Sewing Tips, Tutorials, Projects and Events

  • How to Machine Sew a Shirt Yoke - the Burrito Method

    How to Machine Sew a Shirt Yoke - the Burrito Method

    Sewing a yoke on a shirt or dress creates some interesting detail and a professional looking finish, but what about the inside? Some sewing patterns suggest sewing a yoke on the inside and outside, usually hand stitching the internal yoke. Well here's a technique that allows you to machine stitch the whole shebang and feel like a total sewing ninja.

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  • My Latest Sewing Makes July 2020

    My Latest Sewing Makes July 2020

    This week I'm sharing my latest sewing projects with you on the blog/vlog. I stitched up two easy to sew tops that I've been wearing on strong rotation ever since I sewed the last stitch: the Adrienne blouse by the Friday Pattern Company and the Rowan Tshirt by Megan Nielsen. As always I'll talk you through fabric choices, size and fit and construction techniques - enjoy!

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  • New Season New Look Patterns and Fabrics

    New Look Issue July 2020

    Who doesn't love a new season pattern release? In this video I've picked out a few of my favourites from the latest New Look collection and have paired them with fabrics you could sew them up in for some sewing inspo. Keep watching until the end and you'll see a slideshow of all the designs too. Get ready to add to your 'to sew' list!

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  • My Latest Makes June 2020

    My Latest Makes - June 2020

    After what feels like an eternity I'm happy to share some of my latest dressmaking projects with you this week. During lockdown I chose simple, easy to sew projects that would give me some instant gratification without requiring too much brain power for a much needed morale boost. I'll share the patterns and fabrics with you plus my thoughts on sizing, adjustments and construction techniques.

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  • The Great British Sewing Bee Patterns & Shopping Lists

    Sewing Bee S06E10

    How on earth is it Sewing Bee final week already?! My nine year old Son is already desperately trying to find a new excuse to stay up late on a Wednesday! Will the contestants blow us away? Just how tough will the challenges be? Let's find out.

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  • The Top Five Beginner Sewing Patterns

    Top 5 Beginner Sewing Patterns

    If you're new to sewing your own clothes a list of tried and tested beginner sewing patterns is a great place to start. Simple, easy to make, easy to fit dressmaking projects that will allow you to build your confidence with some of the most common sewing techniques on easy to sew fabrics. Here's my list of the top five beginner sewing patterns tried and tested by yours truly with one important piece of advice - don't be scared just have a go.

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  • Sewing the Spring 2020 Trends

    Sewing the Spring 2020 Trends

    Spring is always so full of hope and promise - sunny days, daffodils and snowdrops and sewing the Spring trends - yippee!!!! New trends are popping up everywhere and so are the sewing patterns and fabrics you can use to get those looks. My excitement levels could not be higher as I share them with you right here.

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  • Mother's Day Sewing Gift Guide

    Mother's Day Sewing Gift Guide

    Whether you have a Mother who sews or you're a sewing Mama who wants to drop some (ahem) useful hints we've got you covered with our Mother's Day Sewing Gift Guide. A range of pretty and pocket friendly ideas whatever your budget.

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  • How to Sew an Understitch

    Understitching Tutorial

    Understitching is a basic sewing technique that is crucial in achieving a professional finish to your handmade garments and is actually quite enjoyable too (IMHO). Find out what an understitch is, why it is so important plus step by step photos and a video of how to complete this essential sewing task.

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  • Sewing Butterick Dress Pattern 6481

    Sewing Butterick Dress Pattern 6481

    I actually sewed this Butterick dress up way before Christmas, but my love for it hasn't waned one bit. I wore it to the Sew Essential Christmas party, my friend's dad's 70th birthday party (rock and roll!) and will be wearing it tonight for a night out with the girls. Read on to find out why I love it so much and some super interesting construction methods too.

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