All Posts By: Laura

Notions: What is the Selvedge?

Apart from being a delicious magazine, the Selvedge on a piece of fabric is the finished edge. Normally this has a woven finish, & often you can see a regular pattern of small holes running parallel with the Selvedge. This would have been where the fabric was held on to the loom whilst it was being woven. In woven […]

Vintage patterns!

I have just been given some Vintage patterns! I keep reading how this happens to others, & have always been envious & now I am the one! Splendid! Most are hilariously out dated, the 70s and 80s highlighted in unflattering illustrations & oddly posed photos with even odder fabric choices (why do they never make […]

My first Etsy sale!

After a tense to & fro conversation with the buyer- tense on my side because I was wishing, hoping & pleading in my head- I have made my first sale on Etsy & y’know what? It was the first thing I made, the first thing I photographed & the first thing I listed! So, my beautiful […]

Flintlock Films.

I am sure I have mentioned that I am, by trade, a Costume Designer however; my partner & I also make short films together… which sounds like it’s a bit of a hobby when we actually take it very seriously! Our last short Flat Footed Apocalypse was shown at a number of Short Film Festivals […]

Consider my mind blown…

If you want to make cloths, or know a bit but are a tad nervous to start creating the grandiose creations from you head, look at this! DIYcouture has made two unusual clothing collections: rather than purchasing a garment, the DIYcouture customer purchases a set of simple, visual instructions, which enable them to make that garment […]

Pleats Please!

I get so many questions in my workshops and classes often about the simplest of things… or at least I think they’re simple! I think what I am really being told with all these questions is that poeple aren’t finding it as easy as they should to find somewhere that will help them to sew. […]

Tutorial: How to sew on a button

For my first photographic tutorial I have decided to illustrate how to sew on a button. This is my most frequently asked question & as store bought clothing constantly lets us down on this front it’s useful skill to master! Firstly you’ll need to know that there are several different types of button, and these […]