Tracing a pattern from a simple garment

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”

Forest friends printed dress

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”

I have to stop being such an overlocking snob

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”

Making your own bias binding

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”

Noelle blanket

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”

Working with leather – part two, sewing leather

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”

Working with leather – part one, sourcing and cutting

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”

4 reasons to buy from A Kind Cloth

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”

Trouser fly fastening – buttons

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”

Trouser fly fastening – zip

The most common fly fastening is a zip. This post is if you can’t get your head around some other instructions (and hopefully all my photos from different angles makes it clearer) or if you need to replace a zip in your jeans. I’ll do another post if you want to change a pattern toContinue reading “Trouser fly fastening – zip”