|Meg from elsie marley has fantastic creative energy (did you see her Kid Clothes Week?!) and we’re so happy to welcome her as an SMS board member. Meg shares solutions, reworks things ’til they’re right and shows via her blog that sewing is a creative, beautiful endeavor. Enjoy Meg’s interview below; Meg’s intro is the last introduction from our four new board members.|
SMS: How long have you been sewing?
Meg: I was an impatient, frustrated sewer in high school–wanting to make the dress, pants, outfit, whatever, right now! Mostly the outfits came out looking very homemade and not cool at all. So I gave it up until I had my first baby. I didn’t actually sew for my daughter, but I found I could take out my frustration on a sewing machine. And many hours with a screaming baby left me plenty frustrated. As a bonus, I could be creative everyday and make stuff that wasn’t half bad.
SMS: What do you enjoy about sewing?
Meg: The best part is of course dreaming up what you are going to sew, unfortunately the actually sewing makes you curse the dreaming it up part. I do like that every project is like a puzzle to solve. I also think it’s amazing how odd looking pieces and patterns written in tongues can come together to make a amazing outfit. And that it is a skill I will never master.
SMS: What are your favorite things to make?
Meg: Plush. I love to own clothes that I have made, but I hate making them.
Meg’s Little Jack Horner with plum & pie.
SMS: How do you find time to fit creativity (sewing and any other creative loves) into your life?
Meg: Sometimes I just don’t. I have a 3 year old and a 1.5 year old and naps are slowly going away. But I try to get into my studio for a couple hours in the evening at least once a week and my wonderful husband helps out quite a bit when I need to sew.
SMS: Do you have a favorite sewing tip or skill that’s made things work better for you?
Meg: read. the. directions.
SMS: What’s a favorite thing you’ve made lately? Why?
Meg: I made a little plush tug boat recently. I have been really into piping lately and though I didn’t intend to use piping in the boat when I drew up the pattern, while I was sewing it seemed like a good idea. And that little detail just made it so much better. I love how there are so many techniques and embellishments you can use in so many thousands of ways.
SMS: Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
Meg: I used to be a baker and a chocolatier and put all of my creative energy into food. Of course, then that food is eaten, so I never really knew how much that creative energy was part of my life. Now that I sew, and the finished (and not so finished) projects pile up around me, I can see how strongly that force pushes me to create and produce new things
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