I’m Stacey, I live in Manchester with my husband Timothy, my son A, and I love to sew.

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Sew How Did I Get Here?

I should start off by saying I was at one time a burlesque performer (2008 -2013). I began to sew little bits and bobs for costume pieces when I started performing burlesque in 2008. If you want to have big sparkly costumes for a smaller price than Dita Von Teese then making your own or customising pieces is the only way to go. I drafted patterns for bits and bobs but really it was stumbling about in the dark.

What I really wanted to do more than anything was make my own clothes. I very much love vintage but I very much can’t afford to buy the pieces I love with the huge price tags. So why not make my own? I thought. Armed with my Nana’s 50s Singer 328K and vintage pattern purchased I was ready to get on with making my first item.

I ran into trouble almost straight away and learnt 2 things:

  1. Sewing to a complete novice is daunting; looking at a pattern when you’ve never seen one before is incredibly off putting.
  2. Vintage sewing machines are beautiful but they’re not up to the task. My Singer was a beauty of a machine but was temperamental and fidgety at times.

So to remedy at least the first point I went off and booked a two day course to make a shift dress. It was the best decision I ever made. We made a pattern from a block tailored to our shape and then made a simple dress from start to finish. I was pleased to find out that sewing came quite naturally to me. It taught me the basics of machine sewing, how to read a pattern and what the hell interfacing was.

Then thanks to my lovely folks I upgraded my machine to a Brother LX17 (as a birthday present) and I was off to a flying start.

In 2016 my son was born and I massively overestimated the amount of time I would have on my hands once he arrived (how foolish I was!), and there was even less so when I went back to work full time when he was 7 months old. Following a new job, buying a house in need of (a lot of) renovation and then a promotion at work it didn’t (and doesn’t) leave me with much time left over, but not doing something creative drives me nuts, so with a little more time I got back to sewing in 2019 with sewing plans afoot, and hopefully soon with a sewing room of dreams to match (here’s hoping for 2020!).

What Can You Find Here?

My mission is straight forward: make sewing simple.

I found that being a dyslexic seamstress means it is quite difficult for me to understand instructions and it’s easy for me to become confused and at times frustrated.

I aim to help others in a similar position and show you don’t have to be put off by long paragraphs and lengthy explanations.

I don’t pretend to know everything about sewing but I hope that what I write is interesting, helpful or at least entertaining

In my blog you can find:

I’ve found the online sewing community very welcoming and it really has given me a boost to know that there is a group of likeminded sewing folk out there willing to help me with anything I might need, helping me to become better at sewing and it turn helping those who may be starting out as I was.

A History of Craftiness

I have always loved crafts, mainly stitching. One of my first memories is being shown how to cross stitch in infant school, where I made a colourful butterfly to give to my Nana, who I lived with at the time.

My Nana taught me how to embroider and I spent many a summer’s evening in their caravan sewing Victorian ladies and flowers onto tea towels as gifts. Embroidery is something I’ve come back to throughout my life, I don’t think there’s anything better than picking up a needle and thread and making something beautiful from scratch.

me embroidery
In 1992, at my Grandfolks caravan, getting my embroidery on

She also attempted to help me learn to knit, although it wasn’t really until 2019 during a bought of tonsilitis and being laid up bored in bed for a week that I gave it another go and found I loved it. I’m still working on my kitting skills. In 2013 my Nana passed her amazing Knitmaster 700K to me with a heap load of Modern Knitting magazines from the 60s, 70s and 80s – which I do plan on getting around to at some point.

My Nana often sewed and knitted clothes for me, and from time to time I was allowed to pick the material and fixings. I remember how great it would feel to be wearing something one of kind that had my input into it, even at a young age.

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1986, wearing one of my Nana’s home made creations. material and ribbon picked by me. Yes. I was this stylish.