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  • Friday, July 01, 2016

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    #Ministrymakes Winner - June

    #Ministrymakes Winner - June

    I think this has got to be the youngest model we have ever had on our #MinistryMakes competition. Were we swayed by the cuteness in awarding mum the winner? hmm..... Well done Jodie, with a new arrival, you have managed to do so much. Not only attending our 4-week evening Introduction to Sewing (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/chorlton-courses/w160706-step-by-step-introduction-to-sewing) workshop but making one of many matching outfits like this. It is a great project tha ..

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  • Friday, June 24, 2016

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    June Pattern Picks

    June Pattern Picks

    Apparently it's going to be pretty decent weather for the next couple of months. I read that somewhere and I'm taking it to be the truth! It's influencing my sewing schedule and making me want to get some summer into my wardrobe. I saw this pattern for the Rose Dress by Schnittchen (http://schnittchen.com/shop/patterns-sizes-46-56/sewing-pattern-rose-dress/?lang=en) and it seemed like the perfect everyday summer dress. Effortlessly cool and with some challenging techniques to learn, I'v ..

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  • Friday, June 17, 2016

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    Creative Inspiration: Molla Mills

    Creative Inspiration: Molla Mills

    If you haven't come across Molla Mills (http://mollamills.com/) and her fabulous crochet then you're missing out! Striking modern designs and an infectious love of the craft make Molla an endless source of inspiration. Hailing from Finland she has a series of books and even her own line of beautiful yarns. Up until recently only her first book (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Crochet-Accessories-Projects-Your/dp/1909342688) has been translated into English, it's a corker with lots of sty ..

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  • Friday, June 10, 2016

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    Fabric Friday!

    Fabric Friday!

    This sunny weather is making us think about sea, sand and sangria! So what better than a bit of light and airy fabric to inspire some summer makes. These gorgeously light cottons would be gorgeous as floaty summer dresses or super comfy trousers. Both are from our favourite Brighton fabric emporium, Ditto fabrics (https://www.dittofabrics.co.uk/index.php?route=common/home). We can imagine the sand ditsy anchors (https://www.dittofabrics.co.uk/latest-products-dress-material/ditsy-na ..

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  • Friday, June 03, 2016

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    #Ministrymakes Winner - May

    #Ministrymakes Winner - May

    There was some stiff competition for this month's #Ministrymakes with cute ducks, gorgeous totes and even some beautiful bunting. But as always there can only be one winner and we were bowled over by Joanne's cloned dress. Joanne recently attended Clone Your Closet (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/all-courses/c160806-clone-your-closet) where she lifted the pattern of a favourite dress and then went home and sewed up her pilfered pattern - it's a dead ringer for the origina ..

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  • Friday, May 13, 2016

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    May Pattern Picks

    May Pattern Picks

    There's been a wealth of new pattern releases over the last month or so, it's been hard to choose a favourite! And while we're picking patterns we should really let you know about a great place to find said patterns! Have you had a look at The Fold Line (https://thefoldline.com/) yet? This exhaustive online community has all the information you would ever need in regards to sewing. We love their pattern round ups and the reviews from sewers who've tried and tested all manner of patterns ..

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  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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    Creative Inspiration: Sarah K Benning

    Creative Inspiration: Sarah K Benning

    If you're anything like us, you're always looking for new inspiration to push you along on your crafting journey. Luckily for all of us there is a wealth of fantastic artists and makers out there raising the bar in their chosen craft. Every month we'll be sharing one of our favourites with you to keep you excited about craft and open your eyes to the possibilities. This month we've chosen the talented Sarah K Benning (http://sarahkbenning.com/). We first came across her work at the Reneg ..

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  • Friday, May 06, 2016

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    Fabric Friday!

    Fabric Friday!

    We love experimenting with our fabrics and letting you know how they sew! Our recent stretch purchases are our first foray into jersey and we love them. Soft and comfy they are perfect for all manner of garments. Here are two of the garment's I made with them. The first is a casual stretch top in this fabric (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/stretchy-multi-circles-on-white).This is quite a classic shape and very simple to make. The beauty of stretch is that you don't hav ..

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  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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    Marching forward with Dressmaking

    Marching forward with Dressmaking

    So my March make (3 down 9 to go!) was the dress that started this whole personal challenge. I managed to do an alright job of this dress and I actually felt confident about wearing it out in public (other garments have made me a bit nervous!) I found it easier to make it a second time (you can see the first attempt here (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/ministry-of-craft-blog/a-dress-at-last)), which is probably a shining endorsement for taking the time to make a toile. I gave myself a  ..

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  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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    A Dress at Last

    A Dress at Last

    Please believe me when I tell you that I finished this dress in February. It proved more of a problem to find the time to photograph it than to actually make it! If you cast your mind back you may recall that this fabric was a sale purchase from Ditto Fabrics. The pattern (Butterick B6086) I realised when making it is strikingly similar to our fit and flare dress (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/all-courses/sew-your-own-fit-flare-dress). This is a shape I wear often and I didn't m ..

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