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  • My Second Year In Dressmaking

    My Second Year in Sewing

    The end of the year is a time when many of us reflect. It also just so happens to mark my sewiversary AKA when I started sewing. Two years ago in November I finally decided it was time to learn. This video is a whistle stop tour of my makes from my second year in dressmaking. You can still find most of the patterns and fabrics on our site. I have linked to the blog article for each garment in the blog article for this video so you can find them easily. You can also see my 'First Year in Dressmaking' video here. Continue reading

  • Sewing A Ruffle Blouse

    Sewing A Ruffle Blouse

    This week I'm sharing my most recent make - a blouse with ruffles. I spotted the pattern a while ago and decided it would be a fun project. It was a great way to dip my toe in the ruffle trend whilst creating a truly wearable garment. It was also the perfect pattern for this delightful cotton lawn. As always I'll share the fitting adjustments I made and thoughts on the instructions and techniques.

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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 a toile I made and how I adjusted the pattern and the toile to get a good fit before cutting into my lovely cotton lawn.

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  • Top Sewing Trends Autumn/Winter 2017

    Top Sewing Trends Autumn/Winter 2017

    My favourite thing about the arrival of a new season is the exciting new sewing projects. I love nothing more than leafing my way through a fashion magazine spotting the trends I plan to sew. Here is a quick round up of some of the key trends this season and the patterns and fabrics you can use to recreate them. Fear not, the focus is firmly on wearable garments rather than crazy fashion fads.

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  • Five Techniques for Sewing Clothes on Your Overlocker

    Five Techniques for Making Clothes on Your Overlocker

    Now the winter chill is setting in we are reaching for our cosy knit and jersey fabrics. Although you can create knit garments on a sewing machine, you can also make them using an overlocker. However, I've often heard people say they only use their overlocker for finishing seams. In this article we'll share some tips and techniques to help you gain confidence in this area and get the most out of your machine. Even if you are confident on your overlocker there are some handy little tips you may find useful.

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  • Which is the Best Sewing Machine for me to Buy?

    Which is the best sewing machine for me?

    Buying a new sewing machine can be an incredibly exciting and daunting prospect. The huge and varied options available can be so overwhelming. In this video we’ll share our expert knowledge to help you identify what to consider when choosing the best sewing machine for you whether you are a complete beginner or a very experienced sewist.

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  • Sewing A Denim Skirt And Cosy Top

    Sewing A Denim Skirt And Cosy Top

    I have been chomping at the bit to get started on my Autumn/Winter handmade wardrobe. If you saw my fabric haul vlog last week you will understand why! There are so many gorgeous, cosy fabrics on our website right now. I decided to start with a simple denim skirt and a cosy long sleeved Tshirt. I'm really pleased with how they turned out and know I will wear them all winter long.

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  • Autumn Winter Fabric Haul Vlog

    Autumn Winter Fabric Haul Vlog

    I have been dying to share our new Autumn Winter fabric range with you all. It is stunning! Finally they are up on the site and I can drool over them in public. We have a fabulous new coating range and a selection of suiting fabrics which, by the way, were all over the Autumn Winter catwalks. Not to mention some glorious jerseys and pontes perfect for cosy tops, jumpers and dresses. Plus we have Liberty lawn in stock! This really is a must watch, your winter wardrobe is simply crying out for these beauties.

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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

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