Meet New BERNINA Brand Ambassador Shauna Wightman
Hi! My Name is Shauna and I have a little corner of the Internet over at Shwin&Shwin where I share many of my sewing adventures.
I have three kids who are my muses who inspire me on a daily basis. I am a self taught seamstress and learned to sew by making my Barbie clothes, stealing scraps from my Mom and stitching them together until I made a wearable garment for Barbie. My sewing was very occasional after that. I made my prom dress, some bridesmaid dresses and the occasional skirt, but it was with the birth of my first child that I found myself sitting in front of my machine making everything and anything that I could, and I have never really looked back.
I began designing my own clothes for my kids by simply pattern rubbing (or tracing) existing clothing and learning by trial and error what worked and what didn’t work. I learned what could be altered, to create a different shape, or what changing a seam might do, and it was fun. I didn’t see sewing as “right and wrong”. I saw it as art and learned to bend the rules to create something new. After years of creating and drafting my own patterns, just for my kids I decided to learn how to draft a pattern from measurements, and what all those measurements mean.
That’s when I created my pattern shop Shwin Designs where I could finally share my designs with others. From the launch of my first pattern I have fallen in love with a whole new level of sewing and creating. It’s not just making something for my kids anymore but sharing the love and passion with others. When I see the photos of what others made for their kids and for themselves using one of my patterns, it just makes me so happy. I believe anyone can sew and create and I love being part of the creative community, and encouraging others to take part in it. I can’t wait to share more here on WeAllSew.