Meet Evelyn, contributor
Why do you sew?
Most important, I sew because I absolutely love it. Secondly, I have a really hard time finding RTW clothes that fit my petite body. I am also very picky and will be the first to admit it! By the time I find the right style + fabric + colors + fit, it’s a unicorn and usually impossible to find. When I sew, I can control the entire garment from start to finish. I am also very interested in sustainability. Being able to control the garment from start to finish makes it easier to create items that will last for years to come, thus not supporting fast fashion and doing a small part in reducing waste and toxic landfill buildup.
How did you start – and what’s the first thing you sewed (and fit) to your body?
I started sewing on my mom’s machine as soon as I could see over the counter, probably around 5 or 6 years old. I think the first garment I would have sewn completely by myself, for myself, would have been when I was 13. It was a specific dress pattern we had to wear for the church I grew up in. It involved a collar, top stiching, zipper, 6 buttons and buttonholes and a waistband, usually sewn in a slippery polyester. I sewed mostly only those kinds of dresses until I was almost 19. Then I left that church and didn’t really sew much for myself for a few years after that, except for my wedding dress. My wedding dress would have been the first thing I tried fitting. I basically drafted the whole thing from scratch. It was terrible! lol! Fall 2016 I found the Indie sewing community and became completely obsessed with sewing my own clothes and fitting techniques have slowly started to ‘click’ ever since.
What fitting techniques intimidate you most?
I wouldn’t say that fitting techniques intimidate me but I can get nervous about them. But I’ve learned if I don’t try, I’ll never know whether I can do it or not! Some things I’m nervous about but can’t wait to try, are coats and bras. I also struggle with crotch curves and getting a good fit on the back of pants and jeans.
What are your measurements and how would you describe your body type?
High Bust: 31.5 // Full Bust: 32.5 // Waist: fluctuates between 26-31 // Hips: 38 // Height: 5’1″ I’m a pear but my shoulders are wider than your average petite, so it balances out my hips some, giving the illusion of an hourglass figure. I am petite, but my height is fairly evenly distributed.
What fitting alterations do you typically need to make?
I never assume that each pattern needs the same adjustments. Every designer uses different blocks and has their own specific touch to the pattern. That aside, ones I do frequently are swayback adjustments and removing length from sleeves, bodice and skirt etc.
What’s your personal style motto?
I don’t have a motto per se, but I would describe my personal style as minimal and modern with touches of vintage. I also like to make strong statements through color.
When I’m not making, you can catch me shopping at… (fill-in the blank)!
I rarely buy RTW but when I do, it will be from a sustainable brand like Everlane, Garmentory, People Tree, or Pact Clothing.
Why did you join the Sew Altered Style team?
I’ve been wanting to do more in the sewing community in 2018, but couldn’t put my finger on what was right. I think this is part of what I was looking for! I love, love, love the sewing community and can’t wait to be more involved. I am indebted to everyone who has helped me so much along my journey and I want to try and repay some of the things I’ve learned. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to dip my toe into the blogging world, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while.
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