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The Sheath Dress – Pattern Hack

We’ve been hacking our Sheath Dress pattern and are ready to share some ideas with you! This dress is such a good base to add your own personal style! For this pattern hack we are doing a few things: Cutting the back and front on the fold – ie no zip at the back Removing the facing and finishing the neck with self made bias binding Creating a panel at the front for contrasting fabrics Elastic waist at the back only Instead of splitting these out in to 4 tutorials we have done it all in one dress and it looks…

Making adjustments – The Sheath Dress

Looking more closely at our patterns, we are going to zoom in on each one for the next few weeks and show you how to make fit adjustments and even some fab pattern hack ideas!                                                              THE SHEATH DRESS The beauty of the Sheath Dress is the simple easy style, making this a great dress for a beginner. Not ready for zips? Choose the right fabric and you could even make…

Sewing Techniques – Sewing 101

There seems to be so much sewing jargon and often sewing pattern companies  assume you know your selvage from your grainline and what RS means! We’ve compiled an A-Z of sewing terms, pattern and illustration key explanations to put it all in one place for you plus we’ll update it whenever we have something new to add! PS – get your hands on one of our sewing patterns as these are included in lovely a5 cards inside the envelope! Shop our patterns here SEWING 101 B Baste – To “baste” is to make temporary stitching usually with a hand sewing needle…

Tracing Sewing Patterns

    When you buy a sewing pattern it usually comes with a few sizes all printed on top of each other. Once you find your size you would cut it out straight from the pattern sheet but what if you tend to go up and down in sizes or have a gorgeous children’s pattern that you would love to make for your child as they grow? You may have found a gorgeous vintage sewing pattern and want to keep it intact or are even wanting to use a sewing pattern out of a book – whatever the reason, tracing the…

Washi Tape Pattern Weights

Once you have seen how quick and easy these washi tape pattern weights are, you will simply need to have them in your life! All you need are some heavy duty metal washers and some washi tape. We used galvanized (finished) washers that were just under 4.5cm in diameter and 2mm thick and then just some standard washi tape. You could also use brightly coloured electrical tape too as this is super sticky and hard wearing. Stack your washers. We put two together but if you want some extra weight you could use three. Once they are stacked, cut yourself…

Guest Blogger – Anna from Let’s Get Sewing – makes The Day Dress

Anna, a blogger who writes her own sewing blog called Let’s Get Sewing, is such an inspiration to us! She is 14 and super talented! This girl sews like a dream!! She reminds us of our sewing youth and we have fallen in love with her style and lovely way. We sent her The Day Dress to try and have asked her to be our guest blogger… A few weeks ago, Lisa from The Avid Seamstress contacted me and asked if I would like to try one of their patterns, The Day Dress. The pattern is a really lovely classic dress…

To Toile Or Not To Toile?

Hello! We would like to introduce you to something called “toiling”…… no, we aren’t going to stop sewing and start gardening… .. we are going to show you how you can get the perfect size garment so that when you come to measuring and finding the right size you know where you can make adjustments. For those of you who are new to sewing a toile [“twahl”] is basically a mock-up or practice run of your garment using a cheaper but similar fabric to the one you intend to use in the final project. The reason people do this is…

DIGITAL PATTERNS

Our Digital Patterns have arrived!

Fallen in love with our patterns and want them right now without having to wait for the postman? We are so excited to announce that you can now purchase The Sheath Dress, The Day Dress and The Raglan Adult Dress as digital patterns! What is a Digital Pattern? Digital patterns are PDF files that you receive instantly (by email) after purchasing!  They are ready to print at home, a print shop or even at work (naughty!). You just need to be able to print on A4 paper (210 x 297 mm/8.3 x 11.7 in) or the equivalent size. Once printed, you simply…

Digital VS Printed Sewing Patterns

Hello! We hope you are enjoying our series that will arm you will all the knowledge and confidence to embark on your sewing journey or learn a few new things if you are already sewing! In our last post we touched on sewing patterns and gave you a guide on what to look for when buying a sewing pattern and all the important elements to look out for! If you missed it, have a read here This week we are covering printed vs digital sewing patterns: PRINTED VS DIGITAL SEWING PATTERNS It used to be that your only option was to…

Sewing workshops with the avid seamstress

The Avid Seamstress Workshops

We love sewing at The Avid Seamstress but you know what we love more? Meeting you! Come and sew with Lisa, the designer at The Avid Seamstress! Join our: private lessons Join a fun day or evening “This is a sewing machine” workshop at Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead and learn how to use a sewing machine and sew! Make the Sheath Dress in a fun filled “Dress in a Day” at Sew In Brighton. Simply click on the workshop image you are interested in and it will take you to the page with all the info and booking options!…