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What sewing machine/overlocker do you use?
When I started sewing I bought a really cheap sewing machine, an AEG 1714, on Amazon for just 99€ and used it ever since. It still works fine, but I’m planning on getting a better one next year. If you’re a newbie to sewing, I’d always recommend buying a cheaper one first. If you’re still into sewing a few years later, you can still upgrade to a better one!
I finally treated myself to an overlocker; it’s an Janome 9200D.
Which dress form/tailor’s dummy do you have?
What patterns do you use and where do you buy them?
When I started sewing I only used Burdastyle patterns. I still use them a lot! Last year I started trying out different indie patterns, such as By Hand London, Megan Nielsen, Collette and PDF patterns by other bloggers. I love supporting independent businesses! I now also draft a lot of patterns myself and launched my first PDF pattern.
What camera do you use?
I use a Canon EOS 60D.
Who designs your blog?
I design and draw everything myself and Mr Thisblogisnotforyou takes care of the technology. I’m a very lucky girl!
How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging about two years ago, but it took me quite a while to figure out what sort of blog this was going to be. It started as a personal blog but changed into a sewing & craft blog pretty quickly!
Are you a full-time blogger?
No, I’m not. And right now I think I wouldn’t want to be one. I love blogging and I spend quite a bit of time on it, but I’m a psychologist by trade – something I wouldn’t want to give up!
I’ve just started my own blog. Can you give me advice?
You’re lucky! I’ve written a whole series on starting a blog which is full of blogging advice.
How did you learn to sew?
I never was taught how to sew, all I know about sewing is self-taught. I use a lot of books and online resources to look up things and learn new techniques.
I loved sewing as a child and made dresses for my Barbie dolls from old clothes. When I was a bit older I started to refashion clothes just with needle and thread. My true sewing passion started when I befriended a girl in my first flat share who owned a vintage sewing machine given to her by her grandmother. It really was love at first stitch, as I always dreamt of owning a sewing machine. I used it more than she did back then, although I had no clue what I was doing. It was basically trial and error learning since I was overly ambitious from the beginning and the first projects were more unpicking than sewing, mostly ending up in the bin.
When my roommate moved out, I bought myself a cheapo-sewing machine I’ve used ever since. I started off making bags, wallets, accessories. I’ve always loved refashioning my clothes and having a sewing machine opened up a new world to me.
In 2011, I began making my own clothes: dresses, trousers, skirts, shirts etc for myself and others. I became more and more ambitious and eager to learn about technique, pattern drafting and fitting. I haven’t looked back!
Can I share your DIY projects and tutorials on my blog?
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Do you check out and read your followers’ blogs?
Oh, yes! I love reading blogs as much as I love blogging! I always check out the blogs of my readers and have a wide range of craft and sewing blogs in my bloglovin’ feed.
What are your favorite blogs?
It would be too hard to narrow it down to just a few! I love some of the very popular sewing and DIY blogs, but I also frequently (daily) read the blogs of my blogger friend’s and readers. I especially enjoy reading blogs of people who’ve just started the whole sewing/blogging thing and watch them grow.
Where do you buy your fabrics?
I buy almost all my fabric in fabric stores here in London. Also, I use a lot of secondhand fabrics and clothes for refashions which I buy in local charity shops. I’m not a big fan of buying fabric online. I’m the type of person that needs to feel the fabric with their hands before I can decide if it’s the right thing. I had some very disappointing experiences with buying fabric online (but occasionally some nice surprises, too).
Can you suggest some places to go fabric shopping in London?
I go fabric shopping on Goldhawk Road (Tube: Goldhawk Road station) and Walthamstow Market (Tube: Walthamstow Central). There a are some amazing fabric stores in Soho on and near Berwick Street, but they’re way too expensive for my taste.
Can you recommend some online fabric shops?
As I said, I only very rarely order fabric online so I don’t have any go-to online fabric shops. I always do a lot of googling before I find the right thing for the best price.
Can I contribute an article or guest post to your site?
I’m sorry, but at the moment I like to create all of the content for this blog myself.
Can you recommend a good sewing book?
First of all, I love sewing and craft books!
Here’s a list of my favourite sewing-related books:
- The “Reader’s Digest”: Complete Guide to Sewing (great for beginners)
- BurdaStyle: Sewing Vintage Modern (if you want to start drafting your own patterns!)
- Claire Shaeffer: High Fashion Sewing Secrets
- Claire Shaeffer: The Couture Cardigan Jacket (for the handsewing enthusiast!)
- Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking (Tilly’s first book!)
- Thomas von Nordheim: Vintage Couture Tailoring
- Fabric for Fashion: The Swatch Book (super helpful book for beginners and more advanced sewers)
- Karolyn Kiisel: Draping: The Complete Course
- Helen Joseph Armstrong: Patternmaking for Fashion Design
- Winifred Parker & Dora Seton: Essentials of Pattern Drafting and Modelling
- The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting
- Steven Faerm: Fashion Design Course
- Jo Barnfield: Vintage – Modeklassiker der 1920er bis 1970er Jahre – Schnitte, Nähanleitungen, Styleguide(Engl.: The Vintage Pattern Selector)
- Die große Burda-Nähschule
On my wishlist:
- The Colette Sewing Handbook
- The Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe
- Claire Shaeffer’s Fabric Sewing Guide
- Sewing for the Apparel Industry
- Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing
- Gertie Sews Vintage Casual: A Modern Guide to Sportswear Styles of the 1940s and 1950s
…and the list goes on!
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