Waywardwenchware [NOTE: Located In Royal Oak, Michigan]
I've been sewing for almost 5 decades. I love doing this and teaching people of all ages this craft is my passion. I've made (my own) prom and wedding dress, tailored suits, canvas covers and upholstery for boats and vans, window treatments, bags, costumes, if it can be put thru a sewing machine I've probably made it. Also knowledgeable of most sewing machines, I know how to alter patterns to fit, and have made a few patterns of my own. Sewing for yourself or others is a very rewarding thing. What can I do you you?
I enjoy all aspects of sewing. From the first cut of the fabric to the final button hole. Sewing allows for you to really dress yourself (or others) or your home with something that is truly unique to who you are and what you like. I love hearing one of my students say, when asked, "where did you get that dress?" "I designed and made this myself". There's a huge level of pride that always comes thru. Sewing can also be very Zen, for me. When I'm lost in a project, I feel like I'm taking time for myself to solve a putting together type of puzzle, to tap into my creative side, as yes, to even relax. So much clothing and other fabric wares are so cheaply made, and soooo common place. Fabric options are vast and allow for any seamstress or seamster to create some really cool things, gifts etc. Sewing has become a bit of a lost art, but I believe it may be making a comeback.
So, let's get sewing!
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I am flexible and adaptable to about any process. I live and work at home, as does my husband. We've both received both vaccines, we don't get out much, and we're big on wearing masks for our safety and out of respect for our fellow human beings. Depending on your situation I can come to you, or you to me or we can meet online. Whatever works for you. As for process, if you are new to sewing we'll start we the basics of getting to know your machine, then move on to cutting, construing and sewing a simple, fun project together. If you are not a beginner, then I'll get a feel for where you want to start and we"ll go from there.
I like to keep things light and fun, but I want to be sure you walk away with the confidence you need to feel like you are becoming a master sewer.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I was a clothes fashionista when I was younger. When my mother realized the costs it would take to dress 2 teenage daughters in the manner to which we wanted, being concerned w the high cost of this situation she made my sister and me a deal. "I'll buy you a couple ready made back to school clothes, but can't afford much more than that. BUT, I will pay for anything you want to sew". That's all I needed to hear. With her help, and yes an actual Home Ec. class, I developed a passion. By the time my Sr. Prom rolled around, I made my own gown. In college I was the go to seamstress for any costume needs and I also worked in the theater department making costumes. I went on to make home decor items for myself and others. And, of late, I've taken to making canvas covers for our sailboat, and other campers and vans.
I am basically self taught. But how I learned was by taking one project, completing it, then moving next to the next. Each time each new project was just a little bit more challenging. I studied sewing techniques, read many books, a literally had some sort of project going just about all the time. When you have a passion, growing and learning and perfecting is less work and more like play or pure enjoyment.