Fourth in our mini series, ‘Meet the Simple Sew Bloggers’, that delves behind the scenes and into the sewing journeys of our fantastic team of ladies, is Vicky of Sewstainability.
A relatively new blogger to the Simple Sew Blogger team, Vicky has shown her passion for sewing and sustainability (hence her blog name!) runs true as her most recent make was a Zoe dress hack made from a charity shop duvet cover – you would never be able to tell! She’s a master of the little details, meaning her sustainable transformations have that very special and unique touch.
Read all about Vicky and her passion for sewing below…
Why did you start sewing?
Ten years ago when I moved into my first house, I couldn’t afford made-to-measure curtains, my mum had always sewn while I was growing up, so I figured how hard can it be?! Curtains are just straight lines, right? Surprisingly, making curtains for a bay window wasn’t enough to put me off and now ten years later I love sewing! I try to avoid curtains though…
What’s been your proudest sewing moment?
I think my proudest sewing moment is sewing my first fully lined jacket. I expected it to be way out of my skillset and I was so proud when it all came together.
What’s your favourite sewing technique? And the technique you dread having to do?
My favourite sewing technique is topstitching – I find it fun to do and love adding lots of detail into my makes! My least favourite technique is understitching, I find it fiddly and it never looks as nice as I’d like.
What’s your favourite fabric to sew with and why?
My favourite fabric to sew with is denim! I love how it behaves under the machine as well as the durability of the finished garment and all the opportunities for topstitching which always looks great on denim!
Could we have a peep at your sewing space?
I have a small corner of the dining room set up for sewing, I try to fill it with plants and beautiful things to keep me inspired whilst I am creating. The space is small but I’ve really tried to make it my own!
Where do you get your fix of sewing inspiration?
My main fix of sewing inspiration comes from Instagram. I love seeing pictures of what people are making and find it such a great way to interact with and learn from others.
Which sewing community sew-alongs have you joined in with?
So many! Every year I do a Make Nine list as organised by @homerowfiberco, I do One Week One Pattern by @sewisfaction, I joined in with the @NewCraftHouse Sew Yourself Sustainable month, I have done the #ogdenidaswap for the last two years, I joined in with #sewingpatternsandprints by @thespeckyseamstress @sewnonthetyne and @voiceofacreative, I usually do at least one entry for #sewtogetherforsummer by @sewinginspain @rocco.sienna and @sewsarahsmith, of course I always take part in Me Made May organised by @sozoblog, I joined in with #makeyourstash by @timetosew and I enjoy joining in with @sewisfaction Great British Sewing Bee Sew Along #gbsbsewalong – I think that is all of the sew along type challenges I took part in last year!
What do you like most about writing a sewing blog?
I like that my blog, Sewstainability, gives me a place to put down my thoughts and gives me an opportunity to reflect on my makes instead of just cracking on with what’s next. It encourages me to slow down and reflect on what went well and what didn’t
Anything special about your sewing blog that we need to know?
I started my sewing blog to document my journey towards sustainable sewing, I try to sew with thrifted fabrics, recycled thread, scraps, anything I can do to make my sewing practise a bit more sustainable. Of course, nobody is perfect and sometimes I use new fabric too but I always try to use natural fibres that won’t release micro plastics into the waterways and will one day biodegrade. The most ’special’ thing on my blog is my list of free PDF patterns, as someone who lives on a very tight budget myself, I like to share free resources as much as possible to help sewing be accessible to everyone!
What’s the best part of being on The Simple Sew blogger team?
It’s so inspiring being a part of a group of women joined together by a mutual love of sewing. I also like that it encourages me to be creative and as the patterns are so simple to start with I think they are a great blank canvas for some great hacking opportunities!
What’s your go to Simple Sew pattern?
I’ve recently made the Zoe dress, with a hacked skirt and this is now my go-to Simple Sew pattern. It was easy to make and both the top and dress versions work well with my wardrobe!
And the Simple Sew pattern that you’ve made that’s got the ‘wow’ factor?
My Anneka Tunic in needlecord from Dragonfly fabrics is so luxurious and velvety and is definitely a wow make! I wore it on Christmas day and got lots of compliments!
If you could give a piece of advice to a Simple Sew pattern newbie what would it be?
Just dive in – Simple Sew patterns are exactly what they say – simple!
Can you share you top two Simple Sew pattern sewing tips?
Have a look through the blog and see if any others have made it – their tips could be really useful! Read through the pattern instructions before you start so you know what to expect, and have fun!