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Beginners dressmaking tips: 4 easy steps for choosing the right sewing pattern
Choosing the right sewing pattern can be tricky, especially when you are first starting out sewing your own clothes. Here are 4 simple steps on helping you through the confusion. 1. Difficulty of pattern: usually patterns specify how difficult they...
A quick guide to the most popular sewing fibres
It can seem a bit daunting choosing a fabric for your project when you start sewing. When choosing a fabric, you need to bear in mind the fibre that the fabric is made from (e.g. cotton, polyester, wool), the manufacture...
Tilly and the Buttons Billie sweater dress/sweater review and pattern hack
So pleased that I finally finished my Billie sweater dress by Tilly and the Buttons. Here's my review of the pattern, along with a link to the tutorial on how to hack the sleeves. I made it in this beautiful organic...
Review of simplicity pattern 1080a: vintage style dress and tunic by Dottie Angel
Review of simplicity pattern 1080a: vintage style dress and tunic by Dottie Angel
I finally got around to starting this gorgeous vintage style dress by Dottie Angel. It had taken me a while to find the right fabric for it. I wanted 3 vintage style mini floral design cottons in coordinating colours. Finally...
Review of the Carmen hoodie pattern by Simply Sewing
I fell in love with this campervan sweatshirt fabric immediately and simply had to buy it for my shop. I thought it would be perfect for a cosy hoodie and would go beautifully with my mustard yellow sweatshirt fabric, so when I came...
FREE Sewing machine dust cover pattern / tutorial
FREE Sewing machine dust cover pattern / tutorial
Get organised with this easy to make, stylish sewing machine dust cover, with front pocket. It's easy for beginners as it only requires basic sewing skills. All you need is some fabric for the front and lining, ribbon, bias binding (optional...
Well-being and creativity
Well-being and creativity
Why do you sew, craft, bake or make? What is it you love about it? Creativity can help our well-being. Concentrating on creativity can get you in the flow state, and can take your mind off your problems and pain. Although...