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100 Acts of Sewing July 19 - Week 4 Sponsor - Dovetailed

100 Acts of Sewing July 19 - Week 4 Sponsor - Dovetailed

So I can't believe we are here at Week 4 already! A big hello and thank you to Adaku Parker and her business Dovetailed for being one of our sponsors this week! Adaku sells the most beautiful wax print or Ankara fabric and is offering a wonderful prize to one of our 100 Acts of Sewing July winners this week (more details below). PLUS a discount code for you dear readers! I met Adaku at the Festival of Quilts last year (and we're both back there next week!) and was bowled over by the gorgeous prints on her stall and...

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100 Acts of Sewing July '19 - adding a cowl/hood to Shirt No 2

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100 Acts of Sewing July '19 - adding a cowl/hood to Shirt No 2

So it's stretch week this week and we're going to add a different look to Shirt No 2! Shirt No 2 is an easy fit straight T-Shirt with a scoop neck.  It can be up or downsized for different looks and is a great basic. But what about when the weather turns and you need something warm and cozy to pull up against your neck? As usual, I decided to take some inspiration from my vintage pattern collection and came up with this gem! It even has the iron on applique pattern (unused!) in the packet. I'll maybe save that...

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100 Acts of Sewing July '19 - Week 3 Sponsor - Faberwood

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100 Acts of Sewing July '19 - Week 3 Sponsor - Faberwood

I'm so happy that Fiona from Faberwood is back with us for 100 Acts of Sewing July 19!  You can find out more about her wonderful little business from this blog post last year.  She continues to up her game by finding the most beautiful and unusual fabrics to tempt us.  They are all sourced for their quality and many are ethically produced by small companies. Take this gorgeous organic jersey.  I was already sold on the design but the feel of it is really incredible - silky and drapey and beautiful to wear! I decided to try and use it...

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100 Acts of Sewing July Week 3 Sponsor - Ernest Wright Handmade Scissors

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100 Acts of Sewing July Week 3 Sponsor - Ernest Wright Handmade Scissors

It's about a year since I posted about the closure of the Ernest Wright Factory in Sheffield.  At the time there were so many messages of love and support for the staff, but it seemed that nothing could stop the closure and we were all sadly resigned to losing this heritage company forever Except that two customers and Kickstarter-backers, Paul Jacobs and Jan Bart Fanoy, felt that they could not let this happen.  The factory is now back open and producing their best scissors ever! I had a chat with Paul to find out how the next chapter of Ernest Wright history is unfolding....

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100 Acts of Sewing July - caught in neck facing

100 Acts of Sewing

100 Acts of Sewing July - caught in neck facing

The 100 Acts of Sewing Patterns often use bias tape for finishing necklines and this is a neat and cost effective way of finishing an edge. Once you get the hang of them, they can look really professional, but sometimes beginners can struggle to get them flat (take a look at this tutorial for some tips) and they don't suit all neckline shapes. It is no secret that I love a square neckline.  Although you could use tape to finish one, a neckline facing will give the stability and crispness you need when straight lines are a feature of your neckline. ...

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