We recently featured Julia from the Julia Bobbin blog and we’re excited to announce that she is also a judge for The Super Online Sewing Match! We love Julia’s sweet style and the clothesShe makes beautiful garments. Just look at the dresses she made last year! Julia’s full of fun and loves vintage clothing, especially from the 60’s; check out her amazing Celebrity Copy Cat series. She has even hosted two Mad Men Sew-a-longs (take a look at the galleries for Challenge 1, Challenge 2!).

Julia is our final judge for The Super Online Sewing Match. We asked all of our judges a few questions to get to know them a little better as we kick off Round One. Learn more about Andrea, Florence, Rochelle and Gretchen by following the links, and please join us in welcoming this group of talented and illustrious judges!

Sew Mama Sew: How did you get started sewing?
Julia: Originally my motivation to sew was being fed up with clothes not fitting me properly and never being able to find anything in a style that I liked. Sound familiar? I also thought that sewing would be a great creative outlet. I was someone who had dabbled in many different arts and was still on the search for my one true “creative love.”

I started attending a class once a week on a Saturday, where I sewed together two pieces of fabric for the first time. From the moment I saw those neat little stitches I was hooked. I was overwhelmed by just how much I loved sewing.


SMS: What is one bit of advice you’d give to someone trying to advance their sewing skills?
Julia: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! We learn more from our mistakes than we do from getting things right. Try new patterns and sewing techniques that are a little out of your comfort zone and persist until things start to click into place. The internet is a great resource for the sewing world. There is guaranteed to be a tutorial (or 20) online showing you with great detail how to master the technique that you’re tackling. That’s what is so fantastic about the online sewing community.


SMS: Was there a project you finished that made you realize you were sewing on a whole new level?
Julia: In 2011 I decided I wanted to really push my sewing skills and take my sewing to the next level. I entered the Tessuti Awards and went to town on techniques. I designed and sewed my own dress complete with Hong Kong seams, pleats, underlining, lining, binding and hand stitching. I put so much work into the garment I felt like I should hang it on a wall instead of in my closet! I felt really proud of what I had done and how much I had learned during the process, and it really hit me with full force just how much I really loved sewing. The biggest shock of my life was learning that I won first place! I still get goosebumps thinking about it!

SMS: Do you have a favorite, recent item you’ve sewn?
Julia: I love my little lace shift dress that I made recently using the Laurel pattern by Colette Patterns. Such a simple pattern with such a lovely result. It’s super comfortable and super versatile; it’s a great wardrobe filler!


SMS: What’s next for you?
Julia: I’m currently working on my pattern and design skills with the goal to release my own sewing patterns. Hopefully in the new year there will be some Julia Bobbin patterns sneaking into people’s sewing rooms. What a thrill that would be!