Hi, I’m T from uandmii.
I’m a 44 year old graphic designer living and working in a little village nestled beneath the Chiltern Hills, about 20 miles from Oxford, in the UK. I coo over great design and have a total love affair with COLOUR – it literally makes my heart sing! When I’m not running my design company I spend just about every other waking minute making things, and sewing is my favourite passion. I while away the hours in a little sewing shed at the bottom of my garden – our little cottage is too weeny for my fabric stash!
In the fashion world I am “plus size”. Yes, siree, I’ve got curves and I’m not afraid to use ’em! I started my sewing blog in Autumn 2013. I had been an avid reader of a few plus size/curvy blogs for a couple of years and they gave me the confidence to start my own. It has been one of the best things I have ever done. I have met some outrageously fabulous people, become more body confident, learnt an awful lot about sewing and fit, and been inspired over and over by lovely sewers across the globe.
Having been an avid reader of both Jenny’s (Cashmerette) and Mary’s (Idle Fancy) blogs, I was really excited when they got in touch to see if I would like to be part of the Curvy Sewing Collective. Not only do I think it’s a great opportunity to give curvy women a more positive body image, but if we can encourage more women to start sewing then they too can benefit from making unique clothes that fit them really well. I believe that everyone should be able to rock their personal style, regardless of body shape or size.
I’ve been sewing since my late teens, when a Saturday girl in a fabric shop was the only weekend job I could find to pay my way through college. On quiet afternoons in the shop we would use the huge cutting table to pin out our patterns and then we’d sew them up on the test machines. I got to know all the regulars in the shop and between them, the shop’s manager, Pauline, and my mum, I learnt to sew. I became a much better sewer pretty quickly, although some of my more unorthodox approaches did raise eyebrows! I am proud to still be a renegade seamstress.
I am a pear shaped hourglass! My measurements are 47″ – 39″ – 49″ and I am a 40E/F cup. I am often just outside the range of the indie pattern companies, although I am now pretty fearless with patterns and will slash and rearrange to suit in order to get the right fit. I have learnt it’s better to see a pattern as a starting point and then learn how to adapt it to best suit you and your style, rather than sticking rigidly to what the pieces say. My common adjustments are FBAs, increasing upper arm width and full seat adjustments.
My TNT are mostly knit patterns because I love to sew fast! My absolute favourite pattern in the whole world is the Lady Skater dress – I have made many versions of this fabulous pattern and it really is a wardrobe workhorse. My others would be the Deer & Doe Plantain (although this required major alterations as its size range stops before anything remotely curvy) and McCalls Fashion Star M6554, an extremely figure flattering empire waisted sundress.