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  • Sewing the Spring/Summer 2019 Trends

    Sewing the Spring/Summer 2019 Trends

    One of our favourite blogs/vlogs of the year is always trend spotting for the new season then scouring our site for the patterns and fabrics you can use to make them - your way. As always the focus is on wearable rather than eccentric and we've tried to think how the pieces we've chosen can work together too. Grab a cuppa and get ready for some sewing inspo.

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  • The Great British Sewing Bee Patterns & Shopping Lists

    Great British Sewing Bee S05E08Where on earth has the time gone? The final of the Great British Sewing Bee 2019 already?! I couldn't wait to see how Leah, Riccardo and Juliet got on in the evening wear challenges. I had my own ideas who would produce the most beautiful evening attire and be crowned Britain's best home sewer, but you just never know...

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  • Exciting New Simplicity Vintage Collectables

    Simplicity Vintage SewingCollectables

    If you love sewing you're going to love our new Simplicity Vintage Collectables. Delightful vintage sewing themed stationery, home-wares, bags and sewing goodies sooo pretty you will want to collect them all. The impeccable style of the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s immortalised on keepsakes you will treasure forever. Who knows you might even decide to treat a friend too.

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  • Tilly and the Buttons Nora Top and Jalie Lisette Skirt

    Tilly and the Buttons Nora Top and Jalie Lisette Skirt

    This Tilly and the Buttons Nora top and Jalie Lisette skirt combo is a total wardrobe winner for me. Comfy, warm and smart without being over the top it is easy to grab and chuck on in the mad morning rush.

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  • Sewing a Needlecord Ness Skirt

    Sewing a Needlecord Ness Skirt

     

    As soon as I laid eyes on this floral needlecord I knew it was destined to become a Tilly and the Buttons Ness skirt. It was super soft, had a nice amount of stretch and would be a fun new fabric for me to sew with. Find out my top tips for sewing with needlecord and why I LOVE the Ness skirt. And I mean LOVE.

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  • Sewing a Simple (My New Fave) Knit Dress

    Sewing a Simple Knit Dress

    I have a stack of sewing makes piling up waiting to be blogged including my new favourite knit dress. This Burda 6609 sewing pattern and our textured wine coloured jersey are a match made in heaven (IMHO). An incredibly easy, fast and satisfying sew and something I want to wear again and again it's a total wardrobe winner.

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  • The Great British Sewing Bee Contestants 2019 - Series 5

    The Great British Sewing Bee Contestants 2019 - Series 5

    We are less than a week away from the hotly awaited Great British Sewing Bee series 5 airing. I haven't sensed this much anticipation or excitement since surrounded by a bunch of under sevens on Christmas Eve. With a new host (Joe Lycett) and ten new contestants we are in for a real treat. Let's find out a little bit about the chosen ones and the first set of challenges they'll face...

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  • #makenine 2019 Sewing Plans

    #makenine 2019 Sewing Plans Last week I looked at how I fared against my #makenine sewing plans for 2018. This week I've taken on board the lessons learned/thoughts provoked/startling realisations and used them to make my plans for 2019. Grab a cuppa and settle down for some sewing pattern and fabric excitement!

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  • #Makenine 2018 Sewing Review

    #Makenine 2018 Sewing Review

    A New Year is a great excuse to reflect and plan, especially when it comes to sewing. Ok I realise I am a little late to the party here, but surely  it's never too late to take stock and look back on how you got on with your sewing goals for the year? Find out how I got on against my plans and what I've learned from reviewing them. I love doing this every year and find it uncovers some surprising facts.

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  • How to Make a High Round Back & Forward Shoulder Adjustment

    How to Make a High Round Back & Forward Shoulder Adjustment

    One of the most common fitting problems in sewing is a high round back. Apparently it is another phenomena we can blame on frequent computer and desk based work. It is certainly a key fitting issue for me and I thought it might be useful to share how I tackle it. In this article I'll show you step by step how to alter your pattern to fit and I've even included a handy video too.

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