Friday, 31 August 2018

How to sew very Easy Totes and Shopping bags

A jaycotts.co.uk blog post







I am often told that many of us are inspired to make our own bags and we go and buy a lovely pattern, but that's as far as we ever get - mostly. The reason seems to be that these patterns require so many different and unfamiliar fabrics,interlinings and other notions which are either hard to obtain or are too expensive, or both.
In this post I am going to show you how to make a very easy Tote bag for your shopping and then I will  adapt the same design by first of all adding a lining, and then by making the bag larger to make a practical beach bag and finally a stylish faux leather large Tote with embroidery. 
Although I am using my wonderful embroidery machine - which is quite honestly the best thing I have ever had - it takes sewing to a whole new level, you can omit the embroidery.
Why not use a patterned fabric, do some simple applique or even hand embroidery, it doesn't really matter. In fact it's a great way to use up fabric scraps or even discarded clothes. The whole point is that we all need shopping bags and if you know how to make your own you will never be short of a bag again. The best thing is that if you use leftover fabric they are free!


Skills learned

Labels

  • French seam
  • Machine embroidery (optional)
  • Making a basic tote
  • Adding a lining
  • Sewing with faux leather 
  • Using a commercial bag pattern
  • Adding a zip

Saturday, 25 August 2018

How to sew a Blind Hem

This is a Jaycotts post talking about the Blind Hem Foot

I have been asked to show you how to sew a Blind hem using the Blind Hem foot. If you have a Brother Sewing machine it is foot R
This is a great way to stitch the bottom of skirts, trousers, blouses etc the effect is almost  invsible.
Once you master the technique you will find it quick and easy every time.


This is the blind hem foot.
This presser foot has a guide which is positioned against the fold of the hem to keep the stitching the same width all the way round the hem.



Thursday, 23 August 2018

Everything you need to know about Seams

This is a tutorial about working seams and finishing seams. 

A Jaycotts.co.uk blog post


Labels

Seam allowance, self bound seam, Flat felled seam, Hemmed seam, Hong Kong Seam,  French seam, Overlocked seam, Curved seam, stretch fabrics,

What is a seam?


A seam is much more than joining two pieces of fabric together. A seam can provide subtle shaping to a garment and when correctly made can be almost invisible. Decorative seams add design and interest to a garment.
So what are the rules in sewing a seam?
  • Pin the seam together right sides of the fabric together normally, but there are exceptions which we will come to later
  • Pin the seam edges together matching the ends, notches and any other markings
  • Hand tack the seam. You can omit this if your fabric is easy to handle and if you are experienced at sewing.
  • Stitch the seam with thread which exactly matches your fabric and buy the best quality thread you can afford
  • Finish the seam edge appropriately
  • Trim loose threads
  • Press every seam every time. Pressing gives a crisp edge and makes the thread sink into the fabric making the stitches invisible.
NB Please note that in order to show you the different seam finishes  more clearly I am using a contrast thread. The only time you should sew a seam with a contrast thread is when it is a design feature for example top stitching.




Tuesday, 7 August 2018

The Savannah Knit Top in Lady McElroy Ponte Roma

This is a #MCBN post




Don't you agree with me that this is the most amazing fabric? It is a Ponte Roma by Lady McElroy fabrics. Ponte Roma is a heavier weight stretch fabric which stretches just across the width. It is a very well behaved fabric and lends itself to almost any type of garment from trousers and jackets to tops and dresses. This particular fabric comes in three colourways, I chose Paprika. Lady McElroy stretch Jersey fabric
It drapes well, washes well is easy to care for and the medium weight means that it won't cling to any Lumps and bumps making it easy to wear.
It is suitable for beginners as it is very stable and needs no special sewing techniques.
Want to know more? Head over to the MinervaCrafts Blogger Network and take a look .Just   Follow This link and you will be taken to my review .



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This fab top features in this YouTube video

Best wishes
 Angela