Board Member Introduction ~ Amy

on January 29 | in Contributors | by | with 29 Comments

We’re excited to welcome Amy from Badskirt to our SMS board! Amy picked up sewing in earnest less than a year ago, and now she makes a living with her sewing machine, great fabrics and a lot of creativity. Amy’s style is full of bright colors and bold patterns. She blogs at Badskirt, and runs an online gallery and store too. The shop is temporarily closed while Amy travels abroad from her Australia home (in search of the best new fabrics!), but she’s happy to discuss custom orders any time. Amy’s checking in through her journey as she helps out with Fat Quarter Month (two days away!); she’ll share a great mobile project later in February. Welcome, Amy!

Photo info: Amy’s wearing an apron she made with a Sew Liberated Emmeline pattern with fabric by Amy Schimler.

SMS: How long have you been sewing?
Amy: We bought our first sewing machine 10 months ago. Although my mother had a sewing machine when I was a child, I didn’t take to it. Aside from learning the basic straight stitch when I was young, I’m self-taught and have picked up new skills from forums and blogs like Sew,Mama,Sew!

SMS: What do you enjoy about sewing? What are your favorite things to make?
The thing I enjoy most about sewing is seeking out fabrics. I love working with bright patterns and bold colors. Many of the retro inspired fabrics bring back fond memories of my childhood. I also enjoy the craft community that I’ve found through sewing. It’s nice to have others who inspire and create with me. Because I’m new to sewing, I’m still experimenting with what I make. I sell softies and children’s products at a local market, but I continue try a little bit of everything.

SMS: How do you find time to fit creativity (sewing and any other creative loves) into your life?
In May 2008, I left my job as a film and video game producer. Initially, I planned to take a short sabbatical and then return to the workforce. During my sabbatical, I began sewing and selling a few things online and at local markets. I was fortunate to have a supportive husband and have turned my hobby into a full-time business.

SMS: Do you have a favorite sewing tip or skill that’s made things work better for you?
When I began sewing, I used to obsess over every little detail. If a line was a little crooked, I cringed because I couldn’t sew as well as everything I saw in the blogs. I’ve learned to step back and look at the big picture. The tiny details aren’t as important and most people won’t pick up on the little mistakes. When I’m frustrated, I stop and take a break. The best tip I can offer is make sure you keep sewing fun, don’t beat yourself up over the little things. Every project is full of imperfections, but most people just hide them with good camera angles.


Amy’s Lillian hippo in Mag & Mimi Designs fabric.

SMS: What’s a favorite thing you’ve made lately?
One of my favourite recent projects was a custom order for a hippo softie. I hadn’t made one before and didn’t have a pattern. I cobbled together ideas from other animal patterns and have come up with something I’m quite fond of. I just keep making them!

SMS: Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
I’m a 35 year old American living in Sydney, Australia. I moved to Australia in 2003 intending to stay for one year. I was fortunate to find both a beautiful country and a wonderful husband. Along with sewing, I enjoy photography, pinball and dogs. I’m currently developing a new range of products with the hopes of a commercial release in late 2009.

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29 Responses to Board Member Introduction ~ Amy

  1. Wow – that hippo is really cute!

  2. shelle says:

    what a beautiful apron!

  3. Stephanie says:

    10 months of sewing? wow, there’s some serious talent! LOVE the outfit and the hippo. Cute, cute, cute!

  4. Tricia says:

    Hi Amy!
    love the apron, going to check out your site now 😀

  5. lesley says:

    Welcome- loves the hippo! Too cute!♥

  6. Amy Schimler says:

    Congratulations Amy – you know I am a big fan of yours too. The apron looks great and love the hippo too.

  7. I love your hippo design…just adorable!

  8. Cass Ward says:

    Well done Amy!

  9. Baba says:

    Welcome and Congratulations Amy! The Hippo is adorable and I am loving the apron!

  10. becky says:

    super love the hippo and the apron. the big tie in the front is great!!

  11. Valerie says:

    Amy I visited your site and I love the weiner dog. It so reminds me of a door stop my grandmother had in her house when I was little.

    I’ve only been sewing for about 3 months and already I’m adicted. Always looking for something to make and create.

  12. staci says:

    Welcome! I love that little hippo – and can’t believe you have only been sewing for such a short time.

  13. Margie says:

    Welcome Amy!

  14. anna says:

    holy crap that’s a great apron!

  15. heleen says:

    love the apron with the owls! and yes it was great read the intervieuw.

  16. amylouwho says:

    That hippo is darling! And I have that apron pattern and am now inspired to sew it up!

  17. naomig says:

    The hippo is adorable! The apron is awesome! Love your stuff!

  18. Kathy says:

    Ha! Love the hippo-he looks so wise;) Love the inspiring story of someone taking a dream and making it happen.

  19. Tammy :) says:

    The hippo is so cute! Any chance we could get a tutorial on that?

  20. Andi says:

    Wow! Another inspiring interview. And that hippo is so cute!!

  21. Rebecca says:

    I adore the hippo!

  22. Yay, Amy! Way to go! That is such a cute hippo!

  23. Sinje says:

    Wow, what a great apron! And a big Welcome to Amy!

  24. What a great interview! I love that hippo!

  25. amanda says:

    Wow! I just love the critters on your site. And only sewing for 10 mos, your a true inspiration!

  26. amanda says:

    That apron is so cute to begin with, but the owl appliques just put it over the top. Great idea!

  27. Alissa says:

    Congrats and welcome Amy! So great to have you be a part of the board. I’m lovin’ that hippo… your stuff is so cute!

  28. I love Amy’s style! And that hippos is just so cute!

  29. Kelli says:

    I absolutely LOVE that owl apron & hippo!

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