About Me

About Me

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

William Morris, ‘The Beauty of Life’, 1880

Hi! I’m Rebecca-Welcome to Sew Pomona! This blog is my little corner of the internet where I share my adventures in beautifying my life with sewing, crafting, natural dyes, knitting, patternmaking, and embroidery.

I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. Drawing and painting were my first loves. In college-BFA from Hartford Art School in CT- I focused on Printmaking.  The combination of bookmaking, typography, drawing and chemistry were irresistible.

Some of the same reasons I now love working with dyes and learning to draft patterns. I dabbled in  embroidery and hand sewn costumes over the years but never touched a sewing machine until I was in my mid 30’s.

When I’m not sewing or designing I currently work part time as a photo retoucher. Before having children I worked as a visual merchandiser focused on interior design for many years.  

After children everything changed for me.  As I slowly became a “crunchy” momma I grew concerned with all the chemicals I was using and I slowly switched our family to a greener and more eco-friendly lifestyle.

I’m a self taught seamstress. My mom sewed all our clothes-and my dad’s suits- when we were little but never taught any of us kids.  I started sewing to make crafts, home decor and baby gear after the birth of my son (when I was 30) trying to stay busy/sane in my new role as a Stay at Home mom.  After my second child was born (at home-awesome HBAC!)  I finally had a little girl to dress so I started making kid’s clothes.  I figured if I could teach myself to make those surely I could make my own handmade wardrobe too. 

The Sew Pomona blog was born of my desire to share what I was making and keep me motivated to improve my sewing and artistic skills. Plus I really love being a part of the sewing blogger community! Being a stay at home mom (and now working from home) can be quite lonely. Having an online community of like minded people has been a real blessing for me. 

Current Goals:

Use organic and sustainable/recycled materials whenever possible

Explore and expand my natural dyeing knowledge

Draft my own patterns

Focus on the details: embroidery, high end finishes and construction

Sizing:

I also wanted to add my current sizing and measurements to this page for reference to anyone interested in sewing similar patterns I feature on my blog. In most Indie patterns I’m a size 8 and wear a size 12 in Big Four Patterns (which have a lot of ease) with the following adjustments:

  • lengthen waist 1″
  • narrow back adjustment
  •  bust 37″
  • waist 29″
  • hips 39″
  • height 5’7″

Thanks for joining me on this journey!

Rebecca