Learn more about our contributors whose guest posts add enormously to the knowledge and experience shared here at the Curvy Sewing Collective.
After spending 35 years as a tech geek in the academic library world, Aleeah has turned all her time and energy back to the hobby that she has loved since childhood.
Aleeah has been sewing since she could reach the sewing machine pedal. Being a curvy child required her to learn to sew for herself at a very young age. Skills that she still uses to this day as a curvy adult. She has a S.T.A.B.L.E. fabric stash, new and old sewing machines and every sewing gadget imaginable. She loves adapting new tech to modernize sewing.
Alyce has been doing crafty stuff since she was old enough to glue popsicle sticks to her fingers. She’s been sewing since she was about ten. She writes novels, has a full-time day job and is the mother of a 22-year-old stuck in the “What if.....” stage. What free time she has, she’s usually trying to upcycle, repurpose or down right re-invent something she found or was given.
Alyce also owns the Savvy Recycler, where she creates custom garments for clients out of repurposed treasures. You can contact Alyce at itsalyce at bis.midco.net.
Andie blogs at Sew Pretty in Pink (sewprettyinpink.wordpress.com). Andie is self-taught and learned how to sew in 2008, but the obsession really took hold in 2013 when Sew Pretty in Pink was born. She sews for body positivity and to create unique garments that let her personality shine through.
Hi! My name is Bettina. I’m a 39 year old journalist and blogger based near Zurich. I love to sew for my daughters and also for myself. (The hubby has to wear ready-to-wear clothes so far.) Since summer 2016 I also blog for Bernina Switzerland. My label is named "Stahlarbeit,“ German for steelwork. I found that quite fitting - all my needles, scissors, seam rippers (got plenty of them) are made of steel.
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A college instructor by day and a seamstress by night, Brenda lives in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys sewing clothes that fit and can be worn to work or for play. There's often dog hair on her fabric from her fabulous terrier mutt (and sometimes from her husband).
Caroline is a software developer by day, but loves to sew whenever she can. She hasn't been sewing that long, but has jumped in with both feet and now co-owns a fabric store, Spool & Spindle, in Waterloo, Ontario.
Carolyn started sewing at the age of 11, when she started sewing a wardrobe for her Barbie dolls. She moved onto clothing for herself and has sewn for every stage of her life, prom, wedding, maternity and career since. She is mostly self-taught but has taken classes with Cynthia Guffey and is a devotee of Sandra Betzina and Shirley Adams. Carolyn is the author of the blog, Diary of a Sewing Fanatic, was featured in Vogue Pattern Magazine as a Star Blogger. If you asked Carolyn for a few words to describe herself, sewist, dressmaker, creative fiber artist would definitely be on the list. Fabricaholic would also have to be featured prominently! But mostly I am just a fashionista journeying through the sewing world trying to make “magic” with each garment I create. Carolyn blogs at: Diary of a Sewing Fanatic
I'm Amy a frockaholic, milliner, costumier & teacher, well let’s be honest a hoarder of anything floral and fabulous.
I have recently returned to sewing after a 30 year break. I've come back with an avid thirst to learn every technique possible and to be able to obtain that elusive perfectly fitting garment. I live in North Wales with my husband and what must surely be the dimmest dog ever born.
I blog about my makes over at: Sewn From the Heart
Debbie grew up with a mother and grandmothers who all sewed, which meant she didn’t have to! She put her mother into near-shock by finally learning how to sew about 12 years ago and surprised herself too when she realized just how much she had learned from those women without even realizing it.
Today she lives in Tampa, Florida with 1 grown son, 2 dogs, 8 sewing machines, 100s of patterns and yards of fabric, and not nearly enough time for everything. Debbie makes most garments in her wardrobe but isn’t averse to a good find from a clothing store too.
Debbie blogs mostly about sewing at: Stitches and Seams
I live in the middle of no-where Canada. I am a semi- retired nurse. I have 4 beautiful grandchildren.
My mother sewed a lot when I was a child. She didn't like it when I stood and watched her sew. She thought I was pushing her to hurry. I was watching and learning. She finally let me sew a wardrobe for my sisters Barbie doll for Christmas.
I sew to get clothes that fit in the colours that I want. I sew for stress relief and I sew because I must!
SeamstressErin is an obsessed sewist, inked knitter, cat herder, and mad scientist. She writes sewing patterns for Every Day Dress Up, always in a broad size range with multiple cup size options. Find her at SeamstressErin.com.
Gwen is an artist, engineer, dancer and oracle. Being curvy and athletic she rarely fit anything. Eventually growing tired of the hours of self-deprecation while trying on endless ill fitting RTW clothes, she chose to invest her time in learning draft, fit and sew all her clothing, lingerie and dancewear. She’s well on her way to replacing her entire wardrobe with me-made items. She loves to tackle big sewing challenges like bras, costumes, and tech gear. You can find her on Instagram as @Gyldenege and CalmUnderTension.com sharing her artwork, fashion illustrations, and in-depth detail on sewing with her philosophy on infinite possibilities. Her spiritual work is found at TheMistyValley.com and her Voice Over/Puppet work is at ShesTheGoldenEgg.com
Jenna Vincent is a fiction writer who lives in Denver, Colorado. She loves to read, sew, and play pickle ball.
Jennifer Rosbrugh is a 21st Century lady with a passion for sewing 19th Century costumes. Desiring to live in a charming 1870s Victorian town, she connects with others who themselves are in love with playing dress-up and dream of living in the past. Jennifer teaches historical & modern sewing techniques that go into creating beautiful period garments from the Regency, Romantic, Victorian and Edwardian eras. She been making her own modern and historical clothing for nearly 30 years. You can find her on her blog: Historical Sewing
Jennifer is an avid sewist, preferring instant gratification projects over fancy finishes. She travels internationally (always hitting up the local fabric store), leaving her family to take care of two kids, two dogs, three cats, 11 chickens, and two goats. She blogs about living in a historic manor house (ie. money pit) at We Bought A Manor .
Jenny is a translator and mum of two boys. She likes running (slowly), cycling (gently) and singing (lots). She’s a very inexperienced sewist but a fairly experienced knitter/crocheter and is enjoying the novelty of not having to make the fabric before sewing it together. She’s based in the south of the UK.
Jessica’s been hacking patterns and wearing dresses since childhood. As a mother to two little girls she’s excited to show them you can be curvy, beautiful, and do everything boys can while wearing a skirt. She blogs at alwaysacraftylady.com.
Jodi Schreiner designs both sewing patterns and database queries in the beautiful hill country just outside Austin, TX, where she lives with her husband, two dogs, and seven chickens. She is the owner of Jailyn Apparel Patterns which provides patterns drafted for full-busted women in ready-to- wear sizes 00 – 18.
Julie works in IT, which she loves because of the relaxed dress code. When she’s not sewing, she loves mucking about in the outdoors with her fiancé and his sons, messing around on her computer, reading, playing with yarn, and experimenting in the kitchen. She is on a mission to design her own personal pants pattern that fits her body the way she wants. She doesn’t use a Mac, but she thinks Steve Jobs was on to something with his black turtleneck and jeans wardrobe...
Kathleen's Mom used to make her a Halloween costume every year but anime cosplay proved to be her breaking point. Kathleen was forced to teach herself and is now sewing up a storm! She lives in LA and makes many very cute dresses for the warm weather alongside the occasional costume.
Kelly Hogaboom is an engineer, tailor, writer, and homeschooling parent living in Aberdeen, WA. She hosts one-a-month sew-alongs on her blog and hosts a Facebook page under the name The Vegan Tailor.
I’m a wife and working mom of 5, two young women, two little boys and a sweet little girl. I’m a clinical psychologist and college professor by day and between all my other responsibilities, try hard to find time to sew by night and on the weekends. I’ve been sewing for nearly 35 years off and on and had been off with the exception of home dec items and the occasional special occasion dress while in graduate school and after the birth of my first son. I decided to get back to fashion sewing because I got tired of the limited choices and exorbitant prices available to fashionable plus sized women. Upon my return, I was pleased to find a wonderful online sewing community and I have formed many friendships over the years. I try to meet up with my sewing friends whenever I travel and love adding to my epic fabric, pattern and notion stashes. You can see what I’m up to daily on Instagram @kellyhpsyd and see my makes and pattern reviews on my blog at www.sewmuchtodosewlittletime.com
I have started sewing in April, 2010. Since then, I got completely addicted! Who said that plus size sewing couldn’t be quirky, pretty and cute? Laurence blogs at: Quirky Pretty Cute
Leah lives in Ontario, Canada. She loves sewing and likes to learn new techniques. Her mother taught her how to sew when she was 10 and she hasn’t stopped since. Leah blogs at: Is It Really Sew Strange
L'Anne is women's historian who works extensively with the history of women's bodies. She has two crazy dogs, one cat who refuses to leave the basement, and a fantastic husband. When she isn't teaching, reading, writing, or sewing, she drinks wine, cooks semi-gourmet meals, works out, mocks bad TV, and tends her organic garden.
Lorraine blogs at http://spottydogsocialclub.blogspot.com/
Mariah is a self-taught sewist on a mission to create a beautiful handmade wardrobe. She blogs about her sewing projects at www.blackberryjamble.com . She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her one-year-old daughter, husband, and dog.
Marianne has been happily sewing her way through life, from 70s hippie dresses and bell bottom jeans through an 80s wedding dress, followed by baby stuff, kids coats and prom dresses. Now she's back to sewing one of a kind items for her own closet. Marianne is living in The Netherlands with her husband and a Border Terrier dog, aka the Furry Assistant. She's blogging at Foxgloves and Thimbles.
Megan is a hydrogeologist by day, but spends an embarrassing amount of her free time in the sewing room trying to create a perfectly fitting bra. She grew up being inspired by the sewing of her foremothers, but didn’t start sewing in earnest until 2012, shortly after she moved to New Mexico and found her shopping options severely limited. When she isn’t sewing, she can be found skiing, rafting, and seeking out the best hot springs in the southwestern US. You can find her online at her neglected blog www.thegreenviolet.blogspot.com, but you’ll have better luck connecting with her on instagram @thegreenviolet.
I started sewing recently because RTW never seemed to fit right. I enjoy the challenges that being a self- taught seamstress brings.
Nique is a biologist by day and a crafter by night. Her passions are parasites/pathogens, friends, family, food, and crafting (in no particular order).
By day I'm a college professor, and most of my time is consumed with lectures, students, papers, my own research, the writing I do, and running and working with some women's organizations. The sewing--and knitting--serves as a stress release per se. Of course, sometimes that goes seamingly well . . . other times, well, let's just say adventures and misadventures along the way end up in various forms of print. Those adventures are made even better when sewing meets life's level of stupidity, travel, and momentary Lifetime movies that make up my life. You can find me at: Cooler than You: Stupid Things I Say and Do
Paige is a Photographer in Cincinnati, Ohio with her Boyfriend Brian and her pet kids, Bowie and Taco. She loves sewing vintage and otherwise, and loves being part of a community of curvy sewers! She runs Very Paige where she talks about her life and all her crafty endeavors. She hopes to be able to share some of the knowledge she’s learned about fitting plus sizes, and apple shapes.
Sew Pandora is a 30-something plus size gal who is working hard to sew a great wardrobe that actually fits. She is also a thrifter who loves a good refashion, and you never know what great treasures she might find at estate and yard sales. You can follow her adventures in sewing at pandorasews.blogspot.com
I’ve been working as a freelance writer and editor since 2008 when I left a graduate program in philosophy. I run the blog Wining Wife, where I talk about wine, sewing, running, relationships, housekeeping, crafts, food, books, and more. I am a two-time firewalker (in fact, I met my husband 4 days after the first time I walked across fire and we walked together the day we got married), and arrow-breaker. I am a competitive runner, and I’m hoping to get back to that soon. I enjoy snuggling with a very cute infant girl and playing board games with an awesome teenage boy.
Rosie is a 34 year old newly-wed from London, UK. A super chubby baby, she has been chubby all of her life to varying degrees. This has not stopped her being obsessed with fashion and generally dressing up like a children's TV presenter at a rave most of the time. She works in heritage and is passionate about history, food, beer, people, colour and pattern. The more things are deemed inappropriate for big girls, or the more things clash, the more she wants to wear them. To tea, with the vicar. Rosie just started blogging at: Sparkleneedles
Lauren is a vintage-loving seamstress in Austin, TX with a dapper pup named Oxford. She blogs at: Rosie Wednesday
I’m an Arts Project Manager in Rio de Janeiro by day and sewer by night and weekends. I’m interested in everything concerning craft works, and started my “sewing career” through cross stitch and embroidery. I used to be a shopaholic until 4 years ago when I finally fulfilled my dream of learning to sew, and decided to build an entire handmade wardrobe for myself. The plan is on its way!
Sophie-Lee is a doctor living in New Zealand with her husband, cat, dog, and dreams of rural life. She wears bright lipstick and brighter clothes, loves cheesy puns, and thinks she's a better dancer than she is. You can find her at: Two Random Words
After over a decade of moving around the US for her corporate career, Susan moved home to central Texas in 2008 (with her husband that she’d picked up along the way). With the cubicles in her rearview, she dove headfirst into several creative endeavors – but it was sewing that stuck. She has since vanquished fit challenge after fit challenge, slowly learning to cherish her body by writing it clothing love letters. She can’t wait to see what new things she’ll learn with her next project. She blogs (sporadically) at moonthirty, and is on Instagram and elsewhere as @moonthirty.
Hi, my name is Suzy. I’m a 30-something mum of 2 who lives in Australia. I’ve been sewing for about 3 years, fully self taught and started because of the frustration of finding RTW that fitted properly. I love being able to sew what I want instead of being stuck in the rut of what fits and is available. My sewing passion is making pants! I live in them so it makes more sense to me to sew them instead of pretty dresses that only emerge out of the wardrobe a couple of times each year. But I also sew jackets, dresses, kids clothes, quilt and make premature baby gowns. I blog over at: Suzy Bee Sews
I started sewing in 2013 and jumped in face first. My first projects were a dress and petticoat for my own birthday. I promptly fell in love with the magic of turning fabric into a wearable piece and my closet is quickly filling with me-made clothes. Being unafraid to try new techniques has quickly and drastically improved my construction. I can hardly say that I'm self-taught because I learned by reading blogs and tutorials. It is the sewing community that taught me! You can find me on my blog: The Enchanted Lilypad
T is a graphic designer from a little village in Oxfordshire in the UK. She sews fuelled by her love of conversational prints and crazy colour combinations. She also likes jumping in puddles, kittens, and very dark chocolate. Her main weakness (other than fabric) is new shoes – resulting in the biggest shoe collection housed in a tiny cottage anywhere in the world. You can find her at: u & mii
I've sewn "forever" getting my first real sewing machine for Christmas when I was 8. It was a Singer with a hand-crank, and made a lot of clothes on that machine. Later, as a stay at home mom of 3, there was always a sewing machine on the kitchen table. Then I discovered knitting machines! It became normal for my children to come home off the school bus to a house full of "aunties and grandmas." That's how "Pine Ridge Knitting Machines" started. Eventually I was given an ultimatum, "Quit this or get it out of our house". I went store-front shortly after, then sewing machines joined the line-up. Classes and lessons were a huge reason for the success of Pine Ridge Knit & Sew.
Fast forward to 2014, when my oldest daughter bought the business and transformed it into HER dream. It was time for me to re-invent myself, and my love of teaching and writing about it prompted me to start a blog; www.sewwhatyvette.com where I share my adventures. I still love to teach and mentor new sewing enthusiasts and do sew regularly at our local library as well as volunteering for Quilts of Valour.