Friday, February 26, 2021

Designer Interview: Tami of SewSophieLynn

 Let's sit down for a chat with another one of our designers!  We LOVE hearing from the past Designers of Project Run & Play Seasons so much, that we occasionally bring them back and pick their brains about their time.

Today' featured designer is Tami of SewSophieLynn, who participated in TWO full Seasons, Season 12, Season 15 and stepped in at the last minute on Mini Season 2.

What have you been doing since your Season on Project Run & Play?

I'm still working for Raspberry Creek Fabrics and testing patterns when I can. After the calm of quarantine life, my kids are back to the crazy evenings of juggling homework, sports, dance, and friends.

What was your favorite part of your experience on Project Run & Play?

I loved the community I became a part of! From the friendships with the other contestants my season to the amazing alumni that I get to work with, what a talented group of sewists to get to be with!

What would you have done differently on your Season if you could do it over?

Plan, plan, plan! I participated in two seasons and I thought by the second time around I would have gotten better at coming up with a firm plan early in the season for each week. Nope- I made up each look as I went along, sometimes the day before pics!

Funny behind the scenes story?

On the second season, it became almost hysterical all of the little things that went wrong. Photo shoot days were the best! Gemia, Cassie, and I would just laugh because one of us always had crazy weather or a sick model when it came time to shoot our looks. You'd never know it though because their looks always were AMAZING!

What did you learn sewing skill-wise from your challenge?

It taught me to trust myself a little more. I'm such a quick, easy project sewist but I learned that those thought out, time consuming projects are actually the ones you remember and cherish the most.

How did your family react/help during your experience?

My family was amazing. My little models were the rockstars of the whole experience. We were dealing with freezing cold Utah winter and they put on their best smiling faces and were true super models.


Any make-it-work moments?

My first look for the second season was a definite make it work moment! I had spent so much time with the detail of the blue Mayan inspired dress that my daughter didn't try it on until the afternoon of the shoot. Wouldn't you know, it was way too big for my youngest daughter to wear! Luckily it fit my oldest perfectly and my younger daughter got the fun separates instead. It was one of those times I was grateful they are so close in age and size!

Advice for future competitors?

Go for it! Project Run and Play is the perfect chance to really let loose and have fun. Enjoy the experience because it goes super fast and you'll have the best memories when it ends!

Did you have any ideas that totally bombed and you had to switch gears?

My very first look ever, the Pokemon challenge was a tough one for us. We were not familiar at all with Pokemon and were really struggling to come up with a plan. I made multiple tops and finally went with the simple red crop top after lots of trial and error.


Do you have any outtake photos you can share?

I dug up a few and it's no surprise that they're all of my youngest daughter.  She keeps us laughing through all of our shoots and always has to throw in a few dance moves!

Thank you so much, Tami! Besides following along with Tami at SewSophieLynn, you can find loads of inspiration by following her on Instagram too.


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