In case you missed it, our April sew along is with none other than the fabulous Mimi G of Mimi G Style. Mimi is all over this issue, with tons of helpful information for getting your spring and summer wardrobe plans in gear and a sew along – yes! We’ll be sewing up the wide-legged crop pants from her pattern Simplicity 8093 – the perfect warm-weather pant! For now, learn more about Mimi’s background, her inspiration and her take on the sewing community.
SN: What is your sewing background? I have been sewing since I was twelve years old. My aunt is a seamstress, and as a kid, I spent summers in Puerto Rico where my dad’s side of the family lives. Every morning I would wake up go my aunt’s studio and watch her sew. I was fascinated by how she turned fabric into these beautiful formal gowns, and I was immediately hooked. She would hand me scraps of fabric, and I would sit in the corner of her sewing studio hand stitching Barbie clothes. On my birthday that year my dad noticed I had an interest and bought me my first sewing machine-I think it was a Kenmore. I started to take apart my clothes and copy them onto new fabrics and then sew them back together; I am pretty sure that’s how I taught myself construction. I kept sewing for years after that, but when I started having my babies, that part of my life took over and I stopped sewing for a long time. About six or seven years ago I decided I wanted to start sewing again, so I picked it back up and started focusing on learning techniques. Being a self-taught seamstress is what I think helps me connect with so many aspiring seamsters because I understand what it’s like to want to learn to make something and having to go about it blindly. I wish I had the likes of a Mimi G Style when I was learning. Now I dedicate myself to teaching others to sew in an accessible and relatable way. Continue reading