From Beth: We were blown away by Emu’s sewing when we ran across her Flickr pages. Look at her “Clothes I Made” set! We’re all lucky because Emu agreed to create a tutorial to help us draft our own spring skirts, complete with ruffles and comfort. Enjoy Emu’s introduction then stay tuned for her free PDF tutorial.

From Emu: Hi, I’m Emu Izaki. I’m originally from Japan, but fell in love with life in New Zealand and have been living here for the last 11 years.

I’m happy to say that I have finally conquered my sewing machine phobia which was with me ever since I sewed my thumb in a home economics class at junior high school (ouch!). Now I enjoy making clothes and bags, especially using vintage fabric (such as linen and tablecloths) and patterns. They are sources of my inspiration, and I love the eco-friendly side of it as well.

I work in an office staring at a computer screen all day long. At home, my sewing passion comes alive in a little sewing room full of fabric, and the end results go to a local shop to be shared with kind people who support and fuel my sewing addiction.

I feel little scared to send my very first tutorial off to the world, but I hope someone out there enjoys it.