Today I want to introduce a lovely friend of mine, Jenny! We have been working together to improve my website for a few months. It’s going to look awesome. Cannot wait to share with you. This is only one of her many talents…
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background? How long have you been sewing?
Hi, I’m Jennifer and I live and work in Brooklyn, NY. I love dogs, group singing, and making new friends. I also really like candy. Really really like candy. Like many of you I have been a longtime sewing enthusiast. I taught myself how to sew when I was about 15 years old in an independent study class in high school. When I first started I made ugly clothes but pretty quilts. When I think back to my early days of learning how to sew, I can’t remember where I got the idea from. No one in my family sews, none of my friends sewed, and Project Runway hadn’t been invented. However, I do remember a very special teacher going out of her way to find me a sewing machine to learn on. I used that borrowed machine for a year before my mom bought me one of my own. Thank goodness for those special teachers who really go above and beyond for their students! How the idea of starting a sewing as a day job started? and why?
- To learn skills and techniques that real professionals use to make things.
- A fun, social experience in an inspiring workspace.
At Workroom Social we specialize in teaching adult learners in a casual environment, and it’s our goal to provide students with the knowledge needed to continue their craft at home. Our teachers are professional designers and makers who love sharing their talent and experience with new people. In addition to learning, I really want students in our classes to have a great time. I think of our two-day intensives as events or mini-vacations from daily life. The days are filled with activity, snacks, music, and socializing. We end each day with cocktails while we clean up, and my favorite part of the weekend is our photo booth session at the end where students can take pictures with their completed projects and their new friends. What is your absolute most favourite item of clothing you’ve sewn?
My favorite item of clothing that I’ve sewn is my wedding dress. Even though I was excited to marry my (now) husband, I’ve never been much for wedding culture. Having a me-made dress added another level of specialness to my wedding.
Do you have any absolute fashion disasters / faux pas that you’ve sewn? I am definitely not a perfect sewer. I mess up quite often, but it’s usually because I’m trying something new or different. I’m using a fabric that I’m not used to or trying a new technique. I’m testing an idea that I’m not sure will work. I think the more disasters you have, the more opportunities for learning. Personally my worst mistakes are usually in fabric choices. I have a bad tendency to buy fabrics that I like to look at but that don’t look good on me. I actually made three Sewaholic Pendrells this spring, all from fabrics that are hideous on me. Sadly, I think the shape of the Pendrell doesn’t work well on me either. Fashion disaster times three! I never blogged any of the tops, though maybe I will one day… What’s next for you? I have something big and exciting planned for Workroom Social, and it may bring us face-to-face with you! Where is that exactly? Well, the wheres and whats are bit of a secret for now while we’re still developing the idea, but I’m hoping to announce our plans this September. Want to be the first to know? Join our mailing list for updates. Photography by: Esvy Photography courtesy of Workroom Social