Hi everyone, I’m Mardie! 30 years old from The Netherlands and crazy about sewing. I sew and wear my own clothing since 2017, and on this blog I am documenting some of my makes.
I started sewing when I was around 14 to create my own medieval dress for a Renaissance fair. It became a sort of yearly tradition to create a costume and attend various events such as Castlefest and Elf Fantasy Fair (now Elfia).
When I moved out to college my Mum gifted me her old sewing machine and then it all really got out of hand… I was making a couple of costumes a year for both myself and friends. While it was a lot of fun I had so little space and so few resources that I did put my sewing machine away during the final two years of college.
It was actually not until I moved in with my boyfriend in 2014 that I started sewing my own clothing. I couldn’t find anything I liked in the shops, so why not make my own? I taught myself the basics and how to read patterns. I even sewed the 4 bridesmaids dresses for my best friends wedding.
In the same year (2014) I was asked to teach a sewing class at Handwerkstudio Leiden. It was so much fun that I quit my museum job in 2016 to teach sewing full time – which I still do in 2022!