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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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Sew your own Lovely Leggings- An intro to sewing with knit fabric

Whether you wear them for exercise or just lounging around, leggings are an everyday wardrobe staple that are quick and easy to make yourself – once you know how! You should already be comfortable using a sewing machine, and this … Continue reading

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Machine Applique and emboidery

Use your sewing machine to get creative!

On this relaxed single Sunday course you’ll learn to get creative with your sewing machine. Morning Session Learn the art of machine appliqué and embroidery. Machine embroidery is essentially ‘drawing’ with the sewing machine needle and thread. You can stitch … Continue reading

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Hot sewing trends in 2014

What’s hot for home sewing in 2014

At the beginning of a new year, most of us like to look to the future, make plans, take up hobbies and stretch ourselves. I asked 4 well known sewing bloggers, Tilly, Lizzy, Melissa and Rosie what they predicted as being hot topics for home sewers this year. They … Continue reading

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Stretch lace thong

Sew your own posh pants

Looking to sew something special for yourself? Some lacey little panties are the perfect way to spice up your sewing and get started with stretch fabrics, fancy trims, and special laces. You should already be comfortable using a sewing machine, … Continue reading

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