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 […]

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 […]

Draping a Victorian Bustle

As my Midnight Sewers’ Group wants to make Bustle Skirts next I have been digging around online & I’ve just stumbled across a wonderful illustration from Peterson’s Ladies National Magazine deconstructing how a bustle would have been draped. As a Costume Designer & Maker, I find I can figure out fairly accurately from the illustrations, paintings & photographs […]

Worth and Mainbocher online exhibition.

In 1860, Englishman Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895) founded a Parisian atelier that defined the luxurious standards of the haute couture and set high fashions stylistic course for the balance of the 19th century… Well worth a quick peek, this is from an online exhibition bringing you works from Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895) & Mainbocher (Main […]