Sew with Me: Carla Crim

SewWithMe Logo Sew with Me: Carla CrimCelebrate with us as we launch a new video, pattern and kit series called Sew with Me: your chance to sew along with some of your favorite sewing designers. Today we’re chatting with Carla Crim, aka Scientific Seamstress and part of the duo behind the Sis Boom Pattern Company. Jennifer Paganelli and Carla have worked together to create an amazing line of patterns for Sew News readers. Read more below about Carla’s interesting background and her approach to designing for modern sewists.

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I love that there is 24 hour access to sewing help.  In the Sis Boom/Scientific seamstress Facebook group (we call it the lab group), there is always someone online, willing to answer questions and lend a hand.  There is also the instant gratification of showing off completed projects to people who will appreciate them.  Along with that, you can get so much inspiration from other members’ projects.

How amazing is it to see people make special things with your patterns or instructions?
It is truly a thrill!  For the adult clothing, it is heartwarming to see a woman feeling beautiful and empowered to make her own custom-fit garment.  The kid/baby garments are a joy to see as well. I love my daily dose of cuteness.

What trends, sewing or otherwise, are you enjoying this summer?
Lace!  I’m seeing lace overlays and pieces that can be layered over a tank or a cami.  I’m also glad jean shorts are back. I wore the heck out of those in the 90′s.

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Good lighting, a big stash of Sis Boom fabric, and a big cutting table to clutter up. icon smile Sew with Me: Carla Crim

Where do you get your best ideas?
In the bathtub or when just waking up.

How do you stay motivated and inspired?
My team (Jeanine Thomlinson, Social Media Director, and Cathy Peckiconis, Customer Service Rep) and of course Jennifer Paganelli are my cheerleaders.

Tell us the story behind your moniker, the Scientific Seamstress?
My background is in Biology.  In fact, I have a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology.  After I had my little boy, I left the world of research and started sewing doll and baby clothes.  I had lots of people ask for my patterns, so I ended up compiling them in PDF format.  My business name was SewBoutique4Dolly.  When I transitioned into older kids and even adults, I wanted something that was more reflective of my style and background…Scientific Seamstress was the perfect fit.

Want to know more? Watch a quick preview video and then peruse our line of Sew with Me kits, patterns and video packages at You can also grab a copy of Carla’s book Essential Sewing Reference Tool, a must-have for your sewing library.

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 Sew with Me: Carla Crim
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