This is a tricky question but I would have to say bread and butter. Plain and simple, a really nice slice of homemade crusty bread or roll and a big dollop of butter. It has to be butter.
How would you spend your perfect day?
My perfect day would start early because I like to get up and about and it would involve heading down to Brighton for an early morning wander round the north lanes, antique shops and market where you can pick up some great bargains and find all sorts of quirky items. I especially like the stall selling French haberdashery. There would also be a few stop offs at my favourite fabric shops then heading back home to sew outside in the garden until the early evening, followed by a BBQ with friends and family.
What do you make?
Lucy's stall at Gorgeous Gerties
What’s your favourite thing you’ve ever
Another good but tricky question! I would say it’s the first zipped cushion cover that I ever made with my Nan, it was my first time at putting zips in and we did it in her sewing room one Christmas. My Nan did one side and I did the other, it was a cowboy print fabric with red polka dot on the reverse. It was probably one of the most valuable and useful skills my Nan ever taught me because I’ve lost count how many cushions I’ve made since and it also meant I could make other things with zips like coin purses and make-up bags. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her showing me. I learn best by example and watching a demo rather than reading manuals, I’m the person who doesn’t read the instructions!!
Why did you start your business?
I grew up watching my Nan make, alter and mend on her trusty Pfaff sewing machine and when I was five she gave me my first pair of knitting needles. These were a grown up pair of 8 inch needles that my Grandpa had sewn down to fit my small hands! My first make with these needles was a red and blue knitted scarf for my toy rabbit Boxy. And that’s how it first started. Over the years both my Mum and my Nan encouraged me to make things and by the time I inherited my first sewing machine from my Great Aunt I had collected a stash of fabric that had grown into an uncontrollable obsession. My Nan and I spent hours upstairs in her sewing room as I began making small items for family and friends which led to bespoke orders and personalised gifts. My Nan and I soon realised we couldn’t store everything we were making so in October 2012 I set up Lucy Made Me and did my first craft fair in a church hall and it was a great success. From there I began selling more at local craft fairs and markets which led to my products being stocked at a high street retailers and a garden centre. And so here we are!