Meet Charise Randell the designer behind the fabulous “Casual Chic” jacket on page 44 of the Dec/Jan 2014 issue of Sew News. Charise has been designing women’s clothing for over 20 years for clients such as Nordstroms, Eddie Bauer and Union Bay to name a few. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two children and you can learn more about her at her blog Charise Creates. The jacket she designed for the Dec/Jan 2014 issue of Sew News is one of my favorites and you can get the pattern for it here for free and make your own stunning jacket you’ll wear season after season. But before you get to sewing let’s learn a bit more about Charise. Read the post and answer the question in the comments section below and you’ll be entered to win the book Christmas Home-Made and a cute fusible web tape dispenser. What is your sewing pet peeve? The task that I find most annoying is removing stitches made by mistake. It is inevitable but I try my best to take my time and pin, pin, pin!!! What were the early days of learning to sew like? I started sewing when I was about 6 years old. My mother taught me how to hand sew clothes for my dolls. It opened up an amazing creative world! When I was 12 my uncle purchased my first electric sewing machine! I loved making clothes from patterns. I taught myself to sew clothes by reading the pattern instructions. What was it that made you want to continue? I have always loved clothes and fashion and the ability to pick out fabrics and design my own clothes! The creative process is such a joy for me. Stepping into a fabric store presents an incredible world of possibilities. What do you do when you are not sewing? Well… I spend most of my free time sewing : ) When I’m not sewing I spend time with my boys and husband. I also love to garden, draw and read. What is your favorite thing to embellish your projects with? I like to use fabric trims – ribbons and laces for most embellished projects. Embroidery is also a favorite way to embellish. Who taught you how to sew? My mother taught me to sew when I was six years old. What’s the oldest piece of fabric in your stash? I started collecting vintage feed sacks about a year ago. The oldest feed sack I have is from the 1930’s. Do you have a favorite item or project to make? My favorite items to make these days are handbags and pouches. I love combining fabrics and coming up with new designs. Do you find the change of seasons inspires you to sew and do you have a favorite season? Yes, definitely! I love sewing for the holidays – mostly gift items. I also love to plan sewing new clothes for the coming season. When shopping for sewing supplies, I always buy too much…Fabric! Are there any sewing techniques you are trying to perfect? I have been dabbling a bit with smocking. I purchased a vintage book on smocking and look forward to incorporating it into some of my projects. What future projects/plans are in store for Charise Randell? I’m currently working on some hand bag patterns as well as some patterns for home goods items. Any tips you would like to share with the Sew News sewing community? Step outside your comfort zone and try new techniques. You never know which will become your new sewing passion until you try! Thanks so much to Charise for taking time out to be apart of our Meet The Designer series! We love learning more about and from the designers featured in Sew News! Question: How do you step outside of your comfort zone? What things do you do or try to not get in a sewing rut? Have your stitched up Charise’s jacket that was featured in the latest issue? Would love to see it if you have! Please answer below and you will be entered to win our featured prize.
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