All Posts By: Laura

Pattern Cutting Resources

Welcome back to Pattern Cutting Month!! Remember to snaffle a button for your Blog if you are following along! Some invaluable Pattern Cutting resources are listed here. If you are to take drafting your own patterns seriously, some, if not all, of these basics should inevitably be purchased. Obviously there are many Pattern drafting and […]

Pattern Month!!

Welcome to Pattern Month! Pattern Month is a great way to start your pattern making journey… I will blog tutorials, advice and information, reviews of and interviews with independent Pattern Companies such as Grainline Studio, By Hand London and In House Patterns to name but a few and many other Pattern Cutting related posts. Each […]

Notions: Concealed Zips

I am working on my latest Zine project- all about Zips- and thought I’d post a couple of hints about how to place a Concealed Zip in to your garment. Whilst not overly difficult, they can be enormously awkward and frustrating!! Once you have the hang of them however; they can be a handy way […]

Notions: Machine Button Holes

It’s confession time: I love, love, love Buttons & Button Holes! I am fortunate to have a Machine (aah Pfaff, you are wonderful!), which eats Button Holes for breakfast. Having worked on many Machines- new & old- which don’t do such great Button Holes I appreciate how wonderful this is. I collect & use Vintage […]

Notions: Insert a Zip

The following instructions illustrate how to insert a Zip simply, which can be used in Dresses & Skirts. It is not specifically concealed however; when sewn correctly there should be two folds of fabric which fit neatly over the Zip as in the final photograph. It is hands down the simplest way of inserting a […]

Notions: Cutting Patterned Fabric

From McCall’s Complete Book of Dressmaking, Marian Corey  1951 You will always need a little extra fabric when using Checks, Plaids or Patterns. This will sometimes be noted in the Dress Pattern however, it is advisable, when using large Pattern Prints, to allow an extra drop. A drop is a repeat of the pattern- find […]

Notions: Bind a Corset

   When sewing bias binding to the top or bottom of a corset, match all seams & pin together as you would like them to be sewn. Zigzag close to the edge (so that when the binding is applied you do not see it) across the top. This will keep all of the pieces nicely together […]