Many of the clothes I have made are sewn. However, I have knitted much longer than I have sewn – it’s particularly good for traveling! Despite this, I have only made the odd knitted garment. Naturally, due to the speed of using a sewing machine, my sewn clothes outnumber the hand knitted ones dramatically!
I began dressmaking when I was 16. I was gifted a sewing machine, and my mum and I inexpertly bought the wrong size of a commercial sewing pattern. I then proceeded to stretch the fabric on the bias at which point my mum had to swoop in, unpick it all and then tack a line of stitches for me to follow as I couldn’t stitch in a straight line!
Fortunately, my sewing ability has evolved since then! Over the last few years, I have sewn consistently and have made some garments I’m really pleased with. For example, the Poppy Playsuit by Sew Over It was made in a challenging fabric, but I wear it every time the weather is hot enough here in the UK!! Away from following patterns, my mum and I mocked up a Beach Towel Poncho from two bath sheets by working it out as we went along.
Knitting and Crochet
As I mentioned earlier, I began knitting before sewing. I first learned to knit when I was 10, after nagging my mum to teach me how to do it! I’d watched my mum knit for years, whipping up cardigans for school (she’s a super fast knitter!) and I used to mimic by tying my skipping rope into knots. I have not made many garments from knitting as they are much more time consuming than sewing, but as it’s portable, I’m able to take it wherever I go.
I produce pattern review videos of the handmade clothes I make, whether they are recent releases or older charity shop finds. Sewing patterns can vary greatly in quality and clarity so I feel that it is important to share my experiences making a garment in case it helps someone else (and to remind myself in case I forget). Below is the review of the Safiya by Tilly and the Buttons. You can see more of my pattern reviews here.