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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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  • 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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