Beginning My Sewing Journey

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As a new Mum, I bought WAY too many clothes for my little girl. The trouble is, there are just SO many pretty dresses for little ones out there on the high street. This time last year I realised I had an addiction. Worse still, I was addicted to the high end brands, such as Joules and Boden, rather than George at ASDA. My biggest addiction was to Cath Kidston. I needed to find a solution. The solution was beginning my sewing journey.

Beginning My Sewing Journey


As a little girl, my mum had been a keen seamstress. She had made several dresses for me growing up, and still had her old sewing machine. I had never really shown much of an interest beyond sewing my Sindy dolls clothes in the early 80s. I wasn’t very good, so I gave up.

But the promise of saving myself a bit of cash whilst learning a new skill was a real motivator. And it would be nice to be able to fill my little girl’s wardrobe with clothes that nobody else had. I was keen to try out a new hobby.

Sewing Machine – To Buy Or Not To Buy?

I was lucky enough to be able to borrow my Mum’s machine at first, so it is definitely worth asking friends and relatives if anyone has a machine gathering dust in a corner. It is amazing how many of them there are tucked away in spare rooms and attics.

Also, you could try

  • Charity Shops – they sometimes have them in, as people clear out the machines from their homes
  • Ebay, Selling sites and Facebook Marketplace – Right at this moment there are over 3000 used machines on Ebay alone. Often they are going for a song, so it is well worth a look.
  • Car boot sales and table top sales – though this can be a bit risky as it is often not possible to check that they work before you get them home.

Finally, it is worth looking in your local area for any sewing classes or workshops. Booking onto an introduction to sewing course is a great way to learn the basics. The group sizes are often small, and you get to try out a sewing machine before you have to actually part with your cash and buy one.


Thinking of buying but don’t know where to start? See my post here on choosing a sewing machine.

Finding Fabric

It is lucky for me that I live in a part of Leeds that has a long standing haberdashery store. As I truly believe in supporting local business, I popped down and bought a metre of very Cath Kidston-esque fabric. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but it was a start.

Also being a big Ebay fan, I had searched on the site and to my delight I found that it was possible to buy small pieces of genuine Cath Kidston fabric that were perfect for small dresses to fit my 15 month old daughter for a fraction of the price that a full garment would cost in the store. Once I started sewing I discovered all rather wonderful fabric shops that there are available.

I just needed to find a simple project to get me started.

Read more about my first easy project in Making a Simple Skirt

or how I made my daughter a Superhero Dress

And see this post for some ideas on what to make if you want to sell to make some money from your sewing hobby

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4 Replies to “Beginning My Sewing Journey”

  1. Elaine Fitzpatrick says:

    My mum taught me to sew and I used to make a lot of my own clothes when I was a student nurse. I loved the sense of achievement when a piece was finished. I will enjoy following your journey.

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you Elaine. I agree, I love the feeling of finishing and being able to wear what I have created. And it is even better to see my little girl in the clothes I have made. Thank you for your comment.

  2. Jen @ The Frozen Mind says:

    I used to make clothes but found that I prefer making blankets and quilts. That is what I do on days when I have the energy, which doesn’t happen often enough for my taste!


    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I would love to get into making quilts Jen, but I fear that I am not really precise enough! And b logging has taken away some of the time I used to sew.


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