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Find out what we have been getting up to and our thoughts on everything sewing. Learn new skills and techniques with our free instructions and YouTube tutorials.

Understand Sewing Patterns

26/04/2021

Do you know how to read a sewing pattern? How to find the right size pattern for your measurements, where to find the finished garment measurements? W...

5 Tips – Fitting Dressmaking Patterns

19/04/2021

Do you struggle to fit dressmaking patterns to your individual figure? If you do then watch this video and learn the 5 tips you should be applying to ...

What is Ease?

09/04/2021

What is ease in a dressmaking pattern? Why does the garment you’ve made not fit? In my latest YouTube video I talk about ease, where to find it on a...

Grainline Options

29/03/2021

Do you understand fabric grainlines? Have you used the cross grain or the bias to cut out a garment that was designed for the length grain before? Let...

Move | Raise | Lower | Bust Apex Princess Seam

10/02/2021

Do you struggle to fit princess seam garments? Perhaps the princess seam feels in the wrong place? Too close to the centre, or too wide for your indiv...

Small Bust Adjustment Princess Seam

01/02/2021

Do you have a small bust or cup size? Then learn how to alter a princess seam pattern to fit your individual figure. In this tutorial you will learn h...

Full Bust Adjustment Princess Seam

29/01/2021

Do you struggle to get a garment to fit at the bust? Perhaps you have a fuller bust or larger cup size? Most patterns are drafted for a B Cup; which m...

How To Press: Ironing Tips for Sewing / Dressmaking

29/08/2020

Learn how to press or iron your garments and seams properly with our latest YouTube tutorial. In this video you will learn how to use professional tec...

Make Tulle Flowers

24/10/2018

Add a couture embellishment to a garment, create a simple corsage or add these flowers to a hat or headband. There are so many way you can use these s...

Tips for Cleaning & Caring

12/10/2018

Looking after your sewing machine is an important but often forgotten step. By cleaning, oiling and caring for your sewing machine you will prolong th...

Sewing for Beginners Series

12/09/2018

Learn a new skill this Autumn! Learn to sew with our new Sewing for Beginners series on YouTube. Every day in September and early October I will be la...

How To: SBA Side & Waist Dart

16/08/2018

Full Bust Adjustments get all the attention, but what happens if you need to do a Small Bust Adjustment? You may need a Small Bust Adjustment if the d...