Carolina Fair Designs
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1 How did you first get introduced to your craft?
My mom started teaching me to sew when I was seven. I got my first sewing machine when I was 14. I’ve been busy at it ever since!
2 What type of patterns do you enjoy designing the most?
I love to find easier, more creative ways to sew the clothes we all wear. Like the Button Up Bolero – I wanted my daughter to have a fleece jacket for a trip up north and I didn’t want to bother with putting in sleeves. A few tries (and a lot of cut up fleece!) later, my fold up jacket was invented.
3 What are you most known for?
My friends know me best for saying, “Oh yeah, I sewed that last night,” which means “I stayed up into the wee hours working on that because I couldn’t sleep until it was done!”
4 How do you jump-start your creativity?
I keep a notebook so I can make sketches of ideas for new designs. I also tape in pictures of things I’d like to make a pattern for. My notebook fills up faster than I have time to create. Then when I feel particularly empty of ideas, I leaf through my notebook until something jumps out at me to be worked on.
5 What season inspires you the most?
Winter is fun because I love working with fleece. I also love spring and summer because that’s the time for pretty cotton dresses and tops.
6 On average, how many new patterns do you design each year?
7 Is there another craft you'd like to try your hand at?
I want to learn watercolor painting -- someday.
8 What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Hanging out at home with my husband and kids. I try not to do business activities on Sunday so I can focus on them – my five different reasons for living.
9 What three items do you always have in your craft bag?
(or on my sewing table…)? I love my rotary cutter, my trusty measuring tape, and my box with 26 spools of thread in different colors (my husband gave that to me for Christmas last year and of course I knew about it because I picked it out. Several times as I was working on sewing projects for Christmas presents, I sneakily unwrapped it, took out a spool of thread, and put it back. My husband never even noticed the missing spools when I opened it on Christmas morning!).