Browsing Tag: vintage

Week 2: The Toile

My dear readers, this weekend I have once again been felled by the ‘flu. This year has just been awful for ‘flu hasn’t it? I am still feeling quite poorly however; I was so sad to have missed today’s post I am propped up in bed, watching QI (always guaranteed to cheer oneself up!) and typing weakly […]

Pattern Cutting Resources

Welcome back to Pattern Cutting Month!! Remember to snaffle a button for your Blog if you are following along! Some invaluable Pattern Cutting resources are listed here. If you are to take drafting your own patterns seriously, some, if not all, of these basics should inevitably be purchased. Obviously there are many Pattern drafting and […]

Pattern Month!!

Welcome to Pattern Month! Pattern Month is a great way to start your pattern making journey… I will blog tutorials, advice and information, reviews of and interviews with independent Pattern Companies such as Grainline Studio, By Hand London and In House Patterns to name but a few and many other Pattern Cutting related posts. Each […]

Notions: Concealed Zips

I am working on my latest Zine project- all about Zips- and thought I’d post a couple of hints about how to place a Concealed Zip in to your garment. Whilst not overly difficult, they can be enormously awkward and frustrating!! Once you have the hang of them however; they can be a handy way […]

Notions: Machine Button Holes

It’s confession time: I love, love, love Buttons & Button Holes! I am fortunate to have a Machine (aah Pfaff, you are wonderful!), which eats Button Holes for breakfast. Having worked on many Machines- new & old- which don’t do such great Button Holes I appreciate how wonderful this is. I collect & use Vintage […]

Notions: Cutting Patterned Fabric

From McCall’s Complete Book of Dressmaking, Marian Corey  1951 You will always need a little extra fabric when using Checks, Plaids or Patterns. This will sometimes be noted in the Dress Pattern however, it is advisable, when using large Pattern Prints, to allow an extra drop. A drop is a repeat of the pattern- find […]

Notions: Herringbone Stitch.

Illustration from McCalls Sewing in Colour, 1960.  I know this seems complicated but I use Herringbone Stitch for all my hems. I first got taught this technique when I was working at the- now sadly closed down & sold off for parts- BBC Costume Department in West London. The reason it was being used on […]