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?!”

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”

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”

Easy kids stretch pattern, Brindille and Twig – Ringer Tee

The ringer Tee by Brindille and Twig is a fab pattern if you want to dip your toe in sewing childrens-wear with an overlocker. You don’t need to use a sewing machine at all. Its quick to throw together and uses half a metre of fabric for baby and toddler sizes. Start to finish, IContinue reading “Easy kids stretch pattern, Brindille and Twig – Ringer Tee”