couture techniques

Winter Blues

13 November 2013
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I tend to plan most of my sewing projects before buying the fabric for them. This allows me to co- ordinate the garments I make into a cohesive wardrobe (or at least that’s the intention!) It also means I can calculate the amount of fabric I need and write a list of all the notions […]

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Tutorial: French Seams

13 February 2013
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French seams are without a doubt my absolute favourite seam finish. I actually get a little bit upset when I am working on something where they are not appropriate. They really finish off a garment so beautifully and I am completely pedantic about the inside of my garments. Obviously there are other finishing techniques that […]

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1950s Camel Coat | Vogue 1083

7 February 2013
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I don’t go clothes shopping very often, you are far more likely to find me at a Benefit makeup counter or in the Peter Jones yarn department! At the start of the Autumn, however, it occurred to me that I needed some staple, comfy, warm winter garments and went out on a couple of trips […]

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Baby, it’s cold outside…

2 December 2012
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Over the last week or so the temperature here in London has plummeted. It is freeeeeeeeezing; car frozen up in the morning, ‘are you sure the heating is actually on?’, fluffy socks and hot water bottle in bed, freezing. I love the winter but mainly when I’m inside somewhere warm with hot tea or mulled […]

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Bound Buttonhole Tutorial

7 August 2012
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  Bound buttonholes are a lovely way to add a couture finish to your fashion sewing projects. They are commonly found on heavier weight items like coats and jackets but also work beautifully on light-weight garments that have either a facing or a lining. Although they can seem fiddly at first and are a little […]

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