Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Knitriffic Blogs: Charlotte Newland

Today we have an interview with the truly wonderful Charlotte Newland!  Charlotte is one of our sewing heroes after winning the Great British Sewing Bee last year and we were delighted that she was wearing our Coral Peach Floral fabric when we met her (it will be back in stock this coming Friday so keep an eye out!)

Tell us a bit about yourself Charlotte...
I am a mum of three and live in London with my husband, kids, dog, cat and sewing machines. I’ve loved sewing since I was a little girl and learned dressmaking at primary school. I have a scientific background and worked as an editor for a medical journal until recently.

What inspired you to start sewing/your blog? 

I’ve been sewing my whole life, pretty much. I started with cross stitch when I was a tiny girl, and learned dressmaking at primary school. Sewing has always been really important to me.

What are your plans for the future?
I’m really lucky that I earn my living doing what I love - sewing and teaching. Winning the Great British Sewing Bee in 2016 really changed my life! I teach across the country, design craft projects, and sew pretty much all the time. I think my goals for the future would be to keep on doing exactly that.

What inspires you/what would you describe as your design aesthetic?
I sew all my own clothes, and I love to wear 1950s style dresses with fitted bodices and full skirts. It’s also really important to me that my clothes are comfortable and cosy, so knits are my favourite fabrics to sew with, especially for winter dresses.

What is your favourite thing about sewing?
Sewing is almost a form of therapy for me. I think creativity is a really important part of everyday life.

What is your least favourite thing about sewing or your biggest challenge?
Fitting is a bit of a pain sometimes. It can be really time consuming, and is so important that you can’t skip it. Another reason why sewing with knit fabrics is so wonderful – they are much more forgiving!

What is your favourite pattern?
I absolutely love the Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns. It’s so versatile and comfortable, but also looks really put together. I’ve made at least ten of them and it is definitely my favourite pattern to sew and wear.

Any other hobbies?
I also love to knit – it’s the perfect way to round out your handmade wardrobe, and stops me snacking in front of the telly!

What are your current favourite Girl Charlee fabrics?

Thanks Charlotte!  You can see Charlotte's blog HERE.

Don't forget we have free tickets to the Great British Sewing Bee Live to give away.  Click HERE to enter!

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Happy Sewing!
~ Mark & The Girl Charlee Team

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