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Thursday, 29 November 2018

How to sew your own Vogue coat

A blog post showing you how to sew coats. Yes, it's easy!
This pattern is by Vogue




Do not be put off by making your own coat. It really is very easy if you follow a few simple tips. What is it that puts you off most? usually people say buttonholes.Well, this coat uses sew on poppers, so what could be simpler than that? a future post will feature a coat which fastens with a chunky metal zip.


I love coats and being able to sew your own means that you are not stuck with the same one all season, so I am currently making a few, this is just one of them!



This is a very warm wool blend fabrics which I picked up in one of the bargain bins but do have a look at their online store as they have lots of fabrics to choose from. Wool tweed is easy to sew, and very forgiving for beginners so it is a good choice.
There are some very nice Wool Boucle fabrics Wool blend Boucle Fabri at MinervaCrafts Boucle fabric

For other coat fabrics look at this selection in all price ranges Coatings

If you are new to sewing then I would choose something without a definite pattern on it so that you need not worry about pattern matching.



This is the finished coat

Friday, 16 November 2018

A touch of Christmas embroidery


Machine embroidery for beginners - thoughts on Embroidery machines

I have just made myself a Christmas sweatshirt and thought it was a good opportunity to talk a bit about Embroidery Machines in general. Of course the real experts are Jaycotts so if this post sparks some interest then please telephone them for a no-obligation chat on 01244 394 099

This is my experience with machine embroidery.


This is a very simple sweatshirt made in a looped back sweatshirt fabric. This particular fabric comes in about 16 colours and is inexpensive Looped back sweatshirting A top like this is perfect for lounging in..




I have made this pattern before and for details of how to make it see my blog post  -you can find it here Drama Llama sweatshirt



Do watch my YouTube video where my tops feature 

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Make.very easy soft toys and Christmas Decorations for your tree



Soft toys for gifting

 plus some easy to sew Tree decorations


 Soft toys look daunting to make and I admit they can be fiddly, but follow the instructions carefully and you cannot go wrong. Who would not be delighted to receive one of these creatures as a gift.



Tree decoration


This is Donald the Owl showing you just some of the large range of patterns sold by Jaycotts Sewing patterns by Brand the patterns used for these toys are all from the Simplicity range at Jaycotts.


Sunday, 4 November 2018

How to sew a man's shirt - great gift idea .

Sew a man's shirt.


Don't be daunted by the thought of sewing a man's shirt. In many ways they are easier than sewing for women. I'm thinking that maybe I might reconsider if I were asked to make one for a muscular body builder type,( I'm picturing "large chest" adjustment, "biceps adjustment", hmm, not impossible but luckily but most men are pretty straightforward to sew for.
They are great for gifting to the man who has everything and so I am busy sewing shirts for Christmas at the moment. They are enjoyable to sew in my opinion and you can add individual touches as you go along.


You can never find a man when you want one can you, so I ended up having to model it myself.
Hmmmm, maybe if I shortened the sleeves I could keep it????