About Not Sew Selfish

This is a site which I hope will give you inspiration or motivation, wherever you are on your journey of sewing for yourself – looking for a place to get started, looking to do something outside your comfort zone, discovering new ideas or designers you haven’t tried, or just looking for new sewjo. It is not a site for detailed pattern descriptions or pattern reviews, but you will find links here to reviews and other blogs that do that really well. My aim is to create a directory, and a starting point for you to find what you’re looking for, to explore and find more.

This site is also (unashamedly) about supporting the community of independent PDF designers who have inspired me to find a passion for sewing – talented, wonderful, hard-working women running their own small businesses, juggling their creative careers with families, customers and life in general – who provide incredible designs, instructions and support for their patterns, and who share my belief that sewing for yourself is not sew selfish. I’m Australian, but the PDF pattern design and sewing community is truly international, so the patterns and blog posts featured here come from both sides of the world.

I hope this site encourages you to find a little time to do something for yourself, and to realise that “selfish sewing” is actually not sew selfish.

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My Background

I learnt to sew when i was at school, but despite a couple of (hilarious) attempts at making my own clothes in my 20s, I never made myself anything wearable. Fast forward many years, and I stumbled across the world of independent designers and PDF patterns on Facebook, and made some cute little circle skirts for my kids, using patterns from Jocole – who I will forever credit with starting my journey in this new sewing world. I started posting around some of the big sewing groups looking for things to make for myself, and quickly joined a Facebook sewalong for the Dana top by SisBoom. It was far from perfect, but absolutely wearable, and gave me the spark and inspiration I needed to realise that it was possible to make wearable garments for myself.

One thing led to another, and within a couple of years I found myself pattern testing for these designers, following and participating in several new designers groups, blogging for Pattern Revolution, making lots of new (virtual) friends, and having more fun making and modelling my own clothes than I ever imagined possible. Now I shop for fabric rather than ready to wear clothes.

Sewing for myself is a passion and a hobby, which I find as much time for as I can in the juggle of career, life and family.

– Lisa Crosbie