Notions: Interfacing Guide (from Amy Butler!)

Having just stumbled across this, I thought I would resume my occasional series of sharing Notions’ from other Blogs and this was just too good to not share!I am currently teaching a Men’s Shirt Course (click here to read more on that), so Interfacing is a hot topic for me at the moment! Below I have included the most common …

Christmas Pyjamas!!

Who wouldn’t want a gorgeous, hand made pair of Pyjamas this Christmas? I know I shall be whipping up a few pairs to give as gifts, so I thought I’d share how to make up Pyjamas, without having to buy a Pattern! I have sorted out the following, super simple printables for you all to follow, which illustrate how to …

Notions: Marking Your Handmade Patterns

Hopefully you are well on your way to drafting your first Block and these are a few vital pieces of information it is advisable you note down on each and every Pattern piece. This will help to identify the pattern and assist you if you decide to make it up again. As a costume designer, I have many patterns which are drafted …

Notions: Grading a Seam

  From McCall’s Sewing in Colour Often when working with commercial patterns they will ask for a seam to be ‘graded’. This term refers to a process which makes the seam thinner, or lighter & reduces the bulk of a garment. It is actually something which will help any Hand Made garment look more professionally finished & make the finished, …

Notions: 7 Steps to Perfect Darts

Forgive the lateness, I have been terribly ill with a throat infection! Darts – a Reverse Approach tutorial from Burda This week the lovely ladies on my Beginners Dressmaking course at Flo-Jo Boutique seemed to all be tackling darts, so with a little help from Burda I though I’d talk a little about them. …”darts play an important role in …