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Intro & Basics

Take a browse around all the videos that are available to you as members. Each month the relevant sew-along and supporting tips will be added which will be accessible to you depending on which membership package you receive,

The introductory videos can be found together at the top here which may be relevant to multiple projects.

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Hints & Tips

Marking Notches

How to transfer markings from your pattern pieces to your fabric

Fabric Layout

Tips for laying out your pattern pieces on the fabric. What do the technical instructions mean?

Interfacing

What is interfacing? How do you use it?

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Marking darts

A quick tip to transfer dart markings to your fabric.

Sewing with stretch

Tips on your machine for sewing with stretch / jersey fabrics.

How to sew with lycra

Working with lycra in your projects

Buttonhole

Very brief demo showing a buttonhole on my machine. Please use your manual to set up your machine properly.

Buttons

How to sew on a button with two holes using a sewing machine.

Rolled hem

How to complete a rolled hem on an overlocker (serger)

FBA?

Explanation of how to measure your sewing cup size. This measurement will be used to decide if a full bust adjustment may be necessary and how much to amend the pattern by.

Raglan FBA

Method to increase the bust measurement on a top with a raglan sleeve.

Darted bodice FBA
 
Twin Needle

How to set up your machine to use a twin needle

Using a walking foot

How to use a walking foot on your machine

What is an overlocker?

Quick demo showing you what an overlocker (sometimes called a serger) looks like and what it does.

Coverstitch

What is a coverstitch machine? What is it used for? If you have one already there is a tip here for locking off the threads.

Monthly Projects

October: Wardrobe Staples

Luna

I hope you look forward to sewing your Luna trousers. 

Here you will find all the related video guides.

Happy sewing!

September: Variety

Montrose top

The last of the Variety packages is the Montrose top by Cashmerette. With a choice of cup sizes and a large plus size range, Cashmerette were the whole market once upon a time! I’m glad to see they have finally extended this pattern down to our classic size range so I can bring this one to my members. 

If you fancy making another one with a similar fabric to the one shown here in blue (Guipure lace) there are lots of tips on the Cashmerette website of how to do so.

You should find the link here to all my videos that will aid you to sew this top in our sheer fabric.

Happy sewing 

August: Wardrobe Staples

Mave

The supporting videos for the Mave skirt can be found here including gathering fabric, making button holes and all sorts of tips for working with this pattern. 

Happy sewing! 

July: Variety

Arlo

Enjoy making this sporty looking jacket this month in a ponte fabric with three length options. This jacket is actually designed to be unisex too.

Happy sewing 

June: Wardrobe Staples

Posie

I have spent weeks calling this top pattern Poise and didn’t realise it actually said Posie until after my fabric selection which turned out to be a sweet match! 

If you would like to show off your makes feel free to tag me on social media or post in the Facebook group, I’d love to see them! 

Happy sewing. 

May: Variety

Trillium

Shirring is actually something I have never done before! It seems to have made somewhat of a comeback in recent years and so I thought it would be a great addition and a new skill we could have a go at on this dress by Made by Rae.

If you need a hand with anything don’t forget you can contact me if or jump on the monthly zoom (see link at the top of members page) and make use of the general tutorial videos on the previous page too.

 

 

April: Wardrobe Staples

Ninni

I had a special request for some culottes and thought this pattern by Named was the perfect option. 

One thing that is great about this pattern is you could make it in a huge variety of fabrics for many different looks. Initially I was going to make these in a stretchy fabric but changed my mind to a summery crepe fabric while I was dreaming of the sun.

Beware! You really MUST read all the instructions before starting as there are different methods depending on the type of fabric you are using but this is not completely clear as you are following step by step. Mainly this applies to the waistband but some smaller steps also might trip you up along the way.

If you would like to show off your makes feel free to tag me on social media or post in the Facebook group, I’d love to see them! 

Happy sewing. 

Nova Jumpsuit

On first glance I thought this jumpsuit by True bias looked fairly simplistic but there are some more technical elements to the pattern too. 

I didn’t make any initial adjustments to the pattern, just cutting one straight size, so take a look at how that turned out with the fitting and what I might change for my next version.

These instructions follow view B which is the elasticated waist with the long leg length with elastic at the ankle. If you need a hand with this, the other view options or anything else don’t forget you can contact me if or jump on the monthly zoom (see link at the top this page) and make use of the general tutorial videos here too.

Happy sewing

Melville Cardigan (classic sizing)

Welcome to the guide to the Melville Cardigan and vest. You have different styles available for this pattern with a choice of cup sizes and the vest option has alternative lengths included too. These instructions follow view A, the cardigan with buttons, so if you need a hand with this or anything else don’t forget you can contact me if or jump on the monthly zoom (see link at the top of the page)

Happy sewing!

Fuller Cardigan (curvy sizing)

Welcome to the guide to the Fuller Cardigan. You have two views available for this pattern with a choice of three different cup sizes or mix it up like I did. These instructions mostly follow view B the rounded neck crop cardigan so if you need a hand with this or anything else don’t forget you can contact me if or jump on the monthly zoom (see link at the top of the page)

Happy sewing!

Style Arc have so many trousers to choose from and this one had some interesting details that I thought were perfect for the Variety month.

You may notice my tutorials this time may not always follow the instructions. As they are often bare bones and confusing I had a quick skim and did my own thing! So don’t forget you can contact me if something isn’t adding up and you need a hand.

Happy sewing!

We have this month a pattern from Style Arc with a woven fabric, instructions are limited so do check out the sew along to give you a hand as needed. For some reason Style Arc don’t appear to list the body measurements on their patterns so have a look here for the details on their website and you can also watch the video.

Some of the tutorials towards the top of the page will be helpful, for example sewing with viscose, darts, interfacing and rolled hem.

Happy sewing!

Our curvy Variety package this month uses a luxurious floral scuba fabric for this structured dress by Cashmerette. 

In addition to the tutorials Cashmerette have a fabulous calculator on their website to check which size you should start with (give it a go yourself first!) Click here to use the calculator.

Remember to message me any time if you need some assistance, ask on the Facebook group or pop along to the zoom session.

Happy sewing!

We’ve recently had to restructure how this members area was setup, since my growing back-catalogue of projects and video guides, all loading together on a single page was causing the page to time-out and not work properly! So instead we’re now in the process of splitting up the members area so each project has it’s own page! – But until then, please use the link here to find my previous projects. 

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