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  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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    Ministry Makes

    Ministry Makes

    What have you all been sewing lately? Here's a little update on my sewing adventures! I hadn’t made anything with a raglan sleeve for a while and with some better weather around the corner (I hope), I wanted to try out a new spring fabric, Cotton Millefleur in Burnt sienna (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/fcotton-cotton-millefleur-in), from Dashwood Studio. A raglan sleeve is a type of sleeve whos ..

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  • Wednesday, March 08, 2017

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    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER

    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER

    Emma-Lee is certainly a worthy Ministry Makes winner, on a roll; she went home and made this amazing cat eye dress straight after attending our Stretch Top (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/dressmaking/d170408-sew-your-own-stretch-batwing-top) workshop in the morning.We talked about how the top could easily be converted into a dress by increasing the length of the bottom band and whoosh…..she was off to make it that same afternoon!  ..

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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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    Ministry Makes

    Ministry Makes

    What have you all been sewing lately? Here's a little update on my sewing adventures! Nothing very glamorous this week I am afraid, it was a very practical make! The nights are cold and I love to be cosy in bed. Unable to find a pair of pyjamas in the shops with the neck, cuff and ankle finish I was looking for, I decided to make my own. I used my bodice block and trouser block to make the pattern and a lovely soft cotton printed jersey fabric (http://www.ministryofcr ..

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  • Wednesday, February 08, 2017

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    Tailor Made Lampshade Review

    Tailor Made Lampshade Review

    Tailor Made Lampshade Review by Sarah Welton I've hated every lampshade in our house since we moved in a year ago and so the Ministry of Craft workshop seemed a no brainer. Consequently one grey Saturday afternoon in central Manchester off I went to the basement of Fred Aldous to do the lampshade course. There were four other people in my group and Sam our tutor was very warm and welcoming. She talked us through all the stages so that our material miraculous  ..

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  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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    Ministry Makes

    Ministry Makes

    What have you all been sewing lately? Here's a little update on my sewing adventures! In preparaion for a new wrap around skirt workshop, I made this skirt using fabric from Dashwood Studios, Cotton Meadow in Navy (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/fcotton-cotton-meadow-in-navy). The fabric was great to sew with and the weight was perfect. I drafted the pattern from scractch using 3 identical skirt sections sewn together (back, front and a front underwrap). I then drafted  ..

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  • Wednesday, January 04, 2017

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    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - DECEMBER

    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - DECEMBER

    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - DECEMBER Sarah certainly has the sewing bug since attending our 4-week Introduction to Sewing course in Chorlton. On completion, she moved onto our 4-week Develop your Sewing Skills course and also our A-line skirt workshop at Fred Aldous where she made the amazing cord skirt. She needed to take up some Ikea curtains which was her initial reason for enrolling onto our introductory course so she used the cut off curtain fabric to make this black and white c ..

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  • Thursday, December 29, 2016

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    What's on in 2017

    What's on in 2017

    January 2017 27th - 29th January Spring Quilt Festival, Ardingly Wonderful displays of quilts to see, plenty of shopping opportunities and experts to 'show you how'. Order your tickets and get more information here . February 2017 2nd - 4th February Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts, EventCity, Manchester A show for stitchers, knitters and hobbyists full of ideas, inspiration and craft supplies. Plus workshops, demonstrations and new product lau ..

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  • Saturday, December 24, 2016

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    Ministry Makes

    Ministry Makes

    What have you all been sewing lately? Here's a little update on my sewing adventures! I've been dying to try out this Lisette (B6168) pattern from Butterick for a long time. I really liked all the extra detail in the design around the neck, waist and cross over. I was not sure how the gathers over the waistline would look on me so this was a bit of a gamble. With the arrival of some new fabrics from Dashwood Studios, I was inspired to make it up in time for Christmas using ..

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  • Thursday, December 15, 2016

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    BOOK REVIEW BY CAROLINE COATES

    BOOK REVIEW BY CAROLINE COATES

    Knitted Animal Cozies: 35 wooly creatures to keep warm by Fiona Goble Anyone who knows me, knows I love messing about with knitting and the dafter the project the happier I am.....no lacy cardigans for me. So this book, with everything from caterpillar lip-balm covers to a whale phone cover is my kind of book. I love the creations in this book and can't wait to make more, I think the salamander pencil case next! This book includes great illustrations to remind you of sti ..

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  • Friday, December 09, 2016

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    FABRIC FRIDAY!

    FABRIC FRIDAY!

    We have just received our first delivery of DASHWOOD and SEVENBERRY fabrics from Anbo Textiles. I have had my eye on their collections for while as they work with some exciting designers producing quality fabrics at a middle of the range price. The Polar Bears fabric is a Japanese imported fabric from Sevenberry fabrics. It is slightly heavier than a quilting cotton and so ideal for cushion covers, curtains and blinds, more details here. (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/ ..

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