Hello all! I am doing something a bit different this week! I have been following some fellow sewing addicts on YouTube and I came across the seamstress tag started by Hollie Sews. I thought it was a great idea since I haven’t seen any tags for sewing yet on YouTube, and it’s cool to share with others in the sewing community and get to know each other. This tag is open to anyone, not just vloggers , you can do a blog post or even an Instagram post, so here I am!
1.Who are you?
My name is Tahirah but also go by Tai . I’m 26 years old, I moved to New York city about a year and a half ago to study fashion design. My boyfriend and I have been working, getting settled and getting used to living in the city.I am anxious to get back to school and get my degree finished.
2. When and why did you start sewing?
I started sewing about 5 years ago when I was living in Connecticut. I had a lot of band t-shirts which were really cool but were made for men and big and shapeless , I wanted to refashion them into cute tops that looked good on me. My boyfriend bought me the book , Generation T : 108 Ways to transform a t-shirt, this book started it all! I learned to hand sew and I refashioned all my t-shirts and any others I could get my hands on! Once my boyfriend saw how much I enjoyed it he bought me my sewing machine for christmas, and I haven’t stopped sewing since!
3. what is your favorite/proudest make?
I would have to say it’s a tie between the jacket and coat I made about two years ago, I was so proud when I finished them , I hadn’t made anything so complicated before and it is so worth the work to make something that takes so much time and effort. Here are a few pictures . I used the Albion coat pattern from Colette patterns, for the toggle coat, and the Pavot pattern from Deer&doe for the jacket.
4. What is your most disastrous make?
I really can’t pick one , after 5 years of sewing there have been a lot of them but looking back there were some paneled leggings with faux leather that were especially disappointing .
5. Where is Your favorite place to go fabric shopping?
Since I am a total introvert I still like to buy my fabric online, mostly from fabric.com. occasionally from etsy.com and fashion fabrics club. Since I live in nyc I have so many places to still check out in the garment district, but so far I have only been to a few shops once or twice. I do have a favorite place for buttons though , M&J trimming is amazing!.
6. What is your most used pattern?
That would definitely be McCall’s 6744 , I have made 4 versions and I still want to try the racer back and tank views!
7. What is your most dreaded sewing task?
Hemming! for sure, especially if it is a skirt that is a full or half circle…. it takes so long.
8. What is your favorite sewing task?
I love sewing french seams or flat felled seams and also top stitching is really satisfying!
9. What is your favorite sewing entertainment ?
I always put on Pandora and listen to music when I am sewing,I usually choose my pearl jam station that gives me a lot of grunge music but also indie ,and folk .
10. Printed or PDF?
Both ! I own more printed patterns but I love being able to buy a PDF ,print it out ,put it together and start sewing in one day. no waiting for shipping! At this point I have my own little system to putting together pdfs that makes it go faster , I don’t find it frustrating at all.
11. What sewing machine do you use?
I still use the machine my love bought me 5 years ago. Its a Brother CE5500 project runway edition. It is an awesome machine with 50 different stitches, a variety of decorative stitches, buttonholes, it does everything I need and more. I also have a Brother 1034D over locker.
12. Do you have other hobbies?
I enjoy cooking, crochet and knitting, as well as making my own body products like soap,scrubs, lip balm, and body butter. I also love watching movies with my boyfriend .
As always thanks for reading!! feel free to do this tag on your blog ,YouTube channel or Instagram account!!