I first met Emma, 0wner of In the Wool Shed, at Yarnigham in Birmingham a couple of years ago. I couldn’t resist the soft colours of the little indigo yarn cakes on their stall, so we ended up chatting and I ended up buying! Fast forward a few yarn shows to Wonderwool this year – I was delighted to see that Emma is now stocking beautiful natural dyed and printed fabric, ethically sourced in India. It seemed like the perfect match for 100 Acts of Sewing July and I am so grateful for the prize that Emma and her team are offering for week 2, a full 3 meters of the block print/s of your choice!
Finishing a neckline or armhole with bias facing can be a bit tricky, but there are a few ways to do it. This method is pretty foolproof and is great for adding a decorative bias band to the right side of your garment at the neckline or armhole. Also you don’t need a bias tape maker
Sonya Philip is the creator of the 100 Acts of Sewing patterns. She is a maker, sewist, knitter, activist and mother. Much as I’d love to go and interview Sonya face to face, San Francisco is a bit too far for the weekend. So for the last few weeks we’ve been bouncing a few questions back and forth. She is a truly inspiring woman and I hope that this is just the start of our conversation…
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).
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!