Hello November…

I am Samantha, I live on a Diary farm in North Yorkshire with my husband  and German Wirehaired Pointer dog, Doug. I have been sewing for 10+ years but started dressmaking in September 2016. I love the fact that I can add my own style to garments, get the fit right and it makes you looking at high street fashion in a different light. I am looking forward to sharing my passion of dress making and taking you through my journey of building my handmade wardrobe and talking about all the other things I discover along the way.

 I would say I am an intermediate sewist but love a new challenge and plan on enhancing my skills to do more techniques and advanced skills. My goal this winter is to make my first pair of jeans and take on projects that take a little longer rather than doing the quick and easy makes. I encourage everyone to have a go at sewing but be warned it is addictive!

 Dressmaking has definitely made me more interested in fashion and makes me think more about styles and outfits. I have never been a follower of fashion trends and like to put my own stamp on things, in fact I would buy ‘ready to wear’ from the high street and go home and amend them. When you actually look into the detail they are poorly made and (in my opinion, not good value for money!). Dressmaking has also made me think more about my body shape, what suits me and also what colour pallet I should wear more of.

New patterns also encourage me to try new necklines, sleeve styles and shapes. I have added more skirts and dresses to my wardrobe since starting sewing my own clothes and steered away from plain ready to wear separates.

I get a lot of inspiration from Instagram and Youtube where I follow other seamstresses, sewists and knitters and join in with the organised challenges and meet ups that are organised by the lovely people in the community.