Wanett of SownBrooklyn on Sewing and Style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Wanett of SownBrooklyn. I’ve been taken by Wanett’s simple and bold style. She makes everyday wearable clothing look so darn good. Recently, I’ve been eating up every word of her exploration of self-confidence and sexiness. I can count on her to tell it like she sees it and I’m often impressed with how her words crystalize similar thoughts that are floating through my own head. I’m delighted to share her thoughts on the connection between her ability to sew and her personal style.

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Hello Seamstress Erin, readers! I’m, Wanett. Salutations from, Brooklyn!! Erin was nice enough to ask me to contribute to her Sewing & Style series. My personal style is an ever-in progress, ever-changing thing. From a young woman, to young mother, to mother of many, my style has adapted to many life changes. Now, that my children are older, now that I’ve returned to work, now that I’ve become even more comfortable with myself, my style has changed, again. It is a bit bolder, more experimental, definitely more fitted and decidedly leggy, lol. I’ve been blogging, at Sown Brooklyn, about all of this lately. Both for a little Sew-Along I’ve got going and because this dreadful cold weather we’re stuck in has me dreaming of bare legs! Get inside my head, below!

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Describe your style.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my style while posting for the Sex Sexy Sew Along. I veer between casual and laid back sexy. I love jeans and tees and knit dresses just as much as I love a good pencil skirt and slinky top with clavicle exposure ;o)

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Describe what you sew.
I sew casual wear primarily. Knits (tops, dresses and now leggings) and skirts. They blend best into my existing wardrobe and I never developed that fear of sewing with knits that has afflicted some people.

What inspires or influences your style?
I love books and magazines. Love them. Looking through a massive InStyle can provide tons of inspiration. And browsing shelves at the library for fashion books is a new favorite hobby of mine. There’s also, Pinterest. I’m borderline obsessed with it. But my primary influence: other bloggers. They’ve definitely changed my style. Especially the ones I’ve been so fortunate to befriend in person.

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I look at every day as a chance to play dress-up. How do you play dress-up?
My dress-up tendencies have been somewhat smashed into submission by this brutal winter we’re having on the east coast. To fight back, I focus on fit and cool layers (really sleek jeans, structured button-up top over a bright tank, wrap tops, casual Hepburn with a fitted tee, cardi and oxfords). In the warmer months I LOVE to dress-up: maxi dresses, pencil skirts, flirty circles and I cannot wait for spring to get back into it!

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How does your passion for sewing influence your style?
My passion for sewing has been a hindrance in the recent past. I have a very hard time shopping, now. I see things that I like but can’t look past the bad quality as easily as I once did. So, I plan to sew it. I add it to the super long queue in my mind. And then I never get around to it. I’ve vowed to do better this year, so we’ll see.

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Have your sewing abilities changed with time?
There are glimpses of the kind of sewist I could be. The finishing on a few items showed the benefit of taking my time, but when I’m powering through a knit top, I can’t be fussed with the little extras. But even with that speed, I can see a difference in things I’ve made in the last few months and those from the same time last year. That makes me want to commit to more time consuming projects. I’ve taken the time to collect premium materials for a jacket that I can’t wait to work on!

Did you learn to sew so that you could have a certain style?
I learned to sew because I am compelled to make things. I have been a maker since birth, I believe. I blogged about knitting before sewing took over. I had a couple false starts and some really ugly pattern and fabric purchases before I had some sewn something wearable, lol, but it was worth it!

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  1. That maxi dress! Every time I see it I want to grab it and run! I love Wanett’s style- she really does dress in a casual but sexy way. That’s not an easy look to pull off, but she’s got it nailed!

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