Hi and welcome, I’m Sue and I’ve been sewing almost all of my life. I’ve always loved it and I studied Garment Technology at the London College of Fashion. After leaving there I worked for bridal wear designer David Fielden and then the John Lewis Partnership. After I married and had my children I worked for a gorgeous little bridal company, Miranda McGowan Designs, in Hertfordshire where we made fabulous made-to-measure dresses.
After Miranda decided to emigrate and sold the company, I went to work in a secondary school for nearly 10 years as Technician/HLTA for Food and Textiles within the Design Technology Faculty. Working in the classroom means I now have a better understanding of teaching adults and youngsters.
Thankfully when I left there I rediscovered my sew-jo which had gone missing in action somewhere in the intervening years.
These days I have much more time for sewing and I’m building up a pretty impressive stash of fabric along with an ever-growing pattern collection. I don’t think I’ve ever thrown away a pattern since I was first buying them for my O-level so I must have literally hundreds. I draft my own patterns from time to time too.
Sewing now gives me the opportunity to meet, chat, teach and help others who love it as much as me. I’ve been very involved with Sew Over 50 since the Instagram account was started by Judith Staley in August 2018 and I’m always so happy to share the stuff I’ve learnt over the years-there probably aren’t many mistakes that a beginner could make that I haven’t made myself already, and I’m still learning new things myself too! I’ve had the opportunity to write articles for leading dressmaking magazines, I’m one of the Simple Sew patterns blogging team, and I joined the Lamazi fabrics blogger team earlier this year too! I’ve been a Pfaff brand ambassador since last autumn
If you take a look through my blog you’ll get some idea of the things I like to make and the interests outside of sewing that I enjoy. Sewing and dressmaking is what I love to do as much as I can and every now and again I remember to write about it here.