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  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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    Clothing Customisation

    Clothing Customisation

    It is so rewarding to have the sewing skills to not only make garments from scratch you like and that fit but to also be able to make changes to existing garments. Customisation (or hacking as it is more recently called) can mean just adjusting the length, changing the shape...... ........or it could be making a completely different style using just the fabric from other garments. I don’t often buy from the high street these days but every now and again something  ..

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  • Friday, May 04, 2018

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    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - ANNE

    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - ANNE

    Well done Anne for being awarded our latest Ministry Makes Winner! After attending Clone Your Closet (/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/pattern-cutting), Anne went straight home and put what she had learnt into practise! I Thoroughly enjoyed the cloning workshop at the weekend, so on Sunday I had a practice and cloned this top from an old favourite. As I didn't have enough fabric for the back I used a plain linen and brought the facings to the right side of add some  ..

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  • Friday, April 27, 2018

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    Introducing Play with Clay MCR

    Introducing Play with Clay MCR

    We are delighted to be collaborating with Play with Clay Mcr (https://www.facebook.com/playwithclaymcr/) aka Soph Boobyer & Charlie Manthorp (chatting away in the below, probably talking about how muddy amazing clay is). Soph and Charlie are two graduates from Manchester School of Art who have set up camp at Plant NOMA (https://www.plantnoma.com) open design studio. Both exhibit their contemporary ceramics in galleries in Manchester and further afield, as well  ..

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  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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    CUSTOMER MAKES

    CUSTOMER MAKES

    Thanks Rae for your second instalment and sharing your sewing story with us again. It's lovely to read about how you are adapting existing patterns and experimenting with different fabrics with much success.....the results are amazing! So I have been experimenting a bit with the Staple Dress by April Rhodes (https://april-rhodes.com/collections/patternshop/products/the-staple-dress-pdf), and have made some tops from the top part of the dress, I really like the way the sleeves fall, a ..

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  • Friday, March 16, 2018

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    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - COLETTE

    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - COLETTE

    Well done Colette for being awarded our latest Ministry Makes Winner! Colette was VERY excited to show us the outfit she made for her son for World Book Day: he went dressed as "The Tiger who came to tea". Thank you for sharing the below pictures and information with us and to Thomas too for being such a wonderful model…. In the past few years I have attended a number of courses with the Ministry of Craft including A line skirt in a day, understanding commercial patterns, alterati ..

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  • Friday, March 09, 2018

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    TOP FROM BLOCKS - PART THREE

    TOP FROM BLOCKS - PART THREE

    Happy with the fit of my bodice and sleeve, I decided to turn the below into a finished garment. I extended the length (so it didn’t finish at my mid-rift!) with some piping inserted in the waist seam. I also added pockets using the same contrasting fabric used for the piping and finished the neckline off with binding. I used my skirt block to create the extended section from the waist. I cut away a section at the side seam in the front garment piece to create a slanted op ..

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  • Friday, February 23, 2018

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    BODICE SLEEVE BLOCK - PART TWO

    BODICE SLEEVE BLOCK - PART TWO

    I am drafting a classic, set in sleeve to fit to the armhole of my bodice block ( see previous post (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/ministry-of-craft-blog/ministry-makes-a-bodice)), however, there are three basic types of sleeves, set in, kimono, and raglan. The classic sleeve has a high sleeve cap which has a more tailored appearance but restricts movement. The sleeve cap is the curved top section of the sleeve from the front underarm to the back underarm. The sleeve c ..

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  • Friday, February 16, 2018

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    MINISTRY MAKES A BODICE - PART ONE

    MINISTRY MAKES A BODICE - PART ONE

    I have been meaning to re-visit my bodice block for a while now as the one I always use is a standard size which always needs a bit of tweaking when I use it to make a pattern…..and lets face it, who is a standard size? It is virtually impossible to fit a bodice on yourself so I gate-crashed our bodice fitting workshop (/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/pattern-cutting) to get some expert fitting from Jeanette. Jeanette started the workshop by getting us all to take our measureme ..

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  • Friday, January 19, 2018

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    SEWING WITH SLIPPERY FABRICS

    SEWING WITH SLIPPERY FABRICS

    What have I been sewing lately? This was a garment I cloned and originally made in a Liberty cotton print (see previous Blog post (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/ministry-of-craft-blog/ministry-clone-your-closet)), but I also wanted to recreate it in a fabric similar to the original garment to achieve the same look and drape. I chose a polyester satin fabric from our online shop (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/silky-floral-in-sienna-1), it was however, much more tricky to wor ..

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  • Thursday, January 18, 2018

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    CLONE YOUR CLOSET BY MINISTRY

    CLONE YOUR CLOSET BY MINISTRY

    What have I been sewing lately? It was a bought garment that I picked up on holiday (for 5 Euros!) that gave me the inspiration for this project. It was regularly admired when I wore it and everyone always asked if I had made it myself. Unable to say 'yes', I decided it was time to Clone My Closet (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/pattern-cutting) and make my own version of it. The main bodice was pretty easy to clone as there was little fitti ..

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