Hello and welcome to Sewgirl website and blog, my name is Fiona Hesford and am passionate about inspiring everyone on the planet to sew!

I’m based in sunny Worthing on the South coast of England, with my gorgeous husband Marko and cute Little cat called Madame Mabelline (Mabel for short). 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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  1. You need to bring it up with the magazine. My contract agreement stipulates that they are available for 6 months, actually most of them were available for much longer than that. I don’t work for Love Sewing. You need to contact them.
    Thankyou and sorry I can’t be of more help


  2. Hi. I love your pattern ‘The Fiona Set’ given away free with ‘Simply Sewing’ Can’t wiat to make it up but I’m puzzled by the fabric requirements:
    “Fabric, 140 cm (55in) wide: Long sleeve version 2mx140cm.
    ” ” Short sleeve version 2.5mx140cm Is the long sleeve version therefore the dress with 2 tiers – if so, why do you need more fabric than the short sleeve version – the top with 1 tier?.
    Fabric requirements for 112 cm wide shows Long sleeve version 3.4 mtrs
    ” ” Short sleeve version 2.9 mtrs. That’s why I’m guessing the short sleeve version is the top.

    Help! Thanks! Jenny


    1. Hi Jenny
      yes Ive just had someone else email me about this. I have to say- its an error by the magazine (not me!) , but Im happy to help.
      So it should read:

      LONG SLEEVE (DRESS) VERSION: 2.5m (140cm wide) or 3.4m (112cm wide) fabric.
      SHORT SLEEVE (TOP) VERSION: 2m (140cm wide) or 2.9m (112cm wide) fabric.

      Thanks for your comments- I am in the process of making myself one, I think its going to get a lot of wear this summer.
      All the best and sorry about the mistake – this happens extremely rarely – Im expecting to be contacted by lots of people !!
      Fiona at Sewgirl x


  3. Hi Fiona
    Are you selling the pattern for the Dolores dress that was in Love Sewing no 79?
    I love it – just found it on Google.
    Many thanks,


    1. Hello Maggie
      Thanks for getting in touch. I’m not selling it yet I’m afraid. I do get quite a few enquiries about this one , so I think I’m going to include it in the Sewgirl collection but it won’t be til the Autumn.
      All the best
      Fiona at Sewgirl


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