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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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  • Friday, March 18, 2016

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    Fabric Friday!

    Fabric Friday!

    We've had another delivery of gorgeous fabric and Alison has cracked into it already. She's made a beautiful stretch top and a pretty polka dot dress. you'll have to wait for pics though. We've got a photo shoot in a few weeks and I have a feeling that these are going to be the stars of the show. Our new fabrics are super soft stretch jersey and they look fantastic sewn up into lovely garments. Our new stretches are (from top left) Multi Circles on White (http://www.ministryofcraft.c ..

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  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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    March Pattern Picks

    March Pattern Picks

    So first an apology! I have garments to share from February that I just haven't found the time to photograph them but I assure you they will be with you forthwith. This month we've each picked a pattern that's caught our eye over the last few weeks. They are (due to our own time restrictions!) patterns for the future. I don't know about you but I currently have a long list of 'future' projects. Hopefully I'll be able to find the time to complete my pattern pick in the near future! I  ..

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  • 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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