About

Hello, my name is Andrea. Thanks for your interest in my little slice of the internet world.  

Sewing has been an inspiring and absolute passion for as long I started choosing my own clothes to wear.  My Mom is the only one to whom I attribute my love of sewing.  Since I was 9 years old, I have enjoyed the art of sewing and creating my own clothes.  My desire and passion grew beyond my own Mothers ability to satiate my desire to learn, thus, sparking my need to take classes outside of my home.  Once I made it to high school, I took every sewing and creative class offered.  I participated in every activity related to the craft, and even every art class, drawing class and other art outlets available.  By the time I was 20, I desired to learn about tailoring, which was to me the hard stuff.

Before I knew what "blogging" was, I was a YouTube junkie.  I enjoyed so many people taking the time to share, inform, teach, and inspire. Cooking, home repairs, organization, hair care, sewing and the like, were all of interest.  From there, following a few links, I discovered sewing, craft, and DIY blogs.  My first couple of blogs that inspired me the most, were ones that shared just raw tips and techniques to get me up to date on the latest and greatest.  I did not care who people were, what status they had in the sewing world, either online or off, I needed inspiration and a jolt back to my passion.

When I found bloggers doing their thing, I was inspired to go beyond my own "walls" of my sewing world and into cyberspace, where I have found some really talented people.  Personal meetups and sewing activities are still the first interest for me.  But, connecting with sewist (a new word for me) in this online community and continually learning and sharing is a wonderful outlet for my creativity driven soul.

After many years as a professional seamstress, I desired to see what the other area of “fashion design” was all about.  Thus, I sought to learn what I could about the pattern-makers, those who created the patterns from which I depended on for my fashions.   I set out to “understand” the technical aspect of this craft, to take my skills to another level.  So in 2008, I retired from Human Resources hat, and went back to school to study fashion design and pattern-making at Houston Community College, which is also where I received my certification in Men’s Tailoring, and dressmaking.
  
I discovered a fire in myself to fully understand the fitting process of patterns and to go on to teach as much as I can, and as many people as I can.  At this point, I don't necessary sew professionally anymore.  My passion is to teach, share, spread my excitement and help where I can.  In order to speak to the masses, I decided to began blogging in 2009, a term totally foreign to me at the time.
This blog is a somewhat chat based sew-n-tell format, with a few help-alongs sprinkled in when I am inspired to teach electronically.  Videos and tutorials are what I would like to get better at delivering to you.  I thoroughly enjoy the interaction found among others who sew, preferably in person, but online when I am inspired.

My teaching style is pretty relaxed, which I think really helps to ensure each of my students, whatever your age, will successfully sew every garment with confidence and ease. I know fitting plays a large part in sewing, but it shouldn’t hinder you from getting started.  That’s why I concentrate on coaching you on all aspects of sewing and garment construction from beginning to advanced, with one of my main goals to help you demystify the fitting and sewing process, without over perfectionism.

Instagram is my constant activity outlet, but you can read my blog to get more in depth details of my creations.

7 comments :

  1. Andrea, I enjoyed reading this about you! No wonder all your clothing looks so polished and professional--you are a master! I look forward to all your blog posts! I may not have time to comment on each one, I still devour your words and photos!
    A fellow sewist! Sue :)

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    1. Wow!!! Thank you so much Sue. I know it is hard to always comment and say something, but I do know you are there. Pattern Review is always were we see each other. I am on Periscope now, as well as YouTube. That way you will get a really good serving of my fun teaching perspective. Thanks for continuing to join me on this journey.

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  2. wow. I'm am now full of new information about sewing! Thankyou. I love your videos. I enjoy laughing with you, and I'm so excited to finally understand how to sew stuff that fits me, and my daughter. Like Sue, above, I don't usually comment. Just wanted to let you know that you are doing a good thing!

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    1. Well, Clair thank you very much for such a nice comment. I certainly need to hear these testimonies occasionally. Welcome to my page.

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  3. Hi! Any chance you would be willing to make a pattern from an existing dress for a little girl, and turn it into a pattern for sizes from little girl to teenage girl? How much would you charge to do that for me?

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  4. Hi Andrea -- I found your blog from watching an old Sewing Blab video. . I see you went to HCC, but I think I hear a little south Louisiana in your voice. .am I right? You sound like home. .anyways. .I'll be reading your blog and and watching your videos. .take care and God bless. .

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  5. Hi Andrea- I read in a post that you have the Bernina 780. I really need your help. I just don'nt know what else to do with this machine. I am making a baby onesie from a jersey fabric and the stiches looks really bad, the needle breaks also. I take the right needle but it dosen't work well. The fabrix sometimes get stuck... can you help me please? Do I have to change the setting I traid that but it doesen't work either. I would be so happy to hear a respond from you. Thank you

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