Hi. My name is Manju: welcome to my blog. I am a scientist by training. I have a degree in medical science, a PhD and a diploma in medical toxicology and I have worked in drug research and development and latterly in registering  medicines. In 2012 I gave up work to be a stay at home mum, and enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter. We live in Cumbria in the UK (also known as the Lake District).

I started seriously trying to learn about dressmaking in 2011, and have been addicted since then. My favourite item to make is probably outerwear. I love to make coats and jackets for all the seasons we experience in this part of the world and outerwear making is definitely something which helps you to hone your sewing skills.

Currently, I have a Janome sewing machine (Memory Craft 4900) and Janome overlocker (8002D). I highly recommend both. Whilst I do occassionally make things for my husband and daughter (who pop up on this blog from time to time), please note that I do not sew things for other people at this time. Thanks for taking the time to look at my blog. I hope you enjoy it!


You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk


21 responses to “About”

  1. Margherita Lebsack says :

    Hi, I think I discovered your blog through patternreview.com. I love your sense of style and the garments you choose to make. I just started looking around your page, and I am already getting inspired and finding patterns I would like to try. I love your plaid dress! That pattern is definitely on my must-try list. Thanks for sharing your achievements with us.

    • sewmanju says :

      Thank you Margherita, it is very nice of you to say such things! I am so glad looking at my blog has inspired to you sew somethings of your own…after all, what are blogs for 😉

  2. black label says :

    I have nominated you for a { LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD }. You can check out the details here {http://blacklabelblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/liebster-blog-award/} but please dont feel any pressure to pay it forward! It really is just me saying hi & letting you know how much I enjoy your blog & inspiration. Take care, Angelique Manju –

  3. sewmanju says :

    Hi Angelique, thank you so much for this. I confess, I have been mega lazy and this is my third time for being nominated for this award….I really need to put up a post about it and thank people officially!? Have a great easter!

  4. sewmyway says :

    Hi I love your blog!
    Do you have a tute on any indian dresses like salwar kameez or churidar ?

    • sewmanju says :

      Hi Sewmyway. Thanks. No I don’t have a tutorial (as yet) for these things, but I do really want to have a go at sewing them. Check back or follow me and you can have a look when I get round to it!

  5. Jacquie says :

    Hey, am inspired by what you do. Your blog has made me to believe i can achieve so much more i put my heart into sewing. I do sew but without patterns sometimes i just get discouraged that something didnt turn out the way i pictured it in my mind. From reading your blog i believe you have less than two years sewing but your creations are adorable. I amazed, thanx again. Looking forward to more sewing.

  6. Marie says :

    A great seamstress!

  7. Gloria Jimenez says :

    I bumped into your blog because I was looking for some information regarding a pattern I am currently working on. I noticed you sewed that dress…simplicity 1787 (a project runway pattern). I am having trouble with the collar band fitting the dress…both the front and the back collar bands are too short for the neck area of the dress. I have triple checked sizes cut and I am at a loss as to what to do. Did you have any problems fitting the collar band to the dress? I agree with you that the mock piping is not wide enough for it to show if you sew it like simplicity instructs you. Mine was very uneven. I had to undo the seams and remove it. I settled on no mock piping rather than it looking all uneven. I would appreciate any help you can provide. I love sewing for my grandchildren. I am a nurse and sew only for a few hours on my day off.

    • sewmanju says :

      Hi Gloria, sorry it’s taken a while to respond. Off the top of my head I don’t recall any issues with the collar being too short. Have you checked the seam allowances for the collar? Are they 3/8ths rather than 5/8ths?

  8. elephantinthestudy says :

    Hello Manju. So glad to have discovered your blog through Oliver+S. I am super impressed with the jacket (featured there) and love what you are making. I’ll be back soon 🙂

  9. Rhythm says :

    Hi Manju! I found your blog via Oliver+S blog post. I love your style! I have just started out with sewing and your blog is super inspiring!

  10. CurlsnSkirls says :

    Am enjoying you Spoolettes vicariously, as I’m across the pond. Love your choices of fabric, pattern & colours!

  11. dr P says :

    Just saw your piece in sewing made simple….congratulations!

  12. alex says :

    I’m so inspired to see your positive blog. I have gone from a size 10 to a 16 in a year due to caring for my daughter with anorexia and I’m so please to see you putting yourself out there in such a positive way. I have a sway back which didn’t used to be a problem when dressmaking, but now is. Do you have any tips for adjusting things to fit? Thanks

    • sewmanju says :

      Hi Alex, so pleased you find my blog interesting. If you haven’t already got a copy, I would really recommend picking up a copy of Fit for Real People (I think it’s by Martha Palmer and Patti Pletsch?)…it’s great for talking you through pattern alterations in an easy to understand way. Have you visited the Curvy Collective website? Again, it’s a great resource for plus size sewists. I think it’s a case of getting to know your body and learning what the key alterations are that you need to make and applying them.

  13. Alex says :

    Thank you, that’s really helpful I will look at all of those 🙂

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