My name is Gina and I’m obsessed with sewing. I live in Chicago with my husband Benjamin and my cat Desdemona, and I’m a Ph.D. candidate in literature.
I began sewing in January of 2011. My husband had just gotten approval to work from home on some days, so we needed to get him a nice office chair. We went to this awesome used office furniture warehouse in Chicago and got a chair on the super cheap, but it was pretty gross-looking. We decided to reupholster the chair, which turned out to be pretty easy.
While we were picking out the fabric for our chair, my mouth was watering, and I kept telling Ben how much I wanted to sew so I could buy pretty fabrics (pretty funny that buying fabrics was my main objective rather than completing sewing projects . . . my fabric stash probably tells a similar story today!). We ended up with some leftover fabric from the chair, so I decided to take a sewing class to learn how to sew matching pillows for our couch.
I had tried to sew before and it always ended in disaster. I was amazed at how much easier it was once I had someone actually explaining how to do things! I took the pillow class and many others at The Needle Shop in Chicago (which sadly no longer offers classes, but remains an awesome fabric shop that goes by Oak Fabrics now), and about 6 months later I began working on projects on my own. I made a quilt and lots of bags and even tried to open an Etsy shop selling bags, but I eventually discovered that I didn’t like mass producing bags, and I really loved sewing clothes for myself.
I decided to start this blog after going to a meetup with other Chicago sewing bloggers when Lauren from www.lladybird.com came to visit. It was so great to talk and fabric shop with other sewing fanatics, and I hope this blog will help me get to know more awesome people. I was also inspired to start knitting after I met these great ladies because they’re all expert knitters, and I’ve always wanted to learn to knit so I can make myself cardigans that actually fit properly. I have yet to achieve that sweater goal, but maybe I’ll get there someday! In the meantime, I’ve had other knitting achievements like socks, hats, and cowls.
My blog is called Feminist Stitch because I’m a feminist and I like to stitch! When I was trying to come up with a name for my Etsy store, I solicited suggestions from friends because I’m TERRIBLE at naming things. My cat is named Desdemona because I started just looking in my Shakespeare anthology after being really indecisive about pet names. Shakespeare has a LOT of characters, ya’ll. I’ve had fish named Ophelia and Malvolio, and another cat named Othello. Anyway, a friend rattled off a list of names for my store that may or may not have been completely ridiculous jokes, and Feminist Stitch was one of them, and I loved it because I’m stupid like that. And also feminist like that. So here we are.