About Me

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My name is Lauren. I am a 28 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 am a fairly new-ish knitter with a crazy love for knitting sweaters (current sweater count: 13!) and I also dabble in embroidery, crochet and paint by numbers. Also, that picture above is like 3 years old and looks nothing like me now, jsyk.

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. She taught me pretty much 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.
As of July 2013, I have a new camera! It’s a Canon G12! Yay!

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 (or click the badge on my sidebar).

Does your sewing room really stay that clean all the time?
Yes.

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 tend to 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?
I get this question a lot, so here’s the thing. I am happy to sell (or possibly trace, if I like you) any out of print patterns that are now hard to find, but pleeeease keep in mind that I do not trace my patterns before I cut them up, so anything you get from me will have my sizing and fitting adjustments. If you’re ok with that, give me a holler and let’s see what we can work out! If the pattern in question is an indie pattern that is currently in print/easy to find and you just want a tracing because you’re a cheap ass – I’ll just say this nicely. No. :)

Why do you use curse so much? It’s offensive to me!
Because it’s my blog and I do what I want :)

Questions? Comments? Contact me @ lladybirdlauren AT gmail DOT com

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34 Responses to “About Me”

  1. starr February 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Stumbled on your blog today while searching for Colette’s Clover reviews. So glad I found you! It’s been sooo fun reading your blog. Thanks for taking the time to share your sewing ventures w/us!
    So… I have some creepy sounding questions, lol. I’m trying to figure out if we have similar body types. If we do (from the picts it looks like we may) then I’ll be suuuuper stoked because I’ll be able to learn from your fitting descriptions even more!
    From your picts you look petite. Did your weight fluctuate? The Boob Fairy never visited me…dammit…so that’s a diff, but from the waist down, our fit looks similar.
    I’m not quite 5’2″ and shy of 100#. You may have more of a waist to hip diff than I do, but is your waist very defined compared to your hips? Mine isn’t.
    Thanks again, and sorry for the creeper questions. Crossing my fingers that our overall measurments are indeed similar. Would help to know when it comes to altering patterns.
    Thank you & happy sewing!!
    Starr from Maui, Hawaii

    • LLADYBIRD February 24, 2012 at 9:03 am #

      Not creeper questions at all – it can be really helpful to find a “size twin” so you can just straight copy then when it comes to pattern alterations :) It sounds like you are a little smaller than me… to be specific, I am 5’2.5″ and my measurements are 36-26.5-36 (my waist does fluctuate slightly – sometimes 27″ if i stop being active for a couple of weeks lol), high bust is 33″. I weight approximately ~120 lbs, give or take. My waist is pretty defined in comparison to my hips/bust and my height proportions are petite. Typical fitting adjustments for me include full bust adjustment (usually about 1″), tapering in the waist, full butt adjustment, short crotch, lowering the shoulders, and usually cutting off a LOT of length.

      I hope this helps! And thank you for your sweet comments – always nice to hear that kind of stuff :)

      • starr February 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

        Thanks SO much for the info! I was much closer to your measurements a few months back and then all hell broke loose & I lost a stress induced 30#. YUCK! Now I’m tooooo thin. I was a tad heavier than you back then. Hoping to put some of my padding back on. I miss my ass! Lol.
        Thanks again!

      • Meg May 16, 2013 at 11:32 am #

        Lucky me we actually are size twins! I think your waist is smaller (lucky). I am actually really interested in this full butt adjustment you speak of. I have read plenty about bust adjustments fba or sba but help for the back end would be brilliant! I am going to search through your posts but if there are any specific ones you can point me to that would be super!

        • LLADYBIRD May 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

          The full butt adjustment I used is the one detailed in this tutorial :) As a side note, if you’ve got a big rear, you NEED to check out the Thurlow trousers – they’ve got the big butt/small waist and the fit is AMAZING.

          As a side note, I don’t think this matters so much right now but I did want to point out that I’ve lost a small amount of weight since I posted that comment. I’m closer to a 34-26-34, so keep that in mind if you’re trying to size twin anything I’m currently making :)

          • Alice June 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

            I wish you were my size twin, as I love your creations! I’m a petite little one, too, except that I generally need a small bust adjustment instead (so unfair!). Your blog is amazing – I’ll come here often for inspirations :D

  2. Estela nunez March 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Hello there just wanna to say hello and there i love everything that u do ,your so talented :).
    Also I love yor tips .,im not really good sewing but love it,love it ,my mom bought me a little singer I was 6she teatch me everything she new ,so now I have a big girl sewing machine .hugs

  3. Amber April 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Hi there! I’ve been lurking around your blog for a month or so now… and as a newbie to the sewing world I find your posts VERY helpful. Oh, and I’m a Nashvillian too… East Nasty actually :)

    • LLADYBIRD April 23, 2012 at 10:07 am #

      Yay another East Nashvillian! Glad you find my blog helpful :)

  4. Carola October 18, 2012 at 1:27 am #

    Sorry Lauren, I’ve got no idea how I did that Trackback/Pingback thing. I tried to add your link to my current post, but the words wouldn’t highlight on the page. I also don’t know how to add your Thurlow Sewalong badge to my blog… any tips? Carola

    • LLADYBIRD October 18, 2012 at 8:54 am #

      It’s pretty easy! You want to save the image – either in your WordPress pictures, or on a picture hosting site like Flickr – then go to Appearance (in your Dashboard), Widgets, drag the little text box to where you want the badge to appear, and then paste your html in there :) Here’s a picture tutorial of the process. If you want to link the badge back to the Sewalong, the link is http://lladybird.wordpress.com/tag/thurlow-sewalong/

      • Carola October 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

        Yay, it worked! Thanks for your help. :)

        Are you able to delete that Trackback thing from your wall?

        • LLADYBIRD October 19, 2012 at 9:21 am #

          Haha I don’t think it’ll let me. Aw, oh well.

          Glad you got the badge up!

  5. thewayofthechiro December 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    I just nominated your beautiful blog for The One Lovely Blog Award. Check it out here http://thewayofthechiro.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/643/

  6. rakstars.de December 25, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    Hey! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I
    really enjoy reading your posts. Can you recommend any other
    blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics? Many thanks!

  7. Turina January 30, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I think I remember your clothes from might be Craftster in the reconstructed clothing forum?! Was before I got my over locker but I loved what you did with old t shirts and the like, and I always wanted to try some of your designs :). Love your blog too!

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    • Wendy May 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

      What type of Dress form would you recommend? I do not have one and want to purchase one soon.

      • LLADYBIRD May 2, 2013 at 10:28 am #

        Sadly, I don’t have a recommendation for you. Sorry! The dress form I have is pretty terrible, and I don’t have experience with any other brands at this time.

  9. subwow July 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    Hi, I chanced upon your blog when I was looking for reviews of a certain clothing store (I won’t mention the name lest I be mistaken for a spammer). I’ve always said I envy people who can create things with their hands, and that one of the super power I’d wish for, if ever given the chance, is to have hands that can make things. (I have very dumb hands…) Anyway, just want to let you know that I am WOWed by the things you’ve created. Super awesome.

  10. where can i buy fem dophilus July 4, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    I need to to thank you for this very good read!!
    I absolutely loved every bit of it. I’ve got you book-marked
    to check out new things you post…

  11. sue donachie July 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    can I just say,I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, your blog!! sod those that comment on you swearing!, we all swear in truth, so to hell with them. I also love your wtf! , and as for vogue patterns, well for the money, who the hell are they designing for????, the criminally insane????, wtf indeed!!. I am a 59 year old mum,nana,and wife living in smallish village in wiltshire in england, and you brighten my day when I get the blues with my sewing[and husband for that matter!!. So my darlin’ girl you swear away and I’ll keep on reading and chuckling along with ya!! love to you, sue donachie

  12. Jen July 30, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    GAH! Just found your blog. I love your style and your swearing too. I just got so inspired!

  13. Christina September 8, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    I posted this on one of your pant/trouser posts…. but I don’t know if you will see it there. I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your pants. The facings make them soooo unique! 2 questions for you: 1-What do you line your pants/trousers with?? It looks like cotton. 2- Do you interface your waistbands?
    Anyway—love your blog. It inspires me to turn off the TV and do something productive. I look forward to your posts. Take care!!

    • LLADYBIRD September 9, 2013 at 10:57 am #

      I saw it :) I will answer on both though, ha!! The lining/facing for those pants (and everything else I made using the Thurlow pattern, for that matter) is just a basic cotton. Might even be a quilting cotton, I’m not sure (I picked it up at the flea market so it was unlabeled). I think you could use anything as long as it’s fairly light and stable. And yes, my waistbands are interfaced – I use this lightweight fusible from Fashion Sewing Supply. It’s my favorite! Thank you for your nice comments :)

  14. Micki September 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    I’ve been enjoying -with amazement!-reading your blog for a while now. You are such an inspiration! It is really time for me to buy a serger, and while what I really want is Babylock, at least an Imagine, it’s pretty pricey. I searched for an alternative and I’m looking at Brother 1034D, thinking I’ll get it now until I save enough to buy an Imagine. Now, is that still a really bad idea?? My reason for wanting is vastly for the jet air threading capability besides what it can do. What do you think?? Waste f time and $$ to get a temporary Brother 1034D??

  15. Cheryl. October 18, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    Hi there Lladybird, recently found you while trying to find a particular pattern. I have searched high and low for the Vogue 9668 featured beautifully in one of your blogs. As you mentioned, it is out of print. It has the components I need to make my daughters wedding dress. Scary shit! Hard to imagine but it’s mainly the fitted midriff that I’m after. Isthere anything you can do to help me out. Can I pay you to cut a draft off your pattern? Getting desperate. I am not experienced enough to improvise. Fingers crossed :)

    • LLADYBIRD October 19, 2013 at 10:53 am #

      Hey Cheryl :) I’d be happy to trace the pattern for you, but I must warn that I don’t preserve my original patterns- so the copy I have is cut to a size 6 at the bust (8 at the waist and hips, I believe) and has a full bust adjustment taped up in there as well. Email me if you still want it!

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  17. finehand January 5, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    Hi Lauren — I wanted to let you know I have just started a blog and it’s partly your fault! I love reading your posts. You manage to combine great sewing information with what is clearly a delightfully big personality. Thank you so much for inspiring me. — Virginia

  18. janeclemo March 24, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    Hi Lauren. Here I am at work again lurking away on your blog. I just wanted to say thank you for all you do here! It’s a great reference and inspiration for me! You are a large part of what got me back in to sewing. Thank you!!!

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