Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to our Star of the Month, Louise! Louise is an absolute superstar and we adore her. She’s kind, sweet, thoughtful and she sews like a queen. She’s so pretty and her style is incredible!
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Weekends are for dungarees, right? I love wearing them in an unexpected way and a shirt underneath is my fave combo. I am channeling Parisian vibes with my outfits at the mo, because a trip is currently on the cards… 🇫🇷 #sewingmila #dungareeappreciationsociety #tillyandthebuttons
Isn’t that the coolest outfit you’ve ever seen?
Louise is the reason why we created our Star of the Month feature. We wanted a way to celebrate her and thank her for being so wonderful. She’s been cheerleading us from the very beginning and we are so grateful to her, and also to her sewing partner Jenny, for all of their support! If you haven’t come across this wonderful duo, then check out their new joint Instagram account @cutonepair. Their account is full of amazing sewing inspiration.
Interview with Louise
How long have you been sewing for? How did you learn to sew?
I have been sewing on and off for about five years now. My husband, bought me my first machine in 2011, but it took me almost two years to build up the courage to actually use it – I don’t know what I was so afraid of! My Mum has always sewn, so she gave me my first lesson and helped me stitch up my first dress.
What was the first thing you made?
I chose a really complicated pattern for my first make, the Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 2250 dress. I went to my Mums over several weekends to make it together (my first lesson, that dressmaking takes time), and I was completely hooked. The dress had a lined bodice that was full of pleats and tucks, and had an invisible zip – I had no clue how hard it would be to make. To demonstrate just how clueless I was – it was made out of Liberty cotton lawn!
Who inspires you?
Can you tell us a bit about your amazing job at Tilly and the Buttons?
Can we have a sneak peak at your sewing space? Are there any special tools, or things you can’t live without?
I have taken over our snug room for my sewing space, because who needs two bedrooms for two people?! I love this room because it looks out onto the garden (gardening another major passion of mine), and in the summer I can sew with the doors open. Our style is quite colourful and cluttered, so my sewing space is as tidy as it can be, but I don’t feel pressure to hide everything as it adds to the feel of the room.
I love sewing tools and have a few favourites I couldn’t live without. My tracing wheels really come in handy – especially this double adjustable wheel, which I find really useful for pattern hacking. Another must-have for me, is my pattern master. Again, if you are hacking or altering a pattern, this tool have curves, measurements (if you want to add or remove a bit on a pattern from a line this is handy), and it will keep things at a right angle.
I have a few precious tools that have been handed down to me. I have my Great-Grandmothers pin cushion that was given to her on her 50th Wedding Anniversary, and I have one of her thimbles that fits perfectly on my finger. I also have my Grandad’s tailors thimble (he was a tailor when he was younger), and my Mums labels she would stitch into her me mades, before they were called that!
Why do you sew?
What’s your proudest sewing achievement?
What’s your next big sewing goal?
What’s the best piece of sewing advice you can share?
Can we see more pictures of your sweet cat? Pretty please?
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#sharesomethingonsunday – Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE my cat Maisie. She melts my heart on a daily basis and is the third person in our little family. She is a 4 1/2 year-old ragdoll kitty who is the shyest baby, hiding away from everyone expect for me and my husband. She is so sweet natured and follows us around like a little puppy. Her favourite place is my lap, her favourite toy is a mouse, and every night she puts herself to bed on her scratching post in our bedroom. Does anyone else have a fur baby they just adore! #maisietheshyragdoll #ilovemycat