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  • Wednesday, January 03, 2018

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    Ministry Makes a Top Pattern

    Ministry Makes a Top Pattern

    What have I been sewing lately? It was a garment a customer brought along to Clone Your Closet (/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/pattern-cutting) that gave me the inspiration for this project. It was one of her favourites she was going to learn how to make a pattern from and it was the pockets hidden in the seam that I wanted to recreate. I used the pattern block for our wiggle dress (/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/dressmaking) as the starting block and after a bit of pattern cutting on the ..

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  • Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - MARTINA

    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - MARTINA

    Well done Martina for being awarded our latest Ministry Makes Winner! Martina has attended a number of our workshops, however, she made these two lovely items on her own and both are in a knit fabric so she gave herself a bit more of a challenge. Thank you for sharing the below pictures and information with us, I particularly like the polar bears. First up the Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress in a leopard print scuba (from Abakhan). Second the Grainline Stud ..

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  • Thursday, November 30, 2017

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    Sewing Gifts from Santa

    Sewing Gifts from Santa

    Whether you're looking to treat a sewing friend or drop some ‘subtle’ hints for yourself, then look no further, here is some inspiration…… A new sewing machine under the tree this Christmas? Everyone one who comes to a Ministry of Craft workshop gets to use the top of the range Janome computerised model CXL301 (http://janome.co.uk/janome_products/model-cxl301/) and walks away wanting one, well now is the time to ask! If you are thinking about an over ..

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  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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    Christmas Party Outfit Inspiration

    Christmas Party Outfit Inspiration

    Christmas party season is fast approaching and planning your party outfit is one of the most fun parts of the Christmas period - all the more so if you’re making it yourself! We’ve rounded up just a few ideas, now which to choose!? First up is our very own Wiggle Dress (/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/dressmaking), free your inner bombshell with this seriously sexy dress to flatter your womanly curves. It can be made either sleeveless or with a flattering mid-length sleeve, the ultimat ..

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  • Thursday, November 09, 2017

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    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - INDIA

    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - INDIA

    Well done India for being awarded our latest Ministry Makes Winner! We have loved having India on our workshops and are so glad she has shared her story below with us. I'm having a year of creativity: drawing, painting and printing, and dressmaking. I want to be able to design clothes to fit me and my 'odd' shape and well as be able play with colour, textures and form. Clothes that express 'me'. I hadn't done any formal sewing since school, which was off-putting to say the leas ..

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  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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    Customer Makes

    Customer Makes

    Thanks Rae for sharing your sewing journey with us, the garments you have made look great, you should be really proud and we look forward to the next installment…….. After I struggled a bit with darts and inset seams not quite behaving, I decided to try something ULTRA simple, and bought the April Rhodes Staple Dress Pattern. There are lots of images and blogs of people who have made this dress beautifully, just so nice to see how differently it can look in different fabri ..

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  • Friday, October 27, 2017

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    MINISTRY MAKES TWIST ON THE TUNIC DRESS

    MINISTRY MAKES TWIST ON THE TUNIC DRESS

    What have I been sewing lately? With it getting a bit more chilly, I decided to try another twist on our tunic dress (/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/dressmaking) using a bright pink wool mix fabric (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/boiled-plain-wool-in-pink) we sell in our online shop. I used a cotton print to trim it at the neck, cuffs and pockets for a bit more detail. The first job as always was to stitch the darts and then the great news with this fabric is, it d ..

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  • Friday, October 13, 2017

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    MINISTRY MAKES CHIFFON

    MINISTRY MAKES CHIFFON

    What have I been sewing lately? Well, I have had a length of chiffon in my fabric stash for a while, so when Sew Magazine gave away this New Look pattern (K6471), I took on the slippery fabric challenge! Chiffon poses some sewing challenges so if you are new to sewing, I would recommend choosing a fine cotton lawn instead. Chiffon (from the French word for a cloth or rag) is a lightweight, balanced plain-woven sheer fabric woven of alternate S- and Z-twist crepe (high-twist) ya ..

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  • Friday, September 29, 2017

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    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - RAE

    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - RAE

    Well done Rae for being awarded our latest Ministry Makes Winner! Rae already had some good basic sewing skills when she joined us for Dressmaking in a Day (/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/dressmaking) where she made this amazing lobster print garment. She put her own twist on the garment, making it from a top to a tunic style and adding darts in the back for a more fitted style. I think she looks pretty pleased with the result! Inspired by the course, Rae went home a ..

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  • Friday, September 15, 2017

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    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - UZMA

    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - UZMA

    Uzma certainly has the sewing bug and there is no stopping her! She has been telling us how much she has been enjoying the workshops. We have really enjoyed having her attend and have pleasure in making her a Ministry Makes winner. Uzma started off making this beautiful Clutch Purse on our Snap Frame Purse workshop, (now been replaced by our new Bag Making Workshop). (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/all-courses/s180120-beginner-sewing-bag-making-workshop) She the ..

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