Category: Tutorials

  • Fun with Fit part 6: Sleeves and finishing up

    Massive apologies to anyone who has been following along with this Fun With Fit series and waiting for this final instalment. The unforgivably long gap since part 5 is down to various unavoidable life changes but nevertheless you have my sincerest apologies! Now lets talk sleeves… Having fitted our armscyes last time we are now ready […]

  • Fun with Fit part 5: fixing temporary discrepancies and fitting the armscye

    Hi everyone and apologies for the lack of post last week, we have been busy fighting off a grotty cold in our house. In this week’s fun with fit we are going to begin by addressing a couple of temporary issues that are the result of the slash and spread or slash and overlap approach we […]

  • Fun with Fit Part 4: marking up and sewing the toile.

    Hello everyone, welcome to part four of fun with fit, this week we are actually going to be working with some fabric at last! We need to begin by transferring all our markings onto our calico and cutting it out. It is very important that we transfer all of our darts and seam lines and our […]

  • Fun with Fit Part 3: horizontal pre-adjustments

    Hello and welcome back to another Fun with Fit. After taking our body measurements and making our vertical pre- adjustments last time we should hopefully be beginning this session with a fitting shell that has it’s bustline , waist and hipline in the correct positions for our bodies. We are now going to use a similar […]

  • Fun with Fit Part 2: tracing your pattern and vertical pre-adjustments

    Hello and welcome back to Fun with Fit! In this second session we are going to do the following: * Trace our fitting shell patterns and transfer ALL markings * Choose a cup size of B, C or D as a starting point and apply it to our bodice front pattern piece using the Butterick […]

  • Fun With Fit- Part 1: an introduction and gather your supplies

    Hello and welcome to Fun with Fit! Contrary to my tongue in cheek title and illustration, fit is a serious business in a dressmakers world. A well fitting garment is flattering and comfortable to wear but not always very easy to achieve. It can be quite tricky to pin point what exactly  is causing a […]

  • Lace cami re-fashion

    Those of you who follow me on instagram will have noticed that I have been going through a bit of a re- fashioning phase of late and have been updating various bits of my ready- to- wear wardrobe. I thought some of these projects would make nice little blog tutorials. In this one I will show you […]

  • Video Tutorial: How to apply Piping Cord

    Hello everyone, I  hope you all had a good weekend! A few of you mentioned you wanted to see a video on how to apply piping cord so I have posted one to my YouTube channel. I demonstrate with a cushion cover but a lot of the techniques apply to garments so hopefully it will be […]

  • Video Tutorial | Bias Binding Part 2

    Those of you that have been reading this blog for a while may remember a video I posted about making bias binding. Well it was always supposed to have a second part that showed you how I apply the binding to my garments and now it finally does! Woohoo! In this video I also cover […]

  • Pattern Hack Instructions | Deer & Doe Reglisse Blouse

    Hello everyone, hope you all had a good start to the week. Thanks so much to all of you who left such lovely comments on my last post, I decided to get right to it and post the details of how I altered the Deer and Doe Reglisse pattern into a blouse straight away for […]

  • Tutorial: Sewing with Silk

    After sewing with silk for quite a few projects recently I thought I would compile a little list of the things that I find make it a little less challenging. There are two chief things about silk that make it so pesky to sew with: it’s delicate nature and it’s tendency to slip and slide […]

  • Video Tutorial: How to make bias binding

    Bias binding features on a lot of my sewing projects, especially my lightweight summery style garments. I use it in a variety of ways on both the inside and the outside of my garments. It’s so simple to make with one of the little bias binding making tools and it is so much better to […]

  • Tutorial: How to draft a Peter Pan or flat collar

    A flat collar is incredibly easy to draft and a fantastic way to completely alter the character of a top or dress. In this tutorial I am going to take you through the process step by step so that you will be able to add a collar to your own project. I will be using […]

  • Tutorial: French Seams

    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 […]