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About me

I'm Andrea, a twenty-something from Louisville, KY who moved to Philadelphia, PA in 2012. I'm mostly a self-taught seamstress who uses this space to document all my frantic apparel sewing projects and awkward blog photo shoots.

I began a blog on in 2011 after I moved in my first roommate-less apartment. I thought it'd be a fun and self-congratulatory way to document my crafty pursuits in home decor.  By that point, though, I was already mostly satisfied with my apartment decor (it was a tiny apartment -- how much more could I do, really?) so I began using my sewing machine to make clothing instead of curtains. That's where you'll find me today.

I took private sewing lessons as a young kiddo, where I crookedly stitched together some tote bags and elastic-waist skirts. After that I had a spotty relationship with my sewing machine until I decided to pick up the hobby again in late college. As an avid puzzler (crosswords, Sudoku, Scrabble, jigsaws, etc.), I enjoy the technical piecing process of sewing the most. I've never had a keen eye for fashion, so I mostly sew clothes that I believe flatter my body type and are practical for work and play. 

In early 2014, I decided to quit my full-time job in non-profit fund development to pursue sewing as a career. After six months working and learning under a seasoned seamstress and patternmaker, I ventured into running my own business, Spruced Sewing & Alterations. I also sew on a freelance basis for several local apparel companies and teach sewing workshops for adults at Butcher's Sew Shop in Philadelphia. Some of my current clients include Sweet Luka Mo, Brynnie, Rebourne, and Cuddle Sleep Dream.

Thanks for stopping by! If you don't take away any sewing inspiration from my blog, you're bound to find some dry humor or irrelevant Google image referencing at the very least. Drop me a line if you would like to collaborate on any blogging or sewing ventures, have any questions about my projects or process, or just wanna say hey.