Hello crafty people! Welcome to Whipstitch! I’ve loved dressing up and vintage clothing ever since I stopped having to wear school uniforms and started having to think of what to wear every day! Polyester 70’s shirts and dresses made way for the 40’s and 50’s when I started swing dancing, but as sweating on the dancefloor is very hard on beautiful old clothes I started sewing more and more of my own outfits. I love the detail in vintage clothes – back then, people made their dresses to last years and years rather than one season, and touches such as bound buttonholes, sweeping hems finished by hand and delicate embroidery are elements I try to incorporate into my own sewing. I want the things I make to last for as long as I fit into them, before I hand them on to someone else to love!
Whipstitch is a place for me to share my sewing adventures, successes, failures and my inspirations and discoveries in the incredible online community of crafty people and lovers of fashion. There is no excuse for any of us to lament that we have nothing to wear, or to pay hideous amounts of money for new clothes that we might wear once or twice before throwing out, when we have the skills to make, or remake, amazing styles to suit ourselves. Sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery – even obscure crafts like tatting, netting and knotting – are all vital skills in our crafty arsenal. We don’t make daggy boxer shorts in home economics, we can make gorgeous outfits that we’re proud to wear out. So without further ado, welcome! Let’s sew!