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@Thread_Alchemy | Sewing Influencer

Over the past few years, I have been following Finn Howell’s (they/he) Instagram feed @Thread_alchemy. This feed has been full of wonderful makes as Finn transitioned and evolved in many ways. Their gorgeous pre-transition sewing has given way to sharp, colorful, and life-giving vests, dress shirts, and a spectacular sci-fi/cyberpunk-themed jacket.

As a hobby, sewing can be gender-confirming care for those on a journey of self-discovery. It can also be a soothing activity for various health-related conditions.


How did you learn to sew?

About four years ago, I was struggling with managing my epilepsy, the migraines, and everything else in my life. It was recommended that I try a hobby that didn’t involve a monitor screen. Being a practical soul, I decided to go with sewing, since I also struggled with finding clothes that I liked and fit properly.

Which sewing word or term is your favorite?

Clip, as in clip corners and curves. I made the rookie mistake of not doing this at the beginning, and once I figured it out, my pieces turned out a lot better and I started actually liking my finished projects.

Which fabric do you enjoy sewing the most?

I love the structured look—so wovens, in general, but stretch wovens, especially. They forgive a little more.

What are you currently sewing?

My office party outfit. I just have the hem left to do. It’s a pant, vest, and button-up shirt in coordinating colors.

Please share what you love best about sewing.

Sewing allowed me to explore a lot about myself and my identity privately. I am an introvert, and the idea of trying a bunch of clothes on in a fitting room feels exhausting.


Photos: courtesy of Finn Howell, @Thread_Alchemy


For more of the most followed and admired sewers on Instagram, check out the Threads  Sewing Influencers collection.

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