Hi, I am Lori from the Midwest, born and raised in the same small town. Married to Mike and mom to 4 incredible, marvelous, wonderfully talented girls and now a "nana" to a cute little guy. We have had the pleasure and joy of raising 4 these girls in this town. Our oldest was married to a great guy in 2009 and we now have a son, too. Then in May 2012, we welcomed another son, when our second oldest daughter was married. My husband always told people when they asked, "don't you want a son?" he replied, "the sons will come." and he was so right.
Sewing has been a part of my life since 7th grade home arts class. I made an apron in class and that was the official start of my sewing passion. The summer before my 8th grade year and home economics class, my mom would take me to the local department store to buy a pattern and fabric. I would come home and she would patiently help me make that very first wrap sundress. I sewed on her Singer machine in the utility room, just off the kitchen and mom would be right there to help every step of the way. My jumper was blue with plaid straps, tie and pocket trim. I thought it was beautiful.
Now all those years later, my sewing is still very important in my life. I tell people I can't draw or sing but I can take a piece of flat fabric and make it into a garment and I find that to be the most incredible hobby ever. I have gone from sewing clothing to sewing quilts and back to clothing, with a bit of quilting here and there but my true passion is garment sewing. When I returned to garment sewing, I was very fortunate to find a group of friends that shared this passion. We would travel to bigger cities to buy fabric and see big-name sewing teachers. Sandra Betzina, Louise Cutting, Nancy Cornwell, Peggy Sagers to name a few. Learning from this group not only improved my sewing but fueled my passion to sew more.
I have sewn many garments for my girls through the years but now as they grow up that sewing has tapered off. Now it is my turn to do sewing for me and my closet is very appreciative of this fact. Thanks to the internet, I have found valuable information to improve my sewing, patterns to buy and fabric I can't live without. In 2007, I started a fashion sewing podcast titled, "Sew Forth Now". Through this podcast, I have had the pleasure of interviewing many experts in the sewing world and making many new friends.
I have other hobbies besides sewing, flowers being one. Several years ago, I started planting many flowers, mostly perennials. Each summer, Mike would help me expand the flower gardens and I would plant more types of flowers. I have reached my limit of what I can take care of but I keep planting new plants, moving plants to better areas and buying magazines and books for gardening ideas.