May 14 2019



Thank you so much Liz for sharing your sewing story and pictures of you looking gorgeous, congratulations for being awarded our latest Ministry Makes Winner! Read on to be inspired........

My year in sewing.

A year ago I thought it was time to start learning a new skill. I’d always wanted to make a clothes for myself...especially dresses but found the prospect quite daunting and didn’t know where to begin.

I’d recently moved into the city centre and found Ministry of Craft when searching for sewing courses. My journey began with “introduction to Sewing”. This was a great course that really built up my confidence and I produced a tote and make up bag that I still use!

I was hooked and felt ready to try and develop my skills, so I attended “dress making in a day” and fashioned myself a raglan top, went to a “Sew your own…” pyjama bottoms and a “Sew your own…” Fit and Flare dress. Id accomplished what I’d set out to achieve. I’d made a dress (well chuffed!!)

My new found passion for sewing grew and grew and I decided to set myself a challenge so that the new skill would stick! 2018 brought 4 wedding invitations, so I decided that I would make 4 dresses! This was in the hopes that I’d be able to put my new skills into practice and save me a few pennies on outfits!

The first was May. I made a Megan Dress from Tilly and The Buttons using a floral cotton fabric. This tested my busy adjustment skills that I’d thankfully learned in the bodice class!!

The second was June. This was another Tilly and the Buttons design, a Lilou dress. I’d splurged a bit on a Liberty cotton fabric! Really loves this one and helped me with lining and pleating!

The third was July. I’d just moved house so everything was packed away and I needed to make a dress in one evening. I turned once again to Tilly and the Buttons and created her “Stevie” dress in cotton I’d bought in a sale for £2 a metre!! It was such an easy dress to make and I’ve since made the top version.

The fourth was September. I’d had the material for this for a year an autumnal lead print cotton fabric. For this I made a “Betty” dress from Sew Over It. Such a lovely pattern with a circle skirt and lined bodice.

It’s been a great year and I’ve learnt so much and continue to build my skills where I can, learning how to complete clothing alterations, create a made to measure bodice and make curtains!

The sewing continues...



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