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Sunday, 14 May 2017

How to sew Tilly And The Buttons ORLA top - and how to insert a Zip

A review of Tilly and The Buttons ORLA top 

More about exposed Zips

I really like this top and I now have three versions of it, the latest one being stitched in just half a day last week!
The pattern is available from Tilly and the Buttons ORLA top

This is the first top I made which has the unusual snowdrop collar.

The top was easy to make, you need some sewing skills but nothing that you cannot handle.  This top would challenge a beginner in a nice way, so if you have not sewn much, you will gain experience of setting in an exposed zip for example, which is a great skill to learn.

Sew Tilly and the Buttons Françoise - and discover more ways with Zips

How to sew with exposed zips a how-to post

In this post I am going to show you how to use exposed zips by making up this lovely Tilly and The Buttons dress. The pattern is from Jaycotts Tilly and The Buttons Francoise dress pattern

Tilly and the Buttons has some amazing patterns and I love them. I couldn't wait to try out Françoise. I also saw it as an opportunity to talk more about zips, in particular Exposed zips.

There is no need whatsoever in going through the exact making up of any Tilly and the Buttons patterns, because you cannot improve on perfection, the instructions on her web site Tilly and the so do take a look.

I made two versions one in some amazing fabric which has been in my stash for ages waiting for the right pattern to come along. As soon as I saw Françoise I knew it was the one.
I also wanted to make another version in Black, but not totally plain. I chose a twill fabric and used a piece of a Liberty cotton for the clarification to add a pop of colour.
The Paris fabric dress has a concealed zip, but on the black one I inserted a metal zip to add back interest.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Reviews of Prym sewing tools and accessories from

These are my reviews of some of my favourite Prym sewing tools and accessories from Jaycotts

I wanted to share with you some of the tools I use when sewing to make life easier. I love gadgets of any kind don't you? These are some of the tools I use from the Prym range and I do recommend them. They are all thoughtfully designed to be easy to hold, easy to use and won't break the bank.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Sewing a Nautical BURDA Anchors Shirtdress

This is a #MCBN post.

What a fabulous dress this is. Shirtdresses are so fashionable at the moment and this dress not only ticks that box but it has a nautical theme and can be worn with or without a net petticoat. This dress is made in stretch cotton but picture it in a floaty cotton lawn too. However you make it this is one stunning dress.
The fabric is very well behaved, and easy to sew for all abilities. I love the anchors don't you! And the buttons are just stunning!

Please do follow the link under  read the full post on the Minerva Craft Blogger Network . It explains how I made it, and what fabrics I used and how you can make one yourself.

And do leave me your comments,They are very much appreciated.

Thank you

Angela x 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Hiw I made My beautiful black baby-cord and lace jacket

This beautiful super soft baby-cord jacket trimmed with masses of lace is the third part of my outfit made for the MCBN. The previous two posts all come together to create this one wonderfully decadent outfit of contrasting textures - all in black.

To see how I made this beautiful jacket please click on this link which will take you straight to it  Lace Jacket

My two previous posts of the blouse and skirt can be found on the MCBN post but in case you cannot find them the links are here

Pinstriped flounced hem skirt  View skirt post here
Black lace Blouse View post here

Do please let me have your comments.
thank you

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

How to sew A Stunning pinstripe flounced hem skirt

This is part two of my three pieces I am making during January, February and March for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network.
The first part was my black lace blouse Black lace Blouse this skirt was designed to complement it. The third and final part of this georgous outfit will be revealed in March!

So, here is the skirt, stunning isn't it.All the emphasis is on the back with a dipped hem, exposed zip and embellishment so please do not miss reading this post!

Do follow this link and read the rest of my post, I would love your comments too.
 This is the link for the rest of the post My Flounced skirt Tutorial and photographs

Angela x 

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Friday, 3 February 2017

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.