Hi! My name is Kelly and that’s my cat Howard up there trying to knock the camera down. We’re so happy you stopped by our little teeny corner of the internet. 🙂
Here’s a little bit about me – before you go feel free to browse around and say hi!
A Little About Me
I have been fascinated by sewing and fashion since I can remember. It started with dressing up my dolls in cute clothes to doodling all over my school notes to hand sewing (quite miserably I might add) in my teens to pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Apparel Merchandising and Management. I learned how to sew on industrial machines while at university which sparked a love for the craft.
After graduation I moved on to working in apparel production for big names in fashion and my spirit was crushed. The “fashion” environment from everything I experienced was not a good place to be. Lots of egos and toxic people. I packed my bags and decided it was more important to be happy than name drop what you do or who you work for.
I went back to school and work in education and eventually found a great job working for a large university. In the years it took me to get to this great job I was so focused on building my education and finding work that was conducive to my personality that I let go of sewing. I missed it though but my motivation was lost from my past.
As my life got itself back in order I started thinking about my sewing again. It had been so long and I wondered if I would feel the same way about it. I sewed here and there but I hadn’t find the same pleasure I had before but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. In 2016, I decided to let go of those past experiences and start teaching kids to sew. It was an experiment as I wasn’t sure parents would be interested. I advertised in my local area and I got some interest which was really exciting and motivating. From there, I started actively looking for more patterns that I could sew for myself. Then by the end of the year I thought to myself I’m not very active in social media but there seems to be a lot of great people out there. I took the plunge and decided that 2017 would be the year of the blog.
It has been almost a year since I began this little blog but it has been such a wonderful journey. I’ve made lots of sewing friends from around the world. I’ve been asked to review patterns and write guest blog posts. I’ve even been chosen as a finalist for some contests. It’s been an exciting year of blogging and I can’t wait to see what else is to come. Most of all I’m grateful that the sewing community has welcomed me back and I’m happy to say that I’ve found my spark again!
2018 and Beyond
My hopes for this blog in 2018 and beyond is to offer a space that combines sewing, fashion, style and fitness for every woman who thinks out of the box, tries new things and believes in herself beyond all doubt. You can’t classify her as a sewist or fitness junky or health nut because she embraces and identifies with all her life experiences and uses them to create a better self. The Sewing Unaffiliated woman is whoever you truly want to be. She is Sewing Unaffiliated because she is doing what she wants, when she wants and how she wants. She is you.
I hope you won’t hesitate to say hi – you know where to find me and Howard too of course!
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