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Sylvia C.


Austin, TX

Member since:

February 10, 2013

What is your history with sewing?

My mother was an excellent seamstress! I grew up with stacks of fabric at the ready. We used to adapt patterns all of the time. By college age I toyed with the idea of becoming a costume designer. Alas, my most recent sewing projects have been for pillows - and one unfinished pajama pants for one of my tall sons.

Tell us about your sewing machine(s).

I think its a Singer. I hardly use any of the features.

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

When I was really much younger, I used to actually rip the item apart in frustration. Now, I understand that "as you sew so shall you rip". Much calmer!

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

With my mother's help, I made the most simple and lovely wedding dress for myself. A lace cocktail length over-dress that I wore over a simple white slip. Made with the most beautiful lace. I'll try to scan a picture later.

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

I have this goal: to create patterns for each of my sons for Hawaiian shirts. Then I want to find out how to get great fabric, get a surger machine, and pump out custom made shirts for them. Also, pajama bottoms.


I grew up in a home where the sewing machine was running sometimes daily. I believed that my mother could sew anything: talioring, upholstering included. We sometimes designed things together. Sewing has been a great creative expression for me.

What Sylvia C. is saying about this Meetup Group

Inspiring! Really enjoyed the discussions, seeing the other's projects and hearing about other's sewing lives that included everything from blogs to pattern making. Bonus: a fabric artisan who gave all of us hand-dyed scarves, fabric samples and stories of the artisan life! Wow!

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