I have to stop being such an overlocking snob

Since buying my own overlocker nearly 15 years ago, I’ve become obsessed with neatly finished seams. So much so that I will pause projects until I can overlock seams neatly if that is my planned finish. Don’t think that it is JUST about overlocking, it’s not. I love my garments lined, french seamed, pinked, etc.Continue reading “I have to stop being such an overlocking snob”

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”

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”

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”