About / contact

Hi! I’m Katie, a sewist, digital product manager and cat-mum from North London.

This blog chronicles my attempts to build a wearable everyday wardrobe by sewing my own basics, with a few special makes thrown in every now and then. I hope my blog helps people to see that making a simple, unfussy wardrobe of everyday handmade clothes is achievable and fun.

A good place to start browsing is my sewing studio, or my Me-Made May posts.

Email me: katie@whatkatiedoes.net

16 thoughts on “About / contact

  1. AvatarJennifer Gaskin

    I’m a freelance journalist currently writing a regular page for Making magazine (UK) about great blogs and websites. I’d love to include you this month. The piece would include a short write-up accompanied by a couple of images and, of course, your url. If you’d like to be included, could you send me over a couple of high resolution images of your recent posts please (300DPI)? If you could send them over as soon as possible, that’d be great!

    I have a pretty tight deadline with this, so if you could get back to me as soon as possible, that’d be great.

    Any questions, feel free to give me a shout. Look forward to hearing from you.

    Many thanks,
    Jennifer Gaskin

  2. AvatarMaud Morris

    I just came across your blog and thought I would leave a message as I read your post about fabric shopping in Paris.
    I run an online fabric shop and thought that you might be interested in checking what I have in stock as I specialise in fabric unique or rare to the Uk market and I stock a lot of French Designers (and a lot more are coming in in January!)
    Have a look and let me know what you think. Do not hesitate to contact me if you need any more information about the fabrics. Look forward to hearing from you .
    Kind Regards,

    Maud Morris

  3. AvatarMegan

    Totally loving your blog right now!!! I’ve got a beginners dressmaking course starting soon, and I’m keen to create my own versions of some of the patterns you’ve used. You’ve got great choice in fabric too :)
    Have you done many classes? Every done any online classes? Ever thought about teaching/tutoring sewing?
    Anyway, just wanted to let you know I’m really digging your creations!
    Meg x

  4. AvatarJanice Baird

    I am also loving your blog especially the links to indie patterns. Ever since my husband passed on his old I Pad mini to me, I’m quite addicted to your posts. I currently work as a dressmaker making bespoke clothing for disabled people (Clothing Solutions based in Bradford) , I have tweeted you in the past regarding some fabric which you featured. I was wondering though, when you download the PDF patterns, are they reasonably easy to put together when they come printed on sheets and sheets of A4 paper?
    Keep it up – Janice

  5. Avatarzilsil;

    Hi Katie,
    I just purchased simplicity pattern 1620. I saw the pattern and thought that it would be a great go to dress or blouse. I live in Hawaii and we have a store that has so many fabrics in Hawaiian prints and so on. My question is , can you tell your method of sewing of the yoke using the burrito method? Would love to finish off as much as I can using this method. Thank you so much. I love sewing and enjoy your articles.

  6. AvatarHilary Clarke

    Hi Katie,
    I love your blog! The dress that you are wearing in the ‘Better Pictures Project’ can you tell me what pattern it is? http://whatkatiesews.net/category/tips/
    I love it, where can I get my hands on the pattern? I am fairly new to dressmaking, but have been sewing craft items for years. Thank you for all your hard work, it is inspiring. x

  7. AvatarHannah

    Your website is absolutely wonderful. I love your collection – it is so inspiring. I have noticed that you use some beautiful printed fabrics and I was just wondering if you have any recommendations for where to buy fabrics online?
    I would be so grateful for your help.

    1. AvatarKatie Post author

      Hi Hannah – if you search my blog for ‘ebay’ I have a post about my favourite eBay shops for fabric. Perhaps I’ll do another with more shops!

  8. AvatarAnuj Agarwal

    Hi Katie,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog What Katie Sews has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Dressmaking Blogs on the web.


    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Dressmaking Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.


  9. Avatarrachel

    My granddaughter is a budding dressmaker in Jerusalem. i would like to buy her a dressform. Would you know where I can buy one?

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