Wednesday, October 6, 2010

This week we would like to introduce Sarah and her ArtFire store: Joyfully sewn Designs. Sarah does her crafting is SW Missouri and sews the cutest little girly outfits. Read on to learn all about her.


How and when did you become interested in sewing?

As I was growing up, my Grandma used to sew a lot of clothes for my sister, Mom, and I. Whenever we would visit her, I loved watching her work. Through the years she taught me the skills I would need to be a good seamstress. It wasn't until after I graduated from High School that I really did much serious sewing though. I started off with making an outfit for a special little friend of mine, and from there, I just took off. I discovered there was a need among the homeschool families in our area for someone to sew dresses, jumpers, and skirts for them and their daughters, and it was a need I delighted to fill.

Have you taken any courses or classes?

When I was about 12 or 13 the mom of my best friend did a sewing class for my friend and I and we did several sewing projects together. Other than that and the instructions I've received from my Grandma, I've just taught myself.

Anyone ever try to do an intervention due to your fabric stash?
No. :) My Mom is an organizer, so she helps me keep my fabric all nicely organized (all the scraps sorted by color and all the big pieces stored by how many yards each piece is).

Has the ‘going green’ movement impacted how you craft? If so, how?

No, I don't think it's affected my sewing much.

Ironing…you either love it or you hate it…which is it for you?

Ironing is a VERY important part of sewing if you want a professional look. I actually enjoy the ironing - it's so fun to see my project turn from a sloppy pile of fabric pieces sewn together to a crisp, neat looking bodice, sleeve, or dress.

Is there something that you do differently than other people in your craft?

Well, I don't know about all seamstresses, but I do know I pin more than many others I know. I'm also very picky about how things look. I want every item to look the very best I can make it

Have you ever hurt yourself sewing?

No, I don't think I have other than a few jabs with a pin here or there. :)

Do you enjoy any other crafts?

I like to scrapbook and I enjoy taking photos and making photo cards, calendars, and gifts online.
Lion Fish Mermaid Sculpture
What does the future hold for you?

That's a good question, but I really don't know. My future is in the Lord's hands, and I'm content to leave it there. At the moment, I'm enjoying serving others through the skills that I have learned.

What advice would you give someone just learning to sew?

Be patient. Don't try to rush through a project. Take the time to make every part look as good as you can. And don't forget to iron when the pattern tells you too. Ironing or not ironing can make the difference between a sloppy finished project and one that has a professional look.

Anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

If any of you ARE learning to sew. I'd be more than happy to answer questions for you. :) I'm thinking about possibly starting a blog for that purpose. :)


Sarah, thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us. If you do start up that blog you mentioned, I'll definitely link up to that.  

Be sure to check out Sarah on ArtFire and on Etsy

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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