Miranda A.


Austin, TX

Member since:

August 11, 2013

What is your history with sewing?

My mom sent my sister and I to sewing lessons at young ages, but I really learned to sew by watching her then experimenting on my own. After my first couple years of college (studying nursing) I really became interested in sewing clothes for myself. Through trial and error I taught myself to sew with all different types of fabrics, and all different types of apparel projects. I began draping on my mom's dress form and learned to create my own patterns. At one point I opened an Etsy shop and sold handmade original clothing with some fun success. I received lots of custom requests, so I sold out the shop and began sewing for others on a custom basis. I've made everything from baby rompers to wedding dresses, mostly all with original patterns. I have also loved sharing my sewing adventures on my blog One Little Minute (onelittleminuteblog.com). In the last few months, with this move and new baby, I've kept life simple and am sewing just for fun, which is refreshing.

Tell us about your sewing machine(s).

I sew with a Janome Sewist 525S. It was a gift from my mom the year I got married. The first serger I used was a Janome MyLock 634D, also a gift from my mom. Last year I worked with Babylock on a series about sewing with knits and received a Diana serger/coverstitch machine. It has changed my life:)

When you make a mistake while sewing, what do you do?

I either unpick the mistake and try again, or I change the design of the garment to work around the mistake. Depends on how much seam-ripping might be involved!

What's your favorite thing you've ever sewn? Can we see a picture?

Oh man, that's tough. I may be most proud of a wedding gown I designed and created two years ago (photos here: http://www.onelittleminuteblog.com/2012/10/cowl-and-pleats-custom-wedding-gown/) It was a long, detailed, and such a fun project. I also sew a lot for myself and love being able to make something just the way I want it!

If skill, time, and resources were no issue, what would you sew right now?

Right now I'm working on a quilt for my son that I began a year ago. I am just tip-toeing into quilting and it seems to take so much energy for me to approach a quilt! After that, I want to sew myself a couple maternity dresses for the last trimester. Then I'll begin working on a sweet little layette for my baby girl.


Born and raised Utah girl. Married with two crazy little boys and a baby girl on the way. I love fabric, chocolate, and cheese...all about equally.


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