Hi there, thanks for stopping by! I’m Maxine, mid-40s mum to three children, living on the Devon/Cornwall border and love spending most of my free time when the kids are at school trying to create a memade wardrobe.
I have always loved sewing and creative craft, I remember having a small toy machine when I was very young and used to try to make clothes for my Barbie dolls. My nan and mum always had a sewing machine so I grew up knowing how to use one, and inherited some ancient machines along the way. I suppose it was The Great British Sewing Bee that sparked my interest in making clothes, rather than soft furnishings and it wasn’t until Series 2 finished that I discovered my local college was running a Beginners Dressmaking Course. It was a 20 week course and I was hooked, from the first lessons where we made a pair of PJ bottoms to a shirt for my little boy as my final project, I wanted to know everything about dressmaking. I followed this course with an intermediate level in dressmaking and in addition took an online course, read many books, watched countless Youtube videos and followed many blogs, and then thought I’d start this website mostly as a place for me to record my makes and help others out who might be on the same journey! Since discovering Instagram in Spring 2017, I have to admit I’m a bit obsessed with it and try to post a couple of times a week. There are so many great people on IG, it’s a very supportive sewing community, I’ve learnt so much since joining and discovered fabric and pattern designers that I’d never heard of. There’s also lots of challenges that take place which are great fun. You can find me on IG by clicking the icon.
So this is where I sew, I’m very lucky to have my own dedicated sewing room and when sitting at my sewing machine I have a fantastic panaromic view from Dartmoor to Bodmin Moor.
And this is my other workstation (my daughter’s desk), where I seem to spend far too long trying to remember how to write a blog post and upload photos!
You can also follow me on Pinterest where I only post pins that I have read and recommend – so often with Pinterest the links are bombarded with Google ads, it drives me crazy when boxes keep popping up all over when all I want to do is read a Pin! I’ll Pin all my posts and photos of my makes, all my boards are based on dressmaking so I pin anything that I think will be useful to me or other dressmakers.
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Until then, happy sewing and please feel free to add any comments about anything related to sewing or this site, I’d love to hear from you.