For this interview, we caught up with Londa Rohlfing from Londa’s Creative Sewing. She has been an avid seamstress for over 54 years and has a shop in Jackson, TN. She has a really interesting style of sewing and specializes in upcycling jackets. She also puts on sewing classes for kids of all ages.

What I think is really creative is how Londa takes old and tattered clothing and creates beautiful new things out of them. Also, what’s really impressive is Londa’s true entrepreneurial spirit. She has DVD’s, booklets, classes and hundreds of YouTube videos. Londa is seriously a sewing legend.

Check out the interview (oh, and don’t forget to leave your comments or questions for Londa below 😉).

1. How many years have you been sewing?

Since I was in the 7th grade or so because my mother put me on a clothing allowance – $25/month in 1965 and the only way I could have as many clothes as I thought I needed was if I made them myself. So in total, I’ve been sewing for 54 years.

2. What’s your favorite sewing pattern/technique?

My favorite pattern is “Londa’s Terrific T-Top” because it offers a great base that I can do almost anything with – see all of my other T-Top pattern booklets for changes you can make TO a basic knit top.

Londa's Terrific 'T' Knit Top Talking Patterns Booklet - PDF Delivery

3. What is your favorite project that you’ve ever done?

I’d have to say upcycling an old knit 2 piece ensemble of my late Mom’s and a knit T of my late Dad’s into a top I wore to my daughter’s casual wedding… was in Altered Couture Magazine. You can read about it at my blog post HERE

featured article in altered couture magazine

4. Which project are you most proud of?

A top I created from an old stained, crooked hemmed golf shirt of my late dad’s with a dress tailored shirt of my late Dad.

upcycling old golf shirt

5. What is the greatest tip that you could give a beginner to learn sewing?

To not give up – to not be too hard on herself – to have fun. To treat herself to a decent sewing machine – after all, men have THEIR tools (and boats and clubs…..!)

6. What is the hardest thing about sewing?

For me it’s precision. I’m a creative soul – hence why I do not like to piece/quilt.

Interested in more sewing interviews? Check out the awesome one we did about dressmaking with Amy and Angela, and the story of how Angie started her activewear clothing shop.