Notions: Beginning to Sew Up the Simple Skirt

Hopefully you have seen my previous post How to Make a Simple Pattern Free Skirt, I do hope it has inspired you, & those of you new to sewing, to make an A-Line Skirt! Carrying on, I wanted to give some instructions on how to cut the skirt out & start to make it up. Often in my classes I …

The Great British Sewing Bee!

I am slightly alarmed to see that possibly only two of the people pictured seem to be wearing their own creations! And one of them is a judge! I do hope to be proved wrong… They look like a jolly bunch, & I already know I’m going to be envious of their work space!! I have no idea if I …

Notions: The Language of Patterns.

No doubt the sketch of the design on the front of the envelope will catch your eye first. From McCall’s Sewing in Colour    A beginning seamstress may feel Einstein’s theories are as easy to understand as the intricacies of a first pattern. Here is a place where first steps should be taken slowly […] &, whether you are a …

Notions: Measuring yourself for a Perfect Fit.

So, you’ve picked out the perfect Pattern, or your making your own during Pattern Month, you’ve chosen your fabric & are generally wildly excited about learning how to make your own clothes, but where to start? The very first thing to do is to take some measurements, in order to figure out what size is best for you. Before buying …

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. Hopefully my upcoming posts about …

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 …

Book review: Readers Digest Complete Guide to Sewing

Now, I have the proper old school copy of this, and I’m fairly sure I stole it from my Mum many moons ago! I find it is synonymous with good sewing techniques, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Often found in charity shops (my second copy for classes was just £4), this hefty tome is clearly laid out & …

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 …

Sewing Hints & Tips #4

When threading a needle to begin sewing, make the thread twice as long as usual. Fold the thread in half and thread the resultant loop through the eye of the needle. Pull the loop longer than the two loose ends. Take a stitch, thread the needle through the loop and pull tight. Voila! a secure beginning to a seam with …

Sewing Hints & Tips #3

The difference between Petersham & Grosgrain Ribbon: Both ribbons are ribbed & have a matte finish however; there is a very big difference: the edge finish. Grosgrain ribbon has a sealed edge (2), and Petersham (1) has a scalloped edge that is woven in one with the rest of the ribbon.  1.   2.  That scalloped edge on Petersham allows this …