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”

Old PJs, New Baby Romper – Simplicity 8614, part 1

As you know, I love to recycle fabric, clothes, etc wherever possible. I had this old pair of pjs that I have been wearing for years and I just love them. The cotton is so soft but the ties are disintegrating, there’s a food stain on the knee and the fabric is worn through onContinue reading “Old PJs, New Baby Romper – Simplicity 8614, part 1”

Single jet pocket

I’m making a retro jacket for Leon using Brindille and Twig‘s zip jacket pattern with French terry and sweater fabric from Frumble Fabrics. The pockets in the pattern are curved patch pockets but I don’t like the shape, getting a nice even curve using stretch fabric is so tricky. I thought thick single jets wouldContinue reading “Single jet pocket”