August 2nd 2019
We have another fab maker on the blog this week and she just so happens to be our top #MySewisfaction pick for July. We fell in love with this Aperol Spritz inspired jumpsuit (summer drinks and sewing – yes please) over on her Instagram and we had even more fun finding out all about her:
Hi Yvonne, tell us a bit about yourself?
Hello I’m Yvonne Scott ( Scott by name and a Scot by birth!). I’m a fifty something young person and I live about 15 mins drive from Sewisfaction. I moved to Berkshire in 1986 with my husband. We only intended to live in here for 2 years but somehow 4 children , 7 grandchildren and lots of good friends later we’re still here and though we miss Scotland we love it here too.
I studied Maths at University and after moving to Berkshire started teaching adult IT courses until 1996 when I did a teacher training course and became a Maths teacher. I love it when students come up with new ways to think about a problem I’ve set- lots of people don’t see Maths as a creative subject but it really is and I think that’s why I enjoy it.
I have had a go at many crafts as I enjoy being creative but sewing and knitting are my big loves- in fact I tend to have either a knitting or sewing project on the go sometimes both! I really enjoy a craft day with my crafty friends Lynn and Sally where we sit and chat and make things.
I like to keep busy so if I’m not doing crafts I’ll be running or cycling.
How did you get into sewing?
I started sewing as a young child. My mum was a domestic science teacher ( food and textiles nowadays) and did a lot of dressmaking. She made her own wedding dress on my Granny’s treadle sewing machine in 1960. My mum was a real inspiration as she was either knitting or sewing when I was young and still is.
When I was at primary school, girls had knitting and sewing lessons and if you were good at knitting you then got to move onto the sewing machine which I managed as I’d been knitting long before the lessons. I loved going to fabric shops with my mum and getting to chose my own fabrics to work with. I remember making my own clothes for taking on holiday in the 1970s as a teenager. I continued to sew quite a lot up until about 1986 when we moved to Berkshire where I found it quite difficult to find fabrics/patterns etc as I didn’t drive.
My sewing took a bit of a back seat for many years though I still made a few things on and off including a prom dress for my youngest daughter about 12 years ago now!
I was reinspired to sew a bit more when ‘ The Great British Sewing Bee’ was screened and then Sewisfaction opened making it a bit easier to buy fabrics locally.
Where do you do your sewing?
My sewing machine lives in a wardrobe so it’s a bit of an effort to get it out and sew. I sew at my dining table in my house. This used to be a separate room but 4 years ago we extended and made the dining room part of an open plan kitchen/living space. It’s light and a good place to work.
My threads/fabrics are all stored in lots of places. When I have a project on the go it comes out and generally stays out until the project is finished – that usually means a project is finished really quickly and I don’t really have any UFO’s (unlike my knitting projects where I have several!!) I’d really like to have a sewing room- maybe one day!
What’s your proudest ever make?
There are lots of these and difficult to decide as there are bits in every garment that are challenging.
I’m really proud of my Ames jeans that I made this year as putting the zip into the fly was really challenging mainly due to having to shorten the zip by 2 inches!! This meant I had to pull teeth off of the zip with pliers so I could shorten it as you can’t just cut or sew through a metal zip. I learnt a lot about zips in that make!!
I would also include my youngest daughters prom dress- it’s the only garment I’ve ever made a toile for.
What’s next on your sewing list?
I’m not sure as when I finish a garment I might not sew again for several months. Sometimes fabrics inspire me to get a pattern out or instagram posts. My jumpsuit that got me sewer of the month (which I really didn’t expect and was very pleased with) was one such project.
I had seen a few posts using the pattern and then Sheona posted new fabrics one of which was the linen viscose so I went to look et voila! At the moment I’m interested in refashioning garments having read some articles about the damage fashion is doing to the Earths resources so I have decided to not buy new and to make only using fabrics I have. So in that respect I’m looking for ideas for taking garments I already have and re making them into another garment rather than throwing it away. I’m not sure how easy this is going to be though.
Congrats again Yvonne, we hope you enjoy your well earned £25 voucher and as always, if you’d like to be just like this months fab #MySewisfaction winner, don’t forget to tag your pics with the hashtag to be in with chance of winning.