Thursday, June 12, 2014

How many Liebsters is too many Liebsters?

A couple of weeks ago Amy nominated me for a Liebster award and then today I got word from Elaine that she nominated me too! You guys, thanks and also your blog names are scary similar. What Miss Amy Did Next and What Diana Did Next? I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hella confused when I was trying to find you both on Bloglovin' after following your Instagrams. I hope you two follow each other!!

Anyways, so for those of you who don't know the Liebster is a way to help small blogs with under 200 followers find a bigger audience and wonderful new followers. Is it basically a chain letter and can I honestly say I skipped all the Liebster posts on my blog feed until I was nominated? Yes. So I totally understand if I go from 12 followers to 0 because of posting this or that you're not reading this at all. Since my life has been sucked into the black hole that is my Anatomy class, I haven't had time to make anything blog-worthy or take pictures of all the other stuff I've made so this will have to do!

Here are Amy's questions:

1. What’s your earliest sewing memory?
I think my first hands-on experience with sewing was this drawstring bag we made in my 6th grade home ec class. I used that bag to carry my gym clothes all throughout middle school. We were only allowed to sew on "turtle" speed and had to sew pieces of paper for like weeks before we were even allowed to pick out fabric.

2. Where do you get your sewing inspiration from?
Other sewing blogs and sewing Instagram accounts. I'm getting better about it, but I am generally not great at looking at a line drawing and imagining a finished garment. So I look to my fellow sewists for inspriation. I can honestly say that I thought the Wiksten Tova was absolutely hideous before I saw all the gorgeous version cropping up during MMMay. Now I have one waiting for its hem :)

3. What do you watch/listen to while you sew?
Audiobooks are my jam. My dog listens to books while I'm a work all day and we listen to them almost all night. Every once in a while I'll put on some Netflix, but definitely not anything that I've never read/heard/watched before because I miss important things while I'm pressing or sewing a long side seam. 

4. Do you snack and sew?
I usually try to take my snack breaks in the kitchen, but yes there are a few Milky Way wrappers hidden in my scrap catcher.

5. What’s the latest you've stayed up just to finish a sewing project (or what other crazy sewing deadline have you had)? Just one more hem….
Probably 1:30 am. I'm starting to be able to recognize the symptoms of "YOU'RE TIRED AND GOING TO SEW THAT ON BACKWARDS YOU IDIOT" so midnight is usually the latest I'll be at my sewing table. 

6. An important one: cat or dog? (Or, if you are feeling rebellious: tortoise, or snail, or moose…)
Mostly dogs but also cats! I'm allergic to both, but I love my dog Clyde and my parents have about a million farm cats and I love them all! I can't meet a dog without getting some sloppy kisses, and I can't meet a cat without wanting to stick my face in its face.
That's my boy Clyde

Farm cats!!!

7. What’s the make you’re most proud of?
I think my dot chambray popover Archer. It's one of my most successful collars to date, and I managed to make the popover modification successfully! It's also the shirt I get the most complements on.

8. Sewing for others – yes or no?
I tend to over commit myself here. I love to make things for people, but I hate things that cut into my sewing time for me. So yes, but not often.

9. Pattern first, or fabric?
FABRIC! If I see a great colorful geometric print, I have to have it. If all else fails and I can't think of anything to make, I'll just whip up another Archer. Problem solved.

10. How do you get yourself out of a sewing rut?
I sew an old faithful. I've usually sewn it enough times that I don't have to think about it, and that practice lends itself to a well-executed garment which usually gets my mojo flowing again.

11. If you could sew one thing, where money, skill and time were not limited, what would it be?
Homegirl wants to sew with some cashmere. Silk cashmere? More practically, my couch needs a slipcover (now taking volunteers). 

Ok, now if you're still with me after that..... here are Elaine's questions:

1. Why do you sew/make stuff
It started out because I'm tall and I have a huge  ass and I was tired of buying clothes that fit one part of my body but were too big/small elsewhere. Now I just love to pick out my own patterns and my own prints and turn them into clothes that I love.

2. Do you have a favourite pattern -- and what is it?
Does the entire Grainline Studios shop count? Seriously it's probably the Archer though. I have at least 6 of them, and I could have an entire closet full of them and be happy! Plus the pattern is drafted really well and Jen's sewalong is just so great.

3. Whose wardrobe would you love to raid? 
The fictional character Beca from Pitch Perfect. She's just edgy enough while still being slightly feminine. She also has a lot of great jackets which reminds me that I need to make a Minoru.

4. What do you like to listen to/watch while you're making stuff?
See question 3 above :)

5. What's your favorite thing about blogging?
The comments! It makes my whole day when my blog e-mail account dings at me! It makes me feel like the popular girl in school and it satisfies my inner social butterfly. 

If you're still with me, nice work. That is a lot of text. NOW IT'S MY TURN!

I nominate:

Erin of The Sewing and Life Adventures of Emerald Erin. Have you seen the bras she is churning out? They're amazing and bright and so well made. She's got a great eye for color and I love reading her posts!

Cheryl of Orange is a Neutral. Cheryl ORANGE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE COLORS and that romper was totally epic and I want one. Every time I see one of her posts I'm like "Yep I need that!"

Zoë of Fozzel & Bean takes gorgeous photos (even when she's not trying I swear) of her gorgeous handmades, and does this series called Etsy Eyecandy which has accounted for quite a few of my most recent Etsy purchases. Her style is so great and close to my own aesthetic and she has her own Etsy shop!

C from Oh, She Dabbles. I pretty much religiously stalk her Instagram and want to steal everything in her closet. I'm pretty sure you were just nominated for one but you haven't posted yet so there! 

So that's my list and it's not 5 people long and I didn't extensively make sure you haven't already posted a Liebster. I also was just going by your Bloglovin' followers so yeah. Answer my questions, guys!

1. What is your favorite garment so far?
2. Favorite textile to work with?
3. Why did you start sewing?
4. Are you a planner or do you wing it?
5. If your sewing machine was an animal, what type of animal would it be?

So here's the part that I dread where I have to go tell everyone that I nominated them. It's like walking up to a bunch of really good looking people at a party and starting a conversation out of nowhere! It gives me heart burn. Also I totally won't take it personally if you're not into this kind of thing!

Thanks again for nominating me Amy and Elaine!


  1. I'm one of the really good looking people at the party?- I think you're confused, I'm the harry potter nerd stuffing my face with brownies over at the snack table. Which- have you listened to the harry potter audiobooks (preferably by Jim Dale)? that is MY JAM! Anyways thanks SO MUCH for the nomination I feel so special, and I'll get on that right away- after my hair post lol :)

  2. The HP audiobooks are so great, though I only own the ones narrated by Stephen Fry. Which makes no sense because I live in the US. BUT I the first time I listened to all of them was when I was much younger and they were the Jim Dale versions. I love them both! I actually just finished listening to the whole series again last week!

  3. Thanks Erika! My post is going up as we speak. So much fun.

  4. Yay I'm glad you participated!! I was worried people would be all like "psh no way that's dumb" but I constantly forget how friendly the sewing community is.

  5. I'm currently stalking your nominees :)

    And I love the Etsy Eyecandy! I would love it more if I didn't always end up spending my fabric budget on pretty things though, ha!