We thought it would be a nice idea to introduce you to our glorious gaggle of teachers. We have around twelve teachers who work for us here at Sew Over It, and they’re really the loveliest, friendliest, funniest bunch. If you’ve been to a class with us you will know how amazing they are at teaching too. We only have the best!
Today we’ve passed the reins over to Georgie. Georgie has been with Sew Over It almost from the very beginning. Starting as a shop and class assistant, she quickly progressed to being our manager. After three months off to work in Africa, she decided to concentrate on her own work as a designer maker and now works freelance for us as a teacher. Georgie teaches our Button Me Cushion, Intro to Sewing and Leather Clutch classes.
Over to you George!
How old were you when you learned to sew?
I remember my Nana teaching me things when I was about five but I properly learnt when I did my Textiles A-level – although it was more textile art rather than dressmaking. Dressmaking came into play once I was at university studying Fashion & Textiles.
What was the first thing you ever made?
A dolly’s dress! I still have it!
What’s your favourite thing you’ve ever sewn?
For my degree show I wanted to wear something special so I went vintage shopping and made a dress out of a beautifully embroidered Victorian apron and a blackout curtain from the war! I also have a very special cuddly toy that I’ve had since I was born, and when my good friends from Tanzania had their first baby I managed to make a replica of ‘doggy’ so hopefully their baby will treasure him as much as I have! They laughed for a long time!
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever made?
I always look back at my uni stuff and cringe a bit! We started off with a shirt project (count yourself lucky you guys have the Intro To Dressmaking!) and I think mine went straight to charity!
If you lost all your skills overnight, what would you start again with?
So many things! I spent a year in France to learn french from scratch a couple of years ago and would love to be pro at loads of languages! I’ve always fancied myself as a bit of a West End star as well but nerves have always got the better of me!
What’s on your cutting table at the moment?
I have just moved house (with two other Sew Over It ladies!) so the cutting table is upside down at the moment, but I’m sure it will be filled with plenty soon! The first thing I want to do is make curtains for our new house…the ones in there at the moment are horrendous. My mum also wants me to make a pouffe to match her new sofa so I always have a lot to do. Plus things I have started in the last few years and not got round to finishing… :0
What do you do when you’re not teaching at Sew Over It?
Loads of things! My background is textile design so I do a lot of screenprinting and make homewards which I sell through my website and in various other places.
I also work two days a week as an art technician at a school in Wimbledon, as well as teaching art and textile workshops for schools around London. For the last six months I have been working with Merton Council visiting lots of schools to teach workshops for their ‘Style Junkies’ competition – schools have to design a garment made out of junk and recycled materials to win which has been great fun! (I’m a bit of a hippy at heart!) I love music – play a bit of the guitar and piano, and also started a pop choir on Monday evenings in London Bridge if anyone is interested in joining! We’re called the Bridge Choir, check us out on Facebook!
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
I to love to travel so anywhere and everywhere! I spent 5 months in Tanzania the year before last working for Neema Crafts – a charity that employs deaf and disabled workers to make things in various disciplines.
Freia, my fellow Sew Over It pal, and I went there to help design some new products. It was absolutely amazing and would love to go back – which Freia and Dominique (another Sew Over It member!) are doing again this year! I’d also LOVE to go to India. I’m very jealous when Lisa comes back from her shopping trips and would love to spend all my life savings on fabrics and ribbons!
Apart from your sewing machine, what’s the one thing you wouldn’t want to live without?
Last year I bought a bell tent which is the best purchase I’ve ever made. We put it up in our garden in the summer and have lots of parties and I’m always making lots of cushions and bits and bobs to add to it! We also took it to Shambala festival last year when we were working there with Sew Over It.
Also I think my guitar as I like to sit in my tent playing!