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Sew a last minute Christmas Stocking

Ok, it’s just over a week away… I mean the big day, the day that for many is finally a day of rest when we celebrate with our families and give and receive tokens of their affection. Christmas day.. For … Continue reading

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Scared to hem chiffon- Pin hemming is the professional’s top trick!

The party season has arrived, luckily in London so have the sales, meaning bargain party dresses. If like me, you often need to shorten your frocks, then fear those delicate fabrics no more! Pin hemming is a great way to … Continue reading

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Pressies for crafty friends

Present ideas for Crafty pals

It’s fast approaching the end of the year, and for most of us that means a season of present buy and gift giving. As a sewing fanatic, i now i’m not alone in my fascination with sewing themed goodies, so … Continue reading

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beginners guide to dressmaking

The Beginners Guide to Dressmaking- A book review

I was asked by Wendy Ward, a sewing tutor from Brighton to take a look at her new book. She very kindly sent me a copy, but I had planned to grab one anyway. I ‘met’ Wendy via twitter ages … Continue reading

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Linton Tweed at jigsaw

Linton Tweed- An iconic British fabric

                In the first Series of the Great British Sewing Bee, we saw Ann making a Channel style edge to edge jacket from delicious Linton Tweed. This fabric is associated with french couture, … Continue reading

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Great British Sewing Bee semi finale- Tips for draping and copying existing clothes

Can’t Believe it’s the semi final of the second series of the bee already! This week’s them was all about sewing without a pattern! Whilst this may seem daunting to home sewers used to working from commercial patterns,it can actually … Continue reading

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Vintage sewing pattern

How to grade a pattern- Inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee

There are loads of vintage patterns out there on the internet, but few will be in your size! In fact the chances of getting a vintage pattern from an era like the 30’s that just happens to be in your … Continue reading

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Pattern hacked leggings

Great British Sewing Bee inspired stretchy leggings

As a very young Costumier, in the coughs(90’s) I spent many lunch breaks whipping up leggings and catsuits to wear clubbing or working out. Sadly these days, I’m so time poor that I’ve never got the time to whip up … Continue reading

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Tips for hemming stretch fabric- How to use a twin needle

If you’re a home sewer, and fancy sewing knit or stretch fabric, say hello to the twin needle. This simple trick, will give professional edges to your knit sewing, without having to buy another specialist machine. Watch this video to … Continue reading

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DIY a classic Breton Tee- An intermediate dressmaking class in knit fabric

Does your life need a little ooh la la? Is there a certain je ne sais quoi missing from your wardrobe? Learn to sew the classic Breton tee with us! You should already be comfortable using a sewing machine, and … Continue reading

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