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  • Friday, March 16, 2018

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    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - COLETTE

    MINISTRY MAKES WINNER - COLETTE

    Well done Colette for being awarded our latest Ministry Makes Winner! Colette was VERY excited to show us the outfit she made for her son for World Book Day: he went dressed as "The Tiger who came to tea". Thank you for sharing the below pictures and information with us and to Thomas too for being such a wonderful model…. In the past few years I have attended a number of courses with the Ministry of Craft including A line skirt in a day, understanding commercial patterns, alterati ..

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  • Friday, March 09, 2018

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    TOP FROM BLOCKS - PART THREE

    TOP FROM BLOCKS - PART THREE

    Happy with the fit of my bodice and sleeve, I decided to turn the below into a finished garment. I extended the length (so it didn’t finish at my mid-rift!) with some piping inserted in the waist seam. I also added pockets using the same contrasting fabric used for the piping and finished the neckline off with binding. I used my skirt block to create the extended section from the waist. I cut away a section at the side seam in the front garment piece to create a slanted op ..

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  • Friday, February 23, 2018

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    BODICE SLEEVE BLOCK - PART TWO

    BODICE SLEEVE BLOCK - PART TWO

    I am drafting a classic, set in sleeve to fit to the armhole of my bodice block ( see previous post (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/ministry-of-craft-blog/ministry-makes-a-bodice)), however, there are three basic types of sleeves, set in, kimono, and raglan. The classic sleeve has a high sleeve cap which has a more tailored appearance but restricts movement. The sleeve cap is the curved top section of the sleeve from the front underarm to the back underarm. The sleeve c ..

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  • Friday, February 16, 2018

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    MINISTRY MAKES A BODICE - PART ONE

    MINISTRY MAKES A BODICE - PART ONE

    I have been meaning to re-visit my bodice block for a while now as the one I always use is a standard size which always needs a bit of tweaking when I use it to make a pattern…..and lets face it, who is a standard size? It is virtually impossible to fit a bodice on yourself so I gate-crashed our bodice fitting workshop (/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/pattern-cutting) to get some expert fitting from Jeanette. Jeanette started the workshop by getting us all to take our measureme ..

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  • Friday, January 19, 2018

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    SEWING WITH SLIPPERY FABRICS

    SEWING WITH SLIPPERY FABRICS

    What have I been sewing lately? This was a garment I cloned and originally made in a Liberty cotton print (see previous Blog post (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/ministry-of-craft-blog/ministry-clone-your-closet)), but I also wanted to recreate it in a fabric similar to the original garment to achieve the same look and drape. I chose a polyester satin fabric from our online shop (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/silky-floral-in-sienna-1), it was however, much more tricky to wor ..

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  • Thursday, January 18, 2018

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    CLONE YOUR CLOSET BY MINISTRY

    CLONE YOUR CLOSET BY MINISTRY

    What have I been sewing lately? It was a bought garment that I picked up on holiday (for 5 Euros!) that gave me the inspiration for this project. It was regularly admired when I wore it and everyone always asked if I had made it myself. Unable to say 'yes', 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. The main bodice was pretty easy to clone as there was little fitti ..

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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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