A bit about me

Hi, I’m Sue and I’ve been sewing almost all of my life. I’ve always loved it and eventually I studied Garment Technology at the London College of Fashion. From there I worked for bridal wear designer David Fielden 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, I went to work in a secondary school for nearly 10 years as a Technician in the food and textiles department.

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 make my own patterns too from time to time.

Sewing these days gives me the opportunity to meet, chat, teach and help others who love it as much as me. I might be a little long in the tooth compared to some but 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 and now I’m one of the Simple Sew patterns blogging team too.

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.

Collette patterns, ‘Moneta’ with long sleeves and a roll neck collar.


4 thoughts on “A bit about me

  1. Hi Susan, I’ve just come across your blog too and I think you’re quite local to me (l’m in Hertford) do you do any group classes? Julie


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