1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ve been publishing e-patterns under the Tie Dye Diva name since 2007 and my line has grown to over 70 PDF patterns. I live in Northern California with 3 wonderful children and a supportive and patient husband who never complains about having serger tails sticking to his shirt.
2. What are your favorite projects to design?
I love easy-to wear classic clothing designs that have just a touch of whimsy – like animal ears on fleece hats and ruffled bottoms on babywear.
3. What is your favorite thing you have made for yourself?
I had to think a long time about this, as I hardly ever sew for myself! Then I looked down and realized I was wearing slippers I made for myself years ago that I wear pretty much every day! I think that will qualify them as my favorite thing made for myself.
For someone else?
For someone else … usually it’s whatever I have made most recently. I am in love with this baby a-line dress and bloomers set I made for a friend from my patterns. The fabric was just perfect for it and I had matching vintage buttons in my stash.
4. What is your favorite season/holiday to decorate for?
All of them! My family loves to have any excuse to celebrate. I have a huge set of handmade pillow covers and I change them out for every holiday and season. Our sofa is now full of Christmas pillows.
5. What DIY tips or tricks would you like to share with customers?
This sounds so simple, but press as you sew! It makes such a big difference in the polished appearance of your finished garment. Pressing means, lift the iron up and set it down, don’t wipe side to side. Pressing hems encourages the stitches to sink down into the fabric and makes them blend right in. Pressing seams open or to one side gives them a smooth look and can go a long way toward hiding any small imperfections, and pressing points and corners makes them crisp and sharp.
8. Any other interests or hobbies?
Even though sewing is a big part of the pattern-making process, it is still my favorite hobby! That is how I know I am in the right business. I also like to run, read, and collect sea glass.
9. Do you have a favorite quote?
Friends are like fabric – you can never have enough!
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