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”

Inserting jacket/coat zip

Continuing on from my previous post about jet pockets on a dinosaur jacket for Leon, here is the tutorial on finishing the jacket with an open ended zip. This is the technique for most open ended jacket zips. If the zip you get is too long, not a problem, better too long than too short.Continue reading “Inserting jacket/coat zip”

Old PJs, New Baby Romper – Inside leg poppers, part 3

Here is final part of this little romper I’ve been making from my old pyjamas. Click here for part one about cutting out. Click here for part two about inserting a lapped zip. This final part, instructs on adapting baby clothes to insert an inside leg popper opening. This technique can be applied to anyContinue reading “Old PJs, New Baby Romper – Inside leg poppers, part 3”

Old PJs, New Baby Romper – Lapped zip, part 2

Following on from my post last week about using some old pyjamas to make a new romper, here is how I inserted the zip. The techniques shown can be used for any garment which is why it’s having it’s own post. For the zip, I found an old closed end zip. It is lilac butContinue reading “Old PJs, New Baby Romper – Lapped zip, part 2”

How to customise your wedding dress yourself

So perhaps you’ve thought about what I said in a previous post about having an expensive dress for a fraction of the cost and now it needs details? Or maybe you’ve bought a lovely but simple dress and need some ideas on how to make it a bit more you, a bit more special. ThisContinue reading “How to customise your wedding dress yourself”

Baby bandana bibs

Rather than buying new bibs, making your own can be really quick and easy. It took me just over 2 hours to trace a pattern and make 14 bibs, I think it worked out as 10 minutes a bib. They are great stash busters and if you make a set and package them beautifully, aContinue reading “Baby bandana bibs”

Recycled fabric face mask

I’m sure by now everyone has a few face masks in their collection and some are favoured more than others. I’ve found I don’t like wearing the pleated ones I made in April last year and I can’t bear to wear the single use ones unless I have to (I hate waste) but I don’tContinue reading “Recycled fabric face mask”