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Make Your Own Body Double Workshop

I am excited to announce that I will be teaching a two-day workshop at Claire Tyler’s new Midhurst Sewing Rooms on 28-29th November. The Make your Own Body Double Workshop is one that you will love – once you get used to seeing your body double – because once created, you will wonder how you managed…

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Beyond Festival of Quilts – virtual event launch

Some really exciting news – the Beyond Festival of Quilts, virtual show has just been launched, starting with the Live Workshops that need to be prebooked now and that will take place during the period when the live event would have been (30th July – 2nd August). I have been working on this event for…

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Marilyn Monroe move over – Great British Sewing Bee week 9

The start of Movie Week saw the remaining four contestants making a Marilyn Monroe inspired halter dress with pleated skirt and then a 1920’s flapper dress as their final challenge. Both options meant sewing with tricky fabrics. I’ve a few tips and tricks to make these special fabrics easier to handle. Prevent curved and bias…

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Self Covered Buttons Made Easy

We saw the contestants of the Great British Sewing Bee tackling these nifty buttons, some of whom had a little difficulty. So here are my tips for simple success. I just love self covered buttons, they come in various sizes and mean that you can match a button to your latest project without having to…

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Top tips for Reuse, Repurpose and Recycling Garments

Last night we saw our intrepid contestants of the Great British Sewing Bee turning a mix of garments into a bomber jacket and the final challenge, turning sweater knits into a winter dress (which seams incongruous whilst we are having such sunny weather, but of course, this was filmed last year!).   Re-purposing old, previously…

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Sewing Bias-Cut Lingerie

This week on the Great British Sewing Bee, we saw the majority of contestants making their sleep sets from bias cut fabrics. Bias cut garments will follow your curves beautifully and are comfortable to wear, but sewing on the bias can have some tricky issues to contend with. I’ve put my top tips below.  …

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Boned Bodice – aka The Great British Sewing Bee

We saw the contestants of The Great British Sewing Bee tackling a boned bodice in their first challenge of week 5. It can be a tricky garment to make and so I’ve got my ten top tips to share.   Check the size you are to make and make sure it suits your measurements as…

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