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”

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”

Working with leather – part one, sourcing and cutting

You may think that working with leather is a very specialist professional type of work and as an amateur sewist, it’s not something you can have a go at. But actually it’s not as hard to work with as you may think and it’s a lovely medium to work with. Leather comes in all sortsContinue reading “Working with leather – part one, sourcing and cutting”

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”

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”

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?!”