Elwen is the newest member of our team, she is one of our mail order assistants which means she makes sure all your orders go out beautifully, accurately and on time. Elwen is fresh from Falmouth University having studied fashion design. She’s also the first ‘lefty’ on the team! We’ve been impressed with how she’s quickly started sewing up a Merchant & Mills wardrobe; these are some of her recent makes.
For reference Elwen is 5.8 and a UK 10-12.
When did you learn to sew?
My mum taught me to sew when I was about ten, on an old hand turn singer.
What is your favourite part of your role here?
I love serving people in the shop, helping them find fabrics and make their projects come to life.
Does sustainability play a part in why and how you sew?
Definitely, I started sewing or buying second hand with my whole wardrobe as I don’t agree with fast fashion.
What was the first thing you made?
Before I knew what patterns were, I would draw around a garment on some fabric cut it out and sew the two sides together, I didn’t even put seam allowance on. I made a matching top and trousers but obviously they didn’t fit. (This was many many years ago).
What is your favourite part of sewing?
Finishing off a garment beautifully. Also, the first time you get on a machine with a new project, all the possibility and excitement.
What is your favourite cloth in the shop at the moment?
Phoebe Check, it’s a brown large checked linen. So floppy and drapey!
What is the most difficult project you have ever attempted?
A tailored fitted jacket, never again!
What is your favourite M + M pattern and why?
Eve! It’s such a flattering pattern on so many people. They’ve become a staple in my wardrobe.
Are there any other creative hobbies that you’ve never tried but want to?
I would love to learn to knit properly but never find the patience for it.
What’s next on the ‘to sew’ list?
A Trapeze dress in Chiyo Moss.