Sewing can be intimidating, especially when you are just starting out. That’s why we teamed up with Emilie Faurie from Maison Fauve, who is a legendary semstress. She learned to sew only 6 years ago and she has made incredible clothes ever since. Read all about it below!

1. How many years have you been sewing?

I began 6 years ago when I was pregnant with my second boy. My first motivation was finding a professional sewer for create some clothes I drew. She told me that I should learn sewing and modeling instead. And that was the beginning of a love story with sewing!

2. What’s your favorite sewing pattern/technique?

My favorite sewing patterns are mine of course 😉 I created my own brand Maison Fauve (formerly Dessine moi un patron) 4 years ago, and it is so nice to imagine and propose my own designs! The thing I found most tedious and now I like and be proud of is setting sleeves. It is not so hard but yet absolutely fundamental. And I found a really nice tip to sew bound pockets, easier than the traditional one and with better results!

3. What is your favorite project that you’ve ever done?

I design new patterns every season, and all season-long I am thinking of the next season, I get so excited about the next Maison Fauve wardrobe. Here are my favorites designs: the Violette blouse (which was in my first collection and still a great success), the Highland skirt (really spectacular with its big ruffles), my Criollo jacket (perfect length, perfect allure, love it!).

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4. Which project are you most proud of?

Creating a sewing pattern brand is my big project, with another job (I am also a dental surgeon) and 2 young kids. And I am working hard to propose designs who are nice, modern and not too complicated for my audience to replicate. Creating an easy sewing pattern is not simple if you want to be original. I think I would have to go with my Sirocco top and my Leaf dress because I was able to create something so easy and so trendy at the same time. 

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5. What are some of your favorite sewing tools?

my unstitch tool….and my steam plant. I am nothing without them!

6. What is your light set up in your sewing room?

I’m embarrassed to say but I sew with the roof light in my dining room, and the small light of my sewing machine…not good for my eyes 😉

7. What is the greatest tip that you could give a beginner to learn sewing?

Just be patient, don’t start sewing with a really complicated project. I started by learning easy patterns and using easy fabrics! Velvet and silk are really beautiful but hard to control! You can have a great time making a nice easy blouse using a gorgeous light cotton fabric. You will advance and learn much faster if you take the time to control your sewing machine and learn the technique first.

8. What is the hardest thing about sewing?

Being patient is the hardest thing, take your time and take lots of breaks.