Josie’s Sew & Tell – The Fabric Godmother


I LOVE dressmaking! The time spent bent over my sewing machine is my time, the challenges, the mistakes (I like to call them lessons) the triumphs when you work out something new! But most of all I love it when I wear a piece of clothing that I have made and somebody walks up to me and says I love your skirt/dress/coat etc … What a feeling of achievement and satisfaction.

It is not always easy, I have never had a professional sewing lesson in my life. Everything I learnt was through trial and error (with a bit of guidance from my Mum). Nowadays the internet, especially Bloggers and YouTube, is my sewing tutor. But I think just taking a chance is the best way to learn, give it a go and see what happens.

I get my inspirations from Magazines, High street (I love Zara and H&M for fashion forward styles) and the catwalk. I often see something I like and think ‘I could make that, but better’. I am 5ft 9” and 2 sizes bigger on the bottom that the top so buying high street clothes is a bit of a nightmare. By making your own clothes you can get something that really fits and suits you.

Last year I decided to turn my passion for sewing into my job, so I set up a website focused on selling dressmaking fabrics, boutique patterns and essential haberdashery. There were other websites out there but many of them focused on craft fabrics rather than dressmaking. I wanted a place where everybody from beginners to experienced dressmakers could find inspiration. As well as a shop my idea is for the website and the blog ( to become a sewing community inspiring and helping others to pull out their machines and make something.

Every day I write a sewing tip which goes out to my Facebook and Twitter followers giving them quick hints that can make their lives a little easier. Take a look, you may find the answer to that question that has been bugging you for ages.


Here are Josie’s Top Tips:


  • Always challenge yourself, never put in a concealed zip before? Use one in your next project … Tip: Iron the zip flat before sewing it in, you will be able to get the needle much closer to the teeth for a more invisible finish
  • Make sure you are using the right fabric, most patterns tell you what kind of fabrics are suitable to use. Make sure you stick to fabrics with similar properties. If you are not sure ASK! I am always happy to make recommendations to my customers if they don’t know what to use.
  • Read all the instructions on the pattern before beginning. Not only that, make sure you understand them all, look up on the internet anything you are not sure about.
  • Have fun! Only sew when you are feeling upbeat. Nothing brings on the unpicker like a bad mood. If you need to, set aside time in your diary when you want to sew, make sure you have no distractions, put on the radio or your favourite music and enjoy this time to indulge in what you love doing.

(Photo showing Josie behind the sewing machine at just 9rs old)

Happy sewing,

Love Josie x