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cheats I'd. say that you ca11't get awa.y vvith are havi11g a shar1) 11air <)f clress1naking shears. Ar1d al'"'a)'S1nake sure .J'OU 11ave a nevv or sl1ru11 needle i11 )'Ot1r inacr1i11e. 'Tl1e 1nore y(JUsevv tl1e 1nore you'll get 1.1sed to the sou11ds. Witl1 a blunt needle it's al111ost like a lollder pt1ncl1ing or piercing noise, as the needle fights its vvay thougl1 tl1e fabric. 1\.11d lastly press, i1ress, press! 1'11ere is 110 substittite for having a good iro11 and irc>ni11g boarcl to press as you go. lt really cloes make the vvorlcl <)f clifference to your sevving resltlts.

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For more sty le advice from Emma. visit www.emmasladeedmondson.com or book a personal sty ling session at www.backofthewardrobe.com Emma will also be at September Fashion Week, showing how to k recreate London Fashion Week loo s moments after they emerge on ~he ' catwalk using only chari~y s~op finds. Visit www.charityfash1onl1ve.com to find out more.

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Let your kids be king and queen for a day with these regal fancy dress costumes Loyal subjects v\rill bO\!\T do\Nil \!\Then they see tl1is 1najestic couple. The robe, knickerbockers a11d gov\rn are easy to sew and the fake ft1r detailing gives the outfit a regal feel; jt1st add a cro\ru to co1nplete! For 1011ger 1~obes , sil11ply exte11d the pattern pieces to the desired le11gtl1.

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Go to www.sewmag.eo.uk/templates to download and print the templates. To make the king's robe, cut out a back and two fronts from velvet for t he robe and a back and two fronts from faux fur for t he cape, using the correct lines on the pattern pieces. W ith right sides together, pin and stitch the fronts to the backs for each fabric [1]. Tu rn right side out.

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Turn under lcm along the front edges. pin and stitch. Pin and stitch gold ric rac 1.Scm along t he edges. Hem t he bottom and neck edge of each fabric in t he same way. Pin and stitch the end of a length of ribbon to each side at the neck of the velvet robe [2]. Pin and stitch the fur cape to the velvet robe. w ith the right side of the fur next to the wrong side of t he velvet and raw edges even [ 3] . Flip the fur over and arrange around the velvet robe evenly

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To make the queen's robe. omit the fur cape. Press under and stitch a 1cm hem around the bottom edge and neck. and sew ri bbons for the t ies. Cut two strips of faux fur, each measuring Scm w ide and the length of the robe. Adhere down the front w it h craft g lue. positioning t he fur over the f ront edges for a neat finish. Leave to dry completely.

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Turn one leg right side out and slip it inside t he other. Line up the seams and pin and stitch a lcm seam around t he tops of the legs. Sew a second line of stitching to reinfo rce. Make sma ll snips in the seam allowance around the curve, being careful not to cut through the stitches. Turn right side out and press.

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less than the waist measurement. and two pieces slig htly less than t he calf measurement. Thread them through t he channels using a safety pin. Sew the ends of each piece toget her and stitch the opening closed.

malce a royal gown Using the gown pattern p ieces, cut out two of each piece from satin. W ith right sides together. pin and stitch an arm to a dress piece as indicated. t aking a lcm seam . Repeat to sew t he other arm piece to the same dress piece. Make small snips in the seam allowances and press the seams open. Pin and stitch the second d ress piece to t he arms in t he same way.

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W ith right sides together. pin and stitch lcm sea ms on the underside of the arms and down the sides of t he dress. Make small snips under t he arm s and press the seams open. Press under lcm at the neck edge. Pin and st itch all t he way around, leaving a small opening for t he elastic. Thread elastic t hrough this channel and stitch the open ing closed. Press under lcm at the hem of t he d ress and lower edges of t he sleeves; p in and stitch.

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To create the king's shoes, cut out buckles from gold felt using the pattern piece and glue onto trainers. For the queen's outfit, add bows instead.

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This Rio crepe backed satin dress fabric in vibrant fuchsia f rom Fabric Godmother would make a gown f it for a queen1Visit www.fabricgod mother.co.uk to order.

Finish off the royal robes with Minerva Crafts' Dalmatian animal print short p ile fur fabric. V isit www.minervacrafts.com or 01254 708068 to order.

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For this arid many more fun and wsy costumes for kids. check out Sewing Dress-up by Emma Hardy (£12.99. CICO Books), www.ryland peters.com


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Designed vvitl1 the novice stitcher i11 n1ir1cl, Do111il1ique by Tilly and the Buttons, feattu·es straigl1t sean1s ai1d ai1 elasticated '"raistline for easy fitti11g trouble-free clress111aki11g. It's a11 icleal first project J1atter11, but for i11ore experienced se1·vers, it makes the perfect one-l1011r project, ,,,rith plenty of design \ra.riations to cl1oose fron1. \i\Tl1ether yot1 fanc;>r a straigl1t or bias Cltt flared skirt, 1'.)ockets or an elega11t sa.sh, you can create your dreai11 skirt!

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If like us yo11're already a fan of tl1e e:x'tre111el;>r1Jop1tlar Betty dress pattern fro111 Se"v (}ver It, the11 YOlt're 0O'Oil10· b to lo\ e this clever patter11 ~1dd-011. The Betty Dress just l)ecame even more versatile \i\rith tl1ese additio11al eA.'i:ras inclt1ding a.\Tor scooped 11ecklir1e and tl1e optio11 of tl1ree-q11arter length sleeves or slee1reless. \!\litl1the11e1·vly draftecl pattern pieces for tl1e bodice f)·ont, you ca11 S\<var> the 01igi11al patte1'Jl l'.)ieces for the ne'"' 011es \i\ritl1 no extra.1.vork. Custo111ise your style for a.truly l1nic1ue garmer1t. 1

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D REAMY DR ESS Figure flattering fc:>r all 1 tl1e MJ1rtle Dress h:f Colette Patte1T1s ticks all tl1e right lJoxes. It featttres a beautifully dra.ped co\i\rl 11eckli11e ai1cl a.con1fortable and fig11re flattering shape. Tl1e elasticated 1vaist, fiovving gathered skirt anti. i~1-sean1 pockets n1ake for the perfect l'atter11. Decide bet<.·veen h.\ro hen1 le11gths and an actjustal'.)]e buttor1-011 shoulder tab. Myrtle Dress by Colette, £12.50, www.sewcraftyonline.co.uk

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Essentials • Plain cotton, 2Scm x 40cm • Patterned fabric, 25cm x 40cm • Contrast cotton, 40cm x 4Scm • Patterned fabric scraps • Quilt wadding, 2Scm x 40cm • Embroidery thread •Zip, 2Scm

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vvayto add style easilytl1a11 V\ritl1 a11 accessory that features a traditional appliqt1e design. This pretty patch-vvo1~1z piece by Lt1ciI1da Gancle1~ton is great for special occasions, dressed up or dovvn. 1\!Iake for a friend i11 their f'avot1rite colot1rs as the perfect gift.

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stitch a clutch Go to www.sewmag.eo.uk/templates to download the pattern. Using the petal template, cut nine shapes from patterned fabric. Fold each one in half lengt hways w ith the printed side innermost. and stitch across the top diagonal edge. Turn right side out, ease out the point and press. Lay out the petals in the correct colour order. Pin the first two together along the long edges. w ith right sides together.

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Using the bag template. cut a front. back. two linings and two pieces of wadding. Pin and tack the applique centrally to the bag front, lining up the bottom edges. Sandwich the bag f ront. a piece of wadding and a lining piece together. Tack rou nd the outside edge. Hand stitch down the outline of the applique. sewing through all the layers. Layer a back. wadding and lining for the other side, and tack as before.

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've got several leftover fab1i.c pieces under a metre ill my stash - are there ai1y garments I cru1 mal(e to use them up? Sarah O'Sullivan

Iuttesays Using up your fabric leftovers is essential if you want to keep your stash in check. There are some great patterns available that are perfect to use up small bits of fabrics. If you have any jersey hanging around. Kate Unde1·(10,\111 the Mabel skirt from Colette is a simple make and wardrobe staple. Another is the co-founder of great pattern is the Pneuma Tank from new online sewing community, The Fold Papercut Patterns. a simple top with a Line. Visitors can nod to sportswear that is a flattering search and review shape. Spring m ight feel like it's a long sewing patterns and way off but I bet you have some get top tips from colourfu l prints that need using up and the blog at there are a couple of simple summer www.thefold shapes that I really fancy trying, line.com including the Esther shorts by Australian company Tessuti Fabrics.

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Lisa Comfort set up the Sew Over It sewing cafe in Clapham, London in 2011 and recently opened her second store in Islington. She has also penned books, including Sew Over It Vintage (£15, Ebury Press). Find out more at www.sew overit.co.uk

Wedding days are made even more special When they're full of personal touches. I celebrated my own wedding day in December and although I knew I couldn't commit to sewing my own wedding dress, I did want to personalise it in lots of other ways. It was a winter wedding and I didn't want my beautiful bridesmaids to get cold, so I made them all little capelets to, keep them warm. I used the instructions in my book Sew Over It Vintage and it only took a couple of days before they were all done! Not one to be left out of the crafting, my husband made the groomsmen hand-sewn Liberty print ties. The whole wedding party looked stunning and it felt so nice to have that personal touch literally stitched into the day. If you're too busy to start wh.ole dressmaking projects, there are plenty of other ways to make a stamp on your wedding day. Think table runners, pocket squar es, or even embroidering initials into your bridesmaids' dresses can make the day feel extra special.

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There is nothing more empowering than making your own clothes. Not only can you choose the fabric and style you want, but you can also ensure the perfect fit! I can never get high street trousers or tops to fit me as I have long arms and legs. Even with commercial patterns. I have to make some adjustments to the orig inal which was a little tricky at first but soon became second nature. A fantastic system you could use would be the LutterlohSystem, also known as The Golden Rule. By just taking two measurements, your bust and hip, you draft out perfectly fitted clothes every time with a special tape measure. It's so easy you could get your children to do it! I love that the patterns are t he size of a large postage stamp and you get approximately 250 in an A5 folder. All you need to then do is enlarge the pattern usi·n g your special tape measure and your two body measurements. I'm running workshops on the LutterlohSystem at lnkberrow Design Centre throughout the year, so check out www.jenniffertaylor.co.uk for dates. To find out more about the Lutterloh-System, visit www.i-love-dressmaking.com

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This fully computerised 3/4 sized sewing machine is ideal for taking to classes due to its high-end build quality. Measuring just 17cm x 37cm x 26cm, and weighing 6.Skg, the Compakt SOOE integrates multiple functions into a single switch, making it simple to use even for the most inexperienced sewer. It has a bui lt-in automatic needle threader and drop feed, 40 stitch patterns, including automatic buttonholes, decorative st itches, applique and more, p lus a colourful contemporary design that would look great in any sewing room. The Alfa range also includes vibrant carry cases.

Perfect for basic alterations and repairs, this lig htweight and portable machine offers easy storage. W ith 14 stitches, buttonhole, zig zag and zipper feet, an LED sewing light and a top load bobbin p lus a great range of other accessories, it has a strong metal chassis, is easy to operate and delivers smooth, quiet sewing for a relaxing experience. The machine also comes with an instructional DVD to help novices get to grips with their new machine and has a three year warranty. This would be an ideal model for beginners and experienced occasiona l stitchers.

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Create texture and sparkle for perfect dress-up days 1"'he little angel in yotrr life will love transformi11g into a fairyt<-ile pril1cess vv1.tl1 tl1is simple, tie-011 tL1h1 tl1at has a n111ch-lo\red, icy tl1eme. Macle fro1n lightvveigl1t orgai1za, the skil"t \!\Traps arot111d tl1e waist and ties \\ritl1 satin i'ibbo11. Pe1~fect even for beginners, tl1is easy n1al\:e, easy \ vear skirt is great for helpi11g yot1r child's i1nagination grovv. 1

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Essentials • Organza or fine tulle, pale blue and white, 1.8m each • Blue ribbon, lcm x 4m, lOcm x 1.8m • White ribbon, lcm x 1.8m • Snowflake embellishments • Strong glue

Cutting guide • Blue organza: 38cm x 1.8m, 34cm x 1.Sm • White organza: 30cm x 1.8m

create a tutu Begin by measuring the waist of the child. Pin coordinating ribbon along t he bottom edge of each piece of fabric in the cutting guide, and sew in place using matching thread. Set your sewing machine to the longest straight stitch length, and sew two parallel lines o f stitching along the top of each piece of fabric. W ithout back stitching, cut the t hread to leave a loose end 12cm long.

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ownload templates online Essentials • Large floral print fabric, SOcm x width, small floral print fabric, 1m x width, green fabric, SOcm x width • Matching threads • Single-sided fusible foam • Cushion pad, 27.9cm x SO.Bern

Dimensions Tote: 41cm x 43cm Kneeler: 27.Scm x 66.Scm (including loop) Use a 6mm seam allowance throughout, unless otherwise stated.

Treat a keen gardener to this fabulous looking set! With the ai~1~ival of sp1i11g, 111a11y \ vill be p1~epa1ing to get ot1t in the garde11 for some inl1cl1-11eeded mai11te11ance after the colder n1ontl1s. Make it less of a cl1ore vvitl1 Stuart Hillard's gorgeous tote bag for stori11g tools, plt1s a comfortable padded kneeler. Sewn fron1 Amy Butler's lt1scious Dream \J\Teave1~ fabrics, they look so pretty that .)TOU 1nay \iVa11t to lzeep the tote for shoppi11g, and tui11 tl1e lmeeler into a living roo111 cusl1ion! 1

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Stit ch one of the 22.9cm x 45.7cm rectangles o f large floral print fabric to a 25.4cm x 45.7cm recta ngle of smal l f loral print fabric to make a piece measuring 45.7cm x 47cm. Repeat to make a second panel. then press the seam allowances open.

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Layer the two outer panels and the two 45.7cm x 47cm lining pieces in a stack. Go to www.sewmag.eo.uk/ templat es to download and print the handle template. Pin this to the top 7.6cm above the seam line and cut the curved edge only. A lso mark the handle opening on both out er bag p ieces but don't cut it open. Do not mark the handle opening on the lining pieces.

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''We havefinished counting up the votes and are deliglited to be able to reveal the zeJinners of.tlie Briti.'3h Sezvirig Awarcls 2015! We would like to tha1il£ all our reade1~s who voted in their thousands for their .favourite brands, i1idividuals and i1idepe1ident haberdashery stores across the UK- it's this that 1nakes these awards so i1npo1~tant to the sewi1ig indilstry. T;Vell done to all ou1~ dese1~ving zvinners!'' Melissa Hyland, Deputy Editor

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Debo1·ali Sliephe1·d, l"1°eative di1·ector, Jano1neUK IVIOST DESIRABLE SE'\l\TING MACHINE BRL\.ND "\i\rinner: <Janor11e 11ren1ory Craft i5000 ' ' 2 llt11111er up: Brotl1er In110,r-is V7 3rd Phlce: Brotl1er Innov-is XV BEST QUILTING SE\1\TING MACHINE BRAND '\Tim1e1·: ,Ja1101ne Ru1111e1· up: Berni11a 3rcl Place: Brother

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For Pleasure, NEC Birmir1gham 3r<l Pl~tce: Tl1e I\J.1itti11g & Stitcl1i11g Sl10'"'' Alexar1dra Palace, Londo11 Installation view of 'Voss: Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty at the V&A

FAVOURITE SEWING PERSONALITY

lVinne1·: So Sew Easy Rruu1er tip: Tilly and the Buttons 31·d i~tace: 11rinerva Crafts

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Describecl as tl1e 'ga.r den of England~ because of its abundant fruit-filled orcl1ards, Kent co1nbi11es pretty C<)astal towns vvitl1 tl1e grand city of Canterbt1ry. Historic Rocl1ester is a Ke11tish gen1 '\·vith an imposing castle, where you'll fi11d stitcl1ing sl1op CCB Sewi11g. Its friendl:y; kno,vledgeable team "\Vill help )'Otl cl1oose the best se,,ri.ng, e1nbroidery or knitting machi11es fi·o1n Bernina, Brotl1er, I-Il1sqvarna a11d Pfaff' selectio11s. Bri11g your macl1i11e here for a service or repair while yo11 lJrovvse tl1e colourful 11aberdashery section, or joi11 one of the n1any se,·viI1g courses available. Tl1e seasi<le resort of Bircl1iI1gto11 l1as a.family-fi·ie11dl)' beacl1 "\vith a pa.ddling pool and cafes. In the to"vn is Daisybuds Fabrics, a fal)lil)r-run shop that's created a crafty con1munit)r for its customers; its se1ving foru111 on 1-;'acebook has alm(>st 2,000 me1nl>ers shari11g stitching tips. 'fl1e sl1(>p is l)ttdget-frienclly ,,rith cotton popli11s from just £4.99 per metre, plus regttlar ren111ant sales. Fabric li11es iI1clucle Rose & I-I11bble, Fabric Freedorn, l\1icl1ael l\lliller Fabrics, and E Studio. rrl1e coastal tO,>\Til of Hytl1e is lined \·Vith beat1tiful old l)uiltli11gs, st1cl1 as

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Hampshire has an illustrious history as the seat of royal power in Britain's past. The picturesque town of Petersfield lies amid the spectacular scenery of the South Downs National Park. Based here is Sew Creative, a shop with a wonderfully buzzing atmosphere, thanks to its busy, open plan workshop space. As well as classes in the creative studio, you can learn in the sewing studio, which has new Elna sewing machines to use. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, it's no wonder the town of Fleet has been voted one of the best places to live in the UK. Here, vintage-themed haberdashery shop Sew Busy sells a gorgeous array of modern and quirky print fab rics, such as Ri ley Blake, Makower, Michael Miller Fabrics, Dashwood, Ti lda and Robert Kaufmann . The bustling market town of Alton contains the Curtis Museum, with displays of local crafts and dolls. Stitched By You is an independent fabric and haberdashery shop on Alton's high street, stocking co lourful cottons plus indie sewing patt erns. Try a class to make your own d ress, cushion, bag, hat or bra!

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£rr~x Essex 11as a ricl1 histor)', \vit11 its Ro1n an re111ai11s, Nor1nan castles a11d e,1e11 a tiny Sa..xon chapel i11 Brad,vell-on-Sea. It is also ho111e to Tl1e Franklin Group, 'vhiel1 has stores in Ips\\rieh, Chel1ns.ford, Do\rercourt and Colchester* ,.vith the Sero tean1 visiting the latter for Sew 8a:tl1rday last year! All four sl1ops boast av.ride range off[tbrics, 11aberd[tsl1ery, se,ving macllines from f\.lfa, Brother, Jano1ne, Jt1ki_,Ber11i11a and Brita.11nia, and u1ucl1111ore. Drop in for a bro,vse and speak to t heir kno,vledgeable staff, or try a class at the Chelmsfor(l or Colcl1ester O\.ttlets.

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Beautif11l countryside co,rers 11alfthis region, fi·<>m g,·reen valle:ys to chalk hills ai1(l coastal stretches. Cl1ichester, pa.ckecl '\>Vitl1 well-preserved Georgia11 bttildings, is J10111e to 13irdcage Bar11 Emporium, "vhich con1hi11es a i)assion for llpc)rcling ,.vitl1 a love of crafting. Al<>11gside ~l g1:0'\>ving ra.nge of fa.brics, it stocks buttons, beads, ribbons and bindings. 11:)' a ""ork:shop in pattern cutti11g, stitching, se"vi11g, k.i1i tting or felti11g. rr11e sl101) also hosts free C<>111mu11ity groups, -----------· sttch as Merry ~tlak.ers, a11d Knit and Natter. .!\lso i11 Chicl1ester is Clothkits, a.fah11lot1s, inoder n re,rival of a11 iconic Seventies brancl. C~lothkits n1ake dress111aki11g easy lJy re111c>vino-tl1e need for b pape1· 1Jatterns. l11stea.d, the patten1S are printed directl)r 011to qt1alit)r falJric, maki11g the111 suitable for beginner se"'rers.

1'HE F~i\.SI-ilC)N SCI-IC)OL B1·i,qlito11, 'rrai11ing the i1ext ge11eration of fashion designers: childre11 and tee11s, aged 6-18, lear11 all aspects of clotl1es 1n~tking. 1'Ty tl1e 1notl1er a11d da.t1gl1ter se,·ving '\>\TC)rksl1op. '"''"'v.thefashionschool-ttk.co111 TI-IE SE\iVING CLUB If.erne Bay, Kent Get tl1e girls togetl1er for a 'fa11cy pa11ts' afternoon se,ving part,y, crea.ti11g frilly unclies. '"'~11v.tl1ese,vi11gclt1b.co.uk

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Stunning coastline edged with imposing chalk cliffs and medieval villages make this county a magnet for visitors. The bustling town of Lewes contains The Stitchery, a fabric and haberdashery shop in the attic of a beautiful, riverside building. Stacked to the rafters w ith inspirational stock. this colourful, quirky shop has fashion fabrics, yarn, denims. poplins, floral georgettes, organzas. velvets. ribbons and buttons. Each staff member has a sewing spec iality, such as pattern cutting or costume making, so in sp iration and advice is readily available. In the elegant town of St Leonards-on-Sea, is Little Sew a·n d Sew. a wonderfully inviting space to discover the joy of sewing. You'll find pretty cotton fabrics from Robert Kavfman and Dashwood. plus plenty of colourful haberdashery. Try a beginner's sewing class. dressmaking or quilting lesson. Families can create beautiful objects together in the adults and children sewing group. In the bohemian city of Brighton, you'll find C & H Fabrics, a family business since 1933, with nine branches across the South East. Buy gorgeous dressmaking fabrics, choose from Simplicity, Vogue and Butterick patterns, patc hwork and quilting supplies, plus haberdashery, kitchen textiles, ready-made curtains, and cushions. Try a dressmaking class, a knitting workshop or a super-cool Tema ri making (embroidered Japanese ball) class.

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Pin the panel, f ace up, onto a 46cm square of heavyweight cotton o r blackout material and topstitch along the seam lines. Cut a second square of heavyweight fabric and stitch to the pane l. right sides together. along three sides.

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It ren1c>ves you, eve11 for a n1on1er1t, fr<)n1 all the other e\rer}rday tasks and responsibilities. .Nly '"'orkspace feels like a11 urbai1 barn, vvitl1 big vvoode11 trestles ii1 the ceili11g, sitLlated rigl1t il1 tl1e n1iddle of ai1indt1strial11eigl1l)OLtrl1ocJd in Brool<l}rn. I ain i11 clea11-t1}J n1ode rigl1t no"iv, throvving a lot of tl1ings a'"'a)r. Clearing ot1t stuff is difficult, I ain \rery se11timental, as I see pote11tial ir1 too i11a11y beautifttl tl1ings, inaki11g it a difficult 11rocess! Books ai·e al\·vays 11ard vvork, there is so n1uch tl1at goes into creati11g tl1e1n. 1-Ia"iriI1g novv vvorked 01110, Lotta .Jarisdotter Ever·y<Uiy ~CJtyle (£18.99, Stevvart, 'J'abori & Chai1g) '"'as stilljt1st as tot1gh as tl1e otl1ers, bl1t it's goo<i hard vvork. Working \i\ritl1 a.great team helped; m1 excelle11t photogra11her, a n1arvellous editor '"'110 is also ln)r cl1ildl1ood .f'rie11d, ai1d a \rery talented sea1nstress vvho trai1sfor111ed iny vision and style i11to i1atter11s. It's diffictllt to llame tl1e best JJart of 1vl1at I clo. I get to i11ake tl1ings '"ritl11ny 11ar1ds, tra,rel a lot, a11d I 11a"ile flexibility to decide n1y ovv11 scl1edt1le a.n d p1iorities. I like being 111y O\i\r11 boss and meeting the inc>st vvonderful pec>ple. I 11a\re taltgl1t 111}' surface design a11d i)rinting vvorksl1ops all C)\rer tl1e vvorld, fron1 France to India. 'Tl1is year I \vill l'e celebrati11g the 20 year am1i,1ersary of the Lotta ,Ja.nc;dotter brai1d! Also, I a1n creati11g inore fabric collectio11s '"rith Wi11dha111 Fal)rics ai1d my i1ext book, this tin1e '"'itl11)a11er 11rojects. I ar11 also '"'orkir1g 011 further l)edding ancl bag collectio11s - excitiI1g tin1es!


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