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TSM Influencer Spotlight, February: Amii Jordan Mannings

Our TSM team is full of many inspiring, humble, and talented sewists. February, the month of love, compassion, and friendship, we celebrate our Influencer Spotlight. Amii Jordan Mannings has several years of sewing experience, a great sense of fashion, and is so kind-spirited. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

TSM: When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Amii: I always wanted to be a fashion designer. I would put on fashion shows for my dogs with random clothing from my mom’s closet, including her heels!

TSM: I think that was my dream too. Do you feel that wanting to be a fashion designer started your creativity to begin sewing?

Amii: Absolutely, although I didn’t start sewing until later in life.

TSM: What was your favorite yet craziest outfit that you created?

Amii: The wildest outfit was my mom’s fur coat over a sparkly t-shirt. I used her pantyhose (that I wrapped around my waist and stuffed into her high heels). The funniest part about it all is that we lived in the Philippines at the time, and I was sweating my butt off.

TSM: Oh my! I can picture a younger you dressing up. So, are you from the Philippines?

Amii: Yes ma’am. I was born on Clark Air Force Base. We lived there until I was 10 years old.

TSM: I find this really cool. Were you a military child?

Amii: Yes! I am also a veteran. I served in the Navy.

TSM: Thank you so much for your service. We appreciate your sacrifice.

TSM: Earlier you stated you started sewing later in life, what was the first thing you sewed?

Amii: It was a leotard for my daughter. I started sewing honestly out of necessity. She has a short torso and I was having to have all of her costumes and class leotards altered. That was starting to get too expensive!

TSM: Wow, that is a great way to look at why you started. Out of need to save financially. Not to mention, now she has leotards that fit properly.

TSM: How long have you been sewing?

Amii: I would say about 8 years. Even though it feels like forever ago when I started.

TSM: Eight years is a long time. During your sewing journey, what is or was your favorite technique or tool you used?

Amii: Hands down the burrito method! I love clean finishes and it’s so easy to achieve with the burrito method.

TSM: The burrito roll method is a game changer to avoid bindings and bands. Clean finishes or making things reversible with that method is a game changer.

Amii: Definitely, a game changer. It took me a minute to figure it out, but I think it was the wording in some of the tutorials. As soon as I saw a video, it was game over.

TSM: The visuals help so much. What is your favorite outfit you have sewn?

Amii: Mmm… this is a tough one. I have to say a blazer. I usually don’t gravitate to color, but the blazer made with the Good Vibes print made me feel amazing.

TSM: Is there a new technique or method you want to learn?

Amii: Does bag making count? I really want to learn how.

TSM: Bag making totally counts. I must warn you, making them is addicting and a whole other level of expensive.

Amii: Story of my life!

TSM: It is so worth it and satisfying to see your finished product. Maybe one day soon we will see you on the TSM Pattern Test team.

Amii: Only if it is beginner friendly. Seriously, I’m going to try to make the Opal organizer.

TSM: We can’t wait to see it. I know earlier you said one of your most favorite things you made was the blazer. Now is that your favorite pattern at this current time?

Amii: I think my favorite pattern right now is the Made for Mermaids Scarlett. It’s so flattering. I have made so many versions of it too.