Hello and welcome to Sewgirl website and blog, my name is Fiona Hesford and am passionate about teaching everyone on the planet to sew! I’m based in sunny Worthing on the South coast of England, with my husband Marko and cat Madame Mabelline.

My children are all grown up now and fled the nest, so I devote my time to teaching sewing, writing projects for magazines, appearing on TV craft channels and producing patterns and kits under the Sewgirl brand.

I like to design clothing that I wear myself everyday, in fact I rarely buy clothes from shops anymore. Wearing something that you have made yourself is very satisfying, obviously, it takes a bit of practise, and you get better the more that you do, but choosing the fabric and the pattern style, means you have something totally unique to you. Its a way of discovering yourself.

This blog and website, is a place dedicated to show you, with clear photos and text, how to make Sewgirl patterns, along with pattern hacks, tutorial films and fabric suggestions. Think of it as a helping hand to assist you along your sewing path. By the way, if you subscribe to this blog, you will be notified whenever I post something like a new pattern, technique tutorial or info.

Whether you have been to one of my workshops or have bought a pattern, this blog  aims to help you through sewing process to make your experience hassle free.

If you would like to purchase one of my patterns, please click the link below which will take you to the Etsy shop. Happy sewing ! X Fiona


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9 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi. I have the pattern for your ‘Himari’ dress that I am finally getting around to making. (Downloaded from Love Sewing a while ago). But, I cannot find the instructions. Who knows what I did with the magazine. Would it be possible to get a copy of the instructions still? If not, did the neck facings have interfacing attached, as although it is not marked on the pattern to cut them in an interfacing, I have come across patterns before where it states it in the instructions only. This would be a big help with making sure I get the construction right. Your help is very much appreciated. Love your designs by the way. 😁


  2. Hi I have just got a the Summer tunic patten from my friend she has lost the instruction is it possible for you to send them to me please. I have got it all cut out just waiting to sew it up. Thanks in advance


  3. Hello
    thanks for getting in touch, I’m afraid this project is from quite a few years ago and I don’t have access to the info you need. could you possibly measure the pattern or make up a practise garment. Sorry I can’t be of more help best wishes Fiona at Sewgirl


  4. Hello Fiona,
    I recently purchased an Edith Tunic Pattern from sewing St.
    On opening the pattern instructions I have found that instructions 3 to 11 are missing, could you please help as I cannot continue without them.
    Christine Ball


    1. Oh Christine I’m so sorry. Can you forward me your address and I’ll post you another. If you need the instructions urgently, I can either email them to you or there are photo step by steps on the blog which could be helpful. So sorry again, this is a rare occurrence, all the best Fiona at Sewgirl x


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