First off, I have to tell you a little back story. I learned how to sew on the machine right after my oldest son was born. I wanted to make baby blankets, curtains, pillows, all the things. I took a group class upstairs in a small vacuum and sewing shop. I was the only one who showed up, so I was lucky enough to receive a one on one class from the sweetest lady. Fast forward a few years and I was making bags, more pillows and PJs along with halloween costumes for my kids.
I stumbled upon our local public television station and saw they had sewing shows! I DVR'd them all with delight, and glittery sparkles were in the air. I would wake up early Saturday morning and watch as many as I could until my kids woke up. Nancy Zieman was amongst a few others I got to know through television. Then, one day this girl with pink hair did a short segment on sewing. I can't remember what she made, but I was in awe. She was young and had pink hair and sewed!?? Whaaatt!??
I immediately googled her name and found her you tube channel. I could make things for me? I never thought of that. I assumed I would only make things for my kids and gifts for friends and family. Gretchen Hirsch a.k.a. Gertie opened my eyes and my heart. She seemed so cool and sweet.
I have all of her books, a lot of her fabric and patterns. Saying I LOVE her, is an understatement. Not in a creepy stalker way though, I promise.
I think as parents and adults, we sometimes lose ourselves. We get caught up in the day to day life and just join everyone else in robot mode. Once I discovered I could make my own pretty things, I enjoyed life and found myself again. If you feel like you're in a funk, I encourage you to find someone that you can find inspiration from. And, hopefully who radiates beauty and positivity like she does for me.
So, without further ado, I want to share my step by step process of making her Rita blouse. Oh and did I tell you I met her in person last spring? She's as beautiful in person as she is in her books and on TV. She truly is a sweet soul. I bought this pattern from her at her tea party she hosted in Las Vegas. Not brag or anything, but it's autographed. #winning
Hi there, I love eating and sewing. I usually have a cup of coffee or tea with me, but not next to my machine. I'd probably spill it, I'm the reason we can't have nice things.