Meet the maker on Kollabora

Hi guys

Just a quick note to say that I’m really excited to be featured on Kollabora’s blog as part of their ‘Meet the Maker’ series. I talk about the joy of sewing and what it’s like setting up a small sewing business.

If you’re curious, you can check it out here!

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New Years Dahlia

I’ve managed to squeeze in a precious weekend at my mum’s amidst crazy Uni project writing, the result of which is due just before Christmas. Saturday night we spent watching costume dramas* on TV and I finally got time to paint my Dahlia dress, which I’ve had finished for ages.

A while back, I asked for advise on Instagram regarding what colour to paint it in, to which the resounding answer was GOOOLD. Since then I’ve been researching what pattern to paint on it like mad (Marilla’s Print Pintrest board is always a good place to start). Sometimes the level of choice when making my own clothes massively stress me out. Does anyone else ever get that – decision anxiety? I settled on a super simple dotted pattern, a little bit inspired by the thought of snow falling (actual snow is far way off in Denmark sadly..). I think the dress will be my party frock for New Years.

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Tropical Linden

It’s bloody freezing here in Denmark, so I should really focus my attention on warm pieces of clothing… But after making a quilted sweatshirt version, I really wanted to try the tee version as well. I found this fabric in the remnants pile at Stof og Stil (yes yes, my new home..), heavily reduced and figured it was meant to be. I’ll just pretend I’m not living in Scandiland, and imagine Hawaii instead.

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Linden

I love all of Grainline’s patterns, so when the Linden Sweatshirt pattern came out I hesitated for about no seconds at all before clicking the buy button. That was a smart move. What wasn’t too smart was making my first version with a tricky quilted fabric, and try using piping for the first time. Due to no ones fault but my own, it was a bit of an annoying make. But in the end, I can’t help but love it.

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The lovely Maya

I am slightly overwhelmed at the moment by the recent cavalcade (I felt the need for a fancy word here) of amazing new indie patterns. I’m guessing it’s an autumn thing, but since I only started sewing clothes a year ago, I’m new to this shizzle.

Only in the past few days we’ve seen Grainline’s Linden sweatshirt (hells yes), Closet Case Files’ Ginger Jeans (I shall conquer my fear of sewing jeans, I shall!), Colette’s Dahlia dress (I’m hoping it will give me the killer curves I don’t have) and Katy and Laney’s Geometry Top (lost for words).

But, as much as I love all of these patterns, at the top of my list, without a doubt, I’ve had Marilla’s new pattern, the Maya top/dress.

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An Etsy adventure

Recently I made a conscious decision to really invest in my sewing. I love making, and after having made quite a few custom made accessories for friends and family recently, I realised that I really enjoy the design process as well.

So this, in combination with a need to earn some extra money whilst doing my MA, made me explore various ways of making money from sewing. I researched online platforms, marketing, pricing, and did a lot of thinking about what I would want to offer.

The end result I’m pleased to announce (slightly bleary eyed late on a Saturday evening) is the We the Sewing Etsy shop!

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Hand printed fabric = swapped

When you  move countries (or just move anywhere really), things tend to get lost. In boxes (so many, many boxes…). I’ve finally gotten my shit together and unpacked and made something with this beautiful hand printed fabric I got from Jen of The for Two. This was part of Marilla’s brilliant hand printed fabric swap last month. If you follow Marilla on instagram, you know that there has been plenty of hand print action going on.

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