As well as making beautiful handmade things for my lovely customer’s homes as part of my business, in my spare time I also love to sew clothes for myself and my children.
I have always wanted to make my own clothes. When I was a child of around ten I learned to knit and I would spend lots of my time knitting soft toys and gifts and then eventually, as I got older and more experienced, progressing to jumpers and cardigans which I could wear myself.
As I got older I became more interested in sewing, my Mum, Nan and Grandma all knew how to sew so I had lots of sources of knowledge and help on my journey. I remember making a couple of cotton shift tops and a wrap skirt on my Mum’s sewing machine and I was so proud of them. Growing up through my teenage years my interest in craft took a back seat to more ‘exciting’ things but the love of handmade never left me.
I love clothes, I always have, and I’ve always dreamt of having my own handmade wardrobe. I’m a petite girl and have struggled a lot to get the right fit in clothes on the high street. Maxi dresses for short girls anyone…..!!
A few years ago dressmaking and home sewing began to get fashionable again thanks, I believe, to programmes like The Great British Sewing Bee and brands such as Sew Over It and the amazing Lisa Comfort and I’m so grateful for it. I’m also grateful for blogs, social media and You Tube, all of which allow me to follow other home sewers, like myself, on their own handmade journeys. Seeing what other people have made for themselves and learning that not everything that you make will be perfect every time and actually that’s ok, has given me so much inspiration and confidence to keep learning and keep making for myself.
I am absolutely loving my dressmaking hobby and I’m proud of how far I’ve come, making things for my children and seeing them wearing and enjoying them is an amazing feeling and I love the fact that I can make things for myself now, in fabrics that I love, that fit me better than clothes on the high street probably would. I still have a lot to learn but I’m enjoying the journey.
I have decided to share some of my makes here with you because this blog is about things I love and for me at the moment dressmaking is definitely very high up there. If you’re not interested in dressmaking I promise I’ll be writing about other things too!
As always, thank you so much for being here!