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  • Thursday, July 28, 2016

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    Clone a Summer Dress

    Clone a Summer Dress

    I had a rare Saturday off from teaching workshops, so am proud to say, I used my time well. Inspired by our Clone your Closet (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/all-courses/c161002-clone-your-closet) workshop and Fabric from our Online Shop (/fabric.html) and desperate to re-create a favourite summer dress (bought from Tesco for £6 in the sale), I drafted a pattern and made my dress. I drew around our Tunic Dress (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/all-courses/d160924-s ..

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  • Friday, July 22, 2016

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    July Pattern Picks

    July Pattern Picks

    Shirts and Shirt dresses are surely the coolest way to stay smart in the summer. When I say cool I mean in the temperature sense but obviously you'll look pretty dapper too! We came across this gorgeous shirt pattern (http://www.backstitch.co.uk/i-am-patterns-hermes-shirt-and-dress-paper-sewing-pattern) when looking for some summer sewing inspiration, we're jealous of everyone off on their holibobs and needed a bit of sewing inspiration to lift our spirits! Imagine it in this lovely ..

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  • Friday, July 15, 2016

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    Creative Inspiration: Memo Illustration

    Creative Inspiration: Memo Illustration

    Happy Friday! If you're looking to get a bit of summer cheer into your home we may have just the ticket! Be inspired by Helen the creator of Memo Illustration (http://www.hellomemo.com/) who bills herself as a screen printer, illustrator, vintage clothing obsessor and lover of greyhounds. Her kitsch greeting cards and prints bring cheer and happiness to all who see them. We love the vintage Americana feel to her work and it's also encouraging us to send more snail mail. Wouldn't it b ..

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  • Friday, July 08, 2016

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    Fabric Friday!

    Fabric Friday!

    We're been rummaging through out favourite virtual haberdasheries to bring you more fabulous fabrics to inspire your makes. This week we've got an orange and teal feel to our picks. First up is this lovely seersucker (http://raystitch.co.uk/products/new-arrivals/japanese-cotton-seersucker-string-of-dots-aqua.html) from Ray Stitch. It's a Japanese cotton so you know it's going to be high quality and the unique weave of seersucker adds a much welcomed texture to your garment. We're thinking lo ..

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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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