The week for our interview we have Amy, Sewing with Boys Contributor. It was fun to learn more about her and her family. I know you will enjoy getting to know more about the amazing work she does.
How long have you been sewing?
Technically since I was twelve, but I took a break when I moved out on my own, so: seventeen years minus about four (don’t do the math! Thirty already feels too close!).
How many boys do you sew for? How old are they? (Husbands count!)
I sew for my two sons, my best friend’s son, my nephew, and, just recently, my husband.
What is your favorite item you have sewn for your boy/boys?
This is a hard question! Usually, whatever I’ve just finished is my favorite 😉 If I had to pick, it would be between these three:
What do you think are the biggest obstacles in sewing for boys?
Honestly, the limits we place on ourselves – sewing for boys doesn’t have to be as hard as we like to make it seem! Basic items are so easy to “dress up” by using stencils, iron-on vinyl, appliques, what ever you can think of! I have no problem putting my boys in any color they want – my oldest loves to wear every color of the rainbow, especially orange and pink.
Where is your favorite place to buy fabric for boys?
We’re fairly rural and I like to feel fabric before I buy it, so I mostly buy from JoAnn’s and Goodwill. Even though the “boy section” at JoAnn’s is limited, I love to embellish, so I find myself sticking to solid colors anyway. And upcycling shirts and pants from thrift stores is so fast and easy!
Who are you favorite boy pattern designers?
I love GYCT, Blank Slate, Titchy Threads, Charming Doodle, Pattern for Pirates, and Shwin&Shwin, to name a few. I also have three Ottobre magazines and love them!
Do you sew with the boys in your life? If so, what do you make with them?
They’re both still too young to sew, but I can’t wait for them to be old enough! I did make some lacing cards for my almost-four-year-old (they’ll be available next week in our Time to Travel eBook!) – the first time he played with them, I needed to run some errands. I asked if he wanted to go with me or stay home with his dad and he goes “I think I’ll just stay here and sew for a while.” Proudest moment of my life – haha!
Why do you think it is important to teach boys to sew?
I think it’s a life skill just like cooking or mowing the lawn! It can never hurt to know how to do something – and I really don’t want to be sewing on their popped buttons for the rest of my life!
What would you like to see more of in the Boy Sewing world?
Definitely more interesting patterns. There are a lot of basic patterns out there, but I would love to see more detailed, intriguing ones!
How do you challenge yourself to break gender stereotypes when sewing for your boy(s)?
I just don’t think about them! If I see a fabric or have an idea that I know my boys will like, I go for it and don’t really care if it might be considered “girly”.
What (or who) inspires your boy sewing?
My kids, of course. The bulk of my sewing is for them – mainly because they grow like weeds and constantly need new clothes! They are both tall and slim, so RTW clothes just fall off them – custom clothes are actually a necessity. I’ve just started sewing for my husband – he has a similar build and his shirts are never long enough. He also goes through (expensive!) work pants like crazy, so I’m tweaking the fit of the Jutland Pants for him.
Tell us a bit about your favorite boy(s)!
Ah – my boys – they are so fun and crazy and (sometimes) maddening! John is almost four and quite possibly smarter than I am already. He’s what his doctor calls “busy” – always into everything, trying to see how stuff works, wanting to know the “why’s” of the world, and always wanting to “help” me do everything. Tim is almost two and such a little love. He’s just as curious as his big brother, but not quite so busy – he’d be happy if I did nothing but cuddle him all day long! Andy (aka; Daddy) is the best – he’s so supportive of my crafting/sewing/blogging. He doesn’t even grumble (loudly, anyway…) at all the piles of fabric I have stashed around the house!
Tell us about your blog and what inspired you to start it.
My best friend and I blog at Friends Stitched Together – we started it as a way to document the things we were making for our kids. Since then, it’s grown to be a serious hobby! We have several challenges that we’re involved in (CraftingCon and Mystery Challenge). I have met so many sewing bloggers this past year and some of them have turned into true friends that I chat with every day!