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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m originally from the Washington, D.C. area and now live in Florida with my husband.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Oh gosh—I started sewing so long ago I can’t really remember! I’ve been interested in sewing since I was about 5 years old; I used to make a lot of dolls clothes and such, so I think those would have been my first projects. I am basically self-taught when it comes to my sewing skills: I have read a lot of books on everything from general sewing to patternmaking—I’m a sewing geek, I guess! The internet has been an invaluable tool for expanding my knowledge and learning new skills, along with a few classes and interning for a short period with a pattern designer.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
I can’t seem to go a day without at least thinking about sewing! I’m always reading up about fabric I want to use in my next project, sketching ideas (I keep a sketchbook of all my sewing and dress design ideas), or hunting down the perfect sewing pattern. I try to sew at least once a week, as time permits: even if it’s just a few seams on an ongoing project. Sewing for me, is a way I can express my own sense of style and creative vision as well as working with my budget limitations. I can’t imagine my life without it!

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
Probably my favorite is the planning and actual construction stages. I can get really into a project and spend hours sketching and devising ideas. My least favorite is hemming. I probably dislike it so much because when I hem a new dress, it means I’m so close to being finished, but still have another step! lol.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
I think I would have to travel back in time to the heyday of classic films: the 30s or 40s! My dream would be to make something smashing for one of my favorite movie actresses: Norma Shearer, Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, Ginger Rogers… Old films have played such a large part in shaping my style: I’d love to have made a gorgeous evening gown, or even a smart day dress for any of them!

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
I love how BurdaStyle allows members to share projects and ideas; the member sewing projects always inspire me! I can’t really think of anything I’d improve! Thank you so much, BurdaStyle for giving us a place to swap techniques and share projects!

7. What is your motto?
I don’t really have an official motto for my life, but probably something about following your own creative vision would encompass how I approach things. I believe so strongly that you shouldn’t allow other people to sway your own, creative way of seeing things. I have been privileged to meet so many unique, artistic people, and the way they approach their own artistic endeavors never ceases to inspire and give me a new way of looking at things!

Check out Elegantmusings’ incredible projects, especially her Sabrina Ballgown. See what inspires her in her slideshow. For more info, check out her blog and flickr


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    Jan 28, 2010, 06.41 PMby escorpio

    I love your sense of style! It’s not my style at all, but I really like the fact that you’re commited to it and that inspires me. You do great work as well.

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    Jan 28, 2010, 05.36 PMby Erin E

    Yay Casey! It’s about time you were a featured member ;)

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    Jan 28, 2010, 03.16 PMby carolinam

    you make very lovely dresses. Everything looks so perfectly made. It is very inspiring. I like your style. And your hair! I have to check those youtube videos.

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    Jan 28, 2010, 10.47 AMby elegantmusings

    Thank you so much, BurdaStyle for interviewing me! :) I was so excited this morning when I saw it was online!!! :D

    alazycalm: thank you! ;) The hair in this particular photo was inspired by a video I found on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDEW_0E08kA My other hairstyles are just spending waaay too much time playing with my hair (and YouTube; I’m addicted. lol!). haha!

    Susanne20_11: Thank you, doll! I’m currently not making a living at sewing—yet! ;) It’s been a dream of mine for years to do so, but it just hasn’t been in the cards. I still dream though!

    Thank you so much again, ladies and BurdaStyle!!! :)

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      Jan 29, 2010, 10.14 PMby galatina

      With beautiful creations like these – it can’t be long before you manage to make that dream a reality. Look forward to seeing it.

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    Jan 28, 2010, 08.43 AMby susanne2011

    Your creations are awesome! I wish I would dare sewing / wearing such vintage inspired items as you do. Maybe one day! Are you making a living out of sewing, or is it still a hobby and do you sew mostly for yourself? Just wondering!

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    Jan 28, 2010, 12.08 AMby alazycalm

    The projects are lovely and inspiring – amazing work… but what I REALLY want to know is how she does her hair! Can we get a tutorial on that?!

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      Jan 28, 2010, 02.41 PMby hstorm799

      Haha! I was JUST thinking that. Are those pin curls???

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      Jan 29, 2010, 01.28 PMby bug379

      she has a tutorial on her page. Also, she does hair tutorials on youtube under the same name. She’s awesome.

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