Hey y’all! I’m Erica Bunker and I’ve been blogging at Erica Bunker DIY Style for over a decade. I’m the mom of three amazing kids (two adults and college student). If you’re familiar with my blog, I’m sure you watched them grow up through my posts. I’m currently enjoying all of my new-found free time as a semi-empty nester (my college student still comes home, LOL).
I’m basically a self-taught seamstress. I had a Holly Hobbie sewing machine like a lot of little girls and I would take scraps of fabric and make Barbie doll ensembles! And I also learned sewing basics in 8th grade Home Economics class. I sewed throughout the years making pillows, curtains, and costumes when my kids were in school plays. But I wasn’t officially bitten by the sewing bug until I left my corporate gig to become a stay-at-home-mom. I delved into a few hobbies (i.e. crochet, knitting, etc…), but sewing was the one that stuck.
Since I didn’t have the disposable income that I was accustomed to that I used to buy designer clothes, I decided that, “Hey! I can make that!”
And so it began.
My husband gifted me a BERNINA Activa 130 around 10 years ago and I’ve sewn on that machine ever since. I love making clothes! I also love showing home sewers how I take inspiration from runway and high-end looks to cultivate a completely handmade wardrobe.
Probably 90% of my wardrobe is made by me. I feel extremely proud when I walk into my closet and essentially everything I touch was created with my own hands.
I love tailoring! Coats and jackets are probably my favorite things to make.
I can get completely lost in making a coat. Sometimes I need a slow-sewing project and Netflix!