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I’m from San Diego, California where I still reside today! I do a few things other than sewing. I write a personal style fashion blog called These Days, have a part time job, and I’m a student. In general I’m a DIY kind of girl, but other than that I like to play the piano, video games, and spend time on the computer.

How did you start sewing?
I remember once I mentioned that I would like to sew, and that Christmas my Aunt Viki sent me a sewing machine! I was about 12, and I still have that sewing machine today…not only do I still have it, I still use it!! I didn’t start sewing until a few years later. I like to sew because I like to create things. Plus, it’s affordable for a student like me!

Tell us a little bit about your experience on BurdaStyle.
Oh gosh…I’ve been on this site forever!! Since 2008, right when I started to learn about blogging and all that sort. But, I lurked in the background. Usernames for me have always been pretty easy, as my nick names have always been Jaderbug and Jaders. I love the community and the patterns!! It’s really easy to be inspired and a fast way to find a new pattern. I visit pretty often to browse new patterns and projects. Burdastyle is on my bookmarks bar of “everyday” visits.

What’s your sewing secret weapon?
I don’t know if I have one!! I’m still very much learning sewing tips and tricks. My projects always tend to be simple, but I always base them off of something that I’ve seen in stores such as Zara and places like that.

I would love to be able to make awesome purses. I think about getting into purses sometimes. My dream sewing project would just to be able to sew whatever I can think of…to sew my whole closet!

Tell us about your sewing space.
My sewing experience is…interesting! I started sewing in the dining room space my family has (I live at home!). But, mom didn’t really like that, it was very messy!! The dining room is open to the kitchen and living room so I liked that spot because I felt connected with everyone. Recently I started sewing in my dad’s office…and I’m trying to claim the spot as my own! I’m usually an afternoon or evening sewer because of my school and work schedule.

Where do you find your inspiration?
I often see trends that are expensive and think, “Wow, that’s way too expensive for how much I could make that item for.” I get incredibly inspired to sew when I look at Luxirare’s blog. I need to be that good!! She’s my sewing role model no doubt.

What are your favorite BurdaStyle and burda style magazine patterns?
I really loved the faux fur coat that I made based off of burda style magazine pattern Fur Coat. Although the coat was a little too long for me so I cropped it! I really, really, really, want to make the Long Sleeve Tiered Dress but I’m nervous! So on spot and cute for summer.

What is the most frustrating and rewarding things about sewing for you?
When I mess up on the actual fabric that I’m using!! The most rewarding is when something looks professionally [made] and I can wear it. Sometimes people don’t believe that I really sewed something which is quite funny. [My advice] to beginner sewers: be patient, don’t jump in water too deep if you can’t swim! Just don’t go for really hard projects if you aren’t ready for it…you’ll waste money.

Don’t forget to check out the gallery slideshow of Jaderbug’s member favorites.


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    Jan 9, 2013, 10.55 PMby MaycieAfterFive

    Love your blog! It’s great to meet other personal style bloggers who make their own clothes.

    Congrats on the feature!

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    Sep 3, 2012, 09.17 AMby shilisha

    Really amazing!Thanks for sharing!

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    Jul 20, 2012, 07.20 AMby lastoro

    make the Long Sleeve Tiered Dress …I always want to make one,but don’t know how.

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    Jul 11, 2012, 08.37 PMby Olufodun ThemmyThorpe

    Nice this is so wonderful love it

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    Jul 4, 2012, 02.04 AMby Tracey McGowan Wirth

    Your sewing is so inspirational! I totally understand what you mean about wanting to sew whatever you have in your closet. I peruse Anthropologie all the time looking at all the beautiful clothing, thinking that I could sew this or that- BUT there just isn’t enough time! AND I have a hard time finding just the right fabric! Great interview! Congrats on your feature! Well deserved!

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    Jul 3, 2012, 06.18 PMby eghbravo

    I love your Featured Member post. It’s almost like looking in the mirror – from lurking in the background to thinking “I can make that myself for a fraction of the price” and esp taking over the dining room – I can relate to all of that! And your projects are beautiful (special shout out to the envelope clutch). You’re really talented, I can’t wait to see more of your projects as you work on that closet.

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      Jul 4, 2012, 01.32 AMby jaderbug

      Wow, this is incredibly sweet. Thank you so much :)

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