Hello!

Hello!

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Hello! We are Missy and Merritt, a mother and daughter team based in St. Louis and the founders of Merritt Makes. We are so excited to introduce ourselves and welcome you to our fabric shop. We each answered a few questions about how we got here: 

Missy

How did you get into sewing?

Sewing holds a special place in my heart - it was something my mom loved and that she wanted to share with us. She really valued creativity and instilled that in her kids.

For Easter (1970?), when maxis were all the rage, she helped me and three of my sisters sew maxi skirts. I still remember the excitement of picking out my fabric at Golde’s Department store. We were so proud of our finished skirts!

 

Me and my sister Annie posing in our self-made maxis. I’m the goober on the right.

Me and my sister Annie posing in our self-made maxis. I’m the goober on the right.

Why do you sew?

Hell, I don’t know, it’s fun! I get to learn new stuff all the time! Seriously, I really love the process and that I can create something that fits me and that I want to wear. It’s also quite nice to have this shared interest with my daughter.

 

Where do you sew?

I am very lucky to have a dedicated sewing space in my house. We converted a spare bedroom by adding built-in shelving and a tall work table that folds under the shelves for storage when not in use (which is never, but the option is there!). I love it.

 

What is a current sewing challenge for you?

I think it would be choosing patterns. I had become so used to being restricted to certain styles in off-the-rack clothing because I knew they would fit. Sewing opens up my options!

 

What are some tried-and-true patterns?

Since I just recently started sewing for myself again, I haven’t made multiples of many patterns. However, I have made a few favorite tops from both the Ebony and Kalle patterns from Closet Case Patterns, so those would both be on the list!

 

What are your favorite fabrics to work with?

Right now it’s linen! For summertime clothes, you can’t beat linen.

 

Who inspires you?

Getting plugged into the online sewing community has introduced me to some really amazing women. Carolyn Somos (@BlackbirdFabrics) and Helen Wilkinson (@Helens_Closet) of Love to Sew podcast fame, and Heather Lou of Closet Case Patterns (@closetcase.patterns) have inspired me both in sewing and especially in opening our business. I always love to see what Jasika Nicole (@jasikaistrycurious) is creating, she is a maker extraordinaire!

 

Merritt 

How did you get into sewing?

My mom taught me how to sew when I was a kid. I was so into it and so impatient that I used to deliberately slice open my Cabbage Patch kid just so I could sew it back up again. I started making apparel sometime in high school, following DIY directions on the interweb to sew a skirt out of men’s button downs. A few years later, I got the bug again and jumped back into apparel sewing via Colette’s Laurel pattern and haven’t stopped since!

Why do you sew?

SO many reasons! I like to create things with my hands, I like to dress well, I like to wear clothes that fit my large-busted proportions, I like avoiding fast fashion, I like learning, I like hearing “You made that?!” from my friends and strangers.

Where do you sew?

I have managed to set up sewing spots in all manner of places - dining room tables of course, as well as corners in small apartments, a basement next to the kitty litter, every home had its own staked-out spot. I recently bought a house and now have a sunny, spacious room dedicated to sewing that I fail to keep tidy. It’s wonderful.

What is a current sewing challenge for you?

Let’s just say I am much better at starting things than I am at finishing them.

What are some tried-and-true patterns?

Recently I have been making a lot of Jilys, and see no end to this love affair. In terms of volume, I have probably made the most of Laurels and Archers.

What are your favorite fabrics to work with?

The Ikat we have in is really easy to work with. It is "sticky" like a stiffer cotton but drapes well and feels soft. 

Who inspires you?

I have been following Lladybird’s blog for years. The Love to Sew podcast is friendly, funny and informative.

Linen Knit Jeanne

Linen Knit Jeanne

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