We’re counting down the days until The Casting Call at Puyallup on March 3rd! While we’re getting everything organized, we’re also learning a little bit more about our 5 lovely contestants. Get to know a bit about contestant Stephanie Chan.
Sew It All: When did you learn to sew? Who taught you?
Stephanie: My mom taught me to sew when I was about 7 or 8 years old. My parents bought me a Sew Perfect toy sewing machine and I still have the first thing I ever made (a pillow). But I soon graduated to my mom’s Elna Supra (still my favorite sewing machine of all time).
SIA: How long have you been blogging?
S: I started a family blog in 2008, where I started to blog about my creative endeavors. In 2011 I started a separate craft blog. So that would be 4.5 years.
SIA: What are your favorite project types?
S: I love to embellish! So anything where I can appliqué, embroider, screen print, stamp or stencil.
SIA: Who do you sew for?
S: I sew mostly my girls (5 year old twins). I also make a lot of hostess gifts for friends, usually a tote or kitchen towels.
SIA: What inspires you?
S: Usually I sew to fill a need, but I mix in the recipient’s personality. My girls needed totes for preschool, so I made totes. My girls’ carseats become really hot in the summer, so I made car seat sun shades. But with both, I added their favorite colors and shapes to make them truly theirs.
SIA: What is your sewing room like?
S: Messy, and filled with my vintage finds (wooden spools, milk glass, and spice racks repurposed to craft storage).
SIA: What has been your greatest sewing success?
S: Making the Amy Butler Cosmo bag for my mom! I hadn’t sewn with a pattern since high school, and there were so many curves to cut! But I learned so much, and it turned out so pretty. I also have to mention my wedding veil. In contrast, it was so easy and simple, but it was for a significant day in my life.
SIA: What’s the story behind your blog name?
S: “The Silly Pearl” is my childhood nickname (in Cantonese). “Pearl” (which also means “Precious”) sounds phonetically the same as “Pig”, so my girls, born in the Year of the Pig (2007) are also my silly pearls.
SIA: Do you have a sewing pet peeve?
S: I just wish I had enough time to do more sewing for myself!
SIA: Do you have any bad sewing habits?
S: I keep thinking the saying is “Measure once, cut a zillion times.” Then I realize that this is not how it goes.
SIA: What’s the best piece of sewing advice you ever got?
S: I was deciding between two colors of thread for an appliqué. My girls told me to roll the spools, and whichever spool rolls furthest is the one I should use.
Thank you Stephanie! And congratulations on being chosen as a contestant! We’re so excited to see Stephanie audition on March 3rd at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA. Will you be there to help us judge?