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  • Thursday, September 29, 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 recently drafted a top pattern inspired by our Introduction to Bodice Fitting (/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/pattern-cutting) workshop and made it up in our Bee fabric (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/cotton-bees-in-cream) from Jane Makower. I was really pleased with the result (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/ministry-of-craft-blog/top-sewing) and the compliments received so decided to ..

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  • Friday, September 23, 2016

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    MY FAVOURITE SEWING BOOKS By Jeanette Archer

    MY FAVOURITE SEWING BOOKS By Jeanette Archer

    MY FAVOURITE SEWING BOOKS By Jeanette Archer I love a good sewing book, I have shelves heaving with various books ranging from dry old text books through to gorgeous modern sewing books with lovely glossy photos. I have far too many on my wish list at Amazon. My very favourite books though are old, you could call them vintage if you wanted to be fashionable, but really they are just old. The Readers Digest Book of Sewing Oh how I lov ..

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  • Thursday, September 15, 2016

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    Book Review by Caroline Coates

    Book Review by Caroline Coates

    String Craft: Create 35 Projects by winding, looping, and stitching with string by Lucy Hopping This is a great book for anyone. Although it's about playing with string, it really does cover quite a lot, from paper craft to sewing and even a bit of furniture. I love that most of the equipment and items used are easy to get hold of and available from most good craft shops. In fact, I found I had the stuff around the house to make quite a few of the projects, without ev ..

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  • Friday, September 09, 2016

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    The Perfect Fit

    The Perfect Fit

    Here is one of the most common questions we get asked at Ministry of Craft.... Dear Ministry of Craft, Both my mother and I are self taught sewers. We can work round simple patterns and make a garment, but they don't fit. What we can't do or understand is how to alter a pattern to fit our shapes, which is the best course for us. Many thanks Phillippa Dear Philippa, Oh what a pain it can be to get the perfect fit when you're making your own cl ..

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  • Thursday, September 01, 2016

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    #MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - AUGUST

    #MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - AUGUST

    We have a very romantic Ministry Makes this month, the winner, Tanah, sent in the below....... Just wanted to thank Sam, Jeanette and Alison for all their help and wisdom in getting me to the point where I made my wedding dress! I was still sewing it in August (wedding was 7th, I finished it on 4th…eek…buttons took longer than I had anticipated / I put off doing them) so I thought I’d enter it for your Ministry Makes competition! It might encourage other people who hav ..

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