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Just for Me January: Sis Boom Tortola

Sis Boom Tortola

I’m very excited to be part of the Sis Boom Just for Me January Tour. The Sis Boom Dana pattern was the first (wearable) thing I ever made for myself. I knew how to work a sewing machine, but the instructions in most patterns went straight over my head, and the resulting garment straight into the bin. I stumbled across …

Getting started with sewing for yourself: Join a sewalong

The first thing I ever sewed for myself was the Dana top from Sis Boom, because not long after I discovered the world of PDF sewing patterns, I came across a sew along for this pattern in the designer’s Facebook group.  I was new to both sewing and Facebook, and had no idea what a sew along was, but the people …

One week, one pattern, four skirts…. Pattern Emporium Heartlight Knit Skirt

There is nothing quite like a deadline, and having made a commitment to deliver beautiful photos to a designer to motivate you to find time to squeeze some not sew selfish sewing into an otherwise busy schedule!  That’s how I came to have these four fabulous skirts (and a quick trip to the shops for some new skirt hangers!) in my …

What inspires you to sew for yourself?

My own inspiration for putting this site together is to encourage and inspire women to sew for themselves – whether they are at the start of that journey and looking for a place to begin, or whether they are experienced and looking for new ideas and inspiration.  So when I launched this site, the first question I asked is “What …

Sewing for yourself with 1 yard of fabric

A while back, I posted a question on Facebook searching for patterns i could make with 1 yard of knit fabric, and there was so much interest I decided to put together a blog post – for my reference and yours next time you find yourself with beautiful fabric you love, but can only afford to buy a yard, or finding yourself looking …

Great patterns to get you started sewing for yourself

I come across so many people on Facebook (and in real life) who see what I’ve made for myself, and tell me they wish they could do the same.  Most of them have sewn at some point in the past – at school, or many years ago, without much success.  Others are accomplished seamstresses making beautiful clothes for their children, …