Sewing Indie Month - Interview with Amity from Lolita Patterns...

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Hello Everyone,

Today I'm excited to share an interview I did with Amity over at Lolita Patterns as a part of Sewing Indie Month (SIM). Amity is also a new mum, so I can completely empathise with some of things she talks about, including learning to be patient :)

Do you have a go-to pattern you've made over and over again? What is it and why?

I do love my T-shirt block that I have adapted out of a combination of Sewaholic’s Renfew (for the neckline) and Butterick 5215 for the base. I make tons of them!

And it’s easy to mix it up because of the neckline variations and sleeve length differences and whether I use a band at the hem or not.

What got you started sewing initially?

I always wanted to make fun stuff with great colour combinations and fabrics that I could not find in the store. See the PB&Jam leggings tutorial I did to convert them to yoga pants at Fehr Trade and the Minoru jacket I made. You can’t find that stuff in stores and I love them so much!

Do you do any other crafty/creative things?

I have an embroidery machine and use it a lot to make things for my daughter, my house, and friends. I often incorporate embroidery into my sewing as well when I do handbags or home d├ęcor.

Are there any crafty things you've always wanted to learn?

I always think those Silhouette machines look so cool! But I don’t have the time to add something else into my life. Whenever I do something, I like to learn all the insides and outs 1000%, so it takes a great time commitment to decide to do something new.

How do you come up with your pattern ideas?

I always take inspiration from my closet! I also peruse Japanese Lolita fashion sites. Generally I mix up different features or various garments that I love the style of. It’s too bad I don’t work in a professional environment anymore…my Lolita Patterns garments don’t get worn nearly as often anymore!

What is your favourite type of fabric and why?

My favourite fabric is crepe of any type! I love the feel and it is so easy to work with.

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Or neither?

Definitely a dog person! We have three dogs right now. One giant Bloodhound named Pumpkin and two English Bulldogs named Buffy and Wednesday.

What's one piece of advice you'd give to your younger self? 

Be patient! I was always in such a rush for everything that I really burned out. And you know what? Everything worked out in the end when the timing was perfectly right and I was ready. All that impatience just caused unnecessary stress.

Finish this sentence - When I grow up...

I hope my life is exactly as it is now! We just moved to a beautiful house in a gorgeous part of Colorado and I have everything I could possibly want! A home business, my baby girl (eventually more), a home, a husband, and wonderful family and friends.

What are you working on at the moment?

Since I now have a real winter to worry about with snow and everything, I have been making warm tops. The one I am working on right now is the Jasper Sweater by Paprika Patterns.

Thanks so much Amity!

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