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Meet the maker: Maddie Wills

We’re never more excited in sewing when the younger generation not only takes an interest but in Maddie’s case blows our mids with her first make. That’s why there was no doubt in our minds that she would be this month’s #MySewisfaction and a more than deserving one at that. We asked this brand new sewist to answer a few questions for us so you can get as excited about her impending memade journey as we are.

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Maddie and I’m 15 years old, I live in Hertfordshire. I’ve always loved art and textiles, and they’ve always been my favourite school subject. (Helen: She was always making things. I used to feel guilty because crafting isn’t my thing, so we rarely did it. But as soon as she was able, she’d just ask for supplies and get on with it herself!)
How did you get into sewing?
I’ve only recently gotten into sewing, but it’s something I’ve been interested in for a while. My grandma used to make clothes and it’s always been one of my goals to learn. Last year I received a sewing machine for my 14th birthday, and I did a few odd bits of sewing (I made a cushion cover), but it wasn’t until this summer that I really learned how to sew.
Where do you do your sewing?
I’ve got a little station in my bedroom, with a desk and a lamp, and my sewing machine. I decorated it with a mixture of fashion inspired pictures, a collage of pictures with my friends and a few retro black and white prints (including one of Audrey Hepburn that I love). Photo via Helen Wills
What’s your proudest ever make?
My proudest make would probably be the dungaree dress; it was the first proper piece of clothing I had ever made, and I was really pleased with how it turned out. Because it only took about 5 hours, it was a quick make that helped me get to grips with the basics of sewing and learn key skills.
What next on your list? 
I would really like to make something with a pattern by Tilly and the Buttons because I found these patterns simple to follow and would probably be the best thing to help me take my next steps into clothes making. Maybe a t-shirt or a pyjama set?