Who takes your outfit photos? 

I take almost all of my own photos using my sister's Canon Rebel and a tripod on a 10 sec self timer. It's a bit tricky because I don't have a remote so I have to run back and forth for each shot. Ha! I'm hoping to learn more about photography and how to get better shots this year! If you have any tips I'm all ears! 

How did you learn how to sew?

My mom is an excellent seamstress and grew up making most of her own clothes. She taught me to sew when I was little. 

How did you learn how to draft patterns? 

My mom has a really good understanding of fabric and sewing, and she was good at teaching me that I could measure myself and figure out how to sew something without a pattern. She also encouraged me to just try something if I didn't know how to do it. So, I learned a lot through trial and error. More recently I've enjoyed browsing through blog tutorials and sewing books to pick up some tips. 

How do you recommend getting started on pattern drafting? 

I think it's really helpful to study clothes or patterns you already have to understand why they are cut and sewed the way they are. And then just try emulating the design elements you like with some fabric from your stash! Also doing some hunting on blogs about pattern adjustments is helpful. Though... I think those can be really intimidating and sometimes it's better to just try things without getting too bogged down in the details. That's my approach anyway!  

How do you make your tutorials? 

It's been a huge learning process and I keep learning better and better ways of doing things. For most of the illustrations I use PowerPoint. I think Adobe Illustrator would be better and sometime I'll probably switch to that, but PowerPoint has amazing capabilities and it's simple to use. I did a lot of PowerPointing in college and kind of fell in love with it. 

To take photos I lay whatever I'm photographing down on a white poster board (or sometimes a white sheet if it's a large item) and shine two diffuse studio photography lights on each side to make it bright but to limit the shadows. Since a lot of the photos I have to take are really close up, I like to set the camera on a tripod to reduce camera movement when possible.

Once I have all the illustrations and photos I need for each step, I put them together in PagePlus and write out the instructions to accompany the illustrations and photos.