This month, it’s time to share another one of out #MySewisfaction monthly makers winners and we’re super excited to announce our March winner is Jen of @jenlegg4
We’re so inspired by every Sewists story and so every month, our winner will be interviewed exclusively on the blog. We chatted with Jen about all things sewing – read on to find out more.
-Tell us a bit about yourself
Hi I’m Jen a 50 something creative girl with a total obsession for florals and jumpsuits. It was such a privilege to win March #MySewisfation as there are so many fantastic makes under this hashtag.
I left school with an ‘O’ Level in Art and gained a place on a full-time hairdressing course. After qualifying I worked in a couple of salons on a rent-a-chair basis building up my clientele until one of the salon owners wasn’t paying the utility bills, electricity board called in to cut the supply off! So, I asked to take over the lease, fast forward a few years the property came up for sale and I bought it at the age of 23!
Even then I had a floral obsession.
I have creative genes, my mam and Aunty used to run fabric shops when I was a teenager, both used to make beautiful clothing for their families, on an outing with my cousins we looked like the ‘Von Trapp’ family.
-How did you get into sewing
After the first series of Sewing Bee I was inspired and thought I can do that. Then the addiction began. I’m lucky enough to have a beautiful (mainly messy) sewing room at home.
The IG sewing community is so inspiring I realised though there was not a lot on offer in the North East in terms of sewing schools so TeesCreatives was established last September. The floors above the salon at my property had been unused for a while so along with husband Leggy- I had the vision he could carry out the work. Perfect partnership to get the mammoth task done. It took blood, sweat and tears (of joy)
-What’s your proudest ever make?
My proudest make every is my #bhlrumana coat. It took over 40 hours to complete from start to finish. I used TeesCreatives to sew my coat so I had a machine 3 machines set up for top stitching, main sewing and lining. During this time if I wasn’t downstairs hairdressing I was upstairs sewing. I am so lucky to be following both passions under one roof.
-What next on your list?
Next on my never-ending list is a capsule wardrobe, my Leggylad has challenged me to a ‘backpack’ island hopping holiday in Greece, so crease proof fabric is needed!