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Dress No 1 Square neck with all-in-one facing – burrito method!

100 Acts of Sewing

Dress No 1 Square neck with all-in-one facing – burrito method!

On my first Dress No 1 by 100 Acts of Sewing,  I decided on a bit of a whim to make a square neck. It’s one of my favourite necklines and I just love how it looks!  By its nature, it obviously isn’t curved, so bias binding really isn’t really the best finish for the straight lines.  You really need a facing to give it stability.  There are different kinds of facing depending on your garment neckline (have a Google or get hold of any basic sewing book, even better, get an old copy of the Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing).

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100 Acts of Sewing July – some thoughts on fitting your clothes and making toiles

100 Acts of Sewing

100 Acts of Sewing July – some thoughts on fitting your clothes and making toiles

The joy of making your own clothes is about making things that you like that fit your body!

However, making clothes fit (or making something that disappointingly doesn’t fit) can be one of the biggest issues in dressmaking – as individuals each of our bodies has its own unique shape – few of us fit straight into the ‘standard’ sizes of ready to wear clothes.

Pattern cutting is a complex business and I am the first to admit that it isn’t my area of expertise .  Luckily, the 100 Acts of Sewing patterns aim to get you sewing and making garments without too much fuss or worry.  The clothes are easy to wear and not fitted, but there are some steps that you can take to make sure you maximise your chances of getting your garments to fit the first time!

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Cohana style!

Cohana style!

Now did you know that on the 8th February the Kanto region of Japan celebrate Hari-Kuyō, the Festival of Broken Needles? It is a celebration of all the sewing needles and pins broken in their service during the past year and an opportunity to pray for improved sewing skills.  People gather at Shinto or Buddhist temples and stick their old and used needles into blocks of tofu or jelly – it’s a way of showing gratitude for their work and putting them to ‘rest’ – it seems to be an act of great tenderness and respect for these humble objects.

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Louise Lockhart of The Printed Peanut

It’s nearly time for the Beyond Measure Open Weekend.  I am busy clearing the space and making room as I am sharing the studio with artist and illustrator Louise Lockhart, the Printed Peanut. It’s been almost a year now since I introduced the SEW panels, designed by Louise, to my shop.  I loved Louise’s work the first time I saw it at Hebden Bridge Open Studios.  After meeting up and discussing some ideas, we decided to develop a sewing based design printed on fabric that could be framed up straight away or embroidered, stitched, stuffed and hacked.   Since then the original red and black panel has been sent all over the world!

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Adding Porthole Pockets to a tunic or dress

Adding Porthole Pockets to a tunic or dress

Here are some details about how I made the circular pockets for my Skipper Tunic from Papercut Patterns.  They were inspired by pockets on a RTW coat belonging to my sister and are deceptively easy to do!  However, depending on what you are making,  I strongly recommend reading through this post first and doing a test run before you attempt to make the pockets on a garment. Make your pockets on your flat fabric pieces before assembling your garment. Use a cloth between layers when pressing to avoid marking your fabric. In addition to your normal sewing kit, you will need: Garment...

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