At Simplicity HQ we love catching up on the latest sewing gossip from Mollie Makes and this month it’s even more exciting, as the Mollie Makes team caught up with the very talented Tif Fussell (known to us stitchers as Dottie Angel)
Here we find out about Tif’s craft projects, how some of them turn out to be a bit ‘pants’ too, how she got into sewing in the first place, her yarny creations and her collaborations with Simplicity.
Please tell us a bit about yourself & how you got into sewing?
I am a Brit living outside Seattle in the beautiful Northwest. As a child I would hand stitch garments for my toys and as a teen I was gifted a sewing machine and never looked back.
I moved here in 2000 with my clan. Around 2007 I started a shop on Etsy and a blog under the name of dottie angel. In recent times my clan has grown up and flown the nest and I made the decision to close my Etsy store and blog. These days I find myself mainly working with yarn to create ‘woolly tattoo’ embroideries on secondhand or handmade garments and teaching. However, despite moving on from the dottie angel years, she is still alive and well through the patterns I create with Simplicity.
Describe your style in a few words.
Handcrafted, vintage, eclectic (hasn’t changed in nearly 10 years).
Please tell us about your creative process and where you find inspiration.
I am an organic maker. Mostly I imagine what I wish to make, then go through the process in my head, perhaps in turn trying out several different possibilities to get to the outcome I wish for.
Once I feel confident the epiphany wasn’t all madness and I can find some method in it, I set to work. More often than not what comes out of my hands is not always what I saw in my head, it just sort of grows into a life of its own. The times I try to control it, things rapidly go pants, when I let it flow everything seems to come together quite peachy.
I used to find a lot of inspiration from thrifted items and fabrics I came across, but not so much these days. I have dry spells with my creating and then one day when I am least looking for it, a nice bit of creativity rains down on me. I was a prolific maker in the heyday of my blog but not anymore. I am more deliberate about my work, taking time to enjoy the process rather than go, go, go to the finish line. As for inspiration for patterns with Simplicity, I tend to think about clothing I would like to wear, but never seem to find around these parts and go from there.
To read the full interview, head to Mollie Makes: www.molliemakes.com/school/mollie-makes-meets-tif-fussell