About me

Can a project-based blog and the inspiring advice of its followers  help this amateur dressmaker progress to a sewing pro?  Hope so!

I taught myself to sew because I couldn’t find the dresses of my dreams in the shops.  Also, I needed an excuse to keep buying fabric (I’m partial to faux fur and bold patterns that attract comment).

When I dragged home my first sewing machine, I  didn’t know how to string it up but reading this clever tome and decoding pattern instructions soon got me making garments that actually saw the light of day – even if the botched zips had to be kept hidden under cardies.  But the trouble with being self-taught is that you  make the same mistakes over and over and no one tells you.  No matter how hard I concentrated on reading “how to sew on a zip”, the results were never satisfying and I only got it when I finally found video tutorials on the web showing me how.

Now I want to try out new projects – many of them inspired by other sewing blogs – and Sew2pro is a journal of the trials and tribulations.  I’ll be making clothes from commercial and vintage patterns, experimenting with pattern cutting and throwing in the odd craft or home deco project.  However, I need your feedback if I’m to learn quickly, so whether you’re new to sewing, a professional observing in horror, or somewhere in between, please feel free to

  • share your  tips,
  • point out any sloppiness or mistakes; the idea is to learn from criticism,
  • suggest projects for future blogs,
  • give praise when due (Mark Twain could live two months on a compliment; I’m a bit more needy),
  • suggest how I could improve this blog (my first),
  • and whatever.  I’d be thrilled to hear from other sewists.

I hope you find this blog enjoyable and thank you for your input.  

About me: small Mummy

My name is Marijana (the j is silent!) and I live in South London.  I’m learning to sew better because I eventually want to create garments that are flawless, flattering and for somebody else! 

Other than sewing, I love fiction, running, Radio 4, cats, cake (if home-made) and gallivanting round fabric shops.

24 thoughts on “About me

  1. Just found your blog. I really like this dress on you. It doesn’t look to big in the photos!
    Have a great day!

  2. Hi Marianna

    We met on Saturday at the Catford Sewing Group. Just wanted to say I love you blog and it’s great to see what you’ve been making. Love your stuff.

    Hope to see you soon.


  3. Hi,

    How clever you! I am so excited that you are taking huge steps forwards to express your creativity. The fabrics are bold and interesting and the styles that you have chosen in some of your designs are extremely flattering. Well done!!!


  4. Marianna just caught your post at Colette Patterns and loved your take on the Jasmine – a favourite of mine and it inspired me to post my Jasmine, feel free to pop over and have a look, I’m a bit of a newbie to this blogging lark!

  5. Found your lovely blog when searching the interweb for advice on princess seams…and needed up spending ages reading your posts! Looking forward to reading a lot more 🙂

  6. Just read how to make a kick pleat it was very informative. Looking forward to reading much more of your adventures. Thanks again.

    • I don’t shop in Catford so wouldn’t know but Rolls and Rems in Lewisham is great. The fabrics have grown in variety over the last few years and the notions are very reasonable.

  7. Hi weldone, just came abt ur blog while searching thru d Web on how to cut a pleated neck dress nd I find it so interesting cus i’ve found some useful guide that can help me.thanks a lot. Kike

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