Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.
My name is Star White (@wellfibre) and I’m from Wichita, Kansas, nearly smack dab in the center of the United States. I’m a wife as well as a mother to 2 young children and my primary role is caring for them and managing our household. Other than my family, I’m extremely passionate about all things ‘fiber’. I love to utilize natural and second hand fabrics in my sewing when possible and I also sell second hand fabric through Instagram (@shopwellfibre). I’ve recently started composting and attempting to garden! Trying to lessen my impact on our amazing planet one step at a time.
Why do you sew?
I sew for sanity! And for the love of it. 🙂 I began sewing after my son was born, nearly 4 years ago now. I was in a post-partum state of being needed every moment and wanted something that was just ‘mine’. Something I could make that wouldn’t get undone. Something about me that didn’t have to do with my children. I’d always been a lover of fashion and crafting so sewing was a natural fit for me. In a lot of ways, sewing became (and still is) a form of therapy for me.
What do you like to listen to when you’re working (and why)?
Currently, I’m really into historical fiction audio books. Just finished Dragonfly and Giver of Stars. Highly recommend both!!
Where is home and how does it affect what you do?
Home is a place where I feel safe. A place that has aesthetic beauty and order. Kansas will always feel locationally home for me, but being with my husband or my mom always makes me feel emotionally ‘home’.
What was the first thing you ever remember making on your own? Tell us about this memory.
Haha. This is a funny one. I remember making some clothes for our dog growing up. I hand stitched something out of an old t-shirt and it was WAY too tight. The dog couldn’t really move and it didn’t fit at all. Proof that you should keep trying even if you fail at first! 🙂
Who are your muses and inspiration?
I’m obsessed with everything my friend Jill does! (@jillburro_w) She has an incredible talent for taking ordinary objects and intentional light and creating artwork. Sewing wise, Sophie (@adaspragg) always nails it. She’s not afraid to try bold patterns yet they never feel over the top.
Do you have a community of crafters/ makers around you or do you find you are on your own?
I finally found one!! My new friend Kristine! (@kristinesews) Most local sewist live about 2+ hours away, so I was pumped to find someone who lives in the same city as me!
How important is it to make something with your hands?
Extremely important! I believe we are all meant to create in one capacity or another. I find I’m most whole and healthy when I have something I’m working on creating.
What does success mean to you?
Success to me is accepting myself fully, loving others well, and finding a bright spot in each day.
What have you chosen to make out of FS linen and why?
I have chosen to make 3 pairs of elastic waist summer shorts! Something my post-baby body has been lacking the last few years. Most days in the summer I play with my kids in the back yard, do light yard work, or ride bikes. So I need something non-restrictive and breezy (chasing kids is sweaty work, let me tell ya). As much as I love jean shorts, they aren’t the best fit. I’m SO happy to have 3 great pairs of quality practical shorts to mix in my summer wardrobe! The pink shorts are the ‘Spring Shorts’ pattern by Peppermint Magazine, the purple shorts are the ‘Pomona Shorts’ pattern by Anna Allen Clothing, and the teal shorts are a soon-to-be-released pattern by Megan Nielsen Patterns!