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  • Thursday, October 31, 2019

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    Macramé, why knot?

    Macramé, why knot?

    For those of a certain age, the word “macramé” might spark painful memories of fringed waistcoats, owl wall-hangings, and rope hammocks. More than forty years on you may feel it’s still too soon for a comeback, but macramé is having something of an extended moment in the sun. This time the overly fussy hangings and figurative designs have been ditched in favour of a more organic styling; recycled cotton in neutral tones, bleached driftwood and potted succulents reign.  ..

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  • Friday, September 27, 2019

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    Bodice Fitting with Rae

    Bodice Fitting with Rae

    Thanks Rae for attending our Bodice Fitting (https://ministryofcraft.worldsecuresystems.com/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/pattern-cutting) class and sharing your story about experimenting with the pattern. I attended the Bodice Fitting Workshop in June and had a lovely (if boiling hot) day doing just that. It was a fascinating process to go through all the steps with all the other ladies to get our bodice patterns just right. The tutor Jeanette took us through some steps for usin ..

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  • Monday, August 12, 2019

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    HOW TO MAKE A SEWING MACHINE COVER

    HOW TO MAKE A SEWING MACHINE COVER

    Finished measurements Height 28.5cm Depth 17cm Width 42cm Materials: Outside - medium weight cotton fabric. Cut one main 73cm long x 45cm wide. Cut two side panels 29.5cm long x 20cm wide. Please note, a directional patterned fabric will not be suitable as the design would appear upside down as the main piece wraps over the back of the machine. (A directional pattern is one where the design goes in an obvious direction, e.g. a fish in a bowl). Pocket outer ..

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  • Saturday, July 20, 2019

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    HOW TO SEW A ROULEAU TIE

    HOW TO SEW A ROULEAU TIE

    A rouleau is a strip of fabric stitched to form a narrow tube. Rouleau loops are most often used as button fastenings, but the rouleau can also be used for spaghetti straps and ties. What you will need Strip of fabric Loop turner Or Piping cord (or string) and standard zip foot. The first thing you will need to do is to cut a 3cm wide strip of fabric long enough to make the tie. For loops, the strips are cut on the bias of the fabric (diagonally across ..

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  • Monday, June 24, 2019

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    PATTERN REVIEW THE ABI JUMPSUIT

    PATTERN REVIEW THE ABI JUMPSUIT

    With an abundance of jumpsuit sewing patterns around at the moment, I was spoilt for choice when I decided to make one. The Zadie Jumpsuit from Paper Theory seemed to be the most popular but it was the Abi Jumpsuit from AK Patterns that caught my eye. The Abi is named after Abi from the Crafty Pinup, you can read her story here (https://www.thecraftypinup.co.uk/2018/06/smyly-abi-jumpsuit-honest-talk-about.html). Abi is designed exclusively for knit fabrics. A medium weight knit fab ..

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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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    How to Sew a Double Welt Pocket

    How to Sew a Double Welt Pocket

    A double welt pocket is also sometimes called a jetted pocket or bound pocket and there are a few different ways of making one. After trying a few, I found the following one gave the best results. Bound buttonholes are made in the same way, just shorter in length. Cutting These measurements create one pocket with a standard 13cm wide opening. If you’re sewing two pockets, cut each of the following pieces twice. The pieces are cut to be 17cm wide, so you’ll be working with ..

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  • Friday, May 10, 2019

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    Clone Your Closet by Ministry

    Clone Your Closet by Ministry

    What have I been sewing lately? I had a favourite, very useful casual wool jacket that I managed to leave on holiday. With no chance of getting it back, I headed back to the shops for a replacement, which I managed to get but not in the right colour. As it was a style I loved so much, 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 in the colour I wanted. The bodice was made up of  ..

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  • Saturday, March 30, 2019

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    HOW TO INSERT A FLY FRONT ZIP

    HOW TO INSERT A FLY FRONT ZIP

    Every time I opened a new book or pattern I would be given a slightly different variation on how to insert a fly and I would always get mixed results. A common issue was the stitching under the fly showing slightly as the fly front did not quite cover them. I noticed shop bought trousers never had this problem as the zip was set further under the fly so I decided to opt for this method and I have never looked back! Prepare your fly and under lap by fusing your interfacing to the wron ..

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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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