Sewists I admire: Jo of the Unfinished Seamstress

I’m a pretty lucky gal. 

Thanks to the power of social media, I’ve been able to make so many new friends over the past few years that love sewing and making as much as I do. Whether it’s a seamstress in London or a crocheter in Australia, I have been able to widen my circle of creative friends with the simple tap of a ‘follow’ button on Instagram. 

And in so many instances, I’ve been able to chat with these people about different topics that affect us as makers- how to find inspiration, how to better our sustainable sewing practices, and what to make next! 

One Instagram friend I’ve been lucky to find in the sea of social media is the lovely Jo of The Unfinished Seamstress. Jo is a sweet maker mama living in London who always seams to hit the right spot of extremely wearable but unique makes that I always love to see pop up in my Instagram feed. She’s a Seamwork Patterns Ambassador, instigator of the “Sewing the Scene” challenge that takes place on Instagram each year, lover of gardening in her allotment (she introduced me to the wonderful being that is Monty Don!) and a proud member of the ‘always improving’ mindset of sewists. I love reading her blog posts and seeing her makes, and I especially love when her cute kiddos make an appearance in her photoshoots! Jo is also extremely sustainably minded and as a vegan she always tries to sew with natural fibers and find good uses for her scraps: one time she managed to get a jacket for herself AND her daughter out of the same small cut of fabric! 

I wanted to share some of Jo’s makes to help inspire others who may want to learn how to sew their own clothes, because Jo’s wardrobe is extremely practical while also being very ‘her’ : I love her pink coats, effortless sundresses and countless linen garments that look like you can simply live a good life in them. She’s a believer in sewing for self care (we all are trying to stay sane in an increasingly insane world) and getting a little bit of sewing done while her two small children nap. 

Make sure you follow her on instagram @theunfinishedseamstress 


The Perfect Sundress! A Mimi G Jessica dress

Her simple entry to the sewing contest she hosts yearly called “Sewing the Scene” which is an homage to Audrey in Funny Face. The sweater is the Sew House 7 Toaster Sweater. 

A pink linen Sew Over It Kimono Jacket aka “The Monty Jacket” which she wears regularly to her allotment! 

A Folkwear Sewing Patterns Beach Pyjama that she pattern-hacked into a dress. 

The aforementioned pink coat: Simplicity 8509. It’s just too damn cute! 

And finally, a snap of her and her cute as a button daughter! Jo made both the pieces she’s wearing, and although I don’t think she made her daughters dress here- she regularly sews for her kids too. What an amazing mom! 

I hope you enjoyed Jo’s makes as much as I do! And if I’ve inspired you to learn to sew- pop into one of my many Beginner Workshops to get yourself started sewing and make sure to check out all the workshops I have coming up! 

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