The Piped Merinque Skirt

Colette Merinque Skirt

Piped merinque skirt

Name & Location:  Sharon from Minnesota

Blog:  SharonSews

How long have you been sewing: For-evah…at least it seems that way.  I was introduced to sewing when I was a child. After that first sewing experience I was hooked and never looked back. My mother, who owned a sewing machine but did not sew, gladly gave me her machine.  Not knowing there were “rules” I jumped in and taught myself making a lot of mistakes along the way. Only I didn’t know they were mistakes until years later. Oh how I wish I had photos of those early projects as I’m sure they would make for some hilarious posts.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: The Sew Weekly community is a great source of inspiration  and talent. I’ve been enjoying the weekly challenges and browsing the projects.  I’m intrigued by the idea of being challenged to create something around a specific theme.

What do you love most about sewing garments: There’s something fascinating and satisfying about taking a flat piece of fabric and manipulating it into something that fits my curves. Of course it doesn’t hurt to be able to say “I made it” when asked where I purchased my outfit.

What do you hate most about sewing garments: I’m not too fond of hand-sewing.  I guess I’m a bit of a lazy sewer because if I can find a way to sew it by machine I will.

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge:  When I was trying to find a photo of something I had sewn in 2011 I realized I had not created anything spectacular. While my sewing machine was quite active, I spent my time sewing crafts, sewing for others and sewing projects for a sewing magazine. When I did find time to sew for myself I opted for quick projects.

Due to time constraints I probably won’t be able to do every challenge but I do hope to be motivated and inspired to sew a spectacular thing or two. I also want to be pushed out of my comfort zone and to try techniques I’d normally push aside in favor of something easier. Of course using up my huge fabric stash would be a big plus.

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: After hearing of one too many women who dropped out of a Zumba class claiming they were too old, too overweight or too uncoordinated to continue I’d like to become a Zumba fitness instructor.  Specifically so I can reach out this group so they too can “shake it” and have fun while getting fit.

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: I have so many I read – and my so many I mean hundreds – it’s difficult to choose only a few.  A few I enjoy—besides Sew Weekly of course—Did You Make That?, Diary of a Sewing Fanatic and Quality Time.


Sharon Madsen

Sharon has been sewing for many years after teaching herself to sew at a young age. As a teen she began designing using techniques that were more “by the seat of her pants” than “by the book” resulting in some hysterical fashion moments. She loves dogs, shoes and teaching Zumba fitness—but not as much as sewing.


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  1. That’s a beautiful meringue! Just got my copy for Christmas- can’t wait for this baby to come so I can start sewing from it!

  2. You’re going to love the book Tiffany!

  3. I love the style you brought to this simple (though obviously versatile) pattern! Looking forward to your posts. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from them.

  4. Your meringue is STUNNING. Love the piping detail!