About Me





Hi, I'm Jane and I make my own clothes.  My love affair with sewing began in 2009 when I took a beginners dressmaking course and made my first A-line skirt.  I was hooked from the very first class and have been gradually adding to my handmade wardrobe ever since, sewing clothes to suit my body shape and my own personal style.  I'm rather partial to fitted, vintage styles, especially from the 1940's and 1950's and love to incorporate retro details into my sewing.  I also have a great weakness for gingham, polka dots and retro floral prints as well as red and navy blue. Oh yes, and cherries! I use vintage patterns a fair bit and like to support independent pattern designers whenever I can.

I started Handmade Jane in order to share my love and passion for sewing with others. All my handmade creations are documented on this blog, the good, the bad and the downright rubbish! I try to give as much information as I can about the garments I sew, such as sizing, instructions and any links and shortcuts that I've found useful.  There's also a dedicated Tutorials page. I hope you enjoy reading it and that you find something to inspire you or spark your interest along the way. 

When I'm not making stuff or playing with my fabric stash, I love reading, watching Nordic crime dramas, collecting polka dot china and hanging out with my husband and two sons.

If you have any questions, please get in touch, I love to hear from you!  And happy sewing! x

12 comments:

  1. Love the clothes you have made. I am a 62 yo gram who does retro sewing for my daughter (60's) and granddaughter (50's)..just discovered bloggs and am now hooked.

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  2. You make the most fantastic things, and I am so so impressed with your style and dress making. I had a question to ask: is there anywhere that you talk about, or would you be willing to talk about what kind of clothes one can start by making first? A guide for beginners as it were. I will be visiting more often certainly, but would love to know where to start if I want to make clothes for myself. Currently I only make them for my daughter.

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  3. Loved your 'Pattern Picks' feature in this month's 'Love Sewing' magazine Jane. Must try the Bronte Top next...

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  4. This website is lovely- I've just got my first ever sewing machine (a birthday present) and have been trying your simpler patterns- my aim is to have something handmade for friends/family for Christmas. Your clothes are beautiful and look so flattering and pretty on you. I hope I get good enough to have a go at skirts/tops and dresses one day!

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  5. Hi! Your webpage looks amazing! I'm about to do my first Craft Stall at our local Church in Nov and would value any advice from you! Your page on Craft Stalls is ex btw! I don't have a sewing machine and with arthritic hands I doubt I could successfully use one but I do enjoy decoupage and other small decorating crafts. Keep up the good work!

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  6. Hi Jane! Your blog is lovely and I always love reading your posts. I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I hope you enjoy :D Best wishes from Toronto, Jana

    www.meandmyveritas.wordpress.com

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  7. Hi Jane! I am also Jane and have been sewing regularly for the last year. I also love retro style clothes and wish I was as brave as you in trying lots of different styles. This year I hope to sew more tops and skirts rather than dresses, but still love the dresses with a full skirt. I am not as slim as I was but these dresses do tend to be flattering for the waistline. I love following your blog, keeps me smiling every day!

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  8. Hi Jane
    Just been googling busty and narrow backed and came across one of your posts. I have been tackling FBAs but can not get to grips with fact my above bust measurement is almost the same as my full bust - 36 ins - but I wear a 30G or 32FF bra. So the issue must be my narrow back. So now don't know what size pattern to start with or how much FBA to do! I seem to end up with these huge side bust darts.Should I mix the fronts and backs from different sizes? Are there some patterns made for women my shape? Help!!

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  9. My husband and I are moving to the London from the Oregon, USA in a few months and I will need to be replacing my sewing machine when I get there. Are there any shops that you can recommend for me to purchase a new sewing machine and some good fabric shops as well. Thank you!

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  10. I love the top you're wearing in this "about" photo. What is the pattern?

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  11. I am looking for the original handmade barkcloth, my email address is pillayruth@rocketmail.com.

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  12. Hi Jane,
    I was so happy to have found your blog today. I am so impressed by your sewing skillls and by how perfectly every garment fits you. I am a bit lumpy, so I am often frustrated trying to find that perfect pattern. I know it's out there! I'll look forward to seeing what you come up with next! Happy Sewing from Donna in Harwich, Massachusetts.

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