Meet Katie, co-founder and contributor
Why do you sew?
I don’t “need” sew the way that some people do — ready to wear clothes fit me pretty well, and I generally find it cheaper overall to buy clothes rather than make them. But I make my clothes because I like to make. I really enjoy the process from choosing the pattern and pattern to altering and cutting my pattern, and constructing a garment from scratch. It satisfies the creative part of my soul.
How did you start – and what’s the first thing you sewed (and fit) to your body?
I remember the exact moment I became a sewist. It was the summer of 2011 and my daughter (my middle child) was 2 months old. I had a friend across the country who sewed and would post pictures of all the cute dresses she made for her then-2-year-old daughter. I looked at one of those photos and thought, “I can do that!” The rest is history! I started sewing for myself about a year later and found my true passion in women’s sewing. The first garment I made for myself was a Made by Wendy for Simplicity pattern. It was a simple peasant top, and I was hooked!
What fitting techniques intimidate you most?
I’ve never been particularly intimidated by sewing techniques. My theory is that any technique can be mastered with practice and patience. However, there are still some techniques for which I still like to follow step by step instructions. Installing a zip fly is one of those techniques.
What are your measurements and how would you describe your body type?
My measurements are typically 33 (high bust), 35 (bust), 29 (waist), 39ish (hip), height 5’3” (on a tall day). My measurements made me pretty solidly a pear, but I think my front visual is more rectangle. Most of my “pearishness” is in my booty 🙂
What fitting alterations do you typically need to make?
I typically make length adjustments throughout the torso of garments. I usually need to remove about 1/2″ above the bust, and sometimes remove a bit of length between the bust and waist. I almost always need to remove length from the rise on garments between the waist and hip — I’m really short there. Other common alterations for me are a swayback adjustment and a forward sloping shoulder adjustment.
What’s your personal style motto?
My style “motto,” if you can call it that, was instilled in me from years of Catholic school. My motto is to dress for your life, and also to dress with the seriousness which you assign to your activity. That’s why you’ll rarely find me in leggings outside my house.
When I’m not making, you can catch me shopping at… (fill-in the blank)!
Madewell and Everlane! I like to shop for simple, modern basics. Sometimes with a twist 🙂
Why did you join the Sew Altered Style team?
Mac and I had been talking about a big collaboration for several months before Sew Altered Style was born. One day we were chatting on the phone, and Mac said why don’t we just start a new blog? And I said sure, why not? I’m excited for the motivation to dive deeply into fitting garments for a well-fitting minimalist wardrobe and for the community we hope to build along the way.
You can also find Katie at
Her blog: Creative Counselor