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  • Last Of The Summer Sewing

    Last Of The Summer Sewing

    Ok so it isn't really summer dress sewing weather right now, but there's always room for one last hurrah. Plus I promised myself I'd make this pattern and use some of this gorgeous fabric ages ago. The two make a winning combo and will come in handy for my trip to the Canaries in October. If you won't be seeing any more sunshine this year I'll also share my fabric recommendations to create an on trend Autumn/Winter evening dress with the maxi pattern.

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  • Understitching Tutorial

    Understitching Tutorial

    Angela has always taught me the importance of mastering basic sewing techniques. Get the foundations right and your handmade garments will look professionally made. Get them wrong and they will look more Becky from home eccy! One such technique is understitching. In this article we'll talk you through what it is, why it is important and how to do it. Continue reading

  • September Sew and Tell Vlog

    September Sew and Tell Vlog

    This week I have a little video for you all sharing my most recent makes and how they work well as we transition from Summer to Autumn. There's also a cheeky bit of simple hand embroidery embellishment, which I am loving right now.

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  • Sewing A Dress With An Overlay

    Sewing A Dress With An Overlay

    I've always loved clothes with interesting or unusual details so sewing this Vogue dress with an overlay looked right up my street. I decided to make it in this delightful French viscose. I love the royal blue and flecks of yellow not to mention the 70s vibe. The fabric also drapes beautifully, which I felt was important for this dress. I swotted up on reviews of the pattern and made a few alterations as a result. It was a fun little project so let me tell you all about it. Continue reading

  • Five Reasons To Try Sewing With Scuba

    Sewing in Scuba

    If you follow our blog you will know I recently tried sewing with scuba for the first time. I have to say it was an absolute pleasure. I have been waxing lyrical about it ever since. In fact my love runs so deep I thought it warranted a blog post all of its own. Here are my five reasons for sewing with scuba. Continue reading

  • Sewing Pintucks, Spanish Hem Feet & Ribbon Embellishments

    3 Fancy Sewing Machine Techniques

    We've had a really busy summer here at Sew Essential, but I've still managed to find time to learn some new embellishment sewing techniques on my sewing machine. They are a brilliant way to add some interesting detail to an otherwise plain and simple garment. More importantly they are super easy to master.

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  • Fabric Haul August 2017

    Fabric Haul August 2017

    This week I'm bringing you more drool worthy fabrics and suggested pattern pairings in my latest vlog. Grab a cuppa and settle down for some sewing inspo. There are a few hints at the coming Autumn/Winter range in here too. Enjoy!

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  • Sewing a Dress from Scuba

    Sewing a Dress from Scuba

    Any of you who watch our vlog will know I have some serious love for this white floral scuba fabric. I sourced it way back in February and was instantly dreaming of the perfect summer dress. I had a few other projects to finish before I could get stuck in.

    Although I was dying to get started I'm glad I waited. Allowing myself time to think meant I found the perfect pattern pairing. So much so I am definitely making it again in this ponte jersey fabric we added to the website recently.

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  • New Sewing Patterns Vlog July 2017

    New Pattern Ranges July 2017

    I try and keep you posted with new fabrics when they arrive so I thought it would be nice to talk to you about a couple of new sewing pattern ranges we have in stock. I also picked out my favourites from the new season McCalls, Simplicity, Vogue and New Look patterns. Of course there is some fabric to drool over too!

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  • How To Press For Success In Your Sewing And Dressmaking

    How To Press For Success In Your Sewing And Dressmaking

    'It is all in the pressing' was the first piece of sewing advice Angela ever gave me. She explained you should spend almost as much time pressing as sewing if you want to achieve a truly professional finish on your handmade garments. Ignore this advice and an incredibly well made item of clothing could still look, well, very handmade. In this article we share Angela's top tips to press like a pro. Continue reading

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