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”

Trekoda Backback – Country Cow Designs

On one of my various browsing through facebook moments, I was inspired to have a look at bag making patterns and I came across Country Cow Designs. I love a little backpack for out and about as apposed to a shoulder bag, I’m not constantly putting it back on my shoulder and as I likeContinue reading “Trekoda Backback – Country Cow Designs”

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”

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”