Notions: Making Bias Binding

Bias Binding is a wonderful technique to master, and can really add a great detail to finishing your garment. There are two ways to put Bias Binding on to your Garment. The first is ready made Bias Binding, which can come in any number of colours, Satin or Cotton and with fun lacy edgings however; the other is Self Binding- when you …

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 Victorian Riding Hat inspired Black …

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 last year to acclaim & we are …

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 themselves. The instructions remove the …

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 instructions are for a button …

Sewing Hints & Tips #5

 a)  b) Herringbone stitch, often called Catch Stitch, is a most useful little stitch to know. I use it primarily as a hemming stitch however; it has many other applications.  As you can see from the below diagrams, it is a version of Back Stitch, in Cross Stitch form. If using for a hem, only pick up one of the fabric …