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  • Thursday, January 24, 2019

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    PATTERN REVIEW McCALL'S 7726

    PATTERN REVIEW McCALL'S 7726

    You may have noticed front pleated, high-waisted trousers have been making their presence felt in the shops once again. The return of the pleated trousers reminded me the 80’s when I first wore them, but I have to admit, even though I am not a massive follower of the high street trends, they did catch my eye (I will not be perming my hair again though). I went in search of a suitable sewing pattern and found McCall’s 7726. The description on the sewing pattern was ple ..

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  • Monday, December 31, 2018

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    PATCHWORK AND QUILTING

    PATCHWORK AND QUILTING

    I have always been very curious about patchwork and quilting but for one reason or another never gave it a go. I imagined I might get a bit frustrated with the speed the project came together as I am used to fast results when sewing and dressmaking. I proved myself wrong and have fallen in love with this both rewarding and addictive craft when I joined our Beginners Patchwork and Quilting (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/patchwork-and-quilting/q181031-beginners-patchwork-and-quilt ..

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  • Thursday, December 13, 2018

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    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - CLAIRE

    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - CLAIRE

    Thank you so much Claire for sharing your sewing story and pictures of you looking gorgeous and congratulations on being awarded our latest Ministry Makes Winner! Read on to be inspired........ My Sewing Story. Had I been asked what my sewing story was 12 month’s ago, it would have been succinct. I could not sew a button on. The end. See the photo to prove it. But this year I learnt to sew and there is no looking back. Learning to sew your own cl ..

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  • Sunday, November 25, 2018

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    NEW YEAR, NEW VENUES!

    NEW YEAR, NEW VENUES!

    It will be all change for us in January with FOUR new venues for our workshops! We are spreading our wings across Manchester, with TWO new city centre venues, Manchester Craft and Design Centre and The Art Space at Cass Art; teaming up with Bamber Sewing Machines in Eccles (just off M60) and holding evening sessions at the Craft Café Chorlton. Read on……… Manchester Craft and Design Centre (https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=E1fkW_XgF5LqgQaMw5KwBg&am ..

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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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