Summer has officially arrived in a hot and sticky way here in NYC, and it’s definitely time for light-as-air dresses and blouses. Linen is one of my favorite summer fabrics, and it’s on my sewing list to make more garments of this fabric. That’s why I was very excited to speak with Linda Lee, of The Sewing Workshop, about all things linen.
Linda is an accomplished seamstress, teacher, and writer. She contributes regularly to Threads, Sew News, and Stitch magazines, and she also designs The Sewing Workshop pattern line, a very cool collection with a casual Eileen-Fisher-meets-Issey-Miyake feel (I’m planning on making a few soon).
I really enjoyed speaking with Linda. She’s clearly very passionate and knowledgeable about linen, but also about sewing in general. She was an interior designer for years, before making a midlife career change when she bought a fabric store and became a sewing instructor. I love chatting with people who have made a success of their passion, and Linda has done just this.
This episode is the first part in a series I’ll be running over the next few months on sewing with summer-appropriate fabrics. Stay tuned for the next episode, an interview with the lovely Katrina Walker on sewing with silk.
A couple good resources for finding indi fabric stores around the country:
Fine Fabric Stores (25 indie fabric stores around the country)
Project 95 (searchable fabric and quilt shop database)
* Top image from Country Living
*Outro music: “Spears” by Drama for Yamaha