Adding a zip guard to a jacket – New Look 6545

Last term at college I made myself a flight jacket, using New Look 6545. The fabric is canvas from Clover and Co. Fabrics. I’m ashamed to admit I bought fabric from the other side of the world when there’s loads of good fabric suppliers closer to home. The great thing about Clover and Co. FabricsContinue reading “Adding a zip guard to a jacket – New Look 6545”

Up-cycled dolls cot

I don’t normally write about this kind of thing but I’m feeling rather smug after finishing this little up-cycle project which was Edith’s Christmas present. Last month I was trawling through facebook market place and came across a listing for a free vintage doll’s cot that had seen better days. Andy tells me off forContinue reading “Up-cycled dolls cot”

Muerqo Tote Bag – Country Cow Designs

I’ve done the Trekoda backpack by Country Cow designs quite a few times now so fancied a new bag challenge. Conveniently Jo from Country Cow spammed instagram with her new pattern for a tote bag just as I was mulling over my step sister’s birthday present so I decided she needed a new bag. ThisContinue reading “Muerqo Tote Bag – Country Cow Designs”

Channelling Princess Diana’s style

Cheap Fabrics set me a challenge. They said, “we’re going to send you this fabric and lets see what you do with it”. If you want to get your hands on this fabric, here’s a link. I love a challenge so here’s what I did. I could’ve gone down the route of a modern patternContinue reading “Channelling Princess Diana’s style”

Using a boarder print – Agate Alignment

I follow Wattle and Slate fabrics. I wouldn’t call myself a huge fan like some of the other members in their facebook group but I like the quality of the fabrics and I do like the prints. In their last round, I was particularly drawn to their Agate Alignment and I ordered it in cottonContinue reading “Using a boarder print – Agate Alignment”

Its all in the preparation – Tailor tacks and notches

This week I’ve been teaching the students about the importance of tailor tacks and notches. A number of students have been sewing years but want more refinement. They have often done a commercial pattern but they’ve just winged it and it’s never occurred to do what they considered as boring excessive extras. The thing isContinue reading “Its all in the preparation – Tailor tacks and notches”

Its all in the preparation – Grain lines and lays

I’ve been back teaching at college for the last 3 weeks. It’s so good to be back teaching without all the restrictions and letting the students socialise as they did prior to the pandemic. It’s the reason I love my job. I want to follow on from my posts earlier in the summer about sizing.Continue reading “Its all in the preparation – Grain lines and lays”

You’re going to rip a costume?!

Sometimes part of the story in a film, is ripping a costume. I’ve been asked a few times, isn’t it scary when they rip your work? Or does it make you upset when they rip a costume you’ve worked on? But here’s the thing, we know they’re going to rip our costume and actually it’sContinue reading “You’re going to rip a costume?!”

Pattern matching using the Trekoda backpack

I bought this really cool canvas fabric from Bombay Stores through Etsy. I’m using this, some faux leather and polka dot cotton from my stash for a Trekoda backpack. The hardware and zips are from Country Cow Designs. I love rainbow stuff! I thought this was a perfect opportunity to show you how to achieveContinue reading “Pattern matching using the Trekoda backpack”