About Her

My mum was a great sewer but I didn’t really get interested until high school. After that I sewed an awful lot for myself, plus one or two wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses for family members (bad idea!). I kept sewing for myself right up to my first child.

Then I didn’t know what size I was any more (except it was bigger due to that extra 6 kgs) and things didn’t seem to work out as well as they had before. So I sewed for her instead.

Then I had another child and the sizing issue was worse (another extra 6 kg), my mother was ill and came to live with us, I worked fulltime so there was less time to sew. So I stopped sewing for me for about 8 years.

But life doesn’t stand still. Once I had more time again, one of the things that got me back to sewing was getting back close to my before pregnancy weight and being confident about fitting again (basically, I didn’t need to make any real adjustments anymore, and I felt better about being back to a healthy weight).

And I discovered Burdastyle Magazines and they inspired me- stylish patterns, lots of choices and a new issue every month! I could have up to date European fashions even though I was the other side of the world in Adelaide, Australia….

18 Responses to About Her

  1. JoanneM says:

    Thank you for your tip about the French Burda site for technical drawings.
    I am now ‘back on track”
    Thanks again.

  2. CherryPix says:

    Hello SewingElle,
    I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger/One Lovely Blog Award
    See: http://cherrypix1.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/award-inspiring

  3. sophie says:

    Hey hey Liz, its soph! i didnt know how to send you my blog anyother way but this so here you go: http://northern-winds.tumblr.com/ its really different hahah! i love looking at what you have been getting up to (sewing and cooking) i have such talented friends!! (you and chris)

  4. Liz says:

    HI Liz! I’m another Liz, also in Adelaide. Don’t know how else to get in touch with you, but don’t want to overdo the post. I’m a made sewer/fabric collector (heaps of Gay fabrics too!), work in a completely non-sewing field, just started a blog showcasing gorgeous designer fabrics. Don’t want to seen to be spamming here, please email if you’d like the address. Thanks and best regards, Liz

    • SewingElle says:

      Ohh I’ve just found your blog: designerfabricsaustralia.com
      It would have been totally fine to post the address here but I appreciate that you asked! Now I’ve seen what you have, perhaps I should have kept it a secret just for me!!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Liz I would love to check out the gorgeous designer fabrics but cannot seem to find you….can you please provide your contact details…thanks lisa

  5. I used to love Burda magazines but have sort of gone off sewing for a while while the drawing takes over, but I love to see what other people are making. I’m looking forward to reading your blog. Sue

  6. sweetartisan says:

    Your blog has two of my passions….sewing and baking. Like you life has taken over my free time and now I bake, bake n bake and cook. There is no time to pursue dressmaking….but you have shown me that maybe I can restart. Thanks and love your blog!

  7. Anis says:

    Need some fabrics to make shirts and pants for men.Where can I find in Turin?

  8. Hi Liz, I love your blog and loved seeing the front of your gorgoues home – so Adelaide! I’m wondering if you know of any sewing groups that meet regularly. I’m looking for people to share my hobby with. Thanks. Lauren

    • SewingElle says:

      I’ve been wondering about the Australian sewing guild. Last time I checked they did meet close to me. But during the day. I work full time. I think the meeting time might have changed. I’m going to look back into it.

      • Lauren H. says:

        I also work so daytime meetings are out. If you hear of any groups who meet on weekends I’d love to hear about them. Thanks.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi do you girls know of any cheap but good learn to sew classes in the west of adelaide please ? Looking for someone who does this at home. Thanks

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