Board Member Introduction ~ Rae

on August 4 | in Contributors | by | with 36 Comments

We’ve been big fans of Rae Hoekstra’s work and Made By Rae blog for years. Last year she did the ever-popular Spring Ruffle Top Tutorial for us and we love her Spring Top Weeks. This summer we’re thrilled to have Rae on our Sew,Mama,Sew! Editorial Board, helping us plan Back to School and beyond! Enjoy Rae’s interview below, and look for more from Rae here in the coming months.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: How long have you been sewing?
Rae: I was pretty small, maybe 8 or 9 years old when my mom taught me to sew with a machine. My earliest sewing memory is of hand-sewing patchwork squares together while listening to a Sesame Street record.

SMS: What do you enjoy about sewing? What are your favorite things to make?
Rae: I enjoy sewing because it can be completely mindless, mind-bendingly complicated, or something in between (most of the time). I find that therapeutic especially since I deal with small children all day. My favorite things to make are clothes for myself. Right now I can’t stop obsessing over a dress I saw on another blog the other day… I find myself sitting by the sandbox thinking about how to make it fit! just! right! And then, what FABRIC to use? Sewing for me also produces items that can be worn for a longer period of time, I love sewing for my kids but once it’s outgrown or stained upon, it’s dead to me.

SMS: How do you find time to fit creativity (sewing and any other creative loves) into your life?
Rae: Sometimes I just don’t have time to sew. I also have times when I ignore the messes around the house and the stuff I’m supposed to do and sit at my machine. I have a very patient husband who cooks so I don’t have to think about dinner when the kids are napping, I can sew instead. If I have energy I sew at night. I also have a friend or babysitter watch my kids so I can sew and work on the blog and patterns at least once a week if possible.

SMS: Do you have a favorite sewing tip or skill that’s made things work better for you?
Rae: Cleaning my machine and changing my needle often. I know no one likes to clean their machine, but I do it anyway, and I have lots less swears since I started.

SMS: What’s a favorite thing you’ve made lately? Why?
Rae: I made a bonnet for my baby daughter (she’s almost one) that has piping, and I really love it. It gets used almost every day!

SMS: Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
Rae: I live in southeast Michigan with my husband and kids (3 year old son and 1 year old girl). I taught science and math to middle and high-schoolers for seven years before taking time off to take care of my kids and sew. I started a business this past year selling digital sewing patterns from my blog. I play violin, piano, and organ.

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36 Responses to Board Member Introduction ~ Rae

  1. Kathy says:

    Rae…love your patterns. Thank you for all.

  2. Edris says:

    Welcome Rae!

  3. jackie says:

    Rae, i have been following your blog for months, am glad to see you here, i love your blog, your patterns. congrats

  4. Angie says:

    Yay Rae! It is fun to see you on here, and that has to be the cutest picture of a board member ever!

  5. Rae, I am so excited to see what you do. I love the little bonnet.

  6. Jen M says:

    Congratulations Rae! I love reading your blog and will be happy to see what you contribute to this one too!!

  7. Christie says:

    Loved reading more about you Rae.

  8. Rae says:

    oops wrong link (shameless self-promotion there).

    THIS was the dress:

  9. Rae says:

    Wow thanks everyone for all of these really nice comments. Except for “new era”, I think you are a SpamBot and you should be deleted.

    Kirsty, This is the dress I was obsessing about:

    Want. It!!!

  10. Joanna says:

    I follow Rae’s blog and Stash Manicure. She’s very creative.

  11. Rochelle says:

    Love your blog! Lovely patterns and workmanship!!

  12. Shannon says:

    Rae – you’re the best 🙂

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  14. Anne Marie says:

    One of my most favorite blogs.

  15. Marla says:

    cute bonnet!

  16. Mary says:

    I love Rae’s blog. I can’t believe she wasn’t on the board here sooner!

  17. Sara says:

    Welcome Rae and I am a Midwest gal too from WI though. Glad to see you on here and I am going to go check out your blog now!

  18. Colleen Butler says:

    I love the bonnet and Rae’s blog.

  19. Layla says:

    love Rae, glad to see her input here!

  20. Caroline says:

    Yay Rae!!! I’m so happy to see her doing so well and joining the SMS board.

  21. Trina says:

    Rae’s blog is one of my favorites and I can’t believe she’s not ALREADY a board member. Whoo-hoo, more Rae!

  22. Kirsty says:

    Rae, love you’re blog, you are very talented.

    But please, do tell, which dress are you talking about???

    Keep up the great work!

  23. Monique says:

    So happy to see Rae here — her blog and her tutorials rock.

  24. Johanna says:

    Rae is so talented, I am really looking forward to what she comes up with next.

  25. Emily says:

    It’s about time Rae! 🙂
    I love her tutorials and well just everything she makes is awesome! 🙂

  26. Kadybug says:

    That bonnet is adorable!

  27. naomig says:

    I am in love with that bonnet! So cool! I totally hear her on sewing for myself versus the kids. This year I decided to focus on sewing for myself instead of them because I was so tired of them growing out of stuff I’d worked hard on, and fabric I loved. 🙂

  28. alisha says:

    I love Rae’s blog and can’t wait to see more of her here.

  29. Anna says:

    oh yay! so excited to see Rae again. fun stuff!

  30. Alyssa says:

    Love Rae’s blog!! Thank you for the interview.

  31. KTseams says:

    Bonnet and baby – both delightful!

  32. Beth says:

    love rae! great photo, too!

  33. Myrnie says:

    Oh, I adore Rae! Such a talented gal- can’t wait to see her new projects!

  34. Monica says:

    I’ve loved Rae’s work since I saw her Buttercup bag on Craftster. That led me to her website, where I saw the other things she had done. What a talent!

  35. ~Helena~ says:

    Such a cute bonnet and romper, I made 2 of the tops last year still my faves. Thanks

  36. I love Rae’s blog and can’t wait to see what’s next!

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