We love bringing you new makers on the blog and this one is no exception! Jenny (@Jennylovestosew) is another in the list of Sewisfaction makers that make our fabrics look AWESOME! So much so that this month she’s the winner of our #MySewisfaction competition and has won a £25 voucher to go towards her next project. We asked Jenny all about her sewing history, upcoming makes and more.
Hey Jenny, tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Jenny and I live in the West Midlands with my husband, our 3 grown up sons and the only other female in the house – our cat Indie. I am a 50 something retiree so manage to fit in a fair amount of sewing. I also enjoy the social side of sewing (and fabric buying) that has opened up to me and occasionally meet up in Birmingham with a group of like minded people who I met through Facebook.
Once every couple of months a meet up is arranged for coffee and a chat followed by a ‘Rag Market Rummage’ then back for another coffee to see what we have all bought. When I am not sewing I also enjoy cycling and walking. I am a ride leader for our local leisure cycling group, no racing here all our rides involve coffee, cake and the occasional weekend away.
How did you get into sewing?
I have only been sewing for a couple of years, with our sons all independent young men now I found I had more time to myself and decided to give it a go. My memories of sewing at school are not great although I do still have the pin cushion I made when I was about 12 years old but I was very much inspired by ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’.
Luckily there is a sewing class in my local town so a couple of years ago I signed up for a weekend ‘Learn how to sew’ course where I made a tote bag and some bunting, the rest is history, I became hooked very quickly and haven’t looked back since.
Where do you do your sewing?
I don’t have a dedicated sewing space at the moment, I currently have my sewing machine set up on the kitchen table, it has become a fairly permanent feature in the kitchen and is only moved when we have extra people over to eat. My fabric, haberdashery and other sewing bits and pieces are stored in various places throughout the house. Hopefully one day we can free up a room so that I can set up a proper sewing space but I love having my sons around the house so no great rush because it will mean one of them has moved out.
What’s your proudest ever make?
That is a really hard one, I have several makes I am really proud of but I think if I can only choose one then I would have to say the very first shirt I made for my husband. I had only been sewing for about 6 months when I made it and really struggled with the brief instructions but persevered and watched a lot of YouTube videos and got there in the end.
My husband loved it and took pride in telling people I had made it for him. I have since gone on to make him a couple more shirts which are technically sewn together much better but that first one still makes me proud. My husband is very supportive of my hobby so it was good to make something for him.
What’s next on your list?
Next on the list is trousers, I am building myself up to making the Ginger Jeans which I bought earlier in the year and keep putting off so first I am going to make the Closet Case Jenny trousers and then I am determined to conquer the jeans before the year is out.
Isn’t Jenny amazing? Why not give her a follow over on @jennylovestosew to see more of her fantastic makes?