My name is Lauren. I am a 27 year old Nashvillian with a stupid expensive sewing hobby. I have a very grouchy cat named Amelia Earhart (I call her the Shitty Cat) and I drive a red Ford pick-up truck
In addition to sewing, I love riding my bicycle & eating tomatoes & watching Back to the Future. I recently learned how to knit (we are currently having an affair) and I also dabble in embroidery, crochet and paint by numbers.
Some FAQ for your faq’ing pleasure:
How/When did you learn how to sew?
I have been sewing for as long as I can remember (started when I was old enough to hold a needle), but I didn’t get serious about it until I was 20. I am self-taught!
How/When did you learn how to knit?
I was taught by my wonderfully patient friend Sarah. She pretty much taught me everything I know! I learned over Thanksgiving weekend, 2011, so I really haven’t been knitting very long but I am all kinds of in love with it!
What kind of dress form do you have?
My dress form is a Dritz My Double, in the smallest size. It’s actually kind of a crappy dress form – it’s rickety, hard to adjust the size & forget about sticking pins in it! I don’t recommend it. Anyway, I padded it out with the Fabulous Fit Dress Form System, which definitely gave it some LT-curves
What kind of sewing machine do you have?
My main machine is Bernina 350 PE. I also have a Pfaff 7570, a 1957 Singer Featherweight & a Janome Memory Craft 4000 as a back-up. My serger is a Babylock Imagine.
What kind of sewing machine do you suggest for me?
I don’t know – it really depends on your budget and your sewing preferences! I feel like a sewing machine is kind of a personal purchase – there is no “right” answer. That being said, I don’t recommend buying one at a big box store like Walmart. Go to your local sewing machine repair shop and peruse the goodies there. And don’t buy the cheapest machine you can get your mitts on, especially if it’s a serger – it’s just a bad idea. Take it from one who knows.
What kind of camera do you use?
LOL JUST KIDDING no one ever asks me this.
But just in case you were curious (so you didn’t, like, accidentally buy the same one or some shit), it’s a Casio Exilim and it is pink. I take all my own pictures (unless otherwise specified) using a tripod and timer. I edit my photos with Picmonkey; it is da besttt.
Do you ever sell the clothes that you make?
I used to, hence my blog title LLADYBIRD. You can see bunchies of photos here. I don’t sell stuff anymore because, frankly, I’d rather make stuff for meeee . Sorry!
Does your sewing room really stay that clean all the time?
Can I use a picture from your blog on my blog?
Sure! Use whatever you want! All I ask is that you link it back to me
How do you manage to sew all this stuff? Do you work?
I don’t know why, but I get this question a lot! Yes, I work full-time, in a field that is completely unrelated to sewing (and clothing, for that matter). However, my career is not super demanding, and I do not have children… I also don’t cook or clean as much as I probably should :B So that leaves lots of time for sewing! I try to sew for at least an hour or two every day, and get a good marathon session in on the weekend. I also tend to sew pretty fast, so there’s that.
Do you offer sponsership/advertising on your blog?
Sure! Email me and let’s discuss.
Why do you use curse so much? It’s offensive to me!
Because fuck you, that’s why.
Questions? Comments? Contact me @ lladybirdlauren AT gmail DOT com