I think I was about seven or eight when I wanted to sew, and I think my first sewing machine was a blue plastic Holly Hobbie hand operated toy in the 1970s. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t use it.
I think I was fifteen when I took myself to evening classes after school to learn to sew (properly) and I started sewing my own clothes. They were pretty bad… shorts, trousers, dresses, shirts all with wonky seams and badly fitting but I loved trying and in another world I might have gone into fashion design.
In 2020 where the world has turned upside down, I sewed my first piece of clothing in at least thirty years and after unpicking a few seams to make sure I’d actually wear it, it turned out quite well.