When I began teaching high school, I immediately started assisting in our theatre department. Our director at the time decided to stage a highly conceptual production of Macbeth that required a ton of costume fabrication and I couldn’t sew!
I quickly realized that if I were to direct my own shows at some point, I needed to at least learn the basics of sewing, so that I could help with alterations and maybe even construct a costume or two.
Fast forward a few years where I now run the department and sewing has taken over my dining room table and, in many ways, my life!
It’s my hope that I can use this blog to inspire others to pick up a needle and thread, give encouragement, and perhaps some advice, to beginners who are hitting walls, and to share my passion with anyone who will listen.
My name is Andy and I’m a high school French teacher in Illinois. After I finished my Master’s in French at Illinois State University, I taught for a year in France, then moved back to begin my teaching career. I taught middle school for a few years (which I adored), then started teaching in my old high school in 2013, where I’ve been ever since.
I love music, especially opera and just about anything Baroque. (I’m a sucker for a good harpsichord continuo.) This year, I’m teaching choir, which I haven’t done for a long time and love. I’ve even taken on the organ again after a hiatus of nearly 15 years!
This past summer, I married my husband in our backyard surrounded by the people who matter most to us. (No, I did not sew our clothes!) We spend most of our time spoiling our dog and feeling superior to contestants on cooking shows.