Are you familiar yet with upcycling goddess Marisa Lynch?
If you don’t know her by name, you may recognize her for her blog, New Dress A Day. Stuck in a creative rut, one year Marisa decided that she would turn one ugly old dress into a chic new outfit every. Single. Day.
For a year.
We couldn’t not have her film a class with us.
Behind the Scenes with Marisa Lynch
Where do you live?
Do you have any adorable pets/kids/life partners we need to know about?
My sewing machine is my child.
How (and when) did you get into sewing?
I actually learned how to sew in middle school — back when Home Ec was still a thing. Half the year we took Home Ec, and the other half was spent on “Technology.” It was so dated; we learned things like “How to Plan an Apartment.”
What’s the toughest part of sewing and tailoring clothes?
It’s a constant learning process. Challenges crop up as I progress. I often get to a point where I don’t like the way something doesn’t look right, so I have to figure out how to fix it. It’s actually a pretty cool route to take on a project.
What advice would you give beginning sewists/upcyclers?
One thing people always get nervous about is cutting fabric. But you have to! Go for it! If that’s tough for you, buy a cheap piece from a thrift store and cut it to shreds.
Where do you go for inspiration?
I watch lots of old movies — I love the Turner Classics. I’m the nerd taking pictures of the screen with my phone. I adore Grace Kelly, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich. The gals.
I find travel very inspiring too. (I just got back from Bali).
Oh, and I love fashion magazines. I pull out ads and spreads that I like all the time.
How do you make time to craft?
I don’t sleep.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
I really enjoy finding new indie artists on Etsy. One of my favorite is Nan Lawson.
What are your favorite materials or tools to work with?
Working with vintage, I tend to work with a lot of polyester. I used to hate it but it’s new fave. And I really love anything with a great texture, like velvet or intricate beading. Really, anything with character.
What is your most favorite thing you’ve ever made?
In my first year of blogging, I found this decrepit wedding dress with one arm. It was in bad shape, but I saw the potential. It was polyester and lace so I dyed it. The polyester didn’t hold the dye that well, but the lace came out beautifully. I turned it into a boho summer dress and wore it to the Hollywood bowl and I got so. Many. Compliments.
I love that project because I took something that was definitely not made for day-to-day wear and made it really versatile.
Best and worst/hardest parts of filming a class:
The toughest part for me is the precision and continuity required in all the steps. If I’m at home and I don’t like the way something’s turning out, I can just start over. Or turn a mistake into something else. But if you’ve been filming that project for the last four hours…not so much.
Be honest – how much fun is it to film these Creativebug classes…or at least getting to hang out in SF for a little while?
So fun. I love it.
I’m very comfortable in front of the camera because I actually worked in casting right out of college and did a lot of line reading with actors. I also did a sketch show called Gratuity Not Included with a bunch of waiters and man, that is a really great way to get comfortable in front of people.
But now I have to tell you about my most famous television experience.
I was on Supermarket Sweep with a friend in 2001 while I was in college.
And we won.
We won $5000.
Okay, last question. Where can we stalk you online?