In this blog you’ll find...
- Jargon-free sewing tutorials that hold your hand every step of the make
- Stylish and wearable dressmaking projects, such as the Mathilde Blouse (mmm... buttons...) and Miette Skirt (the perfect sewing project for beginners)
- Inspiration from my own handmade wardrobe. I have a particular penchant for Breton stripes, Nouvelle Vague chic and seventies denim, with a contemporary twist.
How this all began...
Four years ago I had a sudden and overwhelming urge to make something. So I learnt to use a sewing machine and it was love at first stitch - finally I was able to make the dresses of my dreams. It quickly became an obsession - I hoovered up information from the internet, later on consolidating this knowledge through training in professional sewing and pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion. When I started sewing I didn't know anyone who shared my passion, so I began this blog and became part of a wonderful virtual sewing circle of people who generously share their knowledge and spur each other on to keep creating.
It saddened me to discover that lots of people would love to make their own clothes but that they find the language and conventions of traditional sewing resources off-putting. So, combining my passion with my professional background in designing courses, I set out to break down the barriers to beginning dressmaking, busting the jargon, showing each step in pictures, providing lots of encouragement and explaining those things that can really throw you as a beginner. My aim is to inspire and empower the generations who grew up on fast fashion to rediscover the pleasure of making things with our own hands, to take control of our own style and to adopt a more mindful approach to fashion consumption.
What else I do...
I recently left a film industry career behind me to focus on making stuff and helping other people to make stuff. As well as writing this blog, I design dressmaking patterns, teach workshops at sewing schools in London and beyond, give talks for the likes of Folksy and Enterprise Nation, write a column for Crafty magazine, and have sewn on BBC television in The Great British Sewing Bee. This blog is regularly featured in the press and has been named "Best for DIY Fashion" by Channel 4. When I’m not writing this or making that, I can be found watching old movies, geeking out on Pinterest, over-using the word "strategic", dreaming of Breton tops and making lists. Oh and I'm currently writing my first book! It will be published by Quadrille in Spring 2014.
My sewing philosophy is...
Make It Yourself
Make It Your Own
Make It Again
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