Hi folks! Just a short post today to let you know about a bit of news in the CSC editor board. We’re sad to be saying bye to Rosie and Sophie-Lee, except for the fact that they’re off to have babies which is super exciting, so it’s hard to be sad! Thanks for all your help and enthusiasm ladies!
And stepping into their places we have… our very own Meg and Gillian!
Meg has been a really active member of the CSC since we started, and as anyone who reads our monthly roundups of member makes will know, an EXTREMELY active sewist! Over to Meg, for a few words:
Hi CSC! I’m Meg, an American currently living in Bangkok, Thailand. I blog at Cookin’ and Craftin’ about sewing and other crafty endeavors (ok, ok, mostly sewing these days).
My mom taught me the basics of sewing as a kid, but it didn’t really draw my full attention until I moved to Indonesia a few years ago. I found myself with more time on my hands than I knew what to do with and also found myself not even close to fitting into any of the clothes for sale locally. My sewing was initially inspired by the beautiful batik and ikat fabrics I saw in Indonesia and buoyed by the incredibly friendly and helpful online sewing community. Now I am pretty addicted to sewing, mostly for myself, but also for my husband, family and friends.
I sew with indie patterns and the Big 4, pretty much whatever comes in my size and tempts me that particular day! I tend to go for prints, vivid colors and not a lot of fluffy details. Most of my sewing so far has been fairly simple garments appropriate for warm weather, but I want to delve into more complicated projects (like coats!) and am hoping to tap into the CSC’s shared knowledge to guide me through it!
After following the Curvy Sewing Collective from the beginning and constantly marveling at the creativity and ingenuity of all of its members, I’m so thrilled to be contributing to the CSC as an editor! I hope I can help keep the curvy conversation going!!
In my non-sewing life, I’m an environmental lawyer who likes scuba diving, traveling, drinking beer, cooking, engaging in outdoorsy activities and crafty things like knitting, crocheting and jewelry making.
And then we have indomitable sewist Gillian!
Hello Curvy Sewing Collective! My name is Gillian, and I blog at Crafting a Rainbow and the Sewcialists. When I’m not sewing, I’m an elementary teacher, wife to a wonderful nerd, and crazy cat lady. I’ve been a fan of the CSC since it began, and I’m thrilled to start contributing as an editor!
Like many of us, I learned to sew from my mom, who let my sister and I choose a project to sew with her every summer vacation. I remember the thrill of choosing fabric and sitting with her while she sewed. In high school, my walk home from school passed by the local fabric store – oh, the temptation! My speciality was absolutely giant pyjama pants, made without a pattern. I’d start by making them the width of the fabric and then gradually take 10 or more inches off the sides until they “fit”!
It wasn’t until 4 years ago that I got back into sewing clothes. I’d just moved home from 5 years in Japan, and was trying to find work, stability, and new community back in Canada. The online blogosphere was such a game changer – it made sewing seem easy and accessible, and suddenly I had friends all over the world inspiring me and cheering me on!
That sense of community and support is what I love most about the Curvy Sewing Collective. It’s helping us all to feel great about our sewing skills and our bodies, and feel entitled to embrace our individual sense of style. I’m right on the cusp of plus-size, myself… in that strange grey zone where I can often sew the largest size of an indie pattern, but also regularly size out of popular patterns. Happily, my self-confidence has increased hugely now that my entire wardrobe is me-made. There is no room for body-criticism when all I see in the mirror is cute and sassy me-mades! I’m looking forward to seeing more and more sewists build confidence, style and knowledge through the CSC!
Please join me in welcoming Meg and Gillian to the CSC editors!