The saying goes “every dark cloud has a silver lining”. The resurgence of sewing was a silver lining during the 2020 pandemic. For many, it started with the need to make masks, and eventually, a curiosity for sewing clothing emerged. K.C. (she’s dating my son) caught the sewing bug in late 2020. Because I’ve had inquires from beginners for lessons (I don’t teach sewing) I thought it would be helpful to follow a new sewist on her journey of learning to sew. My hope is to encourage and share ideas with others that are new to sewing and with those that are teaching a beginner sewist. But before we start, I want you to meet K.C.!
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Houston, Tx, but I was raised in the small town of Sealy, Tx. It’s about 45 minutes from Houston.
Where did you go to school?
I attended the University of Houston (Go Coogs!) where I received my B.S. in Teaching and Learning. I followed up with my M.Ed from Texas A & M-Commerce.
Where do you work?
I currently teach Language Arts & Social Studies to 4th-grade students in one of the largest districts in the Houston area.
Do you have any background in sewing?
I do not have a background in sewing, myself. However, my mom has been sewing most of her life. I have four big brothers, and when they were children, she sewed most of their clothes.
I didn’t get the same treatment though. She only sewed a few pieces for me when I was a child.
What has interested you in learning to sew now?
I was interested in sewing as a child, but it was short-lived due to sports and other hobbies. As I’m getting older, I want to learn as much as I can from my mom so I figured her teaching me to sew would be a great opportunity to spend more time together. Finding clothes at stores or boutiques to showcase my own style has always been challenging for me, so I’ll be able to better showcase my own style if I make my own pieces.
Where are you taking lessons?
My mom will be teaching me to sew, so lessons will be between her home and mine. I also watch lots of Youtube videos, so I’ll also be watching and learning all I can from
YouTube videos as well.
What inspired this outfit?
I’m growing into my own style as I am getting older. I planned my 28th birthday photoshoot for months, and I knew I wanted an all black outfit and I wanted to incorporate roses. I wanted my outfit to be something that would be elegant, yet show a little skin. I love the look of a high split, so I knew I wanted to have a high split. Originally, I leaned more toward a dress, but after collaborating with my mom and Ms. Roz we came up with the twisted top and skirt.
Any other hobbies or interests?
My hobbies include listening to music, editing videos, yoga and going to the gym.
What is your goal with this collaboration?
Along with being able to better showcase my own style, my goal for this collaboration is to show others that you’re never too old to try something new and learn a new skill. I’d also love to spread confidence to others. With confidence and a little faith, anything is possible.
Anything else you would like to share?
Sure! You all can check out my Youtube channel- RoseConcrete to follow my sewing journey!
Beautiful outfit! Very classy! I enjoyed reading this interview…sewing has made a huge comeback! Enjoy the journey!
Thanks, Pat for welcoming K.C. into the sewing family!
Welcome K.C. to the sewing community! You’re going to have fun and learn so much along the way. But remember, sometimes the seam ripper will be your best friend – and that’s ok 😆😉
Words of wisdom, Ann! 🙂
Beautiful pictures and lovely interview!
I learned to sew at 34 and now learning machine knitting at 40! Learning new things keeps the brain sharp! 🙂
I look forward to seeing more “makes”!
Oh, wow I didn’t know that about you Nakisha! Thanks for commenting! 🙂
Welcome to the wonderful world of fashion sewing, Nakisha! Looking forward to seeing your adventure.
It’s not Nakisha, it’s K.C. but I understand and thanks for the welcome! 🙂