My name is Claire and I have been dressmaking for three years. I first got into sewing when I took some time out for health reasons. Developing ME/CFS, I was housebound and needed something to keep me occupied. A friend suggested jewellery making, which I took up with a vengeance. Then one day, while browsing the aisles of Ikea I came across a Fisher-price looking sewing machine. Perfect for my needs and within my price range too.
The machine sat there for 6 months gathering dust. I'd had a couple of 'goes' at making something but I did not know what I was doing and did not know where to start. Then one day I was browsing the internet and came across Tilly and the Button's blog and I was soon hooked into a hobby that has become my lifestyle.
I started off by making cushion covers and basic A-line skirts. I remember being so proud of my first skirt despite the zip being completely wonky. As time went on, I remember wishing I had years of experience under my belt so that I could sew in a straight line unaided and feel confident in what I was producing.
Fast-forward to now, I regularly make clothes for myself and others, I have my own sewing room full of all the dressmaking equipment I could need, and a fabric stash to be proud of. I run a local meet up group for dressmaking on the Isle of Wight and I have the skills and knowledge to not only make garments, but alter, grade and produce patterns.
I hope in viewing my website that you can take something away with you that will enhance your sewing. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Happy sewing!