Remnant Bra and Undies

One thing that inspired me to sew underwear was the fact that I could put all those leftover fabric scraps to some use.  All those little bits and pieces of cotton, silk, jersey, precious lace – tiny remnants too precious to discard, or too large to throw away guilt-free. In my sewing room all scraps […]

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Oversized Tee

Sometimes you just need basics. Stuff for lounging around, doing errands, hanging around the house in – but without rips or paint splatters (yes, they do feature in my wardrobe!) This is one example: A slouchy oversize striped tee – so comfortable and perfect for blobby days. But totally acceptable in case somebody knocks on […]

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5 Sewing Tips for September

Not all fabrics shrink and require prewashing, in fact doing so may make your fabric harder to handle during the cutting and sewing process. I recommend prewashing a test swatch and calculating shrinkage before throwing fabric in the machine willy-nilly. All the details about how to do this are in this previous blog post. When cutting […]

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Everyone needs a pair of Orange Trousers…

Last winter I made a pair of black wool cropped flares and I wore them so often that I decided I could do with another pair. But what colour? That question was answered one day in The Fabric Store where I discovered some burnt orange stretch wool of the most amazing quality. It was a […]

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5 Sewing Tips for August

  Last month Kristen inquired about correct sleeve grain. This picture (my coat mock-up from the Ready To Wear Tailoring Sewalong) shows the sleeve grain marked in pen. This is a one-piece sleeve with a back sleeve dart, ie a slightly shaped tube. You can see the lengthwise grain following the curve of the arm, […]

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