I own a gallery business with my artist husband in Wells-next-the-Sea on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. I’ve always loved great design and use of colour and pattern (particularly mid-century themes), but I’d never had any interest whatsoever in sewing, until I happened to watch the The Great British Sewing Bee in 2014 and found myself thinking ‘I fancy doing that!’. So the following February, I had three lessons locally and made not one, but two skirts; I couldn’t believe it! By that point I’d learned the basics of reading a pattern; cutting out; transferring markings; adding darts, a waist band, and lining; inserting a zip; adding a button and button hole; and hemming… and I was addicted!
My sewing has gone from the basics through to more intermediate makes, in both woven and jersey fabrics, with adaptations to achieve a better fit than I can get on the high street. I couldn’t pick a favourite part of the process: I love it all, from matching a pattern to fabric (or vice versa), deciding the style, working out the fit, the actual sewing and problem-solving as I go along, and of course there’s nothing quite like that sense of achievement when you sew that final stitch. I still surprise myself every time I finish making something. I’ve sewn several patterns from the ‘big 4’, but, like the lovely SewNeedy, my favourite patterns are from Sew Over It. I love their style and the reliable instructions, plus they’re very good at tempting me with their glorious fabrics.
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