15th August 2019

Sewing a yoke

Adding a yoke creates a lovely professional finish!

1st August 2019

Blind hemming

A blind hem is the perfect way to turn up trousers, dresses or curtains

15th July 2019

Sewing with laminated fabrics

Today, laminated fabrics are available in many different weights and finishes and lots of fun prints and colours.

15th July 2019

Stitching techniques

There are some types of stitching for dressmaking that beginners may not recognise!

1st July 2019

Scissors

Your scissors are really important sewing tools.

15th June 2019

Lengthening and shortening patterns

For the perfect fit, you may need to change the length of some of your pieces!

1st May 2019

Hand sewing for beginners

No matter how much you enjoy sewing with your machine, there will always be a time when hand-sewing is needed.

16th April 2019

Bust adjustment

Most patterns are sized for a B-cup; if you need a different size, this technique is for you!

16th April 2019

Hip adjustment

Adjusting the hip measurement is one of the easiest ways to tailor your garments!

15th March 2019

Transferring pattern markings

Transferring pattern markings accurately is a key step in producing a well-finished garment.

1st March 2019

Pattern markings

Pattern markings help you to really understand your pattern's construction - here's how to read them!

15th February 2019

Pattern instructions

Work through your pattern instructions one step at a time, and you'll find the construction much easier!

15th February 2019

Pattern packaging

Once you've measured yourself, your pattern packaging will give you lots of useful information.

1st February 2019

Sewing with real or faux leather

You’ll find leather is actually quite easy to sew with if you follow just a few basic rules.

15th January 2019

Measuring yourself for a pattern

Always measure yourself before buying a dressmaking pattern, your actual measurements may not be the same as the dress size you’d buy in a shop!

14th January 2019

French seams

This seam conceals raw edges of fabric in unlined projects, and is often used with fine fabrics and organza.

8th January 2019

Sewing with stretch fabrics

An introduction to stretch!

1st January 2019

Half Square Triangles

Half square triangles, known also as ‘HSTs’ or ‘triangle squares’, are a popular, simple quilting block design.

1st January 2019

Trimming quilt blocks

Trimming your blocks and units for quilting not only make it easier and more accurate when you sew them together, but also creates a neat, professional finish with your final quilt.

7th December 2018

Piping

A strip of piping around a bag or across a pocket gives a professional finishing touch to your work and is simple to make yourself.

1st December 2018

Needle sizes

Needles vary in length, point shape and thickness depending on their purpose.

16th November 2018

Choosing your first sewing machine

If you’re buying a sewing machine for the first time it can be a bit of a mine field!

1st November 2018

English Paper Piecing

English paper piecing is an age-old technique for hand-sewing quilts.

1st October 2018

Making a square bag base

Sometimes known as a box base, this technique creates a neat, professional-looking bag base.

19th September 2018

Using printed patterns

These are my top tips for using printed patterns, like the ones from my Half Yard Sewing Club projects.

1st September 2018

Rotary cutting

Rotary cutter, rectangular ruler and mat: these three go together, and quite simply I use them to cut anything straight!

10th August 2018

Letterbox zip

The letterbox zipped pocket is fitted into the lining before the bag is constructed and can be made any size you like, as long as it is within the size of the lining.

10th August 2018

Applique

Appliqué is the method of applying a decorative fabric motif to your work.

10th August 2018

Magnetic clasps

These simple clasps don’t usually come with instructions, so here’s how to fit them.

10th August 2018

Bias binding

I use quite a lot of bias binding in my projects as it’s a simple solution to finishing off raw edges, and gives a professional finish to my work.

10th August 2018

Free motion embroidery

I really enjoy using this embroidery technique, to add texture to quilting projects, to attach applique shapes, to get creative with stitching artwork, but most of all, to have fun!

10th August 2018

Choosing interfacing

How do I pick the right wadding/batting or interfacing for my project?