About me

I began sewing from a very young age when I used to sew pocket linings for pocket money. My mum used to sew tailored suits for BOAC airlines all those years ago and fob pocket linings were a very good exercise in sewing straight lines!

My clothes were always handmade which was lovely when I was little but I became increasingly embarrassed as a teenager as it highlighted that we were ‘poor’! Mum was so patient, listening to my whims of how I wanted a Chelsea Girl or Dorothy Perkins copy. And I constantly longed for a garment with a shop label in.  I pushed her too far one day with one too many design changes and she responded by telling me I was more than capable of sewing my own clothes exactly how I wanted them to be. The gauntlet was down and I had some point proving to do! I had some great and crazy clothes but they were dreadfully finished. I really didn’t care what they looked like on the inside. I just needed them for the party. Who was going to see in the dark anyway?!

The novelty soon wore off. It was a chore. I really didn’t fit anything properly and to be honest I had other priorities. I left home at 16. Long story.

And so here I am. A gazillion years later. Still no time on hands (between 3 children and a full time career as a freelance graphic designer) but a determination to create that handmade wardrobe I always dreamt of.

I’m currently in the process of learning some pattern cutting and hope to share not only some handmade dresses but some original designs and some insight as to what I learn along the way.


9 Replies to “About me”

  1. Hi! My name is Flo and I work for Offset Warehouse, the ethical fabric online shop. We think your blog is brilliant and we’d like to feature it during our Happiness Happens Campaign in August. Please contact me for more info!

  2. Hi!
    I found your site by following a picture of your cat sitting on the fabric for your vintage-pattern coat.

    My projects are much simpler—I create purses and handbags from thrifted garments in an effort to reduce the dependance on Chinese imports—but my cat, who looks just like yours, always sits on my work. I’ve decided to embrace it and started including a pic of her in my blogs at vibrantbag.com

    Your work is amazing and I look forward to following along!
    Best regards,

  3. Hi there

    I’d love to speak to you about a special ‘fang-tastic’ little outfit for my 8 year old daughter?

    May I email you please?!

    Thank you!

  4. Hi there!

    An Powell here from http://picksewing.com/

    I actually saw your articles when I run a quick search on Google about Sewing. To be honest, I’m really working on an article right now and I hope it could be published on your website too. How cool is that? Are you open for it?
    I’ll make sure you’ll love it and will consider it as a valuable content for your audience for its contextually relevant suggestions.

    Just let me know what you think and for how much will it cost me for you to post it on your website, so we can discuss it right away. Okay?

    I hope to hear from you very soon. Have a great day!

    Best regards,
    An Powell

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