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Thursday, 27 September 2018

Sewing a Dress in a Stretch Fabric

A Jaycotts post.

Stretch fabrics - used for sportswear are featured in the GBSB 2019

This post is additional help for sewing with knits. Please look at my previous post where I talked about making Knit tops How to sew knit fabrics
This is a trapeze dress, so named because of its triangular shape. It can be unflattering so make sure that you wear it with heels and you will feel elegant in it not frumpy.

NB  not everyone has an overlocker. In this case I recommend Mettler Seraflock which is a stretch thread you can use for knits using just a straight stitch. Use a zigzag to neaten the seams

This time I am making a dress in a SCUBA fabric which is very easy to work with. You still need the same equipment as in the previous post, for example Stretch needles, Mettler thread and so on so do read the post.
Scuba fabric was born out of neoprane, the fabric which diving suits are made out of. It is a double knit fabric, made from polyester but there is usually some lycra or Spandex included in the fabric mix.
The fabric does not fray and some people don't bother to finish the seams but that would annoy me no end so I still overlock everything. It stretches well and has a good recovery. The downside is that it doesn't breathe and so can be hot to wear. It can be sewn up very quickly and is great for party dresses.
Various Scuba Fabrics. Do take a look
When stitching it use a ball point needle and a longer stitch than normal. I use a 4 or even a 4.5 at times.

The pattern I am using is one I have made before, it is the Grainline studios Farrow Dress and this is the link to that post.

This pattern is for anyone with some knowledge of sewing as it has several points which need matching up exactly. Any slight mis-matching might not be so obvious on a patterned fabric but would spoil a garment made in a plain fabric.

Continued .......

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Linen - Cotton Blend Shift Dress

A MCBN post 

This is a lovely dress which can be made in a variety of fabrics , the pattern even shows an option which has a lace overlay.

To make this dress I chose a linen- cotton blend fabric. Linen can often be a nightmare to wear because it creases so much but add cotton to it and the problems disappear. This is a very easy fabric to sew, it has a great texture and lends itself to a great variety of garments - skirts and tops and jackets as well as dresses all look fabulous made in this fabric. It is bright and cheerful and I can't wait to wear it.

Unfortunately this design has been so popular that it has sold out, but there are lots of other choices so head over to the Minerva Crafts Website and read my post in full and see the fabric options The New look 6261 dress

Thank you for reading this.


Monday, 3 September 2018

Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Australia Cutest Cupcake Collection

A Jaycotts Post

Sweet Pea "In the Hoop" Machine embroidery designs.

A while ago I was fortunate to meet the Sweet Pea team and see their amazing designs close up.

Sweet Pea were invited by Brother UK to do a roadshow in the UK and Germany and we were very fortunate that Jaycotts was chosen as one of the few locations to host an event promoting their incredible in the hoop embroidery designs

Cutest Cupcake Collection

Since then Jaycotts have been able to stock three of their designs to sell online and in the store. 
If you have not come across Sweet Pea before then you are in for a treat. This is embroidery at its most exciting, the designs are mostly made entirely in the hoop,and what stunning designs they are!

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Bags of style!

A  post all about bags and what you need  to make them.

Fabulous gift idea

There's a youtube video showing all sorts of bags and other interesting things to make 


Fleece interlining

It's not difficult to make your own bags, in fact they are one of my favourite things to make. I use them myself and give them as gifts. Quite often I am out with one and I end up giving it away and then I have to go home and make myself a replacement!
I sometimes make one to match an outfit or for a specific purpose, such as a beach bag,and I have shopping bags everywhere!
The other great thing is that once you have a few basic supplies you can use up odds and ends of fabrics which you would otherwise not have a use for. It's all win-win!

This is one I finished last night, it's a saddle bag and I made it from remnants of tweed fabrics.

This is a special bag which I made for my school bestie Margaret for her birthday. I was in such a rush to finish it and post it that I didn't take many photographs of it before it went off to Devon!

Please note that in addition to Jaycotts and MinervaCrafts, bag making supplies are available from Crafter's Companion. They sell absolutely everything for any sort of craft from papercraft to sewing and quilting fabrics, they are amazing! Do look Crafter's companion

Bag supplies from Crafter's companion  click on the link to take you  directly to their vast selection of bag making equipment. But do look at the rest of their site.