My name is Lauren. I am a 30 year old native Nashvillian (recently moved out to the country in Kingston Springs, TN!) with a stupid expensive sewing hobby. I have a super hot boyfriend, Landon, a mean cat named Amelia Earhart (I call her the Shitty Cat) and I drive a red Ford pick-up truck :) We live in the woods with my best friend + her beagle Turtle, and it’s pretty awesome.
In addition to sewing, I love riding my bicycle & eating tomatoes & watching Back to the Future. I am an avid knitter who has currently knit over 15 sweaters (and now the sock obsession has started, whee), and I also dabble in embroidery and watercolor painting. Someday, I’d also like to learn wood working, because why not? Who doesn’t want to build their own table, amirite?
Necessary blogger disclaimer: From time to time, I do accept free merchandise in exchange for a blog post review. Whenever this happens, it is noted at the end of the post. I will ALWAYS give my honest opinion (I can’t help it; I’m extremely opinionated haha), regardless of who paid for the item. I also occasionally will use affiliate links in my posts – I am affiliated with Amazon, Zazzle, and Wawak Sewing. I hope y’all realize that I would never ever link to something just for the sake of linking to it – I will only link if I truly do recommend the product and have personally used it myself. That being said, I do get a small kickback if you purchase the product through the link. Just so we’re all clear here! :)
Some FAQ for your faq’ing pleasure:
How do you pronounce “LLadybird”?
Same way you would pronounce Ladybird :) I put the extra L there because I’m an ass. Just pretend it’s the same as Lloyd or Llama.
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, way back in 2011. She taught me pretty much everything I know!
What kind of dress form do you have?
My old 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, so I’m not linking it here. Sorryyyy! Anyway, I padded it out with the Fabulous Fit Dress Form System, which I DO recommend if you need to pad out your form to match your shape.
UPDATE As of June 2014, I now have a nice dress form! My form is the Professional Female Form with Collapsible Shoulders from The Shop Company. I DO recommend this form – it’s solid and beautifully built. You can read my full review of the form in this post.
What kind of sewing machine do you have?
My main machine is Bernina 350 PE. I also have a Pfaff 7570 and a 1957 Singer Featherweight. 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 or online (such as from Amazon). Go to your local sewing machine repair shop and peruse the goodies there. I know they are cheaper online, but the extra $ you pay at the store gets you the ability to test the machine and have someone to answer questions as they come up (and depending on what your store offers, you might also get other perks like free tune-ups, free sewing classes to show you how to use the machine, a discount on future purchases from the store, and additional warranties on the machine). Plus, don’t you want to support your local sewing shop so they stay in business for a long long time? Yes. Yes, you do.
What kind of camera do you use?
LOL JUST KIDDING no one ever asks me this.
Anyway – it’s a Canon G12. I use it with a remote (my current one is dying after about a year of use, so I’m on the lookout for a better one that I can actually recommend), and I edit my photos in Corel Paintshop Pro.
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 :D. Sorry!
I do occasionally sell clothes from my own closet on Etsy, as I’ve been through a bit of a weight shift and lots of stuff no longer fits anymore. You can see the current offerings at my Etsy shop.
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 get asked this question a LOT, so here’s a whole post about it!
Will you sell/trace me one of the patterns you’ve used?
Probably not. Sorry!
Why do you use curse so much? It’s offensive to me!
Because I do what I want when it comes to my own blog? Sorry, not sorry.
Questions? Comments? Contact me @ lladybirdlauren AT gmail DOT com