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”

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”

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”

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”