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Saturday, 12 November 2016

HOW TO SEW AN ALL IN ONE FACING ON A 1960's SHIFT DRESS AND MAKE A MATCHING JACKET

Vintage sewing, the late 1960's

This is another iconic style of the 1960s, it was the first time in history that teenagers had their own style and the shift dress was certainly one of them. Made in heavy fabric so that it hung straight on the body it was short , bright and fun to wear.




Perhaps one of the most daunting challenges is when you choose a pattern only to find that it has an all in one facing which encloses the neck and armhole edges both at the same time. I am using New look patterns. Both available from Jaycotts.co.uk. 







There are many methods but this one is in my opinion the neatest and the easiest. So, choose a pattern for either a shell top or a sleeveless dress which includes an all in one facing.

Monday, 7 November 2016

How I made my BY HAND Anna Dress. A Minerva Blogger Network Post

A BEAUTIFUL EVENING DRESS

I had such a great time choosing the fabrics for this post. I wanted to try a brand of pattern which I had never used before and this By Hand pattern, named Anna, really appealed  to me.  I am enjoying making and wearing garments made from the new pattern houses which are emerging. This one in particular fits well with little adjustment, the instructions are very easy to follow and the overall effect is extremely flattering. If you have not tried one of the new pattern houses yet then I do urge you to take the plunge. You wont be disappointed! The link to the pattern is below. Please note that this particular pattern is now only available to download,  the paper version is sadly no longer available. This design can quite easily be copied on any simple dress pattern though, so don't be put off





I am lucky in that I do get to wear a lot of evening dresses both long and short, so it was an easy decision for me to want to make the long version of the dress. I decided against the slit in the skirt seam as it can be very draughty in hotels!



Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Using an Overlocking foot on your regular sewing machine .Making warm jersey tops.

A review for Jaycotts.co.uk 

Do you have an overlocker? They are great and I would not be without mine, I love owning one, but sometimes it seems too much hassle to re-thread it when you only want to overlock one thing, or you do not want to go out and buy overlock threads in a colour you will not use again.
What is the answer?  I recently made this stretch jersey top using just my sewing machine with an overlock foot. I have to say it was no trouble at all to switch feet and choose a different  stitch in fact it was quick and enjoyable.



I found a piece of this unusual burnout fabric at Abakhan Fabrics. It is a soft feel stretch jersey, there was just enough to make a top.





How to make a red wool coat, a Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post

HOW TO MAKE A BEAUTIFUL WOOL COAT

Please note that this blog post is aimed at beginners, and is suitable for anybody who has never made a coat before. Please use this post in conjunction with the pattern instructions. A McCall's pattern





I actually made this coat a year ago and wear it a lot. This is the new photo above, and last year's below. Please tell me I haven't aged!!!


If you want to make a more tailored coat then take a look at one of my previous blog posts   HOW TO MAKE A TAILORED COAT



Thursday, 20 October 2016

HOW TO MAKE YOUR MAN A TIE HE WILL TREASURE Christmas Gift

in my last post I made bags of all descriptions, perfect for a gift for women , but what about men? I have been making mens ties for a long time now and I must say that I enjoy sewing mens ties and shirts more than I do for women.
When I saw the December issue of Sew Magazine I noticed a template for a man's tie. I already have my own tie pattern, but they are all mostly the same so the instructions I give here will be fine if you choose a commercial pattern or a pattern download.



The fabric I chose was a Liberty Lawn in this fabulous print. I chose a small piece of mint green spotted Lawn to line the tips.



Saturday, 1 October 2016

How to make a women's classic shirt

A JAYCOTTS.CO.UK BLOG POST






In my opinion. There is nothing quite as elegant and timeless as a white shirt. Dressed up or down it is perfect for business or for wearing with your jeans.  Are you daunted by the idea of making yourself one? Don't be, I have chosen a very simple pattern and will talk you through the important bits.


First the pattern. It is from Butterick and is available on this link Butterick ladies shirt pattern Do measure yourself before buying so that you purchase the correct size. There are two basic shapes,  one with princess seams and one with no seams or darts. For our purposes I chose the latter to make the process simpler. I chose size 12 and it was true to size.




Thursday, 1 September 2016

HOW TO MAKE A STUNNING SATIN DRESS A Minerva Craft Blogger Network post

THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL EVENING DRESS. PERFECT FOR PARTIES
A Butterick pattern

You may be surprised to learn that the beautiful dress below, which I have just made for the Minerva Craft Blogger Network is exactly the same pattern as the one I made previously in Orange Linen. For this version I lengthened the skirt and sleeves and made a tie belt to tie in a bow at the front.



Patterns are expensive and when I have found one I like I feel that I need to get full value out of it by using it again as often as possible.



 I vary the design a lot as you can see from the pictures, and I would be surprised if you realised at first that these two very different dresses are from the same pattern! Both are lovely in their own way.




Tuesday, 5 July 2016

The lady/floral Jersey top.

This is a Minerva Crafts Blogger network post.

What a fabulous top this is. I was intrigued by this McCalls pattern for jersey tops which cross over at the back. I wondered  how the crossover would hang, but I was delighted with the fit and the way that it all stays in place during wear.
The pattern is very easy to sew too, it will take you only a couple of hours!
want to know more and order the fabric - which I have to say is amazing, then hop over to Minerva crafts right now on this link.THE LADY FLORAL JERSEY TOP
The fabric and pattern are all available to order on the link.



It would make me really happy if you would look at my full post on Minerva crafts web site and leave me a comment

Thank you

Angela x

#sewing #sewingbee #dressmaking #sewingblog #jersey #stretchfabric #MCBN 

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

- MAKE A SIMPLICITY SHIFT DRESS in slub silk

This is how,to make a shift dress in 1960s vintage style. This post talks about transferring pattern markings onto your fabric. 

60s style dresses are always in style, and no wonder, they are so easy to wear, look great and suit most ages and sizes. This is a jaycotts.co.uk  "How do I do that" post





I have made this dress twice before, but I have a piece of slub silk  which I have kept cutting into to make ties and so on, and now there is only just enough left to make myself a simple shift dress!



Tuesday, 7 June 2016

How To make a man's casual Chambray shirt.

This is a Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post. To read the full instructions hop over to MinervaCrafts.com on the link here Chambray Shirt. Minerva Crafts Blogger Network
Do look at the blogger networks posts, they are full of fantastic makes from the crafters on the blogger network





As you know I enjoy making shirts. In this post I took a plain  Dark Indigo chambray and made it into something special with the addition of some contrast facings and some hand made piping.
Along the way I am sharing some hints and tips with you so it is well worth visiting the full post on MinervaCrafts.com
I hope that the post gives you the confidence to try making a man's shirt and to make it just that little bit different.

Dont forget to view the full post, here's the link again. Man's chambray shirt

Happy sewing

Angela x

#sewing #sewingbee #GBSB #men #shirt #MCBN #MinervaCrafts.com #sewingblogger

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

SEWING WITH STRETCH FABRICS

A Jaycotts.co.uk "How do I do that?" Post

At this time of year there are dozens of T-shirts in the shops, all looking the same, all at various prices from the very cheap to quite ridiculous prices.
I am guilty of buying new ones most years, but wait, why should I keep spending money just to look the same as everybody else? Why should I put up with the store dictating to me what the neckline should be like, what length the sleeves should be, how long in the body it should be? And thats only the start of it, try buying a nicely patterned one..... You see the problem?



Many people ask me about sewing with stretch fabrics, and are daunted by it. But don't be, with a few simple rules you can be sewing your own "designer" tops quicker than you can go to the shops to buy one.
Your first attempt at sewing stretch fabrics might not turn out exactly as you would like, which is why I recommend you making a Toile or test garment first. For this find some cheap jersey fabric or an extra large men's t-shirt to practice on.



Thursday, 25 February 2016

Having fun sewing Melissa's Bolero Jacket from Zierstoft Simply Sew Patterns


The Melissa Bolero Jacket from Zierstoff Simply Sew was a most enjoyable garment to sew. Even better it is a great fashion garment suitable to be worn by all ages.



Meet a brand new pattern company who design the most beautiful patterns for women and children. Zierstoff.com is based in Munich. Ilka and Joanna are two beautiful young mothers who have only recently began their journey to show people just how easy and fun sewing can be. Not only are their PDF patterns attractive and easy to follow they come with an extensive range of support from video tutorials to downloadable pattern instructions.
Zierstoff - simply sew is the brand new English branch of the very sucessful German company Zierstoff.
Do look at their video on You Tube and see just how lovely Ilka and Joanna are in person.
Zierstoff -simply sew on you tube


Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The Eliza M Pussy Galore Top - Using a Walking Foot to sew Chiffon


I really like the new pattern companies which are appearing and I especially like Eliza M patterns. They have a vintage look but fit today's sizes without the fuss of using and altering a true vintage pattern. This blouse pattern is especially pretty but is very easy to sew - made easier by the clear precise instructions.


For this garment I wanted to use some Chiffon which I bought from Abakhan Fabrics
Chiffon poses some sewing challenges so if you are new to sewing I would recommend choosing a fine cotton lawn instead.



The fabric is very sheer and can  also fray easily so care has to be taken with it. When cutting out use plenty of pins which you have placed inside of the seam allowance to avoid making homes. If it is difficult to tell the right and wrong sides apart it is useful to mark the wrong side of each piece with a small mark,or a piece of masking tape, again inside the seam allowance.

Monday, 1 February 2016

How I made my Purple Trouser Suit. A Minerva Craft Blogger Network post

Purple Haze


How I made my purple stretch trouser suit. A Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post. Pattern by McCalls


 Adaptable, wearable, comfortable and very easy to make. A beginners project with no buttonholes to worry about.


I seem to live in trousers and jackets and wanted a smart trouser suit for travelling in. The fabric I chose for this suit is a stretch Bengaline/Rayon which has spandex I  the mix so that it stretches. This fabric is a medium weight and has no drape in it so it is best suited to garments such as this trouser suit.