This week meet Jessica of Gracious Threads! Jessica is a mom of four kids who lives in a dairy farm in Alberta, Canada. She has been sewing since a child and was taught by her mom, who stitched all the clothing for her and her seven siblings. Keep reading to know more!
Why do you sew?
I love being a creative person. My heart is happy when my hands are busy.
When did you started to sew? And what was your first make?
I first started sewing 'cat toys'. I would take my mom's fabric scraps and run a needle threw it several times, bunching it all. Leaving a long tale of thread, I would pull it around playing with our cat. At age 5 I started sewing clothing for our barbie dolls.
When did you start to draft patterns? How was the learning process?
I started drafting in order to create clothes for my hard to fit daughter. I found drafting to be intuitive, but grading a bit more difficult. I've taken several online courses and borrowed many books from our local university.
How is your creative/design process?
Inspiration often strikes at random moments. I'll be driving and suddenly have an idea for a new project or pattern. I keep a notebook with me at all times and will quickly jot down ideas while waiting at appointments or in the school pick up line.
How/where do you see yourself and your business in the future?
I am hoping to expand my pattern line and include more patterns for women. I am currently working on building our sewing community of Facebook and love interacting with sewists from all around the world.
Softshell Jacket pattern by Gracious Threads
What sewing machine do you own? Is it the machine of your dreams?
I recently bought a Babylock Jazz. It is a mechanical machine (no fancy stitches or computers) but it goes fast, has a huge harp space, and makes a beautiful stitch. It's my dream machine for now, but who knows what will catch my eye next?!
What is on in the background while you're sewing?
My kids playing. I set up a sewing space in our large basement and the other side of the space opens up to my kids' playroom. I love talking to them while I work and watching them play.
Which is(are) your favorite pattern(s)?
My own pattern: the Swim and Surf Shorts. I've never felt comfortable at the beach in a swimsuit, but these shorts are the perfect thing to stay covered but still be able to swim and chase my kids. My most used pattern from another designer is Jalie 2805. I've traced nearly every size and the v-neck tee is my all time favourite top.
Who's your sewing/blogging/style/fashion/designer/quilter hero(s)?
Tami Bunch Meyer from Love Notions. I love her aesthetic and she has such a kind and generous personality.
Women's Maple Skirt pattern by Gracious Threads
What are your favorite sewing techniques?
Using bias tape to finish seams - hong kong finish.
What is your least favorite sewing technique/step?
3 Favorites - color, texture and fabric:
- bamboo lycra
3 things that make you happy:
- friendly people,
- warm weather
3 random things about you:
- My husband and I live on dairy farm.
- I like black coffee.
- One day I am going to write a book.
Life or sewing motto:
Do it with all your heart.
Lazy Days Lounge Pants by Gracious Threads
Thank you, Jessica!
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