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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I am from Oregon, but have lived in New Orleans for the last 9 years. I teach middle school social studies/history. I am moving to Chicago this summer!

How did you start sewing?
My mom always sewed for us, so she taught me as a child. I starting sewing more after college, around 2007. My favorite project is my Cape of Awesomeness. It was made from a 1940s pattern. It took me a long time to make it and it forced me to learn new techniques and improve my skills.


Cute lil’ Molly!


Molly’s Cape of Awesomeness

Try describing your personal style in 5 words or less!
My style is vintage, classic and feminine.

Do you have a style icon who inspires your sewing projects? Where do you go to get inspired?
I get inspired by vintage patterns, like my favorite below, other bloggers and images in magazines. I really enjoy reading other sewing blogs and seeing completed projects!


Vintage sewing patterns and magazine advertisement

What time of year do you find yourself most creative?
I sew the most during the spring and summer. I like the dresses and styles more, and I have more free time due to school breaks. It is hot for so much of the year in New Orleans, so I get the most use out of these types of clothes. I may have to embrace making jackets, since I am moving to Chicago in July!

What’s your sewing experience like?
My sewing room is actually the dining room, which I have taken over completely. The big table gives me the space I need, but it forces me to clean up after myself, since that’s the first room you see when you enter the house! I sew mostly in the evenings and weekends because I have more time and on school breaks


Molly’s beautiful vintage Singer sewing machine


Molly’s sewing space

What is your dream sewing project?
Making my vintage coat pattern, Vogue 877. I am partly finished and it will be my masterpiece when I done! It is cut out and basted to the underlining. Maybe I’ll finish it before next winter…

How long have you been a member of BurdaStyle?
I joined BurdaStyle last summer. I love looking at other people’s projects and the best of each month. I like the sense of community, as I do not know many sewing fans in “real” life.

What is the most frustrating thing about sewing for you? What is the most rewarding?
I always frustrate myself by rushing, making mistakes and then having to go back and fix them. I need to take more time. I love having finished garments that are made for me, in a style I like, and that fit me! I am very short, which make shopping a pain. Sewing is a million times better and more rewarding than shopping!

Check out Molly’s top ten member projects slideshow!

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    Aug 12, 2011, 12.06 AMby Robin Maroney

    I think the clothes you make are so beautiful and they are so well suited to you and look so good on you! I hope you do get your coat made for next winter, I think it will be amazing too.

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    Aug 7, 2011, 05.20 PMby Evhanj Trajada

    i love your purple dress!! too cute!

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    Aug 7, 2011, 03.46 PMby MissMarlo

    I love your style and you do a beautiful job with your garments! I too am short and have trouble shopping, and I totally agree with your comments about the frustrations and rewards. You are inspiring and I look forward to seeing more of your work – good luck in Chicago!

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    Aug 7, 2011, 02.25 PMby gedwoods

    You’re another one of my idols! Great to find out a bit more about you!

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    Aug 7, 2011, 07.23 AMby macska

    Gorgeous dresses! Love your work. :-)

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    Aug 4, 2011, 01.39 PMby fashionfreek

    Nice work.:-)

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    Aug 4, 2011, 11.51 AMby chavvie

    Woww!!! they are great frocks I am so inspired to make something now!

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    Aug 4, 2011, 01.14 AMby molly-sews

    Thanks ladies!

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    Aug 3, 2011, 11.26 AMby afisch

    Your purple dress is AMAZING!

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    Aug 3, 2011, 03.52 AMby Nermina Croata

    Awesome ! I really like your style but since I live in Chicago I gotta warn ya; you will be sewing mostly coats here. :)

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    Aug 2, 2011, 08.45 PMby lanternwaste33

    Great work, girl! I love your vintage sensibilities. You cape with the lining and armholes is really inspiring — I want to make something like that. I tend to rush through projects too, because I’m eager to finish: but I guess patience is a virtue, hehe! Your projects are awesome. Keep it up!

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    Aug 2, 2011, 07.14 PMby Jeanne Stiffler

    your outfits are awesome and the styles are so becoming on you.

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    Aug 2, 2011, 06.17 PMby rosecampbellcw

    Love your dresses here! Fantastic!

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    Aug 2, 2011, 03.27 PMby tinybows

    You are too cute!

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