Hello, my name is Laura.

I founded Sew Different seven years ago when my passion for sewing, fabric and clothes was starting to consume every moment of my life. I have always drafted my own patterns and I decided it was time to share them with you!

I am based up in the north of England in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside – shown here as the backdrop for two of my favourite handmade garments – my polar bear coat (a hack of the Cocoon Jacket) and the Tulip Dress, which is now my best selling pattern.

Sew Different started off initially as a blog with a range of free, simple one-size patterns. I am thrilled to now have my own range of multisize paper patterns (as well as the original free PDF downloads) .

Sew Different has grown quickly and we now also provide regular events such as our immensely popular 3 day sewing retreats and Frocktails, an annual evening of handmade frocks and cocktails.

My background is originally in painting and textiles – I have an honours degree in Fine Art. It has been a great pleasure to be able to put my paintings into a sewing context by recently launching Sew Different’s own fabrics.

They are a high-quality boutique range of fabrics designed especially for dressmaking. Designs, such as the “Figs” fabric shown here, are based on my original paintings and drawings, more of which can be seen at www.lauracasey.co.uk.

I grew up using a Bernina sewing machine. I have eventually upgraded my fabulous (but vintage) Bernina which I had for more than 25 years, for a brand spanking new digital Bernina 350 PE. They are indeed, the queen of machines and I have enjoyed writing about my sewing adventures by contributing to the Bernina blog.

Sew Different has been the subject of much press coverage since its conception in 2015. There have been features in Sew magazine, Love Sewing, Threads, The Pattern Pages and, most recently, as a double page spread about women in business in the September 20 issue of Woman and Home – pictured left.

We have also been proud to receive several awards for our blog over the last few years, from William Gee Haberdashery and All Free Sewing.

We exhibit regularly at the major British sewing shows such as the Knitting & Stitching Show, Festival of Quilts and Sewing for Pleasure in London, Birmingham and Harrogate.

Sew Different is here to inspire you! I encourage everyone to have a go. You don’t have to have professional teaching (although of course, it does help) – all you need is a sewing machine and some perseverance. Making your own clothes is a consuming and creative process and, as you improve, it becomes fabulously satisfying. Good luck and happy sewing!

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