Thisblogisnotforyou is about all things handmade. On this blog you will find tips, inspiration and tutorials.

Hi, I’m Charlie. Welcome to my small pretty corner of the interwebs! Make yourself at home. Grab a coffee and join the conversation! You can check out my tutorials and make your own handmade things or track my progress in sewing my own wardrobe! I share my seamstress successes, but also my fashion fails. There will be a lot of helpful tips and tricks, patterns and instructions along the way, I promise!

About me

I discovered my love for sewing a few years ago and since I bought myself a sewing machine, I’ve been teaching myself to make handmade clothes.

As you might have noticed, I do a little bit of everything, trying out new things all the time and improving my skills in the old ones.

I originally started this blog to track my progress and share my projects with others. When I started I had no idea how huge and amazing the online sewing community is – a great thing when you know no one in real life who sews!

Besides sewing I am a big fan of painting, drawing, reading and watching old Hollywood movies. I love 1920-1950’s fashion, music and movies and can’t stop myself from buying chocolate and books, although I have way too many – books, not chocolate. Chocolate never lasts very long in this household!

In 2014, I started a small business under the name of Audrey & Me Patterns, making and selling my own sewing patterns, which you can check out here. Keep your eyes peeled  – there’s more to come!


Thank you for taking the time to stop by and enjoy checking out my blog! If you enjoy what I do and want to support me, buy me a cup of coffee.

Happy Sewing!


 And thanks to my lovely readers for these awesome awards:

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  1. Hi Charlie,
    I’d love to nominate you to carry on the blog hop tour. You can see some other posts here http://ozzyblackbeard.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/blog-hop.html and here http://almondrock.co.uk/blog-hop-skip-and-jump/ and mine will be posted on Monday the 1st September. It seems like quite a fun way to learn a bit about other blogs out there. If you’re interested then let me know and I’ll add a link to your blog into my blog post. Your post would be for Monday 8th September.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Lara (dreamingofavonlea)

  2. So you love reading, books, designing, drawing, chocolate, and even coffee, and even our senses of humour seem to be alike – you must be my soulmate =D
    Nice blog, keep it up!

  3. Hi great website I hope to be in your position one day. I have just started a degree in fashion & textiles ( cross my fingers I get through it). I love what you do and that we have the same interests in people, I will however add I add kaffe fassett to the mix, his variation in pattern and colours is inspiration. Keep up the good work.

  4. I just made the fairy tale cape. I didn’t cut the dart for the shoulders because I thought it was a v for the neck line. I attached the hood and now I do not know how to make shoulders. Help! It look great but I need shoulders.

  5. You had me @ “Audrey”. I so adore her loveliness….and just recently made her one of my person heroes ~ although I’ve admired her for years….since watching, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “My Fair Lady” when just a little girl. She made quite an impression.

    Speaking of impressions….if not for me then who’s this website for? Oh yes, yes….you and all others of course! It’s a delight and so are you…and especially the cape pattern. You’ve inspired me. I have a well fitting wool cape that the moths found and so need to replace it. However living in Florida I never used it much…so will be making myself one out of a light weight fabric that I’ll quilt with an extremely light batting (maybe flannel) and line. I’m thinking of leaving the entire flap off and using a frog for a closure or some such thing. I quite like the openness of the fronts just meeting one another with no overlay. And I plan to lengthen the back so that it has an extended “tail”, so to speak. Not sure about the hood…but most likely will leave it on. I just purchased some lovely black fabric with scattered butterflies….and making the cape out of it sounds yummy to me. Plus I’m now thinking of making the hood out of solid black matching material (although sometimes that can be difficult to match)….and adding some 3D homemade butterflies from the scrap material. Sounds SO fun!!!

    Would love to know what area in the world where you are currently residing. But regardless….BEST of everything to you and your explorations! I learned to sew almost 50 years ago and haven’t really indulged much for the last 40 ~ sewwwwwww….am looking forward!!!



    • Thanks Aaynne! This means a lot! I’ve very recently moved from London back to Germany. Good luck with your cape & happy sewing! x

  6. Hi Charlie,

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