Such has been the case with a blog called SHEILAZ CTK. I was just cruising around the world wide web one day long ago when I happened upon this Citified Woman From the Suburbs, and she's been providing crafting inspiration, motivation and encouragement for me every since. Talk about a JANE of all trades! She thinks it! She does it! Makes no apologies about it!, then struts right off to her corporate 9 to 5 in HIGH DIY STYLE! If you haven't met this New York State lady that I call friend, take a little peek into her world...
Sheila, what things excite and inspire you in your sewing and the designs that you create?SHEILA: I’ve always created things and it stretches back to my younger days. Back then the most basic things inspired me to create: walking around in a department store, back then it was Abraham & Strauss and Woolworth and being in those stores fueled my creativity tremendously, with its displays and multitude of colors & textures. Of course, art, landscapes, street scenes, tv, also played a part. Fast forward and the list grew and things that inspire me heightened by people watching, catalogs, even the advertisements on the train, sewing & fashion bloggers and I can’t forget social media… facebook, Instagram, pinterest, etc.
Can you tell us a little about your learning process; have you had formal training or are you self taught?SHEILA: There’s no formal training in this neck of the woods…lol. The closest I came to any type of training was in school’s home economics class, wherein we learned how to make pillow cases. To the heart of it all, I am self-taught and refer to sewing/crafting reference books, dvds, sewing blogger tutorials, of course YouTube, etc.
What are your favorite items to sew?SHEILA: My favorite things to sew were tops, they are easy to make, especially in knits and they work so well with my uniform a/k/a suits. However, of late it has been dresses. So my favorite item to sew is always subject to change.
What garment or project has presented the biggest challenge to you?SHEILA: The biggest challenges have been sewing blazers. Although, it’s getting better, it’s still a challenge with each new project.
What garment(s) to date would you call your masterpiece(s)?
SHEILA: Totally giggling over that question… A masterpiece you ask... to date, I have yet to make one, but I have two that I like to call my labor of love pieces.Link: Inspiredfaux leather dress
What are your favorite fabric sources?
SHEILA: My favorite fabrics sources are local brick & mortar shops: Fulton Fabrics, 123 Fabrics & Silk Road Fabrics, Brooklyn, N.Y. and Spandex World, New York City.
-Do you ever shop for fabric online?
SHEILA: Since I am located conveniently near fabrics shops, I rarely shop online.
Are there any sewing techniques that you have not mastered yet, but plan to work on?
SHEILA: Sleeve plackets, bound buttonholes & welt pockets.
If you could only have five (5) patterns, which five would that be and why?
SHEILA: Butterick 5147: I love lifestyle wardrobes, which provides a variety of basics that work well with my lifestyle.
Butterick 4976: faux wrap dress: I can never go wrong with this pattern, and another great pattern that can be made repeatedly in a variety of prints yielding a different look each time.
Simplicity 1849: This top is everything, its figure flattering and can be modified to a basic pull-over tee.
New Look 6351: I love pull on pants and this pattern is perfect and yields a great fit & polished garment.
McCall’s 3830: I love a basic skirt and this pattern is perfect. I even modified it for an elastic waist when I want instant gratification.
Other than garment sewing are their other crafts that you enjoy?
SHEILA: Now you have opened up a can of jelly beans… I love to crochet, knit, make body products, cards, diaper cakes & costume jewelry.
Do you have a favorite sewing or crafting tip to share with us?
SHEILA: My favorite sewing tip is using heat n’ bond adhesive for my dress and pants hems.
|Kenmore sewing machine 1622, Singer HD110, Kenmore embroidery/sewing machine 19005, Kenmore serger 16677, Siruba HSO-747D, Kenmore elite embroidery/sewing machine, Janome coverstitch 900cp|
I so hope that you enjoyed visiting this Citified Woman from the Suburbs. You can also find Sheila on Facebook, and Instagram where she also posts her superior DIY styles...