Allison

Location:

Austin, TX

Member since:

August 15, 2014

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What is your history with sewing?

I grew up with a grandmother who was a seamstress for a living and enjoyed many custom made costumes and prom dresses. As a young teenager I became interested in sewing. However, I learned most of my sewing skills while in college. Although I've not done much sewing in that past few years, being a relatively new mom with a 2 year old, and having to join the rat race, I've managed to get my name in the credits of a small film as a costume assistant and as a costume designer in another independent film made in Austin. I'm currently in the beginning stages of creating a petite clothing line for curvy pixie sized women (like myself) who want mature designs that fit without much tailoring, if any. I like to design for the most part. Not that keen on pattern making even though I'm good at it. I'd like to learn more about draping, which I think would speak best to my technical mind and tactile fingers/hands. I'll be taking some classes in the future for that.

Tell us about your sewing machine(s).

Right now I have a domestic Brother sewing machine along with a domestic Singer serger. I like them both very much but would like an industrial machine for sewing speed.

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

Grab my handy little seam ripper and get to rippin'!

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

I did a slew of Spiderwick themed fairy costumes for a children's literature camp. It was challenging to recreate the images into clothing and even now I look back and wish I had done some things different. But each project is a lesson and I grew tons as an artist. You can see a picture here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=5385681131&l=c49b02e323

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

Wow...I would sew a wedding dress that I designed for my friend. It's an American and Japanese infusion with some hand painted fabric dying techniques I'd like to try. One of these days though! One of these days...

Introduction

I love fiber art of all kinds! I have an associates degree in Fashion Design from the Art Institute of Dallas. Since school, life has taken me through many changes which derailed my path to being an independent designer. I'm ready to chase my dreams.


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