Nice to Meet you Sew Weekly

(The Floral Bouquet Skirt aka BurdaStyle’s Jenny Skirt)

Name & Location: Liz Holder; Chicago, IL

How long have you been sewing:  I took a few basic sewing classes a year and a half ago and I haven’t stopped sewing since.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge:  I think Sew Weekly is a wonderful, online community of sewers.  I know there may be sour-grapes online but I honestly yet to encounter a negative, mean crafter/sewer/knitter.  The Sew Weekly community is a group of lovely, talented people and I really just wanted to be apart of it.

What do you love most about sewing garments:  Truly, I love the act of creating.  I am a very detail-oriented person, I love learning new things, and I feel that I work well with my hands.  Add on a love of all things vintage (40′s and 50′s mainly) and sewing is just the perfect craft for me.  (That and vintage knitting of course).  Also the feeling you get when you hang your finished project into your closet is the best!

(BurdaStyle’s Bow Blouse)

What do you hate most about sewing garments: That’s an easy question!  Hemming.  I despise hemming with a passion.  I’ll frequently have 99% of a garment completed except for the hem and they’ll just hand around until I muster up the will to complete it.  Usually I’ll do a few garments at the same time so I can plow through them all at once.

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge:  The Sew Weekly is just the sort of challenge I need to push my sewing to the next level.  I spend quite a lot of time researching that I’m ready to try to put all of my knowledge to good use and create more finished garments.  I tend to be a slow sewer, making multiple muslins per project.  This year I really want to get out of my comfort zone and try to take more risks so I can progress as a seamstress, and the sew weekly challenge is just the sort of adventure I need to do this.

(Vintage Butterick 6292)

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012:  I would like to finish all of my projects that I’ve started in 2010 (and in prior years).  While it does encompass some sewing items, I have diy projects around my apartment that I’d like to complete.  I can’t think of a more refreshing feeling than knowing I’ve finished everything I started, which will give me lots of time for everything else.

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Oh my where do I start?!  I began learning about garment making through people’s blogs and other online forums/sites.  To name just a few of these (not in any particular order): Coletterie, Sew RetroSew Weekly, BurdaStyle, Casey’s Elegant Musings, Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing, A Fashionable Stitch, Tilly and the Buttons, and Sewaholic.

Since I’ve started my own blog last January, I’ve tried to subscribe to the blogs of all of the people who’ve consistently commented on my own site, as well as a bunch of other blogs I’ve happened across.  It’s fair to say I’m subscribed to at least 75-100 blogs.  I don’t claim to be a sewing-guru, but I think it’s really important to share all of the knowledge that we acquire for others to learn from.  I think the most interesting and rewarding blogs to follow are the ones that have inspirational images as well ones that try and educate their readers.  I think this is why all of us have gravitated to Sew Weekly, and countless other blogs that seem to be staple reads in our wonderful, online sewing community.

Author

zilredloh

By day Liz Holder works as a research analyst where she plays with data and charts, but by night she becomes a create-a-holic. She loves creating and learning new things which is why her favorite craft is sewing, which she’s been doing in full force after taking her first sewing class a year and a half ago. There is an endless array of skills, tricks, and techniques for her to research on any given project and at the end she's ecstatic o have created a unique garment that she can then celebrate by sharing it with the blogosphere after which she wears it to work where she crunches more numbers and starts the cycle all over again.

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  1. As you consistently produce amazing things, I am super excited about what you’re going to make for some of these challenges!

  2. Hello! You’re blog is one of my absolute favorites… I look forward to seeing what you produce for the Sew Weekly. :)

  3. Hello! Your blog is one of my absolute favorites… I look forward to seeing what you produce for the Sew Weekly. :)

  4. I too am very detail-oriented and tend to take it slow on each project, so I like the fact the Sew Weekly will give me the push I need to start completing more projects! Glad to see you here!

  5. I love your work Liz. That’s such a fantastic skirt!

  6. Ooo, Garfield Park Conservatory! I remember your Minoru jacket too, which was really lovely. That red dress is awesome by the way!

  7. Still loving the gorgeous red dress – amazing. But the skirt up the top – I Totally Love It.