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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I’m from Massachusetts and live in Worcester which is a city located about 40 miles from Boston.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I’m pretty sure the first thing I made was a mess…which seems to be my signature creation! Then in 7th grade Home Ec. class I managed to clumsily hand-sew a pillow. Since then I’ve picked up other crafts like crocheting, knitting and cross-stitch but just recently learned how to use a sewing machine about 6 months ago. The first thing I made using a sewing machine was a graphic black and white A-line skirt which is posted under my creations.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

Sewing is becoming one of my most favorite things to do. I’ve always considered myself to be a creative person and wish I had started sewing earlier. Now I have a full-time job in marketing and design websites and other marketing pieces in my spare time. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for sewing…I may be doomed to be a novice forever!!

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

I think my favorite thing about sewing has to be…well, sewing! It’s a great feeling to have everything situated – all of the cutting done, pressed, pinned and ready to go. When I can finally sit down in front of my machine and press that foot pedal is when I’m at my happiest.

It may be obvious what my least favorite part about sewing is. That’s right…all of the prep work. Being pretty new to sewing I’m always nervous when cutting out a pattern for fear of making a huge, irreversible mistake to some beautiful fabric that I probably DIDN’T get on sale. And all of those pins…Ouch! I’m surprised I have any feeling left in my fingertips!

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

I would love to make an apron for my best friend, Brenda. A really unique and sort of sarcastic apron to match her personality. She’s become quite the domestic diva but not your typical one…she has an edge to her and she’s hilarious. I think one of those super flirty 1950’s patterns made with some really funky fabric would be perfect for her. Maybe the fabric could have skulls on it or some appliques that look like tattoos. I’ll be sure to post it if I ever get to it.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

It would be great if there was a list that lets you see all of the member profiles. Not only am I curious to see how many members there are but it would be cool to see where everyone is from. It could be a great way for members to meet up if they live in the same area.

I actually found Burdastyle.com in Bust Magazine and as soon I read what it was all about I knew I would be hooked. I love all of the inspiration, the How Tos and especially the user comments under my posted creations. It’s a nice way of knowing that although I’m new at this, people other than me (and my mom) like my stuff. It’s encouraging and motivates me to want to create more!

If you want to find out more about Mal, check out her member profile and her website See Spot Design.

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