Board Member ~ Sally from Sew Sally

on June 3 | in Contributors | by | with 45 Comments

Sally Hess from Sew Sally joined our Sew,Mama,Sew! Editorial Board in May to help us plan this month’s exciting Make It, Wear It! series. Sally teaches sewing classes and private sewing lessons in the Portland area so it’s no wonder she’s an expert at teaching on the blog too! Sally’s post yesterday about what you need in your “Garment Sewing Tool Kit” was so helpful… We thought it would be fun to offer her information about needles, marking tools, thread and pressing tools in a handy Tool Kit PDF download. Enjoy the PDF, and Sally’s interview too.

SMS: How long have you been sewing?
Sally: I’ve been sewing since I was itty-bitty, sitting in my grandma’s sewing room with the foot pedal propped up on a cardboard box. I’ve been teaching for almost as long. The first time I ever taught anyone how to sew was in the 4th grade. I’ll never forget it, we were doing a lesson on pioneers and the teachers knew I could sew and that my mom had a business teaching children to sew. Somehow I ended up teaching all the kids in my class how to sew dolls. But the dolls had dresses, because they were simple. The boys wanted to make dolls with pants and I didn’t know how to make pants for the dolls. I was mortified.

SMS: What do you enjoy about sewing? What are your favorite things to make?
Sally: I make something tangible. Raising kids and building a marriage is meaningful work and often a child will be a great example of the hard work you put into raising him, but when I sew something, I have a finished project that I can hold in my hands. Sometimes in just a few short hours. When the day has been really rough, I like to go into my sewing room for some quiet creative time. I don’t always finish something, but I put a little effort into developing myself as an artist and a maker of things.

SMS: How do you find time to fit creativity (sewing and any other creative loves) into your life?
Sally: My house isn’t as clean as it could be.

SMS: Do you have a favorite sewing tip or skill that’s made things work better for you?
Sally: See my post on the 17th of June. Just kidding…
(But really, lots of great tips from Sally to look for on June 17th!)

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Sally’s Uptown Coat, buttoned up collar detail.

SMS: What’s a favorite thing you’ve made lately? Why?
Sally: My Uptown Coat by far! I am thrilled that everything about the coat ended up just like I wanted it!


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45 Responses to Board Member ~ Sally from Sew Sally

  1. kendra says:

    i just took the serger class with sally at modern domestic – so fantastic! thank you sally! you are phenomenal!

  2. Love that coat! Beautiful job!

  3. Michele says:

    Lovely! Coats are something that I’ve wanted to try sewing.

  4. georgia says:

    Sally verbalized why sewing is so satisfying, I think. But I never thought of it that way before! Beautiful coat!

  5. Kelli says:

    LOVE the coat! It’s like 95 here today and so muggy you could cut the air with a knife, so the thought of a coat right now is just making me sweat, and I still LOVE it!

  6. Trish B. says:

    You did a perfect job on the coat!

  7. Maria says:

    I love the coat! Great details

  8. Kelli says:

    I can see why you’re proud of the coat. It’s stunning!

  9. Sara says:

    I love the coat and if I made it though I would probably use a lighter material due to where I live—in GA:) Other than that I really like it!

  10. Rebecca says:

    What am amazing coat! IT makes me want to further hone my mediocre sewing skills just looking at it!

  11. marta says:

    love love love the coat! I wish I lived in the Portland area so I could take a class!!

  12. Heather K says:

    To make a coat like that, ahhhhh

  13. Katie says:

    I dying over that coat. I love me a double breasted pea coat!

  14. Brittney says:

    Great job on your coat.

  15. sharonj says:

    Very nice interview and a fabulous coat! Sharonj.

  16. Wendy D. P. says:

    The coat is gorgeous! I love the collar and buttons! So classic and hip all at the same time!

  17. Ramona says:

    That coat is beautiful and I’d rather sew than clean anyday!

  18. sy says:

    love your sewing and tutorials!

  19. Latrilla says:

    Sally, it is OK if the house is not as clean as it could be. I heard that is what happens to those with creative spirits. Sew on! 🙂

  20. ~Helena~ says:

    Howdy Sally, nice coat.

  21. Lisa says:

    cute coat

  22. says:

    that coat is amazing. welcome Sally

  23. Claire says:

    That is an amazing coat!

  24. Fran says:

    Great coat !
    Love the collar & detailing.

  25. Lisa says:

    I agree–I might go back to sewing clothes with the inspired photos and stories. Many thanks.

  26. Marcia W. says:

    lovely coat

  27. Becky says:

    Another not so clean house here. Sewing IS so therapeutic isn’t it?

  28. Bailey says:

    Love that coat!

  29. Rebmara says:

    I only can agree with everybody: that’s a real cute coat!

  30. Sam says:

    I’d rather sew than clean my house, too. 🙂 And teaching sewing (particularly to kids) must be so much fun!

  31. Darlene says:

    Lovely coat!

  32. Jenny says:

    She’s so sweet! What a lovely coat too! Wow!

  33. Amber F. says:

    My house isn’t as clean as it should be either! That coat is beautiful.

  34. qsogirl says:

    I have to agree with everyone above– really cute coat! and I’m looking forward to the June 17 post 🙂

  35. This might be enough to get me to sew clothes…

  36. gillian says:

    love sally! i’m lucky enough to be one of her students.can’t wait for more of her posts!

  37. Courtney says:

    What a great coat!!

  38. Miss Prickly says:

    I’ve taken classes from Sally. How fun to see a familiar face here!

  39. That coat is really cute 🙂

  40. Corvus says:

    What a gorgeous coat! I’ve enjoyed your posts thusfar and look forward to more.

  41. Susanne says:

    Cute coat!

  42. Krystina says:

    I love that coat! Especially the buttons. wow.

  43. Caroline says:

    That coat is so cute!

  44. Heidi says:

    I love that coat, I’m going to go check out the pattern.

  45. Jennifer S. says:

    That is a beautiful coat – I would be proud too!

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