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”

Adapting a me-made bra to fit my new size

Well since my last post about the Harriet bra by Cloth Habit, my boobs have shrunk. I made the other bras soon after I stopped breast feeding. I needed to feel good about myself after feeling frumpy for so long but I knew that my size would change. Next time I buy a bra pattern,Continue reading “Adapting a me-made bra to fit my new size”

Trekoda Backback – Country Cow Designs

On one of my various browsing through facebook moments, I was inspired to have a look at bag making patterns and I came across Country Cow Designs. I love a little backpack for out and about as apposed to a shoulder bag, I’m not constantly putting it back on my shoulder and as I likeContinue reading “Trekoda Backback – Country Cow Designs”

Anything Goes – Sailor Blouse

Recently I had the fortune of being asked to recreate a blouse which my boss, Liz Poole had originally made for Sutton Foster in Anything Goes at the Barbican. This was because the original fabric wasn’t suitable for daily washing. As I had been involved in the production and Liz had previously sent me toContinue reading “Anything Goes – Sailor Blouse”

Working with stretch fabrics

It occurred to me earlier that I’m sharing all these posts about baby clothes and how easy they are to put together but what is needed is a reference to on how to handle stretch fabrics. Rule one – stretch stitch Generally when stitching most garments together, you use a regular straight stitch. Most electronicContinue reading “Working with stretch fabrics”

Be prepared to unpick your work

Students always seem to take it as a failure when their garments don’t fit. But you have to fit your work and make adjustments, that’s just life, no one is a perfect size. What is the point of the garment if it doesn’t fit and most of the time, it’s not actually that much workContinue reading “Be prepared to unpick your work”

Maggie Swimsuit

Well I have not posted for a few weeks and for very good reason. We had my husbands parents to stay, the football and I’ve been on the final push to finish up something very exciting. My first commercial sewing pattern! A classic swimsuit which can be easily customised with the straps and I’ve calledContinue reading “Maggie Swimsuit”

No more hungry bum!

If you’re a fan of the sewing bee like I am, you’ll know that Patrick likes to point out a hungry bum! Such as the one in the image above. If you don’t know what it is, it’s when the trousers are too short between the hips and waist so the crotch seam disappears upContinue reading “No more hungry bum!”

Pattern sizing – the mind boggle explained and simplified

Over the years I’ve noticed students get in a complete muddle about what size to make for themselves. The size chart has no relevance to what size they would buy for themselves in high street shops and they often find they’re not one straight forward size. Choosing the right size to make, shouldn’t be soContinue reading “Pattern sizing – the mind boggle explained and simplified”

Inserting a concealed zip

I’ve recently got back to doing bespoke work again now that weddings are happening and I’ve been working on a mother of the groom outfit. So I thought I’d share how to insert a concealed zip. It is easiest to insert a concealed zip as early on in your garment’s production as there is lessContinue reading “Inserting a concealed zip”