A-Line Skirt hack: Make a Pleated Skirt!

Hello lovelies! Having been very inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee a couple weeks ago, here is my A-Line Skirt Hack based on my super duper popular Patternless A-Line Skirt Tutorial to make an Inverted Box Pleated Skirt as they did. The original Tutorial is amazingly simple, and I highly recommend it if you are learning to sew or want …

Snippets from Pattern History

So, I thought I’d talk a little about the early history of the Dressmaking Pattern this week because, even through we are learning to make our own this month it is interesting and leads nicely in to tomorrows Tutorial all about scaling Historical and Vintage Patterns up.        Facsimile of the pattern pieces, Front instructions and Back instructions …

Swedish Pattern Paper

         Part pattern paper, part Toile, I am left a little unsure about this! I have used various different versions of sew-able pattern paper in the past & I normally decide just to make a Toile up! This, I am sure, is because when I am making a pattern it can become very messy!! I adapt & change on the …

Notions: Measuring the Grain

From McCall’s sewing in Colour. When placing a pattern piece on to the fabric in preparation for cutting it is obviously incredibly important to make sure it is cut out in the correct Grain. Straight Grain isn’t stretchy, & Cross Grain or Bias Cut is. This means that unless the pattern has been designed to be cut on the Bias, …

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 …