I’m Mathilde May, AKA Tilly. Dressmaker, creative, fabric obsessive, and over-thinker. Wife to Alex and Mother to three delicious children, Rex, Maia, and Stevie.

I grew up in London. For four years I worked with my fabulous Mum as a costume maker for Film and TV, and a nanny for brilliant children around the city. My life was spent sewing, building marble runs, hunting for second hand treasures, and enjoying all that the best Capital in the world has to offer.

Seven years ago, I left big city life and moved to New Zealand with Alex. Life by the mountain is pretty different, but no less busy than The Big Smoke! I’ve swapped nightlife for coffee life, Oxfam hopping for kiwi OpShopping, and other people’s children for my very own and their gaggle of mates. And coming from a place so well known for it’s galleries and museums, I’m now in a vibrant small city where it’s easy to get your Art and Culture fix! London or Taranaki, I’m inspired every day.

Following in the footsteps of my Mum I started my own sewing business. Mathilde May. I use my skills to make you what you need, and also dedicate part of the business to my own textile art projects and children’s clothing.

Here at MathildeMay.com I’ll share with you my latest projects, showcase my handmade children’s clothing, and keep you entertained with life’s musings in my blog, Threading the Needle.

Enjoy, Tilly xxx