About Me

Who is this girl & what’s she all about?
Jodie. 31. Introvert. Sewing dork. Devourer of novels. Hula Hooper. Bike rider. Lover of long quiet walks. Newlywed. Dreamer. 

Why is she scared stitchless?
Wandering the streets of Paris in 2006 I was intoxicated with the beauty of french fashion. I was so inspired I bought a sewing machine as soon as I returned home so I could replicate some of the beauty I’d seen. I dreamed of making all of my own clothes but my overwhelming fear of failing meant my machine sat on a shelf for 4 years. During a period of unemployment I finally brought out the machine, bought a pile of fabric and patterns and bashed my way through my first couple of handmade tops. I’ve never been able to stop since. I named my blog after my fear because I wanted to conquer it. And I have.

What does she make?
50s style dresses, maxi dresses, skirts long and short, tank tops, blouses and scoop neck tops. 

What does she dream of making?
Her own shoes! This is the most recent challenge I’ve set myself. Making my own shoes to go with my handmade clothes. Also bags, jewellery and soft furnishings for around the house. Jackets and Pants are still foreign countries requiring further study and courage to visit. Also one day I might even sew for my husband.

What does she do when she’s not sewing?
Reading, bushwalking, hula hooping, juggling, bike riding, listening to great music, hanging out with Freckles the Dalmation.

What does she do for work?
I used to worked as a High School English and Drama Teacher, had a brief career as a Stage Manager at some small theatres in Sydney before falling into Ticketing and working in Theatre Box Offices for the last 4 years. It’s quite inspiring to work amongst other creative and curious individuals in a workplace that can’t help be wonderfully strange in vastly different ways everyday.

How does she write blog posts?
I edit out all the awful pictures first. You know, the Weird Face Ones and the I Don’t Know What To Do With My Hands ones before picking about 4 or 5 good ones. I have a vague order to put them in and a vague idea of what I want to say. Generally I write until I feel it’s time for another picture, paste one in, decide it was a great spot to put a picture in to break up the writing and pat myself on the back. Then I repeat that process until I run out of pictures, words or both. And voila, I have a post.

What does she think life is about?
Finding joy.

Favourite quote?

No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. - Samuel Beckett

What inspires her?
People watching. Patting fabric. A well worded sentence. The quiet of the library. The smell after rain. Watching Jacaranda trees blossom. The cold damp air on bushwalks. The wag of a happy dog’s tail. Pinterest. Passionate and curious individuals. Watching the seasons change. Love in all forms. Interesting style lines. Adventures.


  1. Hi there! I wish I had your willpower to only buy fabric when there's a pattern to go with it. I love Op-Shopping, and usually come home with a remnant (of a decent size) because I like the way it feels, moves or looks. I have two bookshelves full of boxed fabrics of various types, and two garbage bags full on the floor because there's no more room! I do LOVE to sew, though. It's my ZEN. If I get cranky, Hubby tells me to go sew something! I've been sewing since I learned it at secondary school ( just over half my life ago now!), and about three years ago I started up my own hobby business of sewing for people in the community. Now I'm almost too busy to sew my own projects, but I still love it!
    I didn't get to sew my own wedding dress, I happened to see a dress in a window I was passing and it kept talking to me until I tried it on a fortnight later. I did make the bridesmaids' dresses though, in a pastel rainbow (one was in 'Butter", another in pale pink, in duck-egg blue, in pale lilac and a flower girl in white) to match the style of my dress ( which was a 'baby doll' style with the waist under the boobs). I sewed a wedding gown and two bridesmaids' dresses, where the bridesmaids were dazzling in voluptuous ivory and gold lacy ruffles and the bride was in an elegantly simple, plain off-white-grey gown. I suppose what I'm trying to say is that you don't have to give up on any 'element' that you like, just spread it over the bridal party! Dare to be different! Dare to be you! It's your wedding after all!
    By the way, I love your site!
    Kind regards
    Lyn Hannan

    1. Thanks for sharing Lyn! I've taken a bit of time away from the dress now to really think about what I want and I know that trying to do too much on the dress is just a compromise for me. I want something plain and simple and it doesn't have to look like it fell off a pinterest board. I'll be all the happier in something that's very "me".
      I love that your sewing for your community - I'd love to get my sewing to a point where I could easily sew for others!

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