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Ministry of Craft Blog

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - NOVEMBER

    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - NOVEMBER

    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - NOVEMBER Christine attended our Sew Social workshop and made this incredible vintage Vogue dress (V8999). The dress required a mere 6m of fabric! Christine made a head start before the class by cutting out and sewing together all of the many panels in the skirt, just leaving an opening for a side zip. It didn't take Christine long to make the bodice up, then with the help of our tutor, Jeanette, the skirt and bodice were fitted together and on Chr ..

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  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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    Tailors Ham Tutorial by Jeanette Archer

    Tailors Ham Tutorial by Jeanette Archer

    Tailors Ham Tutorial by Jeanette Archer Materials: ½ metre of calico Fat Quarter of Quilting weight cotton Matching sewing thread Sawdust Equipment: Fabric scissors Fabric marker Pins Sewing Machine Iron and ironing board Instructions: 1. Draw your ‘ham shape ‘onto stiff paper or card. Ours measures 21 x 26 cms, you can use a plate to draw around to curve the edges, remember to make the top narrower than the bottom ..

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  • Monday, November 14, 2016

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    Christine's Story

    Christine's Story

    Christine has now attended 3 workshops with us and we are so glad she has shared her story below with us. It really goes to show how sewing can have a very postive effect on your well-being, you can follow Christine's project on Instagram @Anti_Hermit_Plan. Christmas 2015 was miserable; my mum died recently which made Christmas Day strange, and then I was laid up with bad flu from Boxing Day until early January. Whilst lying on the sofa, feeling sorry for myself, I decid ..

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  • Friday, November 11, 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! Yet another twist on our twist tunic dress! I wanted to make a tunic style denim dress to layer over a tee and tights for the winter. The denim I used was the one from our online shop (/shop/fabric) from Jane Makower, it has a lovely soft feel and worked well, although I can tell it is going to crease during wear. I dropped the sleeves and bound the armholes and added a separate section to t ..

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  • Tuesday, November 01, 2016

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    #MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - OCTOBER

    #MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - OCTOBER

    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - OCTOBER Well done to Angela, who, since completing our 4-week evening Introduction to Sewing workshop (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/chorlton-courses) in Chorlton, has been making bunting for her daughter’s room and for Christmas, and cushions in Matilda fabric for a friend. Angela is just getting settled into a new job but has promised to be back soon. A six-month subscription to Love Sewing Magazine is on the way to Angela. There are s ..

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  • Friday, October 28, 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! Inspired by the arrival of a new collection of fabrics (/shop/fabric) from Jane Makower, I decided to put a twist on our tunic dress (/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/dressmaking). For the main body I used a mustard stretch cord from our online shop, (/shop/fabric)and used our Wiggle Dress (/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/dressmaking) pattern to add some darts for a bit more shape. As the shape ..

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  • Friday, October 21, 2016

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    Fabric Friday!

    Fabric Friday!

    I have been making a couple of items in knit this week and wanted to test out our PINK CIRCLES IN AQUA (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/Stretchy-Pink-Circles-in-Aqua) stretch for our Batwing Top (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/all-sewing/sew-your-own-stretch-batwing-top) workshop coming up on 12th November. The stretch, drape and weight worked perfectly for this style and it is so comforatble to wear. We have just received our first ..

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  • Friday, October 14, 2016

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    Book Review by Caroline Coates

    Book Review by Caroline Coates

    Crocheted Scarves and Cowls: 35 colourful and contemporary crochet patterns by Nicki Trench This book has some lovely patterns. The designs featured really do provide something for everyone from from delicate lace pieces to big thick chunky patterns, including some great yarn busting multicoloured designs. Many of the patterns are named after places around Brighton's south coast, you only need to replace North Laines with the Northern Quarter and Brighton Pier for Blackpool ..

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  • Tuesday, October 04, 2016

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    #MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - SEPTEMBER

    #MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - SEPTEMBER

    I think we have the cutest Ministry Makes here! Well done to Gemma who has just completed our 4-week evening Introduction to Sewing workshop (/workshops/chorlton-courses) in Chorlton. Gemma also managed to fit in our Gorgeous Girls Dress (/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/dressmaking) workshop at Fred Aldous where she made this beautiful dress. The fabric Gemma used is from designer Jane Makower, it was the last meter we had in stock but we have a new range from the same design ..

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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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