Introducing: Amy from Diana & Me
Name & Location: Amy, living in Kent (UK)
How long have you been sewing: I started sewing as part of an art project on quilts when I was 14, and gradually moved on to making and refashioning clothes. I got out of the habit at university, and then starting work, but I really missed doing something creative – so I dusted off the sewing machine in September 2009 and don’t want to stop again!
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I’ve recently been challenging myself to complete projects properly, instead of getting distracted and constantly starting new things without finishing them. Plus I love interacting with such an awesome online sewing community – I want to really have fun with this challenge!
What do you love most about sewing garments: That moment when a fabric and a pattern come together perfectly; the shopping; the confidence and individuality I feel when I’m wearing something I’ve made.
What do you hate most about sewing garments: reaching the point where I realise all those shortcuts have actually added days to a make; when my sewing machine starts misbehaving for no visible reason; getting hasty with the seam ripper and ripping the fabric!
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: Over the past year, I’ve sewed garments pretty randomly, and looking back, they only tick some boxes in my wardrobe (mostly prints, too many dresses). This year, I want to create a co-ordinated wardrobe that I can mix and match, and where I can always find something to wear.
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: to move house. The waiting is painful!