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How to Make Your Fabric Go Further (Sorry, Mr Accountant!)

Aug 16 2018 0 Comments Tags: Fabric Waste

Am I the only who gets infuriated over how much waste fabric is left at the end of making a garment?  Maybe it’s my Yorkshire blood that makes this grate even more.  Throwing good money (or even better fabric) away is not part of the Yorkshire psyche I’m afraid, but I’ve found that it’s occurring more and more lately and it is très annoying. Take for example, one of my beloveds; the Willow Tank/Dress by Grainline Studio.  The fabric requirements on the pattern calls for around 2m of 150cm wide fabric to make the dress, however with a bit of...

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Sewing Pattern Review: Tilly and the Buttons Seren Dress

Jul 02 2018 0 Comments Tags: Seren Dress, Sewing Pattern Review, sewingseren, tilly and the buttons

Before we start, you must remember this - your fabric width MUST be at least 130cm wide for the knee length version or 150cm wide for the midi length.  Anything less just ain't gonna cut it because of the flare of the skirt! Now that's out of the way, let's move on to the nitty gritty...I am not a "flouncy" person.  Anything with a flounce I tend to steer well away from.  I recently bought the Sew Over It Lucia pdf top, which is an off-the-shoulder flouncy number, but I fully intend on making it sans flounce, thereby making my...

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Sewing Pattern Review: Tilly and the Buttons Stevie Dress/Top

Jun 29 2018 1 Comment Tags: Sewing Pattern Review, sewingstevie, tilly and the buttons

  I've been seeing little teasers for this pattern for a while and have been eagerly anticipating its release, as the last couple of Tilly patterns have been more for those with a bit of sewing already under their belts whereas this one is aimed at uber beginners, and let me tell you - I don't think you'll be disappointed with it! This pattern features a couple of variations, so you can make it as a top or a dress and there are a couple of different ways to fasten it - a neck tie, which is something you don't...

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A Phoenix Rises from the Ash Jeans

May 19 2018 3 Comments

Now, I'm sure there are more than a few sewing bloggers out there who make out that sewing life is a whole lotta rosy...the birds chirrup away outside a sun-drenched sewing room whilst the sewer in question manages to churn out an endless array of perfectly made garments.  Well, fellow sewer, I am here to tell you that that is a bare-faced lie!  Sewing is not all sunshine and roses, sometimes it gets dark.  Very, very dark.  Especially if you mistakenly make a pair of skinny jeans using a denim with the WRONG AMOUNT OF STRETCH!!!!!!  EPIC JEANS FAAAAAAAAAAIL!!!!  What...

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Keep Calm & Kalle On

Apr 12 2018 1 Comment Tags: Closet Case Patterns, Kalle Shirt Dress, Kalle Shirt Dress Review, Sewing Pattern Review

Closet Case Patterns: Kalle Shirt/Shirt Dress Sewing Pattern Review Ooh, I do love a good shirt dress. Depending on the style and fabric you choose, they are perfect for any occasion.  So far I've made a Tilly and the Buttons Rosa dress from a lightweight printed denim, which is just perfect for wearing day to day, and also a Deer & Doe Bluet dress from Atelier Brunette lawn, which is fab for going out for a meal or drinks.  Next up, I wanted to give the Kalle shirt dress a go after seeing all the lovely results on Instagram and...

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Sewing Pattern Review - Joni Dress (Tilly and the Buttons Stretch! Book)

Mar 14 2018 4 Comments Tags: joni dress, sewing with stretch fabric, sewingjoni, tilly and the buttons, tilly and the buttons stretch

Believe you me, I am as guilty as anyone for getting stuck in a clothing rut.  In winter I look towards leggings/black tights and jumper dresses and jeans and jumpers as my failsafe option and in summer I really push the boat out and head towards shift dresses and swap the jumpers for t-shirts.  I know, daring!!!!! :)  Does this sound familiar?  Just step back and think about it though; how ridiculous is it that we do this?!  As sewists, the world is our oyster when it comes to trying new things, but yet we instinctively head towards the same...

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