanted to make her fancy dresses.  I started by taking a hand smocking class and its all spiraled from there.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I really just thought it would be a neat experience.  I filled out the form right away so I didn’t loose my nerve and figured that if selected I would figure it out each week.  This past year I’ve done some challenges but thought of ideas for all of them.  I thought signing me up would push me to follow through on each idea.

What do you love most about sewing garments: For me its a tie.  I love dreaming up new projects and I find the act of sewing incredibly relaxing.  Sometimes if I’m really tired and snappish my husband will send me upstairs to sew and I can just feel the tension leaving my body as I listen to the sound of my machine and sew.

What do you hate most about sewing garments: Tracing Patterns makes me want to cry.

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: My big sewing goal for the year is to go a full year without buying a single new pattern.  In regards the the challenges this will require me to be creative with the patterns that I have.

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012:  I’m actually not big on making resolutions so I haven’t given it much though.  Living a healthy lifestyle is an ongoing goal though.  I also plan to run at least one 1/2 marathon this year.  Who knows maybe I won’t even have to alter my race shirt this time but if I do I have the skills to make it fit.

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs:  Currently, I’m super excited about the next cycle of Project Run and Play and am looking forward to participating in the sew along challenges.



Stephanie mother tried to teach her how to sew growing up but she didn't really get serious about it until her 4 year old daughter was born and she wanted to put her in fancy smocked dresses. Since then, she has learned to smock and sew. Her blog and screen name come from the initials of her two children Elijah who is 8 and Emily who is 4.


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  1. Your comment about tracing patterns actually made me laugh out loud. I feel your pain. ;)

  2. hey now, there’s no crying in sewing…