You see, Elizabeth has a propensity for intense sewing projects; like her recent venture into cos-play where she made costumes for ALL of her family members (I'm sure you'll want to read all about that!). That particular project involved such elements as: hand dying faux stretch leather, and fully tailoring a man's suit! I'm sure you'll agree - there is never a dull moment over at ELIZABETH MADE THIS. But now, lets see WHY SHE SEWS & BLOGS ABOUT IT...
Why do you sew?
I love fabric! I always have loved fabric. There was a wonderful fabric store in my home town in this ca 1900 building with old wood floors and bolts of fabric displayed. I loved when my Mom would take me there as a child to see all the beautiful colors and textures. At one point in my education, I had the choice between following music and following art. I chose the former, but I've always been a little artsy, and I think I'm pursuing art again in a way through fabric.
Watching a flat piece of fabric transform itself into an actual garment is endlessly fascinating to me. I know a lot of people sew because they like to have handmade garments that express who they are. For me, it's more about the act of making something with my own two hands and seeing ideas in your head take shape. There's an honesty in it that's a wonderful break from the rigors of running a household and taking care of my kids!
Why do you blog about sewing?
Though I've hand sewn since I was little, I've only been sewing by machine for 10 years, and sewing garments for 9. I started blogging in Dec 2007 really to catalog my progress and my learning. For a long time it was all about my projects and what I learned each step along the way. I've always been a writer, so I treated my blog as a diary. I still catalog my learning and my creative process, but I'm looking more and more to give back to the sewing community that's helped me learn through my blog. I said no to video for a long, long time, but I see now how visual of a craft sewing is, and if I can put together a tutorial that helps someone be able to understand how to do something, I'm happy to help. The teacher in me keeps reminding me that I really, really love to teach! :)