Tuesday 6 September 2022: This is part 2 of Wis’s interview in May.
It’s a few weeks away from SewOver50’s Frocktails event in Edinburgh this month and hearing Wis talk about her love for sewing is a great way to lead into this international event.
When Wis came back to sewing, getting used to sewing patterns with seam allowances, when they were not included before, she had to read pattern instructions in a lot more detail.
Her wish is that every designer puts the seam allowances on every pattern piece. You know what it’s like when you’re working on a collar or facing and this pattern piece has much smaller seam allowances than the rest of the pattern pieces. Very tricky!
Wis recommends you have to measure all the time as you sew and have a clear head too. She also recommends you test the pattern before using the fabric you want to make your final garment out of. This is a practice Wis does with each project. She checks that the side seams match with the paper pattern.
Wis suggests you take your time, measure all your pattern pieces and fabrics every time will give you are good results.
Her ongoing adjustments are to lengthen the bodice of her garments because she is tall.
Wis follows SewOver50 and she says there are many great garments she sees from SewOver50 followers, all the time. The online sewing challenges also inspires Wis to sew. Wis is often in awe of the creations she sees from SewOver50 followers.
By taking pattern drafting classes, Wis is now building up her range of block patterns that fit her body and her design aesthetic.
Thursday 26 May 2022: Wis is Wis_g on Instagram. She tells us about how she chose ‘what i sew’ as this phrase uses the first letters of her name Wis. Clever right?
Do you also think about should you still blog or not? Wis has also thought about the same issues as she also has a blog where she has posted the information about the clothes she has made.
Wis talks about how she feels about sewing and being a part of the SewOver50 community. Since SewOver50 started in August 2018, she has felt very safe within this community lead by Judith and Sandy.
Saturday 21 May 2022: Wis lives in Gent, is a SewOver50 follower and she attended the in-house (2019) and online Sewing Weekender (2020) events.
This is a special podcast created as part of the 2022 Saturday lineup at The Sewing Weekender 2022.
There are a few more podcasts featuring Wis to come. Bookmark this post.