Can’t Beat A Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress
Ever heard that William Shakespeare quote? “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
Shakespeare must have had Louise in mind. She was definitely born great. Just look at that winning smile, positive personality and incredible sewing!
When I met Louise at the launch party for baby and toddler patterns Poppy & Jazz I asked if she’d be kind enough to be interviewed as part of my Meeting Makers series, and she agreed.
Keep reading to the end of the post for an awesome animal print discount with Sew Over It.
Q: Louise, how did you come to work at Sew Over It?
A: I discovered Sew Over It when my mum gifted me a subscription to a sewing magazine. It came with a free copy of the Sew Over It Vintage book. I fell in love with the patterns as they were exactly what I wanted to make.
At the time, I was a stay-at-home mum of two kids under two. As much as I love my children, I really wanted to go back to work. I realised that Sew Over It was the company I wanted to work for!
When the role of Operations Assistant was advertised, I applied and was successful. Since then I’ve managed to work my way up to the Show Coordinator role and I absolutely love my job.
Q: Did you sew before you began working for Lisa Comfort?
A: I did, but I was more enthusiastic than skilful. I started as a teenager, by hand sewing costumes for Drama and Halloween.
Then one year I was making three Halloween costumes, one of which was King Triton. I invested in a cheap sewing machine as there was too much to do by hand.
But it wasn’t until the first series of The Great British Sewing Bee that I became inspired to sew my first dress for a friend’s wedding. Looking back at the dress now, it makes me cringe but I was so proud of it at the time.
Thankfully, since landing the job at Sew Over It I have been able to learn from some very talented people. I can definitely say I’ve come a long way since then.
Q: What are your favourite things to make?
A: After doing Me Made May this year, it would have to be shirt dresses. I love wearing them and I enjoy sewing them up. Weirdly, I enjoy sewing the yoke! Plus, I love a button. I have a ridiculous collection – a combination of inherited buttons and ones I’ve added myself – so I love an opportunity to use them. The right button choice can really make a fabric pop.
Q: You make pretty bold fabric choices – which I love! What advice would you give to readers who might feel a bit timid around strong colours or prints?
A: I am generally drawn to the bright and bold prints. Why use black when you can use orange? But I get that’s not for everyone.
The beauty of sewing your own clothes is that it gives you another avenue to express yourself. So even if you’re a bit timid in your fabric choices, you could always dip your toe in by using a bold fabric in a contrast colour for your lining or bias binding.
If you’re sewing an outfit for a special occasion, a bright colour can really give that wow factor.
Louise wearing the Sew Over It Kimono Jacket
Q: You’ve already sewn with otter fabric. What other animal would you love to see in a fabric print?
A: I love animal print, but I find it hard to find fabrics that aren’t too childish. In my opinion, there’s not enough variety in animal prints, and too many butterfly and swallow fabrics! Where are the other animals? I am particularly on the look out for…
- a slow norris
- or stag beetles
But the number one animal I am after is…
- A SLOTH!
I love them. (You may have guessed that from watching the team Spoonflower vlog.) I even have two sloth necklaces.
I am also always on the lookout for the perfect dinosaurs fabric, as I will never be too old for dinosaurs.
Readers, can you help Louise track down the perfect sloth fabric? We’re throwing the gauntlet down.
Q: What sewing ambitions do you still have that you’d like to fulfil?
A: I’d really like to get better at pattern manipulation as well as tailoring. One of my aims is to make myself a proper winter coat. To take me towards this goal, I am going to be doing the Sew Over It Francine Jacket class. It may not be something I would usually pick but it will be a great opportunity to challenge myself and learn some new skills.
I also really want to do more in the sewing world. I’ve attended more meet-ups and events and I love doing the Sew Over It vlogs! Because of the feedback on the videos we’ve uploaded so far I would like to do more vlogging. I’ve come up with an idea for a sewing vlog with two of my sewing buddies, Lisa and Barbara. We are currently in the midst of brainstorming ideas together which is really exciting.
Q: Finally, will you be my new best friend, please?
A: Nah, you’re good… Ha, just kidding!
Readers, if you are inspired by Louise (who wouldn’t be?) and would like your own opportunity to sew with an animal print, there is a 20% discount on all of these fabrics over at Sew Over It. Just enter the checkout code of NOSWALLOWSALLOWED. This discount is valid for two weeks only, so get over there!
Thanks so much to Louise. I think we can all agree, she’s a star!
For more from the Meeting Makers series: