Hi readers! I'm Melissa from Sew Like My Mom and I'm thrilled to be part of Season 11!! I've watched this competition for years in awe and it's an honor to be on this side of things this time. I can't wait for February! But first, a little about me...
It’s no accident that I love to create! I’m the fourth generation of avid sewists, and I know my Great Grandmother was extremely talented with all things crafty. She and my Great Grandfather raised 4 girls through the Great Depression in Georgia and I like to think my knack for repurposing came from her! She taught my Grandmother to sew, who sewed for my Mom as she grew up, then eventually taught my Mom as a teen. When my Mom graduated from college, she asked her parents to buy her a Singer sewing machine. She put millions of stitches on that bad boy. We moved all over the world with my Dad’s Army career and my Mom made curtains, pillows, all kinds of decor for each place we lived. She continued to sew for herself on special occasions, but mostly she sewed for us. When I was in college I borrowed that Singer and I’ve never given it back!
I started sewing by making bags, and that turned to creating bag patterns. Then I sewed dresses for myself and after my oldest was born I started creating things for my kids. I wanted to share what I was doing so I started Sew Like My Mom nearly 6 years ago and it's grown and blossomed over the years! I launched a line of children's sewing patterns in 2012 it's taken me places I never could have dreamed I'd go.
These days my four beautiful kids keep me hopping on a full time basis! My girls are 7, 5, and 4 and my little boy will turn 3 during the competition! I lack a lot of spare time, so my blog posts aren't as plentiful as they used to be since I'm doing patterns almost full time now, but I share most everything I make on Instagram! I'm also an avid runner and love to crochet, but sewing is, and always will, be my jam. I can't wait to get to know my fellow competitors better and I'm so excited to start the season, I'm dying to see what YOU are making, too!