Just before Christmas, during my lessons I made some Bastion Culottes from Jennifer Lauren Handmade. They’re a fine pin cord from my local fabric shop and I just love them! I’ve worn them so much, they’re great if you want to look smart but don’t want to make the effort to be ladylike. And hugeContinue reading “Bastion Culottes with invisible zip”
I’ve just finished teaching my students how to trace a pattern from an existing garment. It’s not as scary as it sounds. This post is the information I’ve given my students as well as teaching you at home how to copy. I’m tracing off this garment, it’s long been a firm favourite. I used toContinue reading “Tracing a pattern from a simple garment”
Sorry I’ve not been around for a few weeks, I’ve had quite a few projects on the go but none finished. Hopefully I’m changing that in next few weeks. So here is my latest finished project using a bought from My Fabrics. Using a printed panel I relish the challenge of using a panel. IContinue reading “Forest friends printed dress”
Since buying my own overlocker nearly 15 years ago, I’ve become obsessed with neatly finished seams. So much so that I will pause projects until I can overlock seams neatly if that is my planned finish. Don’t think that it is JUST about overlocking, it’s not. I love my garments lined, french seamed, pinked, etc.Continue reading “I have to stop being such an overlocking snob”
I’m making a romper for Edith. We were given one similar last year from Marks and Spencer and it was worn to death so I was determined to find a pattern for one as close as possible. I eventually found this one from Tiny Design Co Patterns. It’s not identical but it’s pretty close. WhileContinue reading “Making your own bias binding”
I haven’t written about my crochet much recently and not because I’ve not been doing it but it takes me ages to do. I came across this pattern last spring. I love rainbow colours so I was obviously drawn to it. However the cost of the yarn did set me back a bit. The colourContinue reading “Noelle blanket”
In my last post I spoke about sourcing leather and cutting it out. This post is expanding on that with leather general sewing advice. What sort of needle should I use? You can buy specialist leather needles. These needles are slightly different to universal needles in that they have triangular ends. They act like aContinue reading “Working with leather – part two, sewing leather”
You may think that working with leather is a very specialist professional type of work and as an amateur sewist, it’s not something you can have a go at. But actually it’s not as hard to work with as you may think and it’s a lovely medium to work with. Leather comes in all sortsContinue reading “Working with leather – part one, sourcing and cutting”
I recently placed an order with A Kind Cloth. I know Marine, who runs it, through university. So yeah, I’m going to be slightly biased but I want to share what a great company it is and hopefully you’ll take a look and be inspired to place orders. So here’s 4 reasons why you shouldContinue reading “4 reasons to buy from A Kind Cloth”
After my last post about a zip fly, here is a how to do a button fly. It’s really similar but you need to have your buttons at the ready from early on. I’m making a pair of skinny jeans (Butterick 5682) using some stretch denim from I bought from Backstitch. I absolutely love thisContinue reading “Trouser fly fastening – buttons”
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