My name is Michelle, and I blog at happilycaffeinated, and I’ve been sewing for eight years now. My sewing projects tend to be casual separates, which reflect my lifestyle as both a mom and a software company employee.
I’m 40 years old, and after having lived most of my life in San Diego, I moved to Seattle, Washington two years ago with my husband, daughter, and our cats. People frequently ask if I miss San Diego, but after the short amount of time we’ve lived here, I feel like the Pacific Northwest is a much better fit for us, culturally. I do miss In-n-Out, though! The fabric shopping in Seattle is much better than it is in San Diego, as well. To pay for my fabric shopping habit (and our mortgage), I work as a technical writer for a large tech company in downtown Seattle.
My weight has fluctuated a lot as an adult, and finding clothes to fit my enormous bust has always been a challenge. I decided that I needed to learn to sew after a particularly traumatic visit to an Ann Taylor Loft dressing room where, after having lost over 50 lbs over the previous year, I found that I could fit into a size 10 in RTW pants, but still couldn’t button a size 14 blouse without pulling and gaping. I immediately signed up for a beginning sewing class through my local Adult Education program, sewed my first pair of pajama pants, and was completely hooked. Sewing has given me the freedom to choose the clothes that I actually want to wear, rather than buying something that I don’t love because it’s in my size, and it sort-of fits.
As a reader since the beginning, I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the Curvy Sewing Collective as an editor. By joining the CSC, I’m hoping to share some of the experiences that I’ve gained through trial-and-error in trying to deal with my own fitting challenges. I’m looking forward to being really involved here!
When not sewing, working, or parenting, I am a fan of wine, craft beer, and 80’s & 90’s pop culture. Our current family projects are potty training and trying to discourage our 3-year-old from repeating certain Faith No More lyrics.