In pursuit of our passion for dressmaking and with a goal to empower the next generation of sewists, we’ve taken a leap of faith, leaving behind the corporate world, to launch Sewalicious - an online sewing boutique.
Despite the removal of textiles from the UK school curriculum, and the ever-growing mass-production of clothing and accessories, we’ve been excited and inspired by the growth of the global sewing community, and the resurgence of what was at risk of becoming a lost skill.
Offering beautiful fabrics, stylish patterns, essential haberdashery and contemporary sewing accessories, as well as starter sewing kits for kids, we hope to share the joy by making fashion creation simple and accessible to all.
For those starting out, wanting to enhance their skills, or find a hobby to enjoy with their family, Sewalicious aims to help you define and design your own (and your children’s) style through simple, individual and unique makes.
The Sewalicious team has a range of dressmaking experience - from beginners to masters. For this reason we feel we bring a unique perspective. We understand that it can be daunting for new sewists at the start of the dressmaking journey, and for the more advanced, there may be a desire to experiment with new approaches and styles.
We aim to provide everything you need to embark on, or continue along, your dressmaking journey to help you to ‘Simply Sew Your Style’.
We’re at the start of an exciting adventure and we can’t wait to explore and grow in this wonderful sewing world with you.
I live in South West London with my husband Ferdeen and 3 children - Sophia, Piers and Beaux. I started sewing in 2014, driven by a desire to make unique creations for my children and to learn a new skill. I have always loved clothes and fashion, spending most my salary on buying new clothes every week. Now I spend my money on fabric! I love the excitement of choosing the fabric and the pattern I am going to make. To wear something unique and to wear it with pride, feels very good. Not only do I get to wear lots of different clothes, I get to use my creativity and gain a sense of accomplishment. I feel extremely lucky to be able to work and play with my passion and I’m working towards a personal goal of having a complete handmade wardrobe.
I also live in South West London with my husband Phil. While I have only recently been bitten by the dressmaking bug, I like to think it was written in the stars that dressmaking would become a main factor of my life. My great-grandfather was a master-tailor, my grandfather made all the clothes for my mum and four sisters as children, and my mum was a fashion, design and textiles teacher. I’m hoping that as a fourth generation family sewist I’ve inherited their skills :)
I am now addicted and have pledged not to buy any mass-produced garments (underwear allowed) for the next year. Inspired by all the ladies listed on this page, as well as many of you out there, I’m working towards a 100% handmade wardrobe.
I’m Amy’s mum and live in Buckinghamshire with my husband Pete and my little Papillon dog Kookie who will often feature in my pictures :)
My love of fabrics and sewing started when I was taught by an excellent textiles teacher. I discovered I had a talent and chose it as my career. I guess I inherited my creative genes from my parents and my grandfather. I have very fond memories of strutting around in lovely summer dresses made by dad and he even made our swimwear. My mum made the most amazing knitwear. I did take a break from teaching to have my two lovely children and during this time I had a small business designing and selling children's clothes.
I was born in the 50’s and it’s the fashion from that era that inspires me now. I'm drawn to the 'big' skirts and dresses. I also have a funky, quirky side to me and love to use modern prints and designs incorporated into vintage fashions. I love creating garments because it allows you to be yourself. You can express your own personality through your fabric and I really like to take a basic shape and tweak it so it becomes my own creation. It’s a very exciting process seeing the garment evolve and gives a great feeling of achievement and satisfaction. It's something you want to share.
I am very happy to be a member of the team and have enjoyed working with Amy, Nicki & Cath to turn the seeds of an idea into Sewalicious.
For as long as I can remember I have loved creating and trying my hand at almost anything practical. I first remember making things when I was very young and my mum taught me how to sew on her old treadle machine.
I loved Textiles at school and knew that I wanted to carry on using and developing the skills and techniques I had learned at A Level. After training in London and then Newcastle-upon-Tyne I went on to teach Fashion & Textiles in secondary schools up to GCSE and 'A' Level for almost 18 years. My favourite part of the job was to prepare students for exams and help them to design and create garments for their course work. The years I spent doing this taught me much about working with fabrics and patterns and the best ways to achieve good results.
Eventually, when I had my son and daughter, I stopped teaching full-time to concentrate on being Mum. For several years, my sewing consisted of countless fancy dress, dance and drama costumes for my children and their friends, but very little in the way of sewing just for me. All that changed a few years ago with my first trip to The Knitting & Stitching Show followed by my discovery of sewing blogs and vlogs!
I am constantly inspired and excited by the sewing community and by the vast range of beautiful fabrics and stylish patterns that are now available. My passion for sewing for myself has been rekindled! My other source of inspiration comes from my best sewing buddy, Cath, who I have known since we were both teenagers and who constantly impresses us all with her fabulous and stylish creations.