Hello again…let’s get this coat finished! I proceed with sewing my coat like an F1 driver on the home stretch…I want it done and impatience has set in. I’m mindful of this and try and force myself to pay due care and attention…to not rush to the finishing line…but still I find myself easily irritated … More My Finished Deer & Doe Luzerne Trench Coat!
“Mom, I’ve spilt my drink all over the floor”… “Mom, can you make me a sandwich?”… “Mom, there’s a wasp in the lounge!” … Oh the joys of trying to sew when the kids are off school for the summer! But sew I do. We’ve agreed that Mommy can sew in the morning and we’ll … More My Deer & Doe ‘Luzerne Trench Coat’ Makers Diary – Part 4 : Collar and Facings
Hi Sewing Peeps! Apologies for the interruption in blogging, diary style, the making of my Deer & Doe ‘Luzerne’ Trench Coat…the trouble with blogging a make in ‘real time’ is that sometimes real life stuff unexpectedly intervenes! Long story short…my daughter spent a worrying few days in hospital. All is now well, thank goodness (and … More My Deer & Doe ‘Luzerne’ Trench Coat Makers’ Diary – Part 3; Bound Buttonholes and Bias Binding the Seams
Hi!! I’m starting something a little bit different today…a short series of blog posts covering the one, more involved, make. I’ve come back to my sewing table really craving a longer-term project. I’ve reached the point, I think, whereas to curb getting jaded, I need to push myself out of my safety zone and learn … More A Makers’ Diary – The Deer & Doe Luzerne Trench Coat : Day 1
Today’s mega topic for discussion is all about creating dartless Full Bust Adjustments for knit sewing patterns. There are loads of different methods out there; do you really need one and, if so, which works best? Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin! You may recall that recently I sewed up my first Jenna Cardigan. Whilst … More Dartless FBA for Knits – Do You Need One & What’s the Best Method?
Hi again! If you’ve read my last post, you will have seen that I was fortunate enough to be a pattern tester for the brand new pattern release from Helen’s Closet; the Suki Kimono. Well, I couldn’t very well make the robe of my dreams and then pair it with my battered ol’ slippers … More Make your own Espadrilles: How I made Slippers to match my Suki Kimono!
Hello! Well, #sewtogetherforsummer has ended for this year; the winners notified and the prizes distributed but, curiously, I still wanted to make another Shirtdress! This time for my Pixie Princess – let’s face it, she’d heard me harp on enough about shirtdresses over the last few months she was bound to want one too! … More Chambray Shirtdress (New Look 6884) & a Snap Chat (How to Insert Prym ‘Love’ Snaps Tutorial)
Following on from our Sewing Buttonholes : Tips n Tricks! post, today we bring you the second instalment of our #sewtogetherforsummer posts to help you create your best ever Shirtdress – our Top 10 tips ‘n’ tricks to sewing the perfect collar – I can’t wait to have another go at my McCalls 6696 Shirtdress so that I can incorporate … More Sewing Collars : 10 Tips ‘n’ Tricks!
Since we launched the #sewtogetherforsummer sewing challenge over on Instagram, a number of sewers have said that they’re really keen to participate but the thought of sewing buttonholes gives them the heebie-jeebies! So, with that in mind, here’s a post full of tips and tricks to get you confidently sewing those dreaded buttonholes into your … More Sewing Buttonholes : Tips n Tricks!
The Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline is almost universally acknowledged as an easy beginner level pattern; a great introduction to sewing with Knits; a basic staple pattern; a really quick sew, a.k.a. a bit of a no-brainer. So it was rather a surprise to find that sewing the Linden gave me an unexpected opportunity to try out a … More Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio