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Sunday, 29 March 2020

Learn to sew - free!

This is a tough time for all of us and I know that we are all thankful for our wonderful NHS who are putting themselves at risk for us.
Think also of parents, brothers , sisters, spouses and partners  of front line NHS staff who I  know are worried  as I am about their loved ones.

The best thing we can do is to stay indoors. I appreciate it is  worrying at the moment but crafting really does help to occupy your mind and keeps your hands busy. If you have children it is the perfect time to teach boys and girls a bit of sewing


Why sew? It's great for keeping hands and brain active, you are wearing clothes which are unique and which fit you, it's ethical and it can save you money - or help you to make money


During periods of isolation it is great to learn something new and that is why I have set up a new Facebook group . This is a new group and as I can no longer give personal and class tution I decided to help anyone who wants to learn to sew or to share their own talent with the group. So join today!
Sewangelicthreads on Facebook

My new group is a free resource for everyone I am answering questions, posting interesting articles and things to do and I am sharing videos I am making




During WW2 we were encouraged to make do and mend and this is what we should be doing now. We can upcycle some of our clothes by adding embroidery, trims new buttons. We can take those items that we never wear and think what it would take to make it wearable for ourselves or our children.  It's good to be creative.



In one of my previous posts I made a top pants and jacket which are easy enough for beginners to sew. Very soon I will be showing you how to make comfortable but smart pants and tops to see us through this difficult time.   Lounge wear is perfect to be wearing now, because we need to feel good yet be comfortable. It is difficult I know but when you start each day do think a little about your appearance - for you! It does help to keep some sort of normality.




So, join me on Facebook and if you do not already sew use it to learn. When we come out of the other side we will then be able to save money by making our own clothes for make money by selling our makes

Stay safe. Stay indoors. Share photos of your makes please and stay positive

Angela
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Wednesday, 11 March 2020

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 a post from  three years ago but I want you to see it as the technique of finishing the neckline is so very useful.



This is an 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.
For fabrics look at MinervaCrafts Cotton dress fabrics as they have an almost endless choice 









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. But don't worry, it's simple when you know how. I am using New look patterns. Both available from Jaycotts.co.uk. But there are plenty of similar patterns, just look for a sleeveless shift dress






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.

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Sew a Beautiful Lingerie Bag

A pretty lingerie bag to give or keep 

I have made a lot of lingerie recently and I thought that it would be really nice to have a lingerie bag to keep them in. It is nice to put your night slip in during the day and they are useful to take on holiday too, they look really pretty sat on your bed.

They are not difficult to make and take very little fabric. They can be made any size you want and you could even make a small one for handkerchiefs. They make wonderful gifts too.


This is my lingerie case sat on my bed. I only ever buy or make Egyptian cotton bedding and always in white. I add lace trimmings to sheets and pillowcases and always add my initial. I therefore get the quality I enjoy at a good price  and can personalise it to suit my own taste.



Tuesday, 3 March 2020

The Vogue 9329 Marcy Tilton Designer dress

A MinervaCrafts Blogger Network Post




This beautiful Abstract Print Jersey Ponte Roma is an absolute dream both to sew and to wear. It has a fabulous design and the fabric itself is substantial but very soft to the touch.


Coupled with a Vogue designer pattern this makes for a beautiful wearable dress - with or without a belt.

To read more then go straight over to MinervaCrafts on this link My Vogue pattern designer dress in Abstract Print Ponte Roma

Where you will be able to purchase everything you need.

#sewangelicthreads

Saturday, 22 February 2020

How to sew very Easy Totes and Shopping bags

Be plastic free at the supermarket








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. 

Why not use a patterned fabric, do some simple applique, print your logo  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
  • Making a basic tote
  • Adding a lining
  • Sewing with faux leather 
  • Using a commercial bag pattern
  • Adding a zip

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

A Classic Skirt in Derbyshire Tartan


My very special Derbyshire Tartan Skirt



I would like to show you how to work with difficult fabrics. In this case a Tweed which needs careful pattern matching.The thickness of the fabric also requires a lovely finish to the waistband - a faced waistband, which is a couture technique. The waistband also has an  abutted closure at the back. All this makes for a beautiful elegant skirt.
To make a skirt with handsewn zipper and waistband , not to mention pattern matching, is a garment requiring patience and time. A project to be savoured and enjoyed.
 



If you have just a bit of sewing experience, this is definitely within your grasp and will help you to grow as a sewer.
Please remember that nothing and nobody is 100% perfect so if your garment makes you happy then that is all that matters, even if something is not quite right. The point is you made it yourself and that is certainly worth celebrating.
My skirt was made with a length of stunning Derbyshire Tartan. This Tartan comes in different weights and for this project I am using the Harris Tweed on the left of the photograph below







This Tartan was created by my lovely friend Fiona and  her husband, and is registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans. They moved from their successful business and  home on the Isle of Harris to Derbyshire and were inspired by the colours in the Derbyshire countryside and it's heritage to design this beautiful fabric.

To find out more about what the colours represent and to order goods or fabric then please visit their website Derbyshire Tartan  I really admire how they had the courage and inspiration to look around their new home and to express it's very identity in fabric.
I therefore feel honoured to be given the opportunity of working with this Tartan and decided it deserved some of my very best work.

Click to read on ......

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

The perfect wrap front Knit top

A MCBN post


The perfect close fitting wrap top in a beautiful printed Ponte Roma Knit fabric.



It will thankfully soon that time of year when we want to wear a top with sleeves in place of a heavy pullover.
A long sleeved top with an interesting draped wrap front is the perfect transition garment.
The rest of the post can be found on this link  The perfect wrap front top  you will find details of the fabric and pattern used on the post




Thank you to Minerva for this lovely fabric. Do make this top, you won't regret it .

Sewangelicthreads

Sunday, 26 January 2020

The BROTHER 3034D Overlocker

 This post is all about my Overlocker - and  rolled hems

The Brother 3034D from Jaycotts






 My overlocker is the  Brother 3034D  from Jaycotts.co.uk.  To look at it on the web site click - Brother 3034D overlocker   There are plenty of other choices and Jaycotts will  be happy to talk about and  demonstrate other models to you if you visit them or telephone them
An overlocker is used to finish most seams very neatly, it can be used as a hem, it can be used instead of a regular sewing machine to stitch stretch fabrics together. It can be in a matching thread or a contrast.


Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Embroidery Machines

A Jaycotts post

What else can I do with an embroidery machine other than embroider clothes?

"An embroidery machine is an investment, so what else can I use an embroidery only machine for" is something I get asked a lot and I know Jaycotts have the answer!

These are a few of the items I make on my Brother embroidery machine.
To view the range , this is the link Embroidery Machine

If at all possible it is well worth a visit to try a few and to discuss options



I have to admit that once my embroidery machine comes out, I never want to put it away, I find it addictive and before I know it I have been sat at it all day long.

So I hope that by sharing some of the things I use it for will make you realise that they are a really good investment. There are so many ways to use it and even when you think you have tried everything you could purchase the software needed to make your own designs!



Fascinating to watch, no matter how many times you have used your machine