Board Member ~ Kathie from Ramonster

on June 3 | in Contributors | by | with 44 Comments

You probably recognize Kathie Sever from her amazing pattern reviews of some of our favorite Colette patterns, and the Frida pattern for kids too. Kathie creates some of the most amazing, one-of-a-kind, indie/Americana-themed clothing around. Kathie joined the Sew,Mama,Sew! Editorial Board last month to help us plan a spectacular Make It, Wear It! June on the blog. You can find Kathie at Ramonster and Future Craft Collective. Enjoy her interview!

SMS: How long have you been sewing?
Kathie: I guess since i was about 7 or 8. My mom was a sewing teacher and always always had her machine and fabric stash in an accessible spot and pretty much let my sister and I have at it. And I had at it.

SMS: What do you enjoy about sewing? What are your favorite things to make?
Kathie: I think my favorite thing about sewing is that it satisfies both my creative side as well as my pragmatic side. You are more able to access the creative aspects of sewing through nuanced skill building, and the skills that are the by-product of your desire to create also happen to give you the ability to clothe your family, warm your beds and cushion your chairs.

SMS: How do you find time to fit creativity (sewing and any other creative loves) into your life?
Kathie: I made it into my J.O.B.

SMS: Do you have a favorite sewing tip or skill that’s made things work better for you?
Kathie: Follow directions. My mom and sister, both of whom are vastly superior to me in the technical aspects of sewing, still laugh I think when they reflect on my evolution into ‘professional sewing type person’… I half-assed EVERYTHING I made for years…! I refused to use patterns, or if I did cut from them I then went about neglecting directions willy nilly. And the things I made showed it. I finally decided to bite the bullet and school myself, and boy howdy! It sure makes things look nicer.

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One of Kathie’s designs.

SMS: What’s a favorite thing you’ve made lately? Why?
Kathie: Normally my favorite thing I’ve ever made is the last thing I finished. That’s always a good sign. Although I have a soft spot in my heart for this dress. (Here are a couple more close-up shots!)

SMS: Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
Kathie: A little more about myself… Hmm… Well– If I don’t run at least three times a week I have panic attacks. I vacillate in the spectrum between: bacon and egg tacos, and spinach and kale juice fasts. I have a husband who loves me so much he recorded my favoritest song in the world and put it on his last album. And he actually improved upon it. I have two kids who remind me to stay connected to my grand triumvirate of life (and parenting) wisdom: Shel Silverstein, Thich Nhat Hanh and my middle school yearbook. The first because he is awesome and silly and deep. The second because he is true and right and deep. The third because it is painful and utterly shallow and me. And in accepting one I have to accept the other and in accepting the other I have to accept it all.

Oh and also I have chickens and I like Nutella.


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44 Responses to Board Member ~ Kathie from Ramonster

  1. Michele says:

    Love that dress!

  2. Katrina says:

    I’m so motivated for the challenge!

  3. san says:

    Thanks for all the great inspirations, I will post a pic of what I am working on in the pool and on my blog,

  4. carli spielman says:

    Kathies’ reviews of the Collette patterns got me buying them!

  5. Amanda says:

    I just read the review of the Macaron dress, and I love your fabric choices! So cute.

  6. kathyh says:

    we like nutella too.

  7. Kelli says:

    Mmm…nutella! I love the dress, it’s so simple, but not plain at all. It really stands out. My daughter would go crazy for it!

  8. What a fantastic looking dress – I love all the details

  9. Maureen says:

    Enjoyed the interview. Interesting that she started out not following patterns and then changed.

  10. Trish B. says:

    That’s a cute dress!

  11. Krystina says:

    Love Nutella. Especially with Ritz crackers 🙂 Great interview, thanks!

  12. Kelli says:

    What a fun interview!

  13. Samina says:

    Consider me a fan, just based on your philosophy of life!

  14. Andi says:

    I love these interview snapshots and I think that dress is amazing!

  15. Rebecca says:

    I wish I had the confidence with color selection! Cool clothing!

  16. Joy says:

    I love the colors 🙂

  17. Katie says:


  18. Brittney says:

    We like Nutella too:)

  19. amelia says:

    i love that dress.

  20. 4vs1 says:

    What a great dress! My 2 oldest daughters would go crazy for it!!!

  21. Greeblygreebly says:

    Nutella truly is the food of the gods. Have you tried it on smores yet? Oh man.

  22. Ramona says:

    Thanks for the interesting interview. It is always fun to learn more about people.

  23. naomig says:

    That dress is awesome!

  24. sy says:

    love your sewing and prints

  25. That dress is really special 🙂

  26. Jeni says:

    that dress is too cute!! Reminds me of my long lost rainbow bright when I was 5!!

  27. ~Helena~ says:

    Wonderful dress.

  28. says:

    That dress is amazing. She is a very interesting person!

  29. Trish says:

    Fantastic! Such detail you put in!x

  30. Claire says:

    That dress is amazing!
    (and i like nutella too.)

  31. Lovely dress. Nutella rocks!!

  32. Amber F. says:

    WOW! That dress is awesome!!

  33. Jenny says:

    Ooh! Lovely!

  34. Sara says:

    She sounds like a really vibrant lady and soo funny!!! I like the dress she designed as well and that she used to “half-ass” everything she sewed!!!!

  35. Maddie says:

    You won me over at chickens and Nutella 🙂


  36. amanda says:

    That rainbow swirl (and collar) are totally cosmic. Right up my alley – LOVE it!

  37. Marcia W. says:

    Enjoyable interview

  38. Becky says:

    Welcome to Sew,Mama,Sew! No one here bites I think…………

    Love your evolution of sewing and the triumviate!

  39. qsogirl says:

    wow, what a fantastic dress!

  40. Jennifer S. says:

    Hmmm, Nutella and eggs then? You do some great work!

  41. VickiT says:

    That dress is simply adorable! Wonderful job. I’d sure love to make something like that for my granddaughter.

  42. Rebecca says:

    Nice stuff!

  43. Corvus says:

    The detail work on that dress is amazing!

  44. Liz says:

    Love that triumvirate. So true.

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