The Seamstress Tag | Denise Wild
I feel like I’m wearing one of those stickers: “Hello! My name is Denise!” 🙂 hahahaha
My friend Jennifer Moore of Sewing Report tagged me on something sewing blogger Hollie Sews started called #TheSeamstressTag. It’s a series of 12 get-to-know-you questions for sewers. I had so much fun watching Jennifer’s video that I recorded my own right away. I tagged three few fellow sewers in the video (Elizabeth Caven of UpCraft Club, Melissa Watson of The McCall Pattern Company, and Gretchen Hirsch of Gertie’s New Blog For Better Sewing), and I’m going to tag lots more people on Facebook! So watch out… 😉
Join me in this cool initiative by recording your own video answering the 12 questions below. The sewing community is a huge one and an awesome one! Post the video on YouTube, your blog, Facebook, Insta, anywhere! Make sure you tag #TheSeamstressTag.
And comment below with a link to your video — I’d love to watch it and get to know you!
THE SEAMSTRESS TAG QUESTIONS:
1) Who are you?
2) When & why did you start sewing?
3) What is your favourite or proudest make?
4) What is your most disastrous make?
5) Where is your favourite place to go fabric shopping?
6) What is your most used pattern?
7) Your most dreaded sewing task is…
8) And your favourite sewing task?
9) What is your favourite ‘sewing entertainment’?
10) Printed or PDF?
11) What sewing machine do you use?
12) Do you have any other hobbies?
Okay, it’s my turn for#TheSeamstress Tag. I’m super excited about this. My friend Jennifer Moore of The Sewing Report tagged me. Make sure you check her out. She’s got lots of great information; super fun videos.
So, what is The Seamstress Tag? Twelve questions seamstresses answer. I’ve got the twelve questions here. So, let’s go. Number one.
Q. Who are you?
A. My name’s Denise Wild; I am a sewer, a crafter, a mom, an author, a sewing school founder. I do a lot of TV and media; anything related to sewing, crafting, DIY. That’s me.
Q. When and why did you start sewing?
A. Well I started way back in school, when I was little, but when I really mark the start of my sewing was when I was thirteen years old. My dad’s friend taught me to sew. We spent a summer working from a pattern and making a garment; I picked the fabric and everything. I did a plaid button-down shirt. Oh, my gosh! This was a long time ago. So plaid, button down; tricky, but it worked and I loved it, and from that moment, I fell in love with sewing.
Q. What is your favorite or proudest make?
A. Um, okay. That’s definitely my wedding dress. I had a vision for a wedding dress, and I made it come to life and it was awesome. Because of my skills in sewing, I was able to create what was in my head. And I was able to do it for sixty-two dollars after taxes; including all fabric and notions and it was gorgeous. I was so proud of myself and I like to brag that I made the cheapest wedding dress ever. Except, one day, I read an article about a woman who knit her wedding dress and I think she spent like fifteen dollars in yarn. So, she wins. But, I think I was second; sixty-two dollars.
Q. What is my most disastrous make?
A. Oh, my gosh! I’ve had so many disasters, to be honest. There’s not one that stands out. I’ve had a lot of disasters; lots and lots.
Q. Where is your favorite place to go fabric shopping?
A. That depends on where I am. So in New York City, obviously, the Fashion District; all of those stores are amazing. I’m situated in Toronto. I love King Textiles; Leo’s Textiles on Queen Street is probably my favorite for fashion fabrics. I love, love, love that store. And in Vancouver, I grew up in Vancouver, so Fabricana was the place. It is the best; massive, amazing fabrics. Yeah, lots of different places. I haven’t done online fabric shopping yet, but I will soon. I’m too scared. I like to touch.
Q. Okay, what is my most used pattern?
A. Well, when I was in high school, my sister and I had a pattern – I think it was a Butterick pattern. It was a pant pattern and we made that thing to death; over and over and over again. My mom always told me, ‘When you find a pant pattern that fits you’ she said, ‘it’s like a bra; you buy the same one and you use it over and over again.’ And at one point, I was making a pair of pants every single week. We made that thing to death. Actually, we were just talking about it maybe a month ago, saying, ‘Do you remember what pattern number that was, because I would like to find it and make it?’ It just fit so perfectly. That is my most used pattern for sure.
Q. My most dreaded sewing task is?
A. Stitch ripping! I hate stitch ripping. In fact, on my disastrous makes, I have been known – and actually most of the time – if I run into a big enough error and I need to do a lot of stitch ripping, I hate to say it, I will walk away from the project. I would rather start again than fix something. So, never ask me to alter your clothes, please. If you are my friend, don’t ask.
Q. My favorite sewing task?
A. Is– my gosh, I love everything about it. Maybe pressing? Edge stitching? I don’t know. Something where I have to like pay close, close, close attention to details. Yeah, I don’t know. Something that requires a lot of detail. I’m going to say edge stitching; my favorite task.
Q. What is your favorite sewing entertainment?
A. So, based on what Jennifer said, I think this means: what kind of background do I have while I sew? Um, I like music. I don’t know. Music? Netflix? Um, silence? Actually, silence is probably- probably my absolute favorite. It’s nice to have a moment of peace and I love focusing in on a project, so I’m going to go with silence.
Q. Printed or PDF? Number ten.
A. Um, that one’s a tossup, actually. I used to be all about printed patterns, but now I’m exploring the world of PDF patterns; and there are so many wonderful things about them. So, I would say it’s fifty-fifty right now; both printed and PDF.
Q. Number eleven. What sewing machine do you use?
A. Um, right now I’m using the Brother NQ900 Sewing Machine. It is amazing! And each time I have a great sewing machine, I seem to find one that’s even better, and right now, this one tops the top; sews like butter, everything is easy, so many stitches. Honestly, if a machine sews like butter, I’m in.
Q. Number twelve. Do you have any other hobbies?
A. Okay, this is a funny question, because I remember saying to my husband not too long ago, ‘I don’t have any other hobbies, because sewing is my hobby and I turned sewing into my profession so, now my hobby is my work; my work is my hobby.’ Um, I don’t really have any other hobbies, but I do have other things I love to do. I love crafting. Basically, anything that I can make with my hands, I love doing it; whether it’s paper or– I don’t know, well, obviously, textiles. Yeah, I like doing things with my hands. Organizing; actually, that is definitely one of my hobbies. I love organizing, and in my dream life – I don’t know, when I come back in my next life – I would love to be a professional organizer. But, friends, do not call me to organize your house, please, or your closets. Actually, I wouldn’t mind. I’ll come over and organize for anyone.
So, that’s it. I hope you learned a little bit about me. I hope you had fun. Please, do this on your own. It’s so much fun. Join the sewing community. Join The Seamstress Tag. And, let’s see, who would I like to tag?
I’m going to tag: Elizabeth Caven of Up Craft Club; do this. Melissa Watson of McCall; the McCall Pattern Company. And Gretchen, if you haven’t done this yet, Gretchen Hirsch of the – oh, my gosh, what? Your blog? Sew Gertie Sew. Sorry, I forgot. The– Gertie’s Blog For Better Sewing. Do this and– yeah, I’d love to see your answers. Okay, and thanks again, Jennifer. That was so much fun. Have a wonderful day. Bye!