Hello beautiful, I’m Raylene Harvey. I’m a multi-passionate at heart, but among all my creative endeavours, sewing has always remained my one true love. This blog is my online space to share my self-taught sewing and creative journey and to inspire you to follow yours.

My sewing journey began when I was a little girl. I used to spend hours upon hours making little outfits for my “Barbie” doll. Her name was Petra. Back then, I use to go with my Dad to the local scrap yard and I would find so much fabric off-cuts and buttons thrown away by clothing factories in the area. It may sound gross to some, but this is one of my most treasured memories. Both my late grandmothers (Ma Sally and Ma Gertie) sewed. My godmother (Aunty Lillian) is also a sewist (I’m lucky enough to still have her in my life), and I have always been interested in the craft.

I bought my first sewing machine with my birthday money when I was 12. It was a tiny Empisal machine that I adored so much. Everyone assumed I’d end up becoming a fashion designer when I was older.

Fast forward to 2010, I decided to delve back into this self-taught sewing hobby of mine, and my grandmother, Ma Gertie, took me to buy my first official sewing tools. I learned so much from her that day. I’ll always remember the best tip she gave me – to imagine the shapes that all the pieces of a garment were made up of. It’s now something that’s part of me whenever I go into any clothing store or observe pretty garments on people I meet. If you meet me and find me staring at your dress or reaching out to inspect the seams, don’t be alarmed! This tip from my grandma is primarily why I ended up drafting my own patterns in the beginning and not using commercial or indie sewing patterns until later on.

In 2013, I started a blog and shared my self-drafted makes on there. I’m mostly self-taught, learning everything I could from blogs and Youtube videos. People seemed to love what I was doing and it was then that I knew I have found my true calling. And the rest is history.

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read a little bit about how my love for sewing was born.

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Yours truly, Raylene xoxo | Scarlet Stitch

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