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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”