Saturday, May 4, 2013

Meet the Designers:Sabra from Sew a Straight Line

Hi, I'm Sabra and I'm just happy to be here!

In college, I took a sewing class as a filler to supplement my schedule, trying to maintain full time status and keep my scholarship through the last semester before graduating.  I was horrible at it.  Really.  But I loved it.  After graduating, I got married and stole my sister's sewing machine and started pumping out ill-fitting pajama bottoms at an alarming rate.  A couple of years later my husband gave me a machine of my own for Christmas.  As kids came along, I branched out from high-water lounge wear and tried my hand at baby bedding, Halloween costumes and cloth diapers. Three years ago, I decided I was tired of making things that looked like I'd made them.  I figured if I was going to be putting in the time and effort, I might as well learn how to do a better job of things.  I took upon a personal challenge to go through my old college sewing text book and really learn how to sew, and blog about things as I learned.  My blog, Sew a Straight Line, was so named for that personal challenge of learning the art of sewing starting at the very basics. Since then, sewing has become not just a fun hobby for me, but my outlet and defining creative medium. With four young kids, sewing is my after bedtime treat that I look forward to all day.

I sew for myself from time to time, but it seems more and more I've been sewing for my children, and pushing my own items to the bottom of the pile.  I love to sew for my kids, and have been working hard in the last few months to move them towards as much as a total handmade wardrobe as I can. Sometimes I do a little count, as we head out the door, and tally up all the handmade items they're all wearing, then do a covert little fist pump of self-congratulations.  But it is a very good day when that count is increased by something handmade I'm wearing, too.

I'm super excited and anxious and nervous and all kinds of other emotions about participating in Project Sewn.  But mostly I'm just honored to be a part of it all.  I'm looking forward to stretching my sewing skills while adding some fun handmade pieces to my own wardrobe worthy of congratulatory fist pumps.


  1. I too feel so proud when my kid and I are both wearing something I made. Can't wait to see what you'll come up with!

  2. Oh I didn't know your whole background story. Very cool! Same here about the mental tally of handmades, I love doing that. :)

  3. LOL! I am so glad I am not the only one making the handmade tally as we are out and about in our day.

  4. i love it! can't wait to see all of your designs! xo

  5. I seriously laughed out loud a few times. I think you should show us those PJ- Pants! :)