With jargon-busting instructions, photos of all the steps and stylish designs, my blog, sewing patterns, workshops and book help you create gorgeous clothes that you’ll be proud to say you made yourself.
Making your clothes yourself is so much more fun and fulfilling than buying them!
A few years ago I was sitting in an office when I had an overwhelming urge to get creative and make something with my hands. So, on a whim, I learnt to sew.
I fell head over heels in love with taking a flat piece of fabric, cutting it out and stitching it together to create a design I'd imagined in my head. I started my blog hoping to inspire others to get into sewing too, joining a wonderful virtual sewing circle of makers who share their knowledge and spur each other on to create.
Over the next few years I learnt more and more about sewing, from blogs, books, trial and error, and training in professional sewing and pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion.
The story I heard over and over from friends and readers was that they would love to make their own clothes too, but they found the jargon, technical diagrams and conventions of traditional sewing patterns confusing and intimidating. So, combining my passion for making clothes with my professional background in education and training, I set out to rethink the learning experience to make it accessible and fun for the growing wave of modern crafters. I started a line of easy-to-use sewing patterns, started teaching workshops and wrote my first book.
I've been featured in the likes of The Guardian and The New York Times, been named "sewing's new star" by Mollie Makes and “Best for DIY Fashion” by Channel 4, given talks on blogging and startups for the likes of Folksy, Blogtacular, Enterprise Nation and the Clore Leadership Programme, sewn on telly in BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee, taught sewing for Janome at Kirstie Allsopp's Handmade Fair, been awarded the HRH British Made bursary from the Duke of York.
Last year I quit my job working in the film industry to focus on Tilly and the Buttons full time, and I couldn’t be happier! As well as helping people to make their own clothes, I also love watching old movies, geeking out on Pinterest, singing along (badly) to Otis and Aretha, over-using the word "strategic", tending to my collection of homemade Breton tops and making lists.
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