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Ministry of Craft Blog

  • Monday, March 07, 2016

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    #Ministrymakes Winner - February

    #Ministrymakes Winner - February

    It's been a dreary month but luckily you've shared plenty of creative crafting to keep us inspired. This month's winning make reminds me of an old Swedish saying that goes something like; 'If you can't buy it, make it yourself, if you don't know how, learn.' Congratulations to our winner Louise, here's what she said about her make; 'A washing machine I made for my 1-year-old nephew, who loves domestic chores! I made this up completely as I couldn't find anything similar anywhere  ..

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  • Friday, March 04, 2016

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    Fabric Friday!

    Fabric Friday!

    In case you missed it, we've had a MASSIVE fabric (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/fabric.html) delivery this week and we can't wait to get stuck in and start making some gorgeous samples with these beauties!! It's hard to pick favourites, what with wildlife (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/cotton-bees-in-cream), wools (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/boiled-plain-wool-in-pink) and even some cord (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/cotton-stretch-cord ..

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  • Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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    Book Review - Sewing Dress Up by Emma Hardy

    Book Review - Sewing Dress Up by Emma Hardy

    Don't you love 'good post' days? It's how we feel whenever we receive a lovely little package from our pals at Cico Books. This time they've send us the super inspiring and cute 'Sewing Dress up (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sewing-Dress-Up-cute-easy-costumes/dp/1782493123)' by Emma Hardy which has loads of ideas for dressing up little people. But wait, there is no reason that these great ideas have to be exclusively for under 12's, some of the idea's in this book have left me confident of m ..

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  • Friday, February 12, 2016

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    #Ministrymakes Winner - January

    #Ministrymakes Winner - January

    We've been very inspired by your makes in January, you have truly lifted us out of our post Christmas stupor! It was a tough month to judge but there can only be one winner and this month that is the fabulous Claudia! This gorgeous dress is made with the Megan Dress pattern by Tilly and the Buttons (http://shop.tillyandthebuttons.com/products/love-at-first-stitch) and Claudia picked the fabric up at Abakhan (http://www.abakhan.co.uk/). We love it, super stylish and a beautiful fit,  ..

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  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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    Jennifer's February Pattern Pick

    Jennifer's February Pattern Pick

    Another month, another pattern. I've been very inspired by the fantastic sewer's on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ministryofcraftmcr/) and this month's pattern is inspired by them! So with out further ado my pattern this month is Butterick B6086 (http://butterick.mccall.com/b6086-products-48782.php?page_id=155). It's a 'very easy' pattern so I'm hoping it'll be less confusing than the Vogue one I did last month (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/ministry-of-craft-blog/give-us-a-to ..

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  • Friday, February 05, 2016

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    Fabric Friday!

    Fabric Friday!

    We're bigging ourselves up today because we've fallen in love again with two fabrics that we have in out (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/fabric.html)online shop (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/cotton-jolie-in-wine). If you're anything like us it's easy to forget all the loveliness you have in your own fabric stash. Then one day your rooting about and you rediscover metres of beauty that you've completely overlooked. The first is (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/sho ..

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  • Friday, January 29, 2016

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    Fabric Friday!

    Fabric Friday!

    This week we've been swooning over all the stretch fabrics at Girl Charlee Fabrics (http://www.girlcharlee.co.uk/). Finding interesting stretch fabric can be difficult but their selection is fun and colourful and perfect for brightening up winter dressmaking. These are a few of our favourites, but to be honest it's hard to narrow it down! We love this gorgeous Orange Botanical Floral (http://www.girlcharlee.co.uk/orange-botanical-floral-on-navy-cotton-spandex-blend-knit-fabric-p-11 ..

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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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    Cloning around

    Cloning around

    The New Year has put a spring in my step and I've been making some headway with the many new workshops I'm hoping to bring to you in 2016. I'm a great advocate of stretch fabric, once you gain confidence sewing these fabrics, your sewing repetiore really starts to expand. Not least because we all have plenty of stretch in our wardrobes already. So when you're looking to create a truly 'me made' wardrobe' being able to sew with stretch fabric is a must. I had this lovely comfy dress from  ..

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  • Friday, January 22, 2016

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    Give us a toile

    Give us a toile

    Well here it is, my first effort at dressmaking in 6 years (I realised this as I was sewing) I have to say the picture doesn't do it justice, in fact this picture is letting me get away with murder! The thing about dressmaking, I thought as I was butchering the neckline, is that it doesn't come naturally to me. I tend to botch my way through and often I come away with nothing more than some ruined fabric. When I committed to making a garment a month I'd conveniently forgotten this (http ..

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  • Monday, January 18, 2016

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    Mad for Skirts

    Mad for Skirts

    Classic Shaped skirts never go out of style, from Kim Kardashian's pencil-skirt-crop-top combo to Alexa Chung and her extensive collection of mini's, skirts are a wardrobe staple. Apparently today is the bluest day of the year so let's brighten it up with some style and some yellow. I'm obsessed with yellow at this time of year, it just brings so much needed sunshine to the darkness of winter! I found these images on Pinterest (https://uk.pinterest.com/ministrycraft/), from l ..

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