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  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - LIZ

    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - LIZ

    Thank you so much Liz for sharing your sewing story and pictures of you looking gorgeous, congratulations for being awarded our latest Ministry Makes Winner! Read on to be inspired........ My year in sewing. A year ago I thought it was time to start learning a new skill. I’d always wanted to make a clothes for myself...especially dresses but found the prospect quite daunting and didn’t know where to begin. I’d recently moved into the city centre and found Ministry  ..

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  • Friday, September 07, 2018

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    HOW TO SEW A SLEEVE PLACKET

    HOW TO SEW A SLEEVE PLACKET

    I sometimes find the instructions on sewing patterns are not detailed enough with their instructions or feel there are better alternative sewing methods available. After doing a bit of research I decided to use the following method instead of the one suggested on the sewing pattern which I found worked much better. I found this placket pattern piece on the Internet and abandoned the one that came with the sewing pattern. Cut out the placket fabric and notch the fold, ..

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  • Sunday, August 26, 2018

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    SEWING WITH JERSEY

    SEWING WITH JERSEY

    Sewing with stretchy fabric can be somewhat of a challenge but a challenge definitely worth overcoming. Open your wardrobe at home and you will find stretch fabrics tend to make up a huge majority of your garments. They are comfortable, easy to wear and require minimal care. Unlike woven fabrics that tend to have little ease, stretch fabrics have less fit issues because of the way the fabric can ‘grow’ if needed. My starting point for this garment was the Lisette sewing pattern B6168. I ..

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  • Tuesday, August 07, 2018

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    HOW TO MAKE POCKETS IN A SEAM

    HOW TO MAKE POCKETS IN A SEAM

    This is a technique that cannot only be applied to any garment that you're making (provided it has a side seam), but you could even add side seam pockets to any existing garments by unpicking the side seams. Cut out 2 pairs of pocket bag pieces. Take one of your pocket bag pieces and lay it, right sides together, onto your front garment piece (lining up the notches). Stitch the pocket pieces into place with a 1.2cm seam allowance. This is so  ..

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  • Friday, July 13, 2018

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    How to make side splits at trouser hem

    How to make side splits at trouser hem

    On trousers with narrow hems, a side split works well and it is easy to adjust an existing trouser pattern. A hem allowance the length of the required split plus 1.5cm needs to be added where the seamlines mirror those of the pant leg, allowing the hem allowance to fit properly inside the pant leg when it is turned up. I adjusted my trouser block as follows, I wanted to reduce the length to a cropped style so started by marking the new length on the pattern. On a sep ..

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  • Friday, June 29, 2018

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    How to draft and sew a fly-front zip

    How to draft and sew a fly-front zip

    If you don't have a trouser pattern designed for a fly-front zipper, adding one to a pattern that has not been designed for one is easy, to do so, follow the steps below. 1 - Mark the stitching line on the trouser pattern from the waist to the front crotch seam. Stop 1cm from the edge of the front crotch seam and mark with a circle. 2. Trace the front trouser pattern onto a piece of paper to make the fly pattern piece. 3 - Trace the stitching line and circle. Add  ..

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  • Friday, June 15, 2018

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    How to draft side slanted pockets

    How to draft side slanted pockets

    After drafting a new slimmer fit trouser block and making them up into the below pair of trousers, I realised after wearing them a few times how much I missed having pockets. Often neglected, I decided to draft some side slanted to make up a new pair of trousers in this fabric (I also included a fly front - see later blog). These pockets can still be applied to any garment - be it a skirt, dress (with a waist seam) or trouser - provided it has side seams. 1 - Draw the side slan ..

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  • Thursday, May 31, 2018

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    The Perfect Homemade Gift for Father's Day

    The Perfect Homemade Gift for Father's Day

    A tool roll is the perfect gift for Fathers Day and making it yourself makes it even that bit more special, so here it a simple tutorial to get stitching! Finished measurements 32cm x 40cm Materials: Outside and lining - medium weight denim fabric Cut two main 43cm x 74cm Please note, a directional patterned fabric will not be suitable as the design would appear upside down as the fabric wraps over to the inside of the tool roll (A directional pattern is one whe ..

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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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