I first learned to sew at school and was given an old Singer for my sixteenth birthday. I made most of my own clothes as a teenager but eventually life took it’s toll and my Singer got lost along the way. In 2012, feeling very much stuck in a rut, I challenged myself to spend a year without wearing jeans. As I got increasingly frustrated with being unable to find what I wanted in the shops I decided to start sewing my own clothes again. I’ve now got to the point where I no longer buy ready to wear and feel totally liberated from the stresses of shop sizing and the dreaded fitting room! Once I started sewing again I came to realise it had created an oasis of calm which was much needed in my life. In fact the process of sewing seemed to become more important than the practicalities of making new clothes. Just being able to zone out and focus on doing rather than thinking is just so therapeutic!