I want to help you to live your best sewing life.

Whether that is learning new skills in the way of tutorials, hacks and sewalongs, or offering inspiration through hauls and makes, I am here to help you stretch yourself and take your sewing to the next level.

If we havent met, my name is Claire and I am the person behind the sewing brand ‘Penguin & Pear Dressmaking’. As well as this website, you will also find me on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram @penguinandpear (links below)

I am a 40-something woman living in the South of England with my husband, Darren and cat Fred where sewing is my full time endeavour. I recently gave up working in the charity sector to pursue my love of dressmaking.I mainly sew for myself and those close to me; I share my dressmaking life on Youtube and through the medium of video I hope to offer value to YOUR sewing life.

Being able to sew is a fantastic hobby to have, there is always a new skill to learn or improvements to be made. As a plus size person, I often found that patterns did not work for me in my size range, so I can feel your frustration at having to work out fit issues, making numerous toiles, and frankly losing my mind over instructions. That’s why I have your back – I want to save you the lost HOURS of frustration I’ll never recover, and help you to make your way through your sewing journey as speedily and easily as possible.

I’ve been sewing for five years; in this time I have learned a range of skills that I want to share with you through my blog posts. If there is anything you would like me to feature, please use the form below to get in touch: