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About me

About me

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!

Facebook groups I manage

Best Sewing group on FB – 4k members!

Local dressmaking meet up group – growing by the day!


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  1. Hello Claire,
    I am very interested in what crafts that you do. I will be following you.

    • Thanks Barbara! I sew, crochet and make jewellery. They’re my main crafts although I am infamous for trying new crafts all the time. Thank you for visiting my site and for your interest. Really pleased to hear you’ll come back 🙂

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