“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.
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
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!