Thursday, April 24, 2014

Meet the Designers: Mary from Idle Fancy



Hello there! I'm Mary, from Idle Fancy, and I'm thrilled to be joining Project Sewn this season. A writer and Ph.D. candidate from Austin, I've recently moved to a small Texas college town with my husband and our hundred-pound German Shepherd puppy. While this has been a shock to my city girl senses, our 1950's bungalow came complete with my own sewing room! When I'm not working on my next book, you can find me back there sewing up pretty, irrepressibly feminine creations.

My first sewing project, back in the summer of 2010, was an absolute disaster of a dress, with four colors of thread, zero seam finishes, and an uneven hem. Yet, I was hooked! In the last few years, I've developed a style of sewing that works for me: classic silhouettes, paired with sumptuous fabric and a good fit. My closet is now filled with hand-sewn dresses, of every print and color imaginable. I love the freedom that sewing gives us, from both trends and odd ready-to-wear sizing. Not only can I make the floral dress of my dreams, but it will fit me perfectly and be made in Liberty lawn! Is there anything better?

Thank you so much to Elizabeth and Liz for inviting me aboard! It's going to be such fun seeing what the other talented designers and readers create this season.

12 comments:

  1. Yay! So excited to see what you make. :)

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  2. yay! As a fellow FBA gal and lover of florals, I am SO excited to see what types of beautiful creations you make!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ali! High fives for FBAs! ;)

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  3. Well am one of your followers so I have seen your pretty dresses, and pleased to see you on Project Sewn, which am addicted to btw

    SSB. https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

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    1. It's so nice to "see" you over here, T! Thank you!

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  4. Glad you've come on board! Haven't stumbled across your blog yet and I'm looking forward to checking it out :)

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  5. Oh, I just started following your blog when you were announced for Project Sewn a couple of weeks ago, but I didn't realize you're a fellow grad student! I don't know about you, but for me, sewing is the perfect hobby because I am able to finish projects and see the results of my work, unlike graduate school, where sometimes it seems like I'll never finish my dissertation. I'm excited to see your Project Sewn entries!

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    1. Thanks so much, Gina! It's so great to meet another sewing graduate student. It's definitely what I do, in order to keep myself sane, through this whole dissertation process.

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  6. I love your style Mary! I'm so excited to see what you have in the works!

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    1. Thank you, Christie! I'm so looking forward to seeing your lovely designs, as well! It's going to be so much fun.

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