Introduction ~ Emu

on April 17 | in Contributors | by | with 44 Comments

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.

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44 Responses to Introduction ~ Emu

  1. Tina says:

    I love those lounge pants with the ruffle too! I need to start scouting for vintage table linens.

  2. rosie says:

    the picutres are great I love the skorts with the ruffles really cute!

  3. Cheryl says:

    Such inspiration in Emu’s pictures! Great job!

  4. Carlotta says:

    I love the work you’ve done Emu. Sad to say I can’t find the pattern anywhere though. Did I miss it?
    ~Tootles for now!

  5. liz says:

    i stumbled across across her flickr page the other day and was inspired!

  6. Kris says:

    I really like the lounge pants with the ruffle. So cute. I need to try and make myself some clothes again. I have a hard time picking put patterns that work with my body type.

  7. Knittindiva says:

    Love it!! The styles are so simple, and the fabric is…..WOW!!! Fabulous Emu!

  8. Mary says:

    Beautiful Emu…… I started sewing for the first time last Sept. and in November sewed through my thumb witht he machine. Luckily I’m so obsessed with beautiful fabrics that I still sew…. You have such a beautiful figure for wearing clothes, unfortunately they wouldn’t look so flatering on me…. I sure wish that Rubens had been a clothing designer too. I bet he could paint a mean tutorial if he had been!

  9. Shannon says:

    Welcome! You make beautiful clothes!

  10. Kristin says:

    Beautiful designs. I love your style. Thanks for sharing on SMS.

  11. Christine Bolin says:

    Welcome Emu. Your sewing is incredible. Very pretty.

  12. katie says:

    Love the vintage fabrics, especially tablecloths and sheets. I’ve collected a tub full of same and needed this inspiration to get sewin’ with them.


  13. emu! you are amazing!!!

  14. Marissa says:

    Cute clothes the look very comfy.

  15. Kara says:

    What a beautiful collection! I can’t believe she was every “afraid” of sewing!

  16. Julie says:

    Absolutely beautiful!! Your clothes are amazing. Thank you for the skirt pattern… to make one 🙂

  17. Joy says:

    Thank you Emu; I like it!

  18. Joy says:

    I will pass this pattern on to my daughter. She was wanting a new skirt. Thank you!

  19. Holly says:

    The polka dot skirt is simply lovely! And at least I’m not the only one who has caught a finger in the sewing machine! 🙂

  20. Jennifer says:

    Cute clothes. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Jenny says:

    I was just thinking that making my own clothes isn’t really for me…should just stick with bags, belts, and purses. This may just inspire me to stick with it a bit longer!

  22. Sarah D says:

    Lovely! Makes me wish I was better at sewing clothing.

  23. Becca B says:

    I’m so impressed! You clearly have some wonderful talent. I can’t wait to see your tutorial!

  24. Andi says:

    Wow! Beautiful clothes! I love all the vintage fabrics. Thanks for sharing with us!

  25. Toña says:

    Her choice of fabric and her sense of color is wonderful. What great inspiration. Thank you!

  26. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    Welcome, Emu. Your work is very nice.

  27. daniela says:

    love it, the ruffle is bringing spring in to beeing

  28. Wow. What a gorgeous flickr stream. I’m absolutely inspired now! Amazing!

  29. Katie says:

    Oh my that’s quite the collection! Great collage! I love that most of the photos were taken with the same background. You have some serious skills!!

  30. Elizabeth says:

    So nice to see your sewing on flicker! I loved the halter dress for baby/toddler girl, and also loved that you linked to the free pattern you used! (and the many others offered on that site!) Now I just need to beg my Japanese friend to help me translate a bit!

  31. Julie says:

    Definately talented! Just gorgeous items!

  32. Julie says:

    Love the pics!

  33. Deb V says:

    Wow I really like all the clothes you have made. They are so cute!

  34. Aimee says:

    Emu, your clothes are beautiful. I would love to be able to sew like you do. Thank you so much for sharing!

  35. Bethany says:

    Thanks for being willing to share your knowledge with us and inspire us!

  36. Shannon says:

    Love it all!! Love looking at it all for inspiration!!

  37. jenny says:

    The Dress in 1970, December 2008 is… perfect!

  38. Debbie KL says:

    Wow! Awesome clothing!

  39. Renee says:

    Very cool clothes! Love them!

  40. SuBoo says:

    Thanks for the freebie 🙂

  41. Kerri says:

    Ha! I’ve had her bookmarked for months and think she is a genius. And unlike me, everything she makes looks adorable on her! Great post.

  42. Kristin says:

    Love her stuff! I found her on Flickr when I was looking for dress inspiration! Lovely things!

  43. Jennifer says:

    thanks for posting about emu’s site! her clothes are fantastic and so springy-happy! i have a large stash of fun and happy fabrics waiting for me to sew and this inspires me to get moving on it… leave quilting alone for a bit and make spring wardrobe. 🙂

  44. Diane says:

    Loved looking at all the clothing on flickr- such cute ideas! It is an encouragement to me as my skills are rusty and I’m teaching my four daughters to sew. They will enjoy looking at the clothing as well. Can’t wait to try the skirt pattern!

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