Member since 11/28/01
Date: 2/19/10 3:42 PM
Member Since: 6/23/04
PR Name: Sew4Fun
Birthday: August 1966
How did you learn to sew: As a child I watched as my mother sewed, taking it all in and helping when I could. In high school I took Home Economics where I had an excellent sewing teacher who taught me the basics. After this I am completely self-taught. I learn best through doing and, as I've sewn almost every day of my life, I've had a lot of practice.
What aspect of sewing do you find most challenging: Visualizing two-dimensional fabric as a three-dimensional garment, and how it will look on my body. Most of my wadders (aka failures) stem from falling in love with a fabric or pattern but forgetting to visualize it as a garment on my body. I've noticed when I consider the garment first I have a greater success rate. I'd like to change my thinking but it's hard when there are so many beautiful fabrics and patterns calling my name. Even more so as I love colour, prints and texture. I don't have the same love of clothes so fabric and patterns tend to come first and the clothes are an afterthought.
Which sewing book do you refer to most often: I don't own a lot of sewing books. While learning to sew in my twenties, my main reference book was a 1982 edition of Vogue Sewing. It still sits on my book shelf.
What are your sewing goals for this year: This year I've deliberately not set any goals. I want to relax and get back to enjoying my sewing. Enjoy the process and the end results, without any self-imposed expectations, goals, self-criticism or apologizes. Sewing should be fun.
What are you sewing right now: Pants. I've just finished sewing two pairs of capri pants (both Burda patterns) and I'm currently working out the fit issues on a third pair.
Pick your favorite pattern: It would have to be a knit top from Ottobre Woman magazine, 02-2007-04. Nothing beats a good, basic knit top. I have made it over twenty times.
What you love most about PatternReview?: Would it surprise you if I said everything?The thing I find the most helpful is the Pattern Reviews themselves. I won't sew a new pattern without first reading the reviews. I also love the community and being able to help others.
Any other hobbies? My passion for garment or fashion sewing runs deep, so there isn't a lot of room or time for other hobbies. Over the years I've dabbled in other crafts but garment sewing has been my number one hobby my entire life.
Your profession, where do you live? I live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband and our two children (13yo daughter and 9yo son). Melbourne has been my home for the past 25 years. Prior to this I grew up in the country on a farm. I have a Bachelor of Business degree and currently my husband and I own and run a manufacturing business.
Sew4Fun's Pattern Reviews
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Member since 7/1/08
Date: 2/19/10 4:38 PM
I'm glad to meet someone else who makes no sewing goals! It keeps the sewing fun and a hobby - not a mighty weight hanging over you.
What does she and her husband manufacture?
I love that term "wadders" - it's so descriptive.
Nice to get to know you better,Sew4Fun.
Sewing: A creative mess is better than tidy idleness. ~Author Unknown
North Carolina USA
Member since 11/22/08
Date: 2/19/10 4:59 PM
I'm glad to see Belinda as Member In Focus. I really benefited from Belinda's fitting expertise in helping me with fitting a top! I FINALLY feel liked it clicked and I'm enjoying sewing again because of it, thanks Belinda, you're a real lifesaver! I haven't got around to fitting pants yet because I love making tops that finally freaking fit! No more pulling across the bust!! Yaahoo!!
Relax, don't get your elastic all twisted up in your waistband!
Hell hath no fury for the poor soul that sews an ill-fitting garment! Thank God for Surefitdesigns.com!
Member since 4/11/02
Date: 2/19/10 5:01 PM
20 makes of the Otto tee? I'd better get busy.
"I base my fashion sense on what doesn't itch." — Gilda Radner
Member since 2/15/08
In reply to Deepika
Date: 2/19/10 7:33 PM
I love Belinda's enthusiasm and generous nature to always help others with tips and info.
I also love her passion for sewing that it should be fun - I totally agree.
Her reviews are always very helpful.
Member since 8/22/05
Date: 2/19/10 7:46 PM
What a great choice for MIF. Belinda is so helpful to so many and I've learned a lot from her reviews.
Member since 6/27/06
Date: 2/19/10 9:19 PM
Yeah, Belinda! You are a true inspiration!
Sewed ~663.25 yards since 2000, ~ 132 yards in 2009, ~ 80 yds in 2010, ~ 99 yards in 2011, ~56.5 yards in 2012, ~53.25 yards in 2013
"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." Milton Berle
Member since 7/2/06
Date: 2/22/10 10:10 AM
I just used Belinda's bound buttonhole tutorial to demonstrate bound buttonhole methods to my sewing group 2 days ago. It's one of my faves.
Thanks, Belinda, and congrats on being member in focus!!
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 2/22/10 10:52 AM
A thunderous roar of applause! This member certainly deserves the spotlight with all the help she has given me and others. I look forward to her many posts of help, whether or not they can help me---she is soo knowledgeable! Yay Belinda! You rock!
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Member since 7/7/05
Date: 2/22/10 11:27 AM
Much applause!!! I have admired Belinda's work/artistry since I first read one of her reviews. Love the blog, too!