Stitching Students: Zoe of ZoeSews

Hello everyone! Today I have another installment of Stitching Students: meet Zoe of @zoesews on Instagram and the channel ZoeSews on YouTube! I do believe Zoe was recommended to me by a fellow sewist, and after following her for a while I can say she certainly has a unique and quirky style! Without anything else, here is Zoe!

Where are you from?  The UK

At what level of schooling are you? I am about to go into my second year of college.

What are you studying or what is your favorite subject? I am studying Fashion and Textiles Level 3.

Why did you choose this? I wanted to learn more about refined sewing skills and pattern cutting.

How do your studies affect your sewing, or vice versa? How do you balance and manage time effectively? (Ugh, I sound like an adult. Wait, I am one. Technically.) You would think they go hand in hand but unfortunately not! When I’m at college I make sure that every Sunday is selfish sew day where I sew for no one but myself; this has kept me sane!

Moving on to general sewing…

When did you learn how to sew, and when did you really get into it? I properly learnt to sew on my very boring gap year, October 2015. My mum has been trying to get me into sewing and knitting since I was very young but I just wasn't into it! All of a sudden one day I was bored and decided to give it ago.

What is your favorite pattern company? Or several if you can’t choose. Sew Over It and my own Self drafted patterns-- I love drafting my own clothes because then definitely no one will have it.

What are your favorite things to sew? Basics and dresses!

What technique do you dread the most? I like hemming but I hate hemming trousers and armholes!

Moving on to the intersection of style and sewing…

Where do you get most of your inspiration? Instagram and random people off the street; it sounds creepy, I know.

What colors do you predominantly sew/wear? If there’s a difference, why? Does season make a difference? So interesting. Oh man, this is totally dependent on my mood. I love green and neutrals but I'm working really hard on getting more colour into my wardrobe. Currently I'm having an orange love affair.
The orange love affair
If you had to describe your style in one phrase or sentence, what would it be? 50’s and 60’s with a modern twist.

What is your favorite make currently? Why do you love it so much? Ahh don't make me choose! I am gonna say my Named Clothing Maisa Jacket because its such a staple piece and always shocks people when I say I made it-- I love that!
Her Maisa Jacket
Is your sewing area tidy? (If it is, can I hire you??) yes my sewing room is very tidy and yes you can hire me, I love sorting!

Outside of sewing…

If you’re not studying or sewing, what are you doing? (Hobbies or other important things you do. Watching TV totally counts.) Knitting is a huge part of my life, I have to keep my hands busy. I love going to fibre festivals.
Finally, if you had to move to a different country, where would you go? Canada! I just have a strange desire to go to Canada!

And that's Zoe of ZoeSews on YouTube and Instagram! I think it's interesting that she took a gap year, as those are kind of "trendy" in the US but I don't know anyone who took one before college, only after the first year! It's intriguing to me, the girl who thrives in academia. Also, Zoe, you are the third person from the UK that I have heard taking some kind of Textiles course. Is it common? Studies like that just don't seem to be very prominent in America. We have fashion design and merchandising, but not really textiles as far as I've seen. 
It's also interesting how many sewists also have other crafts, like knitting!
Again, this was Zoe, and I'll catch you around.


  1. Thank you having me!! loved doing it! Fashion and textiles is basically just fashion design!


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