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arm weather is so divisive isn't it? Some people love to run to the cool comfort of the sewing room and others ditch their machines in favour of being out and about in the sunshine. I try to strike an even balance between whipping up sun-appropriate clothing (read that as MORE DRESSES) and going on adventures in my me-mades. Recently I spent a lovely weekend in the garden working on a new embroidery hoop. With no technology in reach and the quiet sounds of children playing down the street, my cat rustling in the bushes and my partner pottering about indoors I found the whole experience very therapeutic. Being an editor is fabulous fun but it comes with a lot of questions, a lot of emails and a lot of typing; stepping away into sewing is my mental retreat.

Let it Bee! My latest hoop project

Even if I don't get a traditional sand and sun holiday this year I know I can recharge myself in other ways. In late July I'll be attending Alison Smith MBE's prestigious school of sewing for a bridal sewing workshop. It's a wonderful chance to indulge in couture techniques with like-minded sewists, and of course learn from a master seamstress. Also, a friend's wedding is just around the corner so I'll need to start my outfit soon. The idea is to pair a vintage silhouette with an abstract painted sateen from Minerva Crafts (www. but I can't quite decide on the design. I'm tempted to take a sewing stay-cation where I do nothing but sew during the day, and enjoy garden-based G&Ts in the evenings (#ginstagram). If I sound a little holiday obsessed, I simply can't help it: this issue has me so excited. Our cover gift would make an excellent beachy kaftan

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Denise ART EDITOR Denise is passionate about design, sewing, good food and fluffy cats. She has a keen eye for detail and knows how to work the latest trends into your craft room. See more at by_denisej

top, a charming nautical dress for exploring the English coast and a chic maxi dress for dinner out at the nearest taverna on your European travels. Our guest reader this month is Di Kendall, whose print-clash version (shown above and on page 23) shows off relaxed summer dressing at its finest, and a beautiful tan! Best book myself some time off asap.

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Bethany DEPUTY EDITOR Bethany loves nothing more than indulging in a quiet spot of cross stitch in her free time. She’s also the creator of the Make It Betty 'Sketch it Stitch it' notebooks available at www.makeitbetty.

Jenny EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Avid knitter Jenny has recently turned her skills to dressmaking with amazing results. She enjoys making everyday stylish clothes and more challenging cosplay creations. Follow her adventures at www.

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MISSES’ TUNIC AND DRESSES: Semi-fitted, tunic and dress have A-line TUNIQUE ET bust ROBES POUR JEUNE FEMME: Tunique trapèze, variations. A, B: Ribbon darts, neckline, and sleeve à pinces de poitrine, variations d’encolure trim. A, B, C: Side semi-ajustée slits. A: A, B, C: Contrast bands C: et de manche. Fentes Purchased latérales. cording. A: Bandes contrastantes. A, B: Galon de ruban. D: Purchased Perles beads. C, D: Stitched achetés. C, D: Ourlet C: Cordon acheté. C: hem. piqué. TÚNICA Y VESTIDOS PARA JÓVENES Y SEÑORAS: entallada, Túnica con pinzas línea A, semien el busto, variaciones Ribete de cinta. A, de escote y de manga. B, C: Aberturas laterales. A, Cordón comprado. D: A: Bandas contrastantes. B: Combinations: Y(XS-S-M), Cuentas compradas. C: C, D: Dobladillo SUGGESTED FABRICS: ZZ(L-XL-XXL) cosido a máquina. Cotton Blends, Sateen, Séries/Combinaciones: Dobby, Linen. Y(TP/XP-P/P-M/M), ZZ(G/G-TG/XG-T TISSUS CONSEILLÉS: TG/XXG) SIZES Cotonnade, Satin XS de coton, S TELAS Façonné, SUGERIDAS: M Toile de lin. L Mezclas de algodón, XL XXL 4-6 Satén de algodón, Labrada, 8-10 TAILLES/TALLAS TP/XP 12-14 16-18 20-22 A 45"*** Lino. P/P 24-26 1∫ M/M 1∫ G/G TG/XG TTG/XXG 1∫ 1π 60"*** 4-6 2 8-10 2∂ Yds. A 115cm*** 1∑ 12-14 1∑ 16-18 20-22 24-26 1∑ CONTRAST A - 45", 1∞ 1.50 1≥ 1.50 1≥ 60"*** 1.50 " 1.80 150cm*** 1.90 FUSIBLE INTERFACING - 1≤ yds. 2.00 m 1.30 1.30 1.30 A, C CONTRASTE A - 115, 1.40 1.60 1.60 m 18", 20" - 1 yd. 150cm*** ENTOILAGE THERMOCOLLA - 1.20m B 45"*** NT/ENTRETELA TERMOADHESIV 2≥ 2≥ 46, 51cm - 1.00m 2π 2π A A, C 60"*** 2π 2π Yds. B 115cm*** 1π 1π 2 FUSIBLE INTERFACING 2∂ 2.60 2π 2.60 2π 2.70 B " 2.70 150cm*** 2.70 2.70 m 1.80 18", 20" - 1∑ yds. 1.90 ENTOILAGE THERMOCOLLA1.80 2.00 2.70 C 45"*** NT/ENTRETELA TERMOADHESIV 2.70 m 2≥ 2π 46, 51cm 2π 3∞ A 60"*** B 3∞ 3∞ Yds. C 115cm*** - 1.30m 2∂ 2∂ 2∂ D 45"*** 2∞ 2.60 2∫ 2.70 2∫ 3∞ 2.70 " 3∞ 3.20 150cm*** 3∫ 3.20 3∫ 3.20 m 2.00 60"*** 3∫ 2.00 4 2∞ 2.00 Yds. D 115cm*** 2π 2.30 3∫ 2.40 FUSIBLE INTERFACING 3∫ 2.40 m 3.20 3∫ 3.20 3∫ 3.40 D " 3.40 150cm*** 3.40 3.70 m 2.30 18", 20" - 1∂ yds. 3.40 ENTOILAGE THERMOCOLLA2.70 3.40 3.40 NOTIONS: A, B: ∑" NT/ENTRETELA TERMOADHESIV 3.40 m or ∫" Ribbons: 6∞ yds. 46, 51cm for A, 4≥ yds. for B. Cording. D: Purchased AD C: 1≤ yds. MERCERIE: - 1.10m Beads. A, B: Rubans de 1cm ou 1.5cm: 6.00m pour 1.20m de Cordon. D: A, 4.40m pour B. C: Perles MERCERÍA: A, B: Cintas achetées. de 1cm o 1.5cm: 6.00m 1.20m de cordón. D: para A, 4.40m para Cuentas B. C: MESURES DU VÊTEMENT compradas. FINI/MEDIDAS DE Mesure à la poitrine/Contorn LA PRENDA ACABADA 45 49 o de busto 53 Ins. A, B, C, D 90 104 Mesure aux hanches/Contor95 115 125 50∞ 135 cm no de caderas B, C, D 104 109 118 Largeur à l’ourlet/Ancho 128 138 149 cm inferior D 147 152 161 Longueur - dos, votre 171 182 192 cm nuque à l’ourlet/Largo A de espalda desde la 81 nuca 83 84 B 85 87 88 109 cm 110 112 C 113 115 116 cm 95 97 98 D 99 100 102 cm 143 145 146 147 149 150 cm ***Avec

FINISHED GARMENT MEASUREMENTS Measurement at bustline A, B, C, D 35∞ 37∞ 41 Measurement at hipline B, C, D 41 43 46∞ Width, lower edge D 58 60 63∞ Back length from base of neck A 32 32∞ 33 B 43 43∞ 44 C 37∞ 38 38∞ D 56∞ 57 57∞

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80 PATTERN READING BASICS & FITTING ESSENTIALS 83 Claim your FREE dress pattern 87 Readers’ makes 88 This month’s exclusive reader offer 90 Skill building with Wendy Gardiner 94 Couture Sewing with Alison Smith MBE 96 COMING NEXT ISSUE Receive a £45 sewing pattern voucher from The Sewing Belle when you subscribe – see page 26 for further info

18 Your free McCall’s pattern gift – breezy summer tunic pack 30 Summer on a plate placemats 47 Sheer genius cover up 56 Just wing it embroidered clock 61 A case for pencils skirt 70 Patch perfect pouch & purse 78 Enter your pin teacup pincushion 84 Check please frill cuff dress 98 What’s the scoop ice cream treats ***Con o Sin Pelillo




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BODY MEASUREMENT S/MESURES/MEDIDAS SIZES DEL CUERPO XS S M L XL 4-6 XXL 8-10 12-14 Bust 16-18 20-22 29∞-30∞ 31∞-32∞ 24-26 34-36 Waist 38-40 42-44 22-23 46-48 Ins. 24-25 26∞-28 Hip 30-32 34-37 39-41∞ Ins. 31∞-32∞ 33∞-34∞ 36-38 Back Waist Length 40-42 44-46 15≤-15∞ 15≥-16 48-50 Ins. 16≤-16∞ 16≥-17 TAILLES/TALLAS 17≤-17∞ 17≥-18 Ins. TP/XP P/P M/M G/G TG/XG TTG/XXG 4-6 8-10 12-14 16-18 20-22 75-77 24-26 80-83 87-92 97-102 107-112 117-122 56-58 61-64 cm 67-71 76-81 87-94 80-83 85-88 92-97 102-107 112-117 99-105 cm espalda 122-127 cm 39-39.5 40-40.5 41.5-42 42.5-43 44-44.5 45-45.5 cm

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Welcome Love Sewing loves Upcycling Competition winners 15 minutes Carlos Correa Sewing room spruce Trim & tricks The Cocktail Hour Sew-along Reader review: McCall’s 7408 Fabric focus: Graphic fanatic SUBSCRIBE TODAY The dressmaker’s diary with Elisalex de Castro Peake Thrifty Stitcher with Claire-Louise Hardie Fabric focus: Floating on air Pattern picks: 20% off Simplicity Patterns! Shop of the month A brief history of Pyrm Shore thing: DIY swimwear Jade Earley the girl with the bright red hair This month I’m making Sewing workshops In the good books Swatch selector with Kerry Green Machine reviews DISCOUNTS & GIVEAWAYS Behind the seams with Wendy Ward Shop local and claim your free gift 20% off at Threadhead Fabrics

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Editor Amy Thomas Deputy Editor Bethany Armitage Editorial Assistant Jenny Riley Senior Sub-Editor Justine Moran Sub-Editor Kayleigh Hooton Senior Art Editor Denise Johnson Art Editor Simon Kay Junior Art Editor Sarah Edmondson Senior Product Photographer Tym Leckey Photographers Renata Stonyte, Amy Worrall Hair & make-up Nina Rochford Contributors Claire-Louise Hardie, Alison Smith MBE, Elisalex de Castro Peake, Wendy Ward, Jade Earley, Wendy Gardiner, Kerry Green

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Jenniffer Taylor

Sewing Bee contestant Chinelo is our freehand sewing guru this month with her chiffon cover-up project. We love her top tips for mini hems – read more on page 47.

With her new book, Sewing Bee contestant Jenni is showing sewing who’s boss with a range of clever projects that work for your home and wardrobe. On page 78 she shares her teacup pincushion tutorial.

Fiona Hesford

Carlos Correa

Fiona is the creative brain behind As a teacher and pattern maker, she loves all things dressmaking. Find her fun frill cuff dress and top on page 84.

Read our wonderful interview with Vogue Patterns designer Carlos on page 10. He’s spilling the beans on his favourite parts of the job. We’re so jealous! 5

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The patterns, people, fabric and finds getting us sewing this month

Abakhan branches out Where: 112 George St, Altrincham WA14 1RF Find out more about the launch and the busy programme of demonstrations at Abakhan has opened its ninth UK store with a brand-new two-storey shop in Altrincham, Greater Manchester. The fabric, yarn and crafting retailer unveiled the huge range of dressmaking, soft furnishing and quilting fabric, as well as haberdashery and yarn at the new location. Marketing Director Beth Abakhan said that the company was looking forward to expanding on its existing stores, which include sites in north Wales, Liverpool and central Manchester. Beth said that Altrincham stood out thanks to its "really vibrant high street… There’s already a real buzz around the opening of this store, we couldn’t be more excited!”

CROSS THE LINE Price: $18 (approximately £14) for the printed version and $14 (approximately £11) for the PDF Sizes: 12-28 and cup sizes C-H Find the full range of Cashmerette printed and PDF patterns at Make a summer top that can stand the heat with the new Webster pattern from Cashmerette. Featuring a hi-low hem and playful crossover back, this elegant design can be made as either a tunic or a knee-length dress in floaty lightweight wovens. It’s so dreamy we can see it becoming a wardrobe staple!


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That's a wrap Special Price: Paper pattern £11.25 Sizes: 8-24 Available at Sew Direct We love this breezy maxi dress so much we convinced the Sew Direct team to give you 25% off the RRP. Make it in cool challis with fluted sleeves or sew a lightweight jersey version with a tea-length hem. *Save 25% on Vogue 9251 when you call 0344 880 1263, quoting LOVESEWING42 before 17th August 2017. P&P charges still apply. Offer not available online.


25% on Vogue 9251


Dates: Saturday 30th September 10am to 4pm Location: Eagle Hall, Lincolnshire LN6 9HZ Price: £75 including all materials, equipment, mid-morning cake and a healthy lunch! Find out more details at www.needleand From a wooden summerhouse studio at the bottom of her garden, textile artist Katy Livings (Stitch & Sprig) creates magical quality dolls and rabbits, with beautiful attention to detail. Join Katy on a special class at Needle & Thread Workshops in Lincolnshire where she will work with you to construct your own doll or rabbit. A special workshop day not to be missed!

Sew lovely

Price: $8 (approximately £6.25) Shop online at Add these adorable bamboo buttons to your handmade creations. Holes around the outside of the buttons can be stitched in various patterns to match your style. They measure 3⁄4" in diameter and can be stitched using sewing thread or embroidery floss!


Price: PDF £9.50, kit £17 Available from The latest CocoWawa pattern release is the perfect treat for any little ladies in your life. The Mini Marshmallow Dress is designed for girls age 3 to 12 and is a mini replica of the women’s dress pattern by the same name. Creator Ana Valls explained, “After the success of the women’s pattern, several people contacted me interested in a version for kids!” You’ll find the pattern available online in English and Spanish alongside its big sister – which is now available as a printed pattern! 7

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Find out more at www.thegreatbritish Comedian, writer and TV personality Jenny Éclair has been announced as the host of this September’s The Great British Sewing Bee Live. The UK’s most exciting new dressmaking and sewing event takes place at ExCel London 21st – 24th September 2017. It features a 1,200-seat Super Theatre where Jenny will host two live shows a day featuring Sewing Bee judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young and contestants from past series.


Where: Victoria and Albert Museum, London When: Until Sunday, 18th February 2018 Tickets: £12. Free to members. Concessions apply. Further info can be found at and advance booking is recommended. Examining the work and legacy of influential Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, this exhibition features over 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’ of couture, his protégées and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative tradition. The exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian and the 80th anniversary of the opening of his famous fashion house in Paris.

Stitchers gonna

STITCH The cross stitch and embroidery we’re loving this month

Bethany Deputy Editor


I’ve gone for an animal theme in this month’s column and I couldn’t miss out the amazing new animal ear embroidery hoops from DMC. How cute are these? There are 10cm wooden cat, bear and bunny ear options to have a play around with and you can use them however you want. The temptation to stitch an adorable little face is obviously there but you could instead fill the hoop with a scrap of your favourite fabric to brighten up your wall. Available for £13.99 each from


Practise your cross stitch or inspire the kids in the summer holiday to get creative with these teeny tiny wooden animal figures. Each of the kits comes with yarn and a needle, and all you need to do is come up with a jumper design to stitch onto your new animal pal. Perfect for stitching on the go. £13.90 from


Did you see the stunning peacock embroidery hoop in issue 41? If you’re a fan of Chloe Redfern's fabulous embroidery, then you need to take a look through her instant PDF patterns. We love this blue tit design, and the ninepage pattern teaches you everything you need to know to get started and master all the different stitches. Download yours for £4.80 from


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Alison Webb wins ÂŁ100 of sewing accessories from Korbond plus a workshop with Jenniffer Taylor for her clever use of shredded fabric!


Lorna Richardson also wins a sewing accessory bundle from Korbond in a retro sewing basket for her clever curtain-tocoat transformation

As much as we love buying new fabric it can turn into a costly addiction so we also love to use materials we can salvage from around the home to sew things too. Earlier this year The Sewing Directory teamed up with upcycler extraordinaire Jenniffer Taylor to challenge you to sew something using household textiles. Love Sewing Editor Amy was proud to join the team as a judge for the competition and can now announce the winners:


Gemma Rae wins a sewing accessory bundle from Korbond in a retro sewing basket for her picturesque cushion


Denise Thomas is joining the Love Sewing club with a free subscription, for her stunning beaded lace confirmation dress


Vicky Myers wowed us with her denim dress refashion and wins a Sew Simple pattern bundle

The following runners up will all receive a copy of Jenniffer's new book, Girl With a Sewing Machine Andrew Myles, Anne Zarb, Jolene Gelder, Jane Tuck, Amanda Gunney, Jane Rance, Natalie Keaney, Natalie Hazelton, Stephanie Hughes and Helen Wright

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By design CARLOS CORREA We chatted to Carlos about his role as a Vogue Patterns designer, creative passion and what's it's like to be on camera

simultaneously. I'm responsible for the design and development of the various styles, and work with many teams to set the production processes and finalise those fabulous photo samples. Fortunately everyone here is like family. We all aspire to put together the best product possible. What part of your work day-to-day do you find the most enjoyable? Is it planning the year? Perhaps seeing the finished samples? I love collaborating with the patternmakers, dressmakers and the folks in marketing and merchandising; all of it really. Checking new patterns made up in muslin for the first time gives me a lot of satisfaction.

What makes me happy is to sew for the women in my life


tep inside the world of Carlos Correa, pattern designer and fashion enthusiast. In his role as Vogue Patterns designer, Carlos is surrounded by a fabulous world of sketches, toiles and gorgeous finished garments. We asked him to spill the beans on what it's like to work with such a talented team. Our readers are big fans of The McCall Pattern Company and would love to hear more about what it’s like to be a designer for the illustrious Vogue patterns. It's very enjoyable but very demanding! On any given day I’m working on three collections

I’m sure they all hold a special place but do you have a favourite design from the spring collection? I'd say V9243 - it's a Vogue Easy Options top. I love all those beautiful sleeves! It features princess seams for a great fit and finishes with bias tape. Choosing which sleeve variation to make is the fun part of this pattern. It's available in sizes 6-14 and 14-22. We’d love to know when fashion started to play an important role in your life? Did you grow up idolizing any fashion greats? My interest in clothes and fashion began at a very young age. My mother and four sisters all sewed and they loved high fashion. Classic 1950s' haute couture designs by Dior, Givenchy and especially Balenciaga were a huge source of inspiration to me.


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Try Carlos's pattern pick from the new season collection! Vogue 9243 is available at priced £15

Carlos Correa Carlos joined The McCall Pattern Company in 1992 and as a designer for Vogue oversees hundreds of designs that eventually become available for you to buy and make at home. Find the latest Vogue Patterns designs on the Sew Direct website

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We recommend visiting the McCall Pattern Company Facebook page where you can watch videos of Carlos in action, showing off the garments in fine detail. Visit mccallpatterncompany to watch live, hear all the news and share your latest make with the team

You’re clearly a skilled designer but how often do you get to sew for yourself, if at all? I can sew as well as make patterns but other than alterations I seldom sew my own clothes. What makes me happy is to sew for the women in my life. I’ve made prom dresses for all my nieces. Finally, the Facebook Live videos you’ve been taking part in are wonderful. Were you nervous being on camera? Thank you. Very nervous indeed! The amazing team of people behind the scenes helped me get over my nerves.

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Yummy delight

Chic and classy

The strong magnets inside these polymer pincushions will help to keep your workspace tidy, though best keep some real treats to hand so you aren’t tempted to taste them! Available in a variety of colours. £9.99 per doughnut, www.ohsewquaint.

Bring an extra touch of style to your sewing room with this elegant mannequin pincushion. Why not use it to drape some gorgeous ribbon over too? £13.75, www.

PERFECT PINCUSHIONS Keep your pins safe with these fun pincushions to make or buy

Happy tweeters

Sew your own adorable birds with this Ellie Mae Designs pattern (K0237). It includes four different feathered friends with pretty contrasting panels – the perfect way to use up fabric scraps in a quick evening make. Paper pattern £8.99,

Home sweet home

Crafting supplies from Cath Kidston never fail to make us smile with their cute designs and soft colour palettes. This novelty house pincushion will make you smile every time you use it! £8,

Traditionally tropical

A traditional twist on the popular pineapple, this carefully quilted pincushion will fit neatly into your sewing box, or look great left on your sewing table between projects. £8.49,


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TRIM & Turquoise, white and blue rickrack, £1.40 per metre,

Neon braid fedora, £20,

Mystic tunic dress, £45,

Trim &

Tassels, £1.10 each,

TRICKS Add a playful touch to your summer wardrobe with our pick of the cutest tassels and trim around

Abigail Ahern cushion, £45,

Sonny embroidered-slogan sunhat, £17,


TRIM Pink, cerise and white rickrack, £1.40 per metre,


TASSELS Tassel swimsuit, £35,

Bright pink rickrack, 44p per metre, Laurie tassel jute clutch bag, £49.95,


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Navy pompom kaftan, £22,

Matthew Williamson cushion, £25,



Aqua mini pompom trim, £1.20 per metre, www.the village

Yellow large pompom trim, £1.50 per metre,

Multicoloured pompom trim, £8.50 per metre,

Floozie by Frost French 'Love' bag, £25, 15

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The cocktail hour

Follow the fabulous blogger tour, chat with your favourite sewists and see pattern reviews at


Have you joined in with The Cocktail Hour yet? It’s a fun opportunity for sewists to come together and ‘sip and sew’! We’re thrilled to have Rachel and Kate from The Fold Line to share all the news from the fun blogger tour. So, who’s been sewing some DIY glamour this month?

Jen Sanders Gingerella

Jen made a very glamorous version of Vogue 1537 from a blue and gold silk brocade, which she lined with gold faux silk habutai. Jen also underlined the brocade to give it more support. The pattern comes with the option to make a shift dress with French darts and a side zip opening. There is also the option to make a co-ordinating coat with button front, princess seams and patch pockets.

Nina Chang





n March, The McCall Pattern Company in the UK chose 20 of its most popular Vogue patterns perfect for wearing while sipping cocktails. A contribution from every pattern sold in the inspirational edit will go towards supporting The Eve Appeal charity. Find out how to take part, plus read all about upcoming events at

Nina was immediately drawn to making Vogue Patterns 1484 for The Cocktail Hour because of the organza yoke, pointed collar and shaped hemline. The dress uses four different fabric types – two for the contrasting body panels, one for the collar and sleeve bindings, and lastly organza for the upper bodice and sleeves.

After making a toile to get a good fit, Jen made a few adjustments including cinching in at the waist to make the shift dress more fitted and pinching some length out of the back. She also repositioned and resized the straps across the back of the dress. A perfect cocktail dress to #sipandsew! www.gingerella.wordpress. com/2017/06/09/cocktail-hourvogue-1537-giveaway/

With so much fabric to co-ordinate, Nina had to spend quite a bit of time choosing. The tropical fabric that caught her eye was a printed cotton by John Kaldor, which she then used to match co-ordinating solids for the other dress panels, binding and collar. After making a toile, Nina made some fitting adjustments and took her time over inserting the zip into the organza. The result is a fabulous cocktail dress, which has been colour co-ordinated to perfection! www.thumblenina.wordpress. com/2017/05/26/cocktail-hourvogue-1484-and-a-giveaway/


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Your free


Pick and


Keep your options open with this great pattern pack. Mix and match the lengths, sleeves and vents to create a custom look that will take you anywhere. Don’t forget McCall’s patterns come with foolproof step-by-step guides to make sewing a breeze

This maxi is the perfect canvas for a bold fabric choice. Minimal seam lines mean a detailed print won’t be broken up awkwardly.

We used:

Blue and pink floral-print linen, £6.95 per metre

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Pink, cerise and white linen-look cotton, £3 per metre

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Colour-block with confidence by sewing the bands and plackets in a contrasting colour. We created a hip vent by sewing the placket on the inside! M7408

MISSES’ TUNIC AND DRESSES: Semi-fitted, A-line TUNIQUE ET ROBES POUR JEUNE FEMME: Tunique trapèze, semi-ajustée tunic and dress have bust darts, neckline, and sleeve à pinces de poitrine, variations d’encolure et de manche. A, B: Galon de ruban. variations. A, B: Ribbon trim. A, B, C: Side slits. A: A, B, C: Fentes latérales. A: Bandes contrastantes. C: Cordon acheté. C: Contrast bands C: Purchased cording. D: Purchased Perles achetés. C, D: Ourlet piqué. beads. C, D: Stitched hem. TÚNICA Y VESTIDOS PARA JÓVENES Y SEÑORAS: Túnica línea A, semientallada, con pinzas en el busto, variaciones de escote y de manga. A, B: Ribete de cinta. A, B, C: Aberturas laterales. A: Bandas contrastantes. C: Cordón comprado. D: Cuentas compradas. C, D: Dobladillo cosido a máquina.

Combinations: Y(XS-S-M), ZZ(L-XL-XXL) Séries/Combinaciones: Y(TP/XP-P/P-M/M), ZZ(G/G-TG/XG-TTG/XXG) SUGGESTED FABRICS: Cotton Blends, Sateen, Dobby, Linen. TISSUS CONSEILLÉS: Cotonnade, Satin de coton, Façonné, Toile de lin. TELAS SUGERIDAS: Mezclas de algodón, Satén de algodón, Labrada, Lino. SIZES XS S M L XL XXL TAILLES/TALLAS TP/XP P/P M/M G/G TG/XG TTG/XXG 4-6 8-10 12-14 16-18 20-22 24-26 4-6 8-10 12-14 16-18 20-22 24-26 A 45"*** 1∫ 1∫ 1∫ 1π 2 2∂ Yds. A 115cm*** 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.80 1.90 2.00 m 60"*** 1∑ 1∑ 1∑ 1∞ 1≥ 1≥ " 150cm*** 1.30 1.30 1.30 1.40 1.60 1.60 m CONTRAST A - 45", 60"*** - 1≤ yds. CONTRASTE A - 115, 150cm*** - 1.20m FUSIBLE INTERFACING A, C ENTOILAGE THERMOCOLLANT/ENTRETELA TERMOADHESIVA A, C 18", 20" - 1 yd. 46, 51cm - 1.00m B 45"*** 2≥ 2≥ 2π 2π 2π 2π Yds. B 115cm*** 2.60 2.60 2.70 2.70 2.70 2.70 m 60"*** 1π 1π 2 2∂ 2π 2π " 150cm*** 1.80 1.80 1.90 2.00 2.70 2.70 m FUSIBLE INTERFACING B ENTOILAGE THERMOCOLLANT/ENTRETELA TERMOADHESIVA B 18", 20" - 1∑ yds. 46, 51cm - 1.30m C 45"*** 2≥ 2π 2π 3∞ 3∞ 3∞ Yds. C 115cm*** 2.60 2.70 2.70 3.20 3.20 3.20 m 60"*** 2∂ 2∂ 2∂ 2∞ 2∫ 2∫ " 150cm*** 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.30 2.40 2.40 m D 45"*** 3∞ 3∞ 3∫ 3∫ 3∫ 4 Yds. D 115cm*** 3.20 3.20 3.40 3.40 3.40 3.70 m 60"*** 2∞ 2π 3∫ 3∫ 3∫ 3∫ " 150cm*** 2.30 2.70 3.40 3.40 3.40 3.40 m FUSIBLE INTERFACING D ENTOILAGE THERMOCOLLANT/ENTRETELA TERMOADHESIVA D 18", 20" - 1∂ yds. 46, 51cm - 1.10m NOTIONS: A, B: ∑" or ∫" Ribbons: 6∞ yds. for A, 4≥ yds. for B. C: 1≤ yds. MERCERIE: A, B: Rubans de 1cm ou 1.5cm: 6.00m pour A, 4.40m pour B. C: Cording. D: Purchased Beads. 1.20m de Cordon. D: Perles achetées. MERCERÍA: A, B: Cintas de 1cm o 1.5cm: 6.00m para A, 4.40m para B. C: 1.20m de cordón. D: Cuentas compradas. MESURES DU VÊTEMENT FINI/MEDIDAS DE LA PRENDA ACABADA Mesure à la poitrine/Contorno de busto A, B, C, D 90 95 104 115 125 135 cm Mesure aux hanches/Contorno de caderas B, C, D 104 109 118 128 138 149 cm Largeur à l’ourlet/Ancho inferior D 147 152 161 171 182 192 cm Longueur - dos, votre nuque à l’ourlet/Largo de espalda desde la nuca A 81 83 84 85 87 88 cm B 109 110 112 113 115 116 cm C 95 97 98 99 100 102 cm D 143 145 146 147 149 150 cm FINISHED GARMENT MEASUREMENTS Measurement at bustline A, B, C, D 35∞ 37∞ 41 Measurement at hipline B, C, D 41 43 46∞ Width, lower edge D 58 60 63∞ Back length from base of neck A 32 32∞ 33 B 43 43∞ 44 C 37∞ 38 38∞ D 56∞ 57 57∞

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Adding a lace-up front to this tunic gives a nautical twist to the pattern. Eyelet kits are inexpensive, and easy to use with our handy tips!

 First things first... you should always interface the area to which you want to add an eyelet. This is to help with the strain of the ties you're weaving through them. On our version of McCall's 7408 the placket piece is interfaced which is sufficient support.  Try a test using scrap fabric but make sure it's the same thickness and type of fabric, and interfaced the same way as your garment.  Cut a hole in the material where you want the eyelet to go. Place the eyelet on the fabric and, using a fabric pencil, mark a dot in the centre. Snip a small cross first using embroidery scissors, then you can round it off. You can also use an awl to start the hole and then snip it further.  The kit we used included a hole cutter. To use this, place the two metal pads into the tool, close around your fabric and hammer lightly on top. It will cut a perfect circle in your fabric but this is much harder to keep central. Remember to hold the hammer directly above the tool, 90Ëšfrom the table.

 Push the eyelet through the hole you have made from the RS and lay RS down. You may need to wiggle it into place. (An easy way to tell which is the eyelet, is to look for a taller stem than the washer.)

Remember the finished measurements are printed on the pattern tissue! This helps you pick the perfect size  Place the bottom washer loosely over the top on the WS.  Our kit included a hand press tool which has a detachable plastic cup. These cups are sized to match your eyelet size, meaning you can easily swap when working on different projects.

 Looking at the tool, you'll need to place the front of the eyelet into the circular space. The tool has a flexible arm

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that should then bend around to the WS and the side of the tool with the small mountain inside should sit over the washer.

 Holding the arm of the tool carefully, use a hammer to tap the end which forces the stem of the eyelet to gently curl back trapping the washer in place. Voila!

Use cord or ribbon for terrific ties

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Say hello to Diane at With two geometric designs I needed to take care with pattern placement. Lengthening the tunic top without adding width, raising the armhole and making an insert to go behind the front opening were challenges I faced. The pattern came together easily. The diagrams for the external faced openings I've used a lot of McCall's patterns and was confident about what size to make. At 5'2" and with measurements of 40:32:42", I match with a size 18. Yet I always make a size 14! I like to get the bust and shoulder area to fit well as they act as a scaffold for most garments, so I made a mock up. With the armholes unfinished I could see my bra, and the front faced opening revealed more than I was comfortable with! After a few tweaks I got these issues addressed. The design of McCall's 7408 has a 60s kaftan feel and it works with or without sleeves and has the option of a contrast border and three lengths. Always up for a challenge, I said yes and Editor Amy offered me two co-ordinating cotton fabrics from the Gutermann Marrakech range (, which turned out to be a delight to work with.

semi-ajustée FEMME: Tunique trapèze, ET ROBES POUR JEUNE B: Galon de ruban. Semi-fitted, A-line TUNIQUE d’encolure et de manche. A, MISSES’ TUNIC AND DRESSES: à pinces de poitrine, variations C: Cordon acheté. C: darts, neckline, and sleeve A: Bandes contrastantes. tunic and dress have bust A: A, B, C: Fentes latérales. trim. A, B, C: Side slits. achetés. C, D: Ourlet piqué. variations. A, B: Ribbon Túnica línea A, semicording. D: Purchased Perles JÓVENES Y SEÑORAS: Contrast bands C: Purchased TÚNICA Y VESTIDOS PARA y de manga. A, B: el busto, variaciones de escote contrastantes. C: beads. C, D: Stitched hem. entallada, con pinzas en Aberturas laterales. A: Bandas Ribete de cinta. A, B, C: cosido a máquina. compradas. C, D: Dobladillo Cordón comprado. D: Cuentas ZZ(G/G-TG/XG-TTG/XXG) Toile de lin. Séries/Combinaciones: Y(TP/XP-P/P-M/M), Satin de coton, Façonné, ZZ(L-XL-XXL) Labrada, Lino. TISSUS CONSEILLÉS: Cotonnade, Combinations: Y(XS-S-M), Linen. de algodón, Satén de algodón, Cotton Blends, Sateen, Dobby, TELAS SUGERIDAS: Mezclas TG/XG TTG/XXG G/G SUGGESTED FABRICS: M/M P/P 24-26 TAILLES/TALLAS TP/XP 20-22 16-18 XXL XL 12-14 L 8-10 M 4-6 S 2.00 m XS 1.90 1.80 24-26 SIZES 1.50 1.50 1.50 12-14 16-18 20-22 8-10 1.60 m 115cm*** 4-6 1.60 1.40 2∂ Yds. A 1.30 2 1.30 1π 1∫ 1.30 1∫ 150cm*** 1∫ " 1≥ 45"*** A 1≥ - 1.20m 1∞ 1∑ 1∑ A, C 1∑ CONTRASTE A - 115, 150cm*** 60"*** NTRETELA TERMOADHESIVA - 1≤ yds. ENTOILAGE THERMOCOLLANT/E CONTRAST A - 45", 60"*** 2.70 m A, C 46, 51cm - 1.00m 2.70 2.70 FUSIBLE INTERFACING 2.70 2.60 2.60 2.70 m 115cm*** 2.70 2.00 2π Yds. B 18", 20" - 1 yd. 1.90 2π 1.80 2π 2π 1.80 2≥ B 150cm*** 2≥ " 2π 45"*** B 2π NTRETELA TERMOADHESIVA 2∂ 2 1π 1π ENTOILAGE THERMOCOLLANT/E 60"*** 3.20 m B 46, 51cm - 1.30m 3.20 3.20 FUSIBLE INTERFACING 2.70 2.70 2.60 2.40 m 115cm*** 2.40 2.30 3∞ Yds. C 18", 20" - 1∑ yds. 2.00 3∞ 2.00 3∞ 2π 2.00 2π 3.70 m 150cm*** 2≥ 3.40 " 3.40 2∫ 45"*** C 3.40 2∫ 3.20 2∞ 2∂ 3.20 2∂ 3.40 m 115cm*** 2∂ 3.40 Yds. D 3.40 4 60"*** 3.40 3∫ 2.70 3∫ 3∫ 2.30 3∞ D 150cm*** 3∞ " 3∫ 45"*** D 3∫ NTRETELA TERMOADHESIVA 3∫ 3∫ 2π 2∞ ENTOILAGE THERMOCOLLANT/E 60"*** B. C: D 46, 51cm - 1.10m 6.00m pour A, 4.40m pour FUSIBLE INTERFACING A, B: Rubans de 1cm ou 1.5cm: 18", 20" - 1∂ yds. yds. for B. C: 1≤ yds. MERCERIE: achetées. Ribbons: 6∞ yds. for A, 4≥ 1.20m de Cordon. D: Perles A, 4.40m para B. C: NOTIONS: A, B: ∑" or ∫" de 1cm o 1.5cm: 6.00m para MERCERÍA: A, B: Cintas Cording. D: Purchased Beads. compradas. ACABADA 1.20m de cordón. D: Cuentas FINI/MEDIDAS DE LA PRENDA MESURES DU VÊTEMENT de busto 135 cm Mesure à la poitrine/Contorno 125 115 104 95 90 A, B, C, D de caderas 149 cm Mesure aux hanches/Contorno 138 128 118 109 104 B, C, D inferior 192 cm Largeur à l’ourlet/Ancho 182 171 161 152 147 desde la nuca D à l’ourlet/Largo de espalda cm 88 Longueur - dos, votre nuque 87 85 84 83 81 116 cm A 115 113 112 110 109 102 cm B 100 99 98 97 95 150 cm C 149 147 146 145 143 Pelillo D


FINISHED GARMENT MEASUREMENTS Measurement at bustline 41 37∞ 35∞ A, B, C, D Measurement at hipline 46∞ 43 41 B, C, D Width, lower edge 63∞ 60 58 D neck Back length from base of 33 32∞ 32 A 44 43∞ 43 B 38∞ 38 37∞ C 57∞ 57 56∞ D

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In issue 43, Sarah reviews See more of my version over on the blog, as well as my wearable toile version! This is a really versatile pattern. I omitted the sleeves as they're very wide, but they'd be lovely in a soft voile or crepe de chine. The lower edge for each view is almost straight and a border print would look amazing, perhaps turning the side facings to the inside? on the sleeves are really small; I'd advise you to look at the instructions for the side vents as they are identical, but with larger diagrams. I avoided all the slip stitching by finishing the contrast pieces on the right side, covering the edges with ribbon trim. The pattern says to use ribbon, but it's really hard to get it to lie flat round the curved pieces. I used a soft grosgrain ribbon and had to steam it into shape – bias binding would have been easier!

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The Dressmaker's With Elisalex

DIARY Elisalex creates a floaty wrap skirt perfect for hot summer days


round about this time of year, heatwaves come and they hit us like we’ve never seen a ray of sunshine in our lives. Everything stops. People call in sick and play dead in their local park, clutching warm beer and tanning oil. Corner shops suddenly run out of water and ice, sales of Pimm’s skyrocket and, in true Brit style, we still find a way to complain about the weather!

Spot on!

Use viscose, cupro or crepe de chine for maximum drape or try cotton lawn for a more stable fabric that won't shift as you sew

Last week we were moaning about the rain and wondering if summer was ever going to show up this year. Now we’re too hot. Too sticky. Surely it's the hottest day since hot days were invented? I couldn’t possibly get a single thing done and just want to walk around naked with a gigantic fan directed at my face while I crunch on a bottomless Calippo. Can you tell that I’m actually melting in a pool of my own sweat as I write this?? Sadly, I can’t walk around my flat completely naked (I have great big windows that the people across the street can see straight through). So I’m thinking that a floaty, breezy, fuss-free wrap skirt, worn with a bikini top, will have to suffice. And preferably one that takes under two hours to cut and make. 28

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED: • 3m drapey fabric (more if it’s narrower than 60” wide) • tape measure • tailor’s chalk


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out from the weight of the skirt and therefore hang lower than those on the straight grain, resulting in an uneven, wavy hemline. If you did pre-wash, you should be fine. 6 Assemble the waistband by sewing the two short ends together to form one long strip. Roughly locating the centre of the waistband, pin it into place with RST along the waistline of the skirt. Stitch with the usual 5/8”. Press the seam allowance up into the waistband. 7 Press all the raw edges of the waistband in by 5/8”. Then, with the WS of the skirt facing you, fold the waistband in half lengthways, thereby sandwiching the waistline seam, and continuing along the length of the ties each side, like one great big strip of binding. Pin into place, and top-stitch to secure. 8 Simply throw your skirt over a bikini, swimsuit or cropped top and you’ve got heatwave dressing down to a tee! Now we can stop moaning and get back to eking out every last drop of this glorious British summer before winter rears its ugly head once more!

Top tip!

Let the circle skirt hang overnight in case the fabric needs to drop. Trim the edge evenly and then hem!

HOW TO MAKE: 1 Using the chart to pick out your waistline and radius measurement and, using the diagram as a pattern guide, cut three semicircles from the fabric. 2 With RST, sew the three semicircles together at the side seams with 5/8” seam allowance. Press open and finish the excess seam allowance. Remember to leave one side seam open for the wrap! 3 Hem the two open side seam lengths by folding and pressing the raw edge in by about ¼” and then again by about 3/4”. Don’t worry about being too meticulous here; it’s a wrap skirt and will still work even if you hem your open lengths a bit more or a bit less. Top-stitch into place. 4 Hem the skirt in the same way or, if you have an overlocker, finish the raw hemline first, then press in once to your desired length and stitch. 5 I mentioned that this skirt can be cut and sewn in under two hours, but if you haven't pre-washed your fabric you might have to leave the skirt to 'drop' for a few hours before you hem. This is because the parts of a circle skirt that fall on the bias will be more liable to stretch

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ON A PLATE Make a co-ordinating table set that looks simply delicious by mixing bold cotton brights! Project DEBBIE VON GRABLER-CROZIER

• floral fat 8th bundle • black & white geometric fat 8th bundle • 50cm denim or chambray • 220x55cm fabric for backing • 220x55cm #279 80/20 Vlieseline wadding • fat quarter H630 fusible Vlieseline wadding • 6m bias binding made from 1 fat quarter • co-ordinating thread

FINISHED SIZE: Runner: 77x18" Coasters: 6" square

NOTES: All seams are ¼” unless otherwise stated Always align edges before stitching

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1 Make 24 wonky blocks using the tutorial on page 31 (this will include some to put aside for coasters), and don’t forget to make some denim with floral sashes. This really changes the look and is a great way to use up scraps. 2 Save about half of the squares at random to use as the plain blocks. The trick is to keep like and similar patterns and colours away from each other, so lay it all out before starting to sew. 3 Put four wonky cross squares aside for the coasters. 4 When you have a runner 13 blocks long (about


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WONKY BLOCK  To make a wonky cross block choose one floral fabric and a solid. Cut a 16.5cm square from the floral and slash it down the centre vertically completely at random. You will get three squares from each fat eighth plus a long section for strip inserts. Cut the strips to 4cm wide.

 Cut a strip of the solid about 4cm wide and the length of the 8th (or in the denim, the full length) and sew it into the slash.

 Trim the backing fabric and cut across the corners to reduce bulk. Turn out through the gap and close it. Quilt with concentric squares, working from 1cm from the outer edge to the

centre about four rows. Repeat for as many coasters as you need. I have suggested four coasters but of course you can keep going. Remember, the fabric requirements may change though!

 Your block is now finished. Trim it to 16.5cm square.

 Each time you slash, have fun and make it different The idea is that it is wonky and all over the place, but that doesn’t mean it can be sloppy. Keep your sewing pristine and your edges trimmed and perfect. When you sew them together, match the corners of the squares perfectly so that the strips align into a cross shape.

 Slash again, this time horizontally and on a slight angle. Sew another strip into the slashed space.

2m) and three wide, lay the backing fabric face down add the wadding and then the completed top face up. Pin so that no movement is possible in any direction and quilt with a random wavy line, working across the runner.  Trim the three layers even and round the corners with a large teacup or similar.  Bind with bias binding.  Make a set of coasters to

go with the runner with the four wonky cross blocks that you set aside earlier. Trim the squares to 16.5cm square and then fuse a square of H630 to the back of the pressed and trimmed block.  Choose an offcut of backing fabric and, with RST, place the wadded front onto an untrimmed piece of backing. Sew around the perimeter, leaving a turning gap.

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STITCHER Claire-Louise Hardie talks us through creating a truly professional finish

Vogue 1392 features a beautiful off-theshoulder neckline and a flawless concealed zipper!


o you’ve made a couple of pieces with an invisible zip, and finished the edge with a facing or a binding in the way that home sewing pattern instructions teach you. I expect you were massively pleased with the first one, but after a couple of times doing it this way maybe you’re a little dissatisfied with the finish? You’ve got too much bulk right at the corner of the zip right? That’s because the standard method for applying a facing by machine involves stitching around the neck and then down the side of the centre back seam allowance. For your first garment this is an ideal method that will help you understand how all the elements sit together. However this isn't how the facings or edge finishes are applied in ready-to-wear (RTW) garments! Having taught the ready-to-wear method to total beginners, and boggled their minds (sorry guys), I know that the standard home-sewing method has a place, but once you’re past the beginner stage, it really is worth having a go at the RTW way. The methods assume you can happily insert an invisible zip, so I haven't included instructions on that bit!

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You can try out this technique on the frill sleeve dress on page 84!

edges up as usual (right picture). Machine in place approximately 1cm from the zip teeth. Press facing away from the zip.

2 Fold the zip and facing onto the RS, making sure the fold lines up with the teeth of the zip (note how the zip below looks twisted).

FACINGS & LININGS In factories, the centre back edge of the facing is machined into the garment’s centre back seam allowance first. Essentially the facing is shortened by 1 cm. 1 This is done in two ways. You can offset the seam allowance of the facing by 1cm (left picture), or trim away 1cm and line the raw

3 Pin and then machine around the neck edge. I like to mark the position of the stopper with a marker so the corners match up perfectly.


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4 Trim and grade the seam allowance around the neckline. I like to trim down to 0.5cm and then there’s no need to clip! Remove the bulk at the zip edge. Then turn through to the right side and admire the lovely flat corners! (I under-stitched, but obviously can’t get right into the corners).


This is one of my favourite ways to finish a neckline, as it’s light and works well for floaty summer fabric. As part of my recent masters project I spent ages with a tutor at college researching ways to get a finish I wanted. This is now my new favourite technique! I used a contrasting commercial binding for speed, and so it showed up well in the pictures. However you can make a matching bias binding, or buy a pre-made 1/2" commercial binding. I chose a technique we costumiers use for binding, which is to fold the bias strip in half along its length. This gives a clean fold to edge-stitch inside. I also pre-press a curve into the bias following the shape of the neckline to which it’s going to be applied – I find this makes it sit really flat. Here’s my prepped commercial bias binding.

7 Roll and press the bias facing onto the RS so none of binding is visible from RS. Edge-stitch the folded bias edge, making sure you don't sew all the way to the zip teeth! You could also hand-sew this edge if you wanted it less visible from the outside. Voila! A flawless finish.

ABOUT CLAIRE-LOUISE Claire-Louise is an author, pattern designer, teacher and costumier. We recommend Claire-Louise's new course www.learntosewwithapro. com/ultimate-beginners

5 As per the facing application, you attach the bias to the centre back seam over the zip. I measured my bias to fit the neckline, and again you either offset seam allowance by 1cm or trim 1cm from the end.

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6 Repeats steps 2-4 as with the facing. Press the bias away from the zip, then pin around the neckline with raw edges aligned and machine with a 1cm seam allowance. Trim and grade seam allowances and turn bias towards the inside.

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CAFFLE CRAFTS Weston-super-Mare

We chatted to Jane at Caffle Crafts, a family-run shop that specialises in Brother sewing machines, to find out more about running a business doing something that you love Hi there! How are you today and what’s going on in the shop? We’re all doing well, and it’s just like Christmas here today! We have some of our regulars in for a full-day class and we’ve just taken delivery of (more) new dressmaking fabric, so everyone is busy planning new projects!   What was the first thing you ever sewed yourself? I have been sewing for the past 60 years. I remember the first thing I made was a dress with long darts in, and I cut them wrong! That taught me a lot and I’ve been hooked ever since. I thankfully know better now. Tell us a bit about the history of the shop We opened the shop when my kids were still at school and it has gone from strength to strength. Now we specialise in Brother sewing and embroidery machines and quilting and

dressmaking fabric. My daughter and I do the sewing and embroidery, my son is the in-house engineer for customers' machines and my husband does the book keeping. Although it’s a family concern we couldn’t run it without the support and friendship of our customers – they’re fantastic! In the age of 't’internet', to see such loyalty and support to us as a ‘real’ shop is truly remarkable. Which sewing machine would you recommend to a new, and an experienced, sewist? Our favourite sewing machine has to be the Brother F420. It’s an awesome machine and will grow with you as you learn, from the basics to the most advanced sewing. It’s a great all-round machine with an excellent threader, lots of stitches and a scissor function – which if you’ve never had you wouldn’t miss, but once you’ve got you’ll wonder how you ever managed without! At £599 it’s packed with features and excellent value for money. 

Jane to become part of the family. An embroidery machine is a considered purchase; people worry that they won’t be able to work them but when you buy an embroidery machine from us you get free lessons for as long as you want and automatically get access to our exclusive monthly support groups too so everyone works together making sure you get the most from your machine.

...we couldn’t run it without the support and friendship of our customers – they’re fantastic!

What is your favourite fabric in stock right now? That changes all the time! Right now I am enjoying working with linen, making a tablecloth and napkins ready for Christmas! It sews so easily that I think I’m going to dye some to make a matching table runner too. What do you think sets you apart from other shops? Our customer service sets us apart from everyone else. At Caffle, our customers tend

Is there anything exciting coming up that you’d like to tell our readers about? We’re very excited about our special Hands on Open Day coming up on Saturday 5th August. We’ll have all the sewing machines and embroidery machines up and running and anyone can come along and have a go to see if it’s something they’d be interested in. If any of your readers would like details they can give us a call or drop us an email and we’ll get back to them with more details.

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THE PRESS FASTENER The humble press fastener or ‘popper’ has revolutionised sewing since its invention. But where did it begin and why is it so popular? By CLAIRE LOUISE-HARDIE


ost clothing requires some type of fastening, the most common being a button. Metal press or ‘snap’ fasteners are the other most popular type of garment closure and were first patented in Germany in 1885 by Heribert Bauer. These types of fastening comprise either two metal parts for the sewn-on variety, or four metal parts for the riveted or non-sew variety. They make a characteristic ‘click’ or ‘snap’ sound when closed, hence the term snap fastener! The Prym family in Germany has manufactured brass goods since the 16th century and is synonymous with press-fastener production since buying the original German patent in 1903. The earlier original presses, known as ball and socket fasteners, weren’t rustproof, or very reliable. However, Prym improved the manufacturing process of the double S-spring fastener and developed standards that are still maintained today on the modern rust-free version. Its factory in Stolberg, Germany, produces millions of fasteners every day, 24 hours a day. It supplies a large percentage of the world’s fashion industry with high-quality fasteners. A sub division of the Prym Fashion company, called Prym Consumer, buys those fasteners suitable for the home dressmaker. Since many of the products require industrial machinery to apply, the selection for us at home is considerably smaller than the overall range manufactured in Germany. The distinctive double S-spring, which ensures the fastener isn’t too tight or too loose, can easily be seen on the poppers right. On display at Prym HQ is a pressing machine that was used in the early manufacturing process of these fasteners. One of the most successful marketing campaigns used by Prym and other global manufacturers of press

fasteners was to attach them to decorative cards. These have become collectibles and often depicted scenes of the great outdoors or family images, with many displaying the original Prym logo of a deer with a needle through its antlers. During the 50s its slogan was ‘the most reliable waist fastener of the present and the future’. Today most sewing kits will include a couple of sew-on poppers, proving their enduring usefulness. The advantage of sew-on press fasteners over buttons is that they offer a discreet, hidden closure, creating a clean look on the front of delicate blouses and dresses. Last winter many high-street brands and pattern companies produced coats with oversized press fasteners that were not visible from the outside. In response to this trend, Prym has produced a new range of coloured press fasteners available in regular


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Early Prym press


We're amazed this historic press is still in working order! It takes pride of place at Prym HQ

and extra-large sizes. These new coloured fasteners enable the closure to be matched to the colour of the garment, making them almost invisible. It has also released new pretty fasteners with floral, lace-like patterns too!

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Non-sew fasteners are generally associated with practical workwear, outerwear and accessories. The Prym manufacturing facility at Stolberg produces not only the fasteners but also the tools and equipment to manufacture these products. It employs a team of specialist engineers to create their own machinery, and the manufacturing processes are closely guarded secrets. Apparently industrial espionage is rife in the fastener business, and since Prym is market leader in both quality control and innovation, there are no photos available from within the factory itself. There are many, many types of no-sew fasteners, from heavy-duty storm flap fasteners on tents to the iconic pearlised snaps on Western-style shirts.

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They fall roughly into two types, those with a ring closure, used where durability is an issue, and those with a prong closure, which are more suitable for light or mid-weight fabric in particular jersey. Every year Prym manufactures millions of seasonally coloured jersey snaps for children’s garment manufacturers across the world!

Prym HQ in Stolberg, Germany

Probably the most iconic association of non-sew metal fasteners is jeans. The metal jean button (known as a tack button) and rivet offer designers an opportunity to stamp their own brand or logo, making them recognisable as

genuine products. In fact, it’s this stamp that is used to identify counterfeits. The jeans rivet was believed to have been invented by Levi Strauss in around 1873. Rivets add strength to the corners of areas of strain such pockets, and, like the jean button, offer an opportunity for branding via stamping.


Why not try adding rivets to a me-made denim skirt or shirtdress? Or boldly go forth and sew some jeans!

Next time you snap your handbag or waterproof jacket closed, think of all the processes involved in making that fastener! All the various fasteners start as rolls of sheet metal. This passes through a pressing machine. The component fastener parts come out of the pressing machine on one side, and waste metal comes out on another side. All waste metal is returned to the steel plant next to the factory to be recycled into new sheets. Component parts are taken to another area of the plant to be assembled. Once assembled, they are stored by weight until an order comes in. All orders then proceed through the surface finishing process, based on the finish required. Quality control happens at this stage, and is completed by a human being. If an order passes the checks, it is taken to be packed. Should an order fail quality control processes, it will be returned for recycling, and the order will be re-processed. Next time you snap your handbag or waterproof jacket closed, think of all the processes involved in making that fastener!


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hat a month! I am well and truly on count down to Sewing Bee Live and my collection of clothes I'm making for the show is looking amazing. I’m so excited to show you my new ballgown! Who still hasn't booked their tickets? “Me" I hear you say, well use my discount code JEC. Butterick 5797 corset My first favorite dress pattern would have to be my prom dress. Even though it is a two-piece it is still worn as a dress. The corset was hand drafted by me because I had in my mind the specific shape around the top but there are

In this issue, Jade recommends her three favourite dresses and party looks

Corsets give you the chance to try lots of different skills lots of great patterns to try. Corsets give you the chance to try lots of different skills and, as I said, can be worn with a skirt, as a dress or with trousers. Burda Young 6848 This Burda pattern is so great to throw on. I made one out of a black and white stretch jersey and it was such an easy make. It was all done on the overlocker and has an amazing fit. When you sew jersey you don’t need to finish the seams so you can make things up in half the time!

Burda Kids 9431 Lastly I need to mention this dress for my sister Jema as part of my challenge to create mini makes for her inspired by my series of The Sewing Bee. This dress was a little complicated due to the pleats but I had soon figured them out. Although I’m having a sudden love affair with jumpsuits, I would definitely make all of these dresses again! Let’s see how much time I have after the live show…

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Practise your pattern drafting and master working with chiffon with this breezy throw-on cover-up! Project CHINELO BALLY

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HOW TO MAKE: MATERIALS & TOOLS • 1.5-2m 60"-wide lightweight woven fabric (see fabric requirements below) • water-soluble marker • straight ruler or yard stick • co-ordinating thread

NOTES 1.2cm seam allowance has been used throughout unless otherwise stated


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Imagine yourself on an exotic beach in your swimwear, wearing this beautiful DIY chiffon throwover!

• Measure from your shoulder to the desired hem length. Multiply by two and add 5cm (2"). This is the length of fabric you will need • Elbow to elbow; this will be the width (measure with your arms outstretched to the sides, from one elbow across your back to your other elbow) • Loosely measure the circumference midway between your natural waist and knee; this will be the hem circumference

 Fold the fabric in half along the length, then in half along the width. At the bottom edge, slip one blade of the scissors between the layers of the second fold and cut along the outer layer right up to the corner point – the inner layer is left uncut. The cut edges are the centre front. The open edges opposite the centre front are the side seams. (See Pic A.)  Divide the width required by two and, with the fabric still folded, measure out from the centre front along the top edge and mark that measurement plus 2.5cm (1"). Divide the hem circumference by four, measure out from the centre front along the bottom edge and mark that measurement plus 20cm (8"). Join the two marks with a straight diagonal line. Cut the fabric along the drawn line, cutting through all layers. (See Pic B.)  From the outer edge, measure and mark 24cm


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Kathy used lilac linen-look polyester, £3.99 per metre available at

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Ever wanted to replicate the sample shown on the pattern envelope? Kathy did just that! Read more about Kathy's sewing adventures at


i everyone! I am thrilled to share my latest make with you! This month was the perfect opportunity to try a pattern that I had been eyeing up for a long time – The Day Dress by The Avid Seamstress (

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Every time I searched for inspiration on this pattern I was drawn back to the image that The Avid Seamstress uses for the envelope. I usually enjoy the challenge of making a garment my own by selecting a fabric I think will work well with that design. Oh no, not this time! I was certain that on this occasion I wanted a perfect replica of the image! My chosen fabric is an adorable linen-look polyester. It looks like linen but without all the creases! At such lovely quality and a bargain at only £3.99 per metre, I couldn't have been more happy with it. The sewing pattern itself is great. The high-quality paper pattern sheet is accompanied by a wonderful instruction booklet and leaflets helping with sewing terms and offering advice. The order in which the dress pieces are put together was a little different than I was expecting, but I followed the instructions to the letter and loved how it came together. One good

tip was to overlock all the raw edges before stitching; I will definitely use this on my sewing makes in the future for sure. The gathers are made using elastic. Anybody familiar with the Moneta Dress will know all about this way of gathering. I have only used clear elastic before for this, but for this I used regular 6mm elastic and it worked beautifully, giving even gathers! And can we just take a moment to appreciate how deep the pockets are on this dress. Fabulous! The sleeves require a little patience. Normally they are eased into place by gentle gathering stitches at the head of the sleeve, but the instructions ask you to use lots of pins and take your time. I am thrilled to say that they both went in beautifully without any puckers at all! I decided to hem the skirt by hand, as I felt that this would look the neatest with a plain fabric. I am usually quite lazy about this and generally machine-stitch the hems of my dresses, but I wanted a really neat professional finish. It actually didn't take too long as the skirt isn't that full, and it gave me the near-invisible finish I wanted. So all in all, I am over the moon with this dress. There is nothing that I didn't like about it, I didn't need to make any alterations and I love the style. Winner!

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The shop stocks everything a keen stitcher could need, from buttons and zips to fabric, patterns and sewing machines. The team hosts regular lively and insightful workshops and offers product advice sessions and guest classes from a range of talented crafters including some celebrity names. 0116 319 6930

30TH JULY Beginners A-line skirt Make a simple skirt! This workshop will build on your sewing skills and introduce you to the exciting world of dressmaking. This class is perfect for new

dressmakers looking to make their first garment. Materials included. Cost: £60


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summer. The first project is a sleepover PJ bag with toothbrush pocket. Other projects include an elasticated skirt, pencil case with a zip and a monster softie. Materials included. Cost: £15- £18 Friday 11th August

Start as you mean to sew on Learn to use a sewing machine in this introductory class for complete beginners to machine sewing and make a needle case and envelope cushion to show off your new skills! Materials included. Cost: £40

11TH AUGUST Carry-all bag Make this versatile carry all bag, ideal for the gym, weekends away and every day! Materials included. Cost: £60 

STARTING 18TH JULY Kids sewing club – for 7-12 years Kids can learn to sew, completing a series of fun projects to learn essential new skills. Six individual projects are timetabled each Tuesday over the

9TH SEPTEMBER Knitting with beads We will be making a small knitted purse with beads and a little bit of colour work. Materials provided but you will need to bring your own needles. Cost: £35

7TH OCTOBER Origami candle wreath


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This is an amazing store with everything you need for sewing, knitting, crochet and more. Friendly, helpful staff are always on hand to offer advice or assistance. See the website for details of weekly sewing, knitting and crochet classes. 01362 652961

Looking forward to Christmas we will be making a beautiful centrepiece – a fairly simple make with a definite wow factor. Materials provided. Cost: £35

2ND DECEMBER Cathedral window tree decorations With a view to the festive season, you will make tree decorations using the cathedral window technique, excellent as emergency last-minute presents. All fabric provided. Cost: £35

4TH NOVEMBER Sewing accessory set Make a scissor case to take three pairs and a ‘bit bag’ (to hang over the edge of your desk to catch spare thread) with a pincushion. All fabric provided. Cost: £35


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9TH & 16TH AUGUST Lottie dress The perfect summer outfit in one, Lottie is Sew Over It's new button-up dress. Learn how to finish a neckline with bias binding and how to stitch perfect buttonholes. Cost: £99

10TH & 17TH AUGUST Alex shirtdress Shirtdresses are so flattering, and perfect for any time of year. Learn to sew your own in this shirtdress-for-beginners class. you'll learn how to sew a collar, buttonholes and sleeves. Cost: £99



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Sew Over It is an online fabric shop with two branches in London. It sells a range of gorgeous dressmaking fabric, plus the hugely popular range of sewing patterns! 0207 326 0376

Dressmaking weekend A fun, comprehensive introduction to dressmaking. Perfect for complete dressmaking newbies, you’ll learn to make a skirt and a shift dress in just two days! Cost: £195

8TH, 15TH & 22ND AUGUST Coco jacket Take your dressmaking skills to the next level. Make a Chanel-inspired jacket with all the couture trimmings, with the help of the expert teachers. Cost: £150

28TH AUGUST 24TH JULY Basic beginner’s bag Get to know your machine, make a bag, learning how to sew pockets, attach bias binding and lining. Materials included. Cost: £20

Crazy cushions Make your own cushion. A variety of techniques of how to make cushions. Cotton poplin fabric and zip included. Cost: £45

7TH AUGUST Patchwork for beginners


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21ST AUGUST Skirt workshop Make a basic skirt. Fabric and lining and zips available to buy. Basic sewing skills needed. Cost: £55 53

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Temptations Craft Boutique An Aladdin's cave full of fabrics including Cotton Poplins, Linens, Wool Tweeds & Polyesters 100% Cottons for Patchwork and Quilting Knitting yarn and haberdashery Courses and workshops Agents for Brother Sewing Machines Visit our shop or buy safely online 31 Main Street, Bentham, North Yorkshire, LA2 7HQ Tel: 015242 61868 For shop opening times please see our website

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BOOKS Our pick of this month’s new sewing and dressmaking books

Use Scraps, Sew Blocks, Make 100 Quilts By Stuart Hillard. Photographs by Rachel Whiting. £20 Pavilion. Available 3rd August

Tell us what inspired you to write your newest book I’m a quilter in my heart and in my soul! Ever since I made my first piece of patchwork 40 years ago I’ve been fascinated by quilt making and, in particular, scrap quilting. My style is very eclectic and broad so I relished the opportunity to bring 100 quilt patterns to life that would cover all the styles I love piecing, appliqué, modern and traditional. Any favourite quilts in the book? I’m in love with Covent Garden, it’s scrappy, modern, masculine and contains some of my favourite colours. The book was inspired by wall tiles in the tube station. I was struck by how smart they

COUTURE CHIC Take your sewing to the next level with this wonderfully detailed index of embellishment and fashion inspiration. Creating Couture Embellishment by Ellen W. Miller is available for £50 at

would look made into a quilt. Inspiration can come in many forms! Did you ever imagine on Sewing Bee that you would go on to write your own books? Taking part in The Sewing Bee was one very important step along the way to becoming a published author. I'd designed for quilting magazines and knew how to write a pattern but didn't imagine I'd end up working with some of the biggest publishers in the industry! Sew Fabulous has been a bestseller and now I’m looking forward to this new book.


Do you have any top tips for dressmakers looking to turn their hand to patchwork and quilting? Dressmakers tend to be a little looser with their cutting and the precision comes when we sew and fit the garment. For a patchwork quilt the accuracy starts the minute you take the fabric

GET ORGANISED Use your sewing skills to create a host of fabric boxes, pincushions, pouches and stylish cases to hold your supplies with Stitched Sewing Organizers by Aneela Hoey. £22.99 from

home, press it and cut it very accurately, either with a rotary cutter and ruler or specially made dies and templates. The best way to achieve success is with a purpose-made patchwork foot. Pure cotton fabric is the easiest to work with, and pin, pin, pin!  

Are you looking forward to catching up with your fellow contestants at Sewing Bee Live? I’m looking forward to meeting up with some of my Sewing Bee friends; many of us from the first series have kept in touch. I’ve had the pleasure of working with contestants from later series like Jenniffer Taylor and Charlotte Newland. It will be good to see Patrick Grant again too. So what can we expect from you next? I’ve got a fabric range coming out in September, which will be available on Create and Craft TV and in Hobbycraft stores nationwide. I'm super excited about that and, of course, I will be travelling around promoting this book!

QUICK QUILTS The nine patch is one of the first blocks many quilters learn and it offers a world of creative options! Learn over 20 new designs to reinvent this classic block in The Versatile Nine Patch by Joan Ford. £21.99 from 55

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WING it Feel as free as a bird with our embroidered clock tutorial and add a tropical touch to any room Project DEBBIE VON GRABLER-CROZIER

HOW TO MAKE: MATERIALS & TOOLS • fat quarter background fabric for appliquÊ • fat quarter fabric for clock backing • red, blue, turquoise, green, tan & brown fabric scraps • thick card (chipboard type, not corrugated) • craft knife • awl • clock kit with gold hands (the shank on the clock movement should be approximately 1.5cm so it can go through the layers of cardboard & fabric) • co-ordinating thread • air-erasable marker • glue stick • craft glue or hot-glue gun • medium embroidery hoop (optional) • darning foot • template downloaded from

NOTES Seam allowances are 0.5cm unless otherwise stated

 Begin by cutting two octagons from the card; one 30cm in diameter and one 25cm in diameter.  Find the centre of the smaller octagon and poke a hole in it. Do the same on the larger octagon. Anything sharp and round will do for this – I used an awl. The hole needs to be the same size as the shank on the clock movement.  Using the glue stick, apply glue to the smaller octagon and cover it with the fabric that you put aside for backing the clock, making sure it is centred. Trim the fabric roughly, leaving a decent amount free.

 Fold over the edges of the fabric and glue. Neatly fold or pleat the corners to ensure they lie perfectly flat. Continue around until the octagon is covered.  Make a hole through the fabric in the centre using a small craft knife or scissors. The back is now assembled and you can put it aside to dry.  Take the fat quarter intended for the front, in this case the denim, and on the RS trace the larger octagon template at the middle of the fabric using air-erasable marker. This shows where to place the appliquĂŠ. With WST place the denim with the wadding and baste or pin the edges together.

This layer gives your machine something to 'bite' into when embroidering, making the job much easier!  Roughly mark the position of the bird and the leaves and also the clock centre using the fabric marker.  Cut the appliquĂŠ pieces using the template as a guide and use the glue stick to position them onto the fabric, beginning with the leaves, then the bird and finally another leaf layered over the top. See the finished clock for reference.  Set up your machine for free-motion embroidery. Any modern machine can handle this but consult your manual for specifics. You will need to

Debbie von Grabler-Crozier

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This clock would make a fun addition to a child's room, or be equally at home in your sewing room


FREE Get started with free-motion embroidery using these easy tips  You’ll need to locate the feed dog controls on your machine. This is to lower the metal teeth that protrude from the needle plate and feed your fabric under the needle. It is also called the drop feed due to the way the teeth disappear between stitches. The lever or dial is often hidden from view by the accessories tray but can also be at the back of the free arm bed.  You are in control of the stitch pattern and can move the fabric in any direction to scribble on top with your needle. Keep the fabric flat by placing your hands on each side.  If you’re feeling nervous you can trace a design onto tissue paper, layer in on top of your work then trace the lines. Simply rip away the paper once you’re done.

lower the feed dogs, which are located in different places depending on your make of machine, and set the stitch length to zero. I like to use an embroidery hoop placed on the fabric upside down to help the embroidery as it makes steering easier! Using the template as a guide, stitch the details onto the bird and leaves using co-ordinating thread for each portion of the design. Play around with texture and don’t make all of your lines too straight. It’s a lot of thread changing but it is worth it as this gives a totally different look to single colour thread. Identify

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Using different colours of thread when creating free-motion embroidery adds dimension and texture!

areas with the same colour and do all of them before changing thread. It helps to draw in the details with a removable marker! Snip the loose thread ends away and generally tidy up the embroidery. Trim the wadding back to the size of the disc and roughly trim the denim too, ensuring

that you have enough edge to fold over. With the glue stick, adhere the embroidered front to the card and, once again, snip, fold and glue the fabric so that it covers the edge. When you glue the overhanging fabric, work in turn on opposite sides, gently stretching as you go so that the fabric on the front is nice and taut. Gently poke the centre hole in the front for the clock mechanism. With WST, hot-glue the front of the clock to the back, carefully lining the holes up. Attach the clock mechanism from the back to finish. 57

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Kerry Kerry Green is co-author of 500 Quilt Blocks and is a contributor to many other books and magazines. Find sewing tips, free tutorials, patterns and more at Kerry’s blog www.


This light and bright mix of prints is guaranteed to raise a smile

he stunning Floret collection by Leah Duncan for Cloud9 Fabrics is at the heart of this month’s swatch selection. It’s a small range of six summery floral prints on 100% organic cotton batiste – a soft, lightweight and slightly sheer cotton fabric similar to lawn. Leah also designed the pretty Dew on Grass print as part of her Morning Walk collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, so it’s no surprise that these colours play so nicely together! The Clementine orange solid provides extra zest and the Valencia metallic adds depth and a little sparkle. I’ve included a wide variety of fabric weights: lawn, batiste, poplin, quilting cotton and a linen/cotton blend; all are suitable for craft, quilt and garment making. I chose a fan quilt block to showcase the gorgeous florals and the colour contrasts between the light, dark and bright fabric.



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Cloud9 Fabrics Floret, Poppy Mum organic cotton batiste by Leah Duncan, £5 per FQ, Robert Kaufman Friedlander Wasabi cotton lawn by Carolyn Friedlander, £3.75 per FQ, Michael Miller Painter’s Canvas, Valencia Metallic, £3.45 per FQ, Robert Kaufman Chambray Essex Yarn Dyed 55% linen 45% cotton, £3.70 per FQ, Art Gallery Fabrics Morning Walk, Dew on Grass Imagined by Leah Duncan, £3 per FQ, Cloud9 Fabrics Floret, Sepal organic cotton batiste by Leah Duncan, £5 per FQ, Cloud9 Fabrics Cirrus Solids, Clementine yarn dyed broadcloth, £4 per FQ, Makower Forest Talk, Buds Green, £3.10 per FQ,


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Linton Tweeds design and weave luxury fabrics for the world’s most exclusive fashion houses See our website for the Linton Direct collection Use discount code

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This month, we’re taking a closer peek at three Bernina machines


BERNINA 215 Whether you’re new to sewing or want to upgrade your machine, the 215 is a brilliant all-rounder. It provides a great introduction to computerised sewing, with an LCD screen, 12 built-in stitches and the capability to select and change stitch length and width at the touch of a button. It delivers hassle-free sewing, even with heavier fabric, and stitches smoothly and with great control at up to 900 stitches per minute. Included with this stylish little machine are five different presser feet, and the variable needle position allows you to do everything from sewing zips into your garments to inserting piping into cushions, with no fuss at all.





BERNINA 330 Time to put your sewing skills to work and get creative! With an exceptional long-term memory, the Bernina 330 allows you to create and store 30 of your own stitches, so you can simply select and go when you’re ready to change stitch. This is especially helpful for sewing classes, when you might be taught new combinations and have forgotten to bring a notebook to jot them down. As well as being an excellent time saver, this machine features an LED sewing light with a glare-free illumination of your working area, which is perfect for long sewing sessions or for night owls who like to keep sewing until it's finished!




BERNINA 530 The entry-level model of the Bernina 5 Series is an impressive machine, enabling you to sew, quilt and embellish almost any project. It contains 22 practical stitches, 105 decorative stitches (12 designed for quilting), four alphabets and seven buttonholes and an eyelet. The touch-screen technology is simple to navigate, providing a world of stitching options at your fingertips and it’s packed with helpful advice, such as tips for sewing with knits and wovens. You can also personalise and store your stitch patterns and settings, so you can easily pick up your sewing where you left off. It's a brilliant investment for frequent sewists.






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PENCILS The classic wiggle skirt is given a modern twist with an exposed zipper closing and bold floral print Project CLAIRE GARSIDE

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• 1.5m 45"-wide or 1m 60"-wide fabric • 9" closed end metal zipper • co-ordinating thread • templates downloaded from

FABRIC SUGGESTIONS • Tweed, bouclÊ, coating, denim, cotton, linen, satin, bamboo silk, double crepe • Allow extra fabric for one-way designs  Mark and then sew the front and back darts into place, pressing towards the centre. When working with barkcloth you may find it easier to mark with tailor's tacks, as Check the fit of the skirt chalk is before you begin by easily lost in pinning together a tissue the texture. paper version of the  With pattern pieces RST pin and then sew the front to the back skirt panels at the side seams. Again, finish your

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seam allowances as barkcloth is prone to fraying and press the seams open.  Fuse interfacing to the WS of the waistband, and at the lower edge turn up 0.5cm and press firmly.  Pin the waistband to the top of the skirt with the raw edges aligned and RST. Sew in place and press the seam allowance upwards. If you wish you can top-stitch a few mm above the seam line to secure the seam allowances to the waistband. Press the waistband in half RST lengthways to make a visible crease.  Install the exposed zipper following the tutorial (right), sewing the centre back seam to the vent marking.  Fold the waistband WST along the crease and tuck under the raw edges in line with the zipper tape. Slip-stitch to the skirt for an invisible finish from the outside.  Press back the seam allowance for the skirt vent. Top-stitch around the vent opening to secure.  Hem the skirt using a blind hem foot or a prick stitch for an invisible finish to match the waistband.

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EXPOSED ZIPS Learn how to create a polished and eye-catching closure that can be applied to any skirt or dress 1 Begin by fusing a narrow strip of interfacing to each side of the centre back opening where the zip will be positioned. These should be slightly larger than the zip, say 1x10”. Finish the raw edges with a zigzag stitch or an overlocker. 2 On the WS of the skirt backs, mark the zipper placement at the centre back by drawing boxes that are 10” long and 7/8” wide, starting at crease you made in your waistband. 3 Use a long basting stitch to sew over your drawn lines. Then clip in towards the corners at a 45˚ angle, taking care not to snip the stitching line. (See Pic A.) Then press back the edges WST along the basting. 4 Place the skirt backs RST, aligning the horizontal basting stitches. Sew a 5/8” seam below the opening. It’s correct that the seams don’t match up as the horizontal stitching is only 7/8” wide. Press the seam open. (See Pic B.) 5 You’ll see a rectangular window appears above the back

horizontal basting stitches. Only stitch the length of the basting stitches, not the whole width of the zipper tape. (See Pic C.) 6 Flip the zipper up and arrange it into the

window, aligning the folded edges alongside the zipper tape. Hand-tack in position then switch to a zipper foot on your machine and sew in place.




seam. On the RS place the zipper RS down with the end metal stopper sitting just below the horizontal stitches, at the base of the window. Sew the zipper in place by sewing along the






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MATERIALS & TOOLS FOR POUCH • assorted patchwork cotton scraps • ½ yard striped accent fabric • 9žx13ž" wadding • 10" zipper • set of 4" internal wire bag frames • 4 ž� diameter covered buttons • cardstock (for English paper piecing templates)


PERFECT Bag making is so much fun and these retro hexie designs use the English paper piecing technique, which can be quite addictive! Project AKEMI SHIBATA

FOR PURSE • assorted patchwork cotton scraps • 1⠄4 yard print fabric for lining • 6x133⠄4" cotton wadding • 2x4" sew-in metal purse clasp • 45 3mm pearl beads • cardstock (for English paper piecing templates) • co-ordinating thread • hand-sewing needles • templates downloaded from


CUTTING: FOR PURSE Using the templates, cut the following fabric pieces, adding 1⠄4" seam allowance: • 66 hexie pieces of assorted scraps • 2 purses of lining fabric FOR POUCH Using the templates, cut the following fabric pieces, adding 1⠄4" seam allowance: • 40 hexie pieces of assorted scraps • 4 covered buttons in assorted scraps • 4½� square accent fabric for the base • 4½x8½� accent fabric for the back • 211⠄8x9" bias strips in accent fabric

NOTES: Use a Âź" seam allowance unless instructed otherwise



HOW TO MAKE: POUCH  Make the pouch front using the EPP guide on page 71. Trim the front into a 4½x8½� rectangle. With RST, sew the bottom to the front, then sew the back to the bottom. Cut a lining in the shape of the completed outer shell.  Place the lining and outer RST. Layer a piece of wadding underneath next to the outer. Sew through all three layers, leaving both ends open.  Turn RS out and stitch in the ditch around each hexagon. Quilt the bottom and back with 1⠄2� squares.


Quilted Bags & Gifts by Akemi Shibata, ÂŁ12.99, Search Press

 Fold the bag in half RST. Whip-stitch together at the sides, through the outer fabric only. Align the side seams with the bottom fold and whipstitch to mitre the corners.  Fold each bias strip short edge over 1⠄2� twice and top-stitch using 1⠄8" seam allowance. With RST, sew bias strips to pouch top along the opening.  Fold the bias strips to the inside of the pouch and hemstitch to the lining as the casing for the internal wire frame.  Hem-stitch the zipper to the pouch opening. Sew the two sides of the zipper together at the end. Make the


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MASTERCLASS covered buttons and attach to the zipper ends. Insert each section of the internal wire frame through the casing. PURSE 8 Make the purse front and back using the English paper piecing technique. 9 Align the lining and front with RST. Layer a piece of wadding underneath. Sew, leaving an opening to turn RS out. Repeat for the back. Use the template to trim the front and back into shape, making sure to leave 1/4� seam allowance. Turn each piece RS out and hem-stitch the opening

closed. Sew the darts (refer to template for placement). Hem-stitch dart seam allowances to lining. Stitch in the ditch around each hexagon. Sew the beads to each hexagon corner on the front only. Align the front and back with RST. Whip-stitch together, stitching through the top fabric only. Leave the top of the purse open. Turn right side out. Align the centres and insert into the opened metal clasp. Starting from the centre and working toward each edge, back-stitch to the clasp using two strands of thread.




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With Wendy Ward


Is creating your own custom-made fabric the way to achieve the ultimate me-made wardrobe?



f you follow me online you may have seen my recent forays into fabric printing. It started with a one-day course exploring methods that can be recreated at home, such as block printing, and was closely followed by a traditional hands-on screen-printing course at the end of last year, which I absolutely loved. The act of making is always an important part of any creative process for me, so mixing paint and getting my hands dirty was all part of the appeal. Some of the printing I did on this course even made it into sample garments for my new book! SO WHY BOTHER WITH DIY FABRIC? If you’re anything like me, you might be ridiculously fussy about printed fabric and find it hard to source prints that you really love. For a control freak like me, printing my own is the perfect solution. If you sew a lot for others, using a customised fabric in a special gift is a really nice personal touch for the recipient. You can use a design or motif that has a special meaning to the recipient or that they’re particularly fond of. I’m sure we all know someone who goes ga-ga over anything with a cat print on it!

It’s also the perfect way to print your own fabric labels, and ideal for that little finishing touch for your own makes or gifts or to add a professional finish to your makes if you are selling at craft fairs, shows or local markets. TECHNIQUES FOR PRINTING AT HOME Here are some easy fabric printing techniques to try at home: Stencilling using freezer paper can create really crisp edges to your print and give a level of finish almost comparable to screen printing for simple shapes. It’s cheap and easy to use, and its only drawback is that your prepared stencil will only stick properly to your fabric

once (twice if you’re really lucky!) Have a look on my blog for a stepby-step tutorial, including a free fox downloadable template, to recreate this print (go to and search 'printing with freezer paper'). Block printing can give a lovely, organic feel to a print, depending how accurately you carve the block and apply the paint. You can get started really easily and inexpensively at home with shapes cut from craft foam mounted onto card. That’s how I created these prints. You can also create your block from polystyrene sheets, or using lino-cutting and rubber-carving techniques, I’ve even found make-up sponges work well as impromptu printing blocks! This method lends itself much better to


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Visit my blog to find tutorials and more examples of printing

I spent seven years working in the fashion industry before moving to teach dressmaking from my own studio, MIY Workshop, in Brighton. MIY Collection is my range of easy-to-follow modern sewing patterns. I have also written two books about dressmaking; A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts and The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking. Both available from all good bookshops.

all-over patterns and multiple prints than stencilling with freezer paper does, just as long as you look after your original block. Mono printing is a really low-tech method that can produce lovely painterly effects. Fabric paint is applied to a flat surface like a sheet of plastic, Perspex or glass. The marks made by the applicator (paintbrush, sponge etc) will be transferred onto the fabric. The fabric is placed on top of the painted surface (you can also place stencils or objects in between the fabric and painted surface to leave negative spaces).

Block printing with card can create an organic design

Screen printing with paper stencils is an easy way to screen-print without the need to have a design permanently fixed to the screen. Simply arrange paper stencils or even objects on your fabric, then pull the screen-printing ink through the screen and you have an instant design.

If you like a good book to get you started and full of inspiration, here are some I’ve used:

• Printing by Hand: A Modern

Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens by Lena Corwin

GET INSPIRED So, what you need to get started is probably just a bit of inspiration for designs. Have a look at the work of Sarah Golden, aka Maker Maker, Lu Summers and Jen Hewett to get you started. Make a Pinterest board of ideas, have a look at designs on wrapping paper, wallpaper and greetings cards as starting points, then start creating your own simple designs. Nature can often be the best source of inspiration, so have a go at creating simple Lino cutting is a great leaf and flower shapes to get started.

technique for crisp details

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Creativebug has some great introductory classes on how to start printing your own fabric (www. If block printing is what you fancy, US textile artist Jen Hewett ( specialises in block printing and regularly runs a popular online class called Design, Carve, Print.

Traditional screen printing, where your design is fixed onto the screen, can still be done at home if you have space and don’t want to use a large screen. You can use a paint-on 'filler' to create your design on the screen, or some print companies will create a customised screen for you if you send your design (www.handprinted. offers this service).

Next time, I’ll be looking at the growth in on-demand digital fabric printing.


• Art Cloth: A Guide to

Surface Design for Fabric by Jane Dunnewold

• Screen Printing at Home: Print

your own fabric to make simple sewn projects by Karen Lewis

• Fabric Printing at Home: Quick

and Easy Fabric Design Using Fresh Produce and Found Objects - Includes Print Blocks, Textures, Stencils, Resists, and More by Julie B. Booth

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cup & saucer fat quarter of fabric newspaper toy stuffing or a pillow hand-sewing needle & thread

Enter your


NOTES A 1.5cm seam allowance has been used throughout, unless otherwise stated

This teacup pincushion is a sewing-room staple; keep your pins safe in the cushion and quickly throw them onto the saucer while you're at the machine!

HOW TO MAKE:  To start we need to draft the pattern. Place the cup upside down on the newspaper and draw around the rim. (See Pic A.)  You will need to add about 1.5cm extra to this circle for a seam allowance. Once you have drawn this second line in place, cut out the circle and put it to one side.  Place the tip of your tape measure at the bottom of the cup and measure to the rim (cup height). Mine is 7cm. You will also need to measure the circumference of the cup by wrapping the tape measure around the outside of the rim. Mine is 27cm. (See Pic B.)  With the two measurements, draw a rectangle onto the newspaper and cut it out. You don’t need to add any seam allowances to these measurements as you want the pincushion to sit inside the cup.  Place the two pattern pieces onto your chosen fabric, pin in place and cut out. Remove the pins and paper templates from the fabric.  Double-thread your needle with matching thread so that you have two tails knotted at the end.  Fold the rectangle of fabric in half widthways with the RS (patterned sides) together. Match the corners and pin the fabric in place. Sew together along the short open side to create a tube – use backstitch about 5mm away from the








edge. Secure the stitches at the end with a knot. (See Pic C.)  You now need to make a medium-length running stitch about 2cm away from the raw edge of the fabric circle. This needs to go around the full circle of fabric and in a different

coloured thread so that it's easy to remove later. (See Pic D.) Once you have sewn around the edge of your circle, don’t knot the thread. Gently pull the thread so that the circle begins to gather slightly. (See Pic E.) We are doing this so we can ease

our circle into the tube we have just created.  Pin the circle into the top of the tube opening with the RST. You may need to ease the circle out a little to fit, but your temporary running stitch should help to keep it even.

Jenniffer says... The first pincushion I ever made was a moustache-shaped one, which I took onto the Sewing Bee as a good luck charm... but it didn't survive a run-in with my dog!


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The thread should be no longer than your forearm –any longer and you'll get tangled up!


KNOTS Here's an easy method to sew a neat knot at the end of your work

Thread a needle with matching thread and backstitch the two pieces together. When you have done this, you


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can remove the temporary stitches. Before you turn the pincushion out the right way, you need to fold over the long open edge by 5mm to create a small hem and press this in place using an iron. Turn the pincushion out the right way. Before stuffing it, you need to make a running stitch into the crease you have just created with the iron. This time, use matching coloured thread and do not knot the thread at the end – leave the needle and thread attached. You can now stuff the pincushion. Keep in mind that you want a firm pincushion but be careful not to over-stuff it as you need to be able to close the open end without putting pressure on your stitches.

To close the pincushion you just need to pull the thread with the needle still on it. Pull this as tight as you can to close the gap. Then, while holding the tension on the thread, create a knot to hold it in place. You may want to sew a few more securing stitches by sewing the opposite sides together a few times Once you have knotted the thread, run the needle into the body of the pincushion until it comes out of the other side. Pull the needle out and then trim the thread close to the fabric, leaving a length of thread inside the pincushion. Pop the pincushion into the cup and you’re ready to go!

 Put the needle into the fabric and poke the tip of the needle back through the fabric as if you are about to do a stitch  Before you remove the needle, wrap the thread around the needle twice.

 Place your finger onto the knot and then pull the thread.

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These marks indicate construction details, such as zipper position, pleating, or the endof-stitching line, as set out in the instructions. Some pattern companies will use triangles or squares in place of circle dots.


Each line relates to different size for the garment. There can be up to 10 sizes on a pattern sheet so you can either follow a single cutting line throughout or blend carefully between sizes to achieve a better fit.


The arrow on the pattern piece must be ‘on grain’ with the threads of the fabric so that it can hang, move and stretch correctly. The grainline must always be parallel to the selvedge (the self-finished edges) of the fabric.


The placement for a button is marked with an X. The placement for a buttonhole is marked with an edged line. TUCKS/PLEATS

Transfer any tuck lines marked on the pattern PLACE ON FOLD LINE

This edge of the pattern piece is to be placed on the fold of your fabric, making it easy to cut out a mirror image at the same time. pieces to the RS (right side) of the garment. Follow directional arrows where given.



Parts of the fabric to be folded for shaping, usually located at the bust, waist and neck.

Every project you sew has a set seam allowance. This is the distance between where you sew and the raw edge of the fabric – essentially an invisible line around each pattern piece. These lines are occasionally included on vintage patterns. You must sew at the seam allowance in order for the pieces to line up correctly. Most commonly this is 1.5cm, but check your instructions in case smaller allowances are being used. Sewing machines have marks for the seam allowance to the right side of the presser foot.


Make a tiny snip or chalk mark at each notch location, within the seam allowance. These marks are used to match pieces together before sewing.



These explain how to lay each piece onto the fabric to ensure that all of the pieces will fit on the fabric quantity suggested on the envelope. Remember to follow along with the correct view and size. Don’t forget to take care with directional prints; you wouldn’t want a floral print top with all the flowers upside down.

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Instructions for placing right sides of fabric together will be written as RST. LENGTHEN OR SHORTEN LINE

This indicates exactly where to shorten or lengthen the pattern piece or garment to make changes for improved fit.


Instructions for fusing interfacing to the wrong side of fabric will be written as WST.

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ACHIEVE THE PERFECT FIT  Draw a third horizontal line a little above the hem between Line 1 and the centre front of the pattern.


First, you need to work out how much additional space you require around the bust or what you’d like to remove. Here is a helpful chart to work out the amount: Small bust example

Full bust example

Full bust measurement



High bust measurement







1/2� SBA = half the difference

11/2� FBA = half the difference

 Cut along Line 1 from the hem to the armhole, making sure not to cut all the way through the armhole. Leave a hinge so you can pivot the paper. The point of the dart has now swung away from its original position.  Cut through the line in the middle of the dart, again leave a little hinge at the tip of the dart so you can pivot.

 The lower edge of your hem no longer meets at the bottom, as the side that has been adjusted is now longer. Cut the third line you drew, and spread apart until your hem is level. Fill in the spaces created with tracing paper, and stick into place.

 Using a ruler and pencil, draw a vertical line from the marked point to the hem. Make sure the line is parallel to the grainline on the pattern.

SMALL BUST ADJUSTMENT (FIG E)  Draw in the lines as per an FBA adjustment. This is essentially the same process in reverse.

 From this line, draw a second line up towards the armhole, hitting the lower third of the armhole. Together, these lines are called Line 1.

 Swing the darted side of the pattern across the other side, by the desired SBA amount.  The lower edge of the hem no longer meets at the bottom, as the side that has been adjusted is now shorter. Cut the third line you drew, and overlap until your hem is level.

 Draw a second line horizontally through the middle of the bust dart, meeting Line 1 at the bust point.












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Some patterns will come with an adjustment line for narrow or broad back drawn on. If your pattern doesn’t, you can easily do this yourself. NARROW BACK (FIGS A – C) B



 Line up the cut edges of Line 1 so they’ve been spread apart by the amount of your FBA. The edges should be parallel. You’ll notice that your dart has now spread apart too and become bigger.

FULL BUST ADJUSTMENT (FIGS A-D)  Lay the tissue pattern against yourself to establish where your bust point is. Mark onto the pattern with a cross.




 Draw a vertical line down from the shoulder, 3cm from the armhole to just below the bottom of the armhole. Draw a second line at a right angle from this point.  Cut along the two lines, and slide the armhole side overlapping the paper. Stick in place. A small Ÿ� adjustment is often enough. Play around with this amount as you develop your fitting skills.  Use a ruler and pencil to true up and re-draw the side seam and shoulder seam. Because we have only adjusted the upper back, the fit should remain the same around the waist. (See the orange lines on Fig B.)  You’ll now need to make the front shoulder width a little shorter. Line up the notches on the shoulder ensuring sure the neckline is lined up. The front width will be a little longer than the newly adjusted back shoulder. Draw a new, narrower line from the back around the front, trimming a little of the front armhole away. Don’t forget to make sure your new curved line is smooth at the shoulder. BROAD BACK ADJUSTMENT (FIGS D AND E) D




SHORTEN A PATTERN (FIG A) Working at 90Ëš to the grain, make corresponding tucks across the front and back bodice, at bust and below armhole. Make corresponding tucks across the front and back of skirt below the hips. For sleeves, shorten above and below the elbow, avoiding the sleeve head curve. LENTHEN A PATTERN (FIG B) Working at 90Ëš to the grain, cut across the front and back bodice, at bust and below armhole. Cut across the front and back of skirt below the hips. For sleeves, cut above and below the elbow, avoiding the sleeve head curve. Spread the pattern pieces as required and fill the spaces with scrap paper. A

BELOW THE HIP ADJUSTMENTS (FIG A) To decrease the width, make a graduated tuck from the waist to the hem, tapering to nothing at the waist, indicated by the dotted line. To increase the width, cut the pattern piece through the waist to the hem, place over scrap paper and spread to the required size.

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 Start in the same way as a narrow back adjustment drawing the two lines and cutting along them.


 Instead of overlapping the cut pattern pieces, spread them. As before there are no hard and fast rules, but with a broad back a Ÿ-½� adjustment is about right. Fill in the space with some tracing paper and stick together.  Use a ruler and a pencil to true up and re-draw the side seam and shoulder seam. (See the orange lines on Fig D.)  This time you’ll need to make the front shoulder a little longer. As with the narrow adjustment, line up the shoulder seams, ensuring the neckline is aligned. Draw a curved line from the back shoulder down towards the front armhole, adding a sliver to the front shoulder and armhole. Check that you’ve drawn a smooth line over the shoulder.

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SIZING Finished bust

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HOW TO MAKE: MATERIALS & TOOLS • 1.9m 124cm-wide gingham cotton or similar medium-weight fabric • 20cm fusible lightweight interfacing • 56cm concealed zip • co-ordinating thread • templates downloaded from

NOTES Finish the raw edges with a machine zigzag stitch or overlocker 1cm seam allowance is included

1 Fuse interfacing to the WS of the neck facing pieces. 2 Create the darts at the front and back. 3 Finish the raw edges of the CB seams. We’ll insert the zip into the CB seam now for ease later! Use an invisible zipper foot for a neat finish and sew the zip on the RS of the garment. Finish the CB seam by continuing to sew below the zipper stop. 4 Join the front to back at shoulder seams and press open. Sew the neckband facing together at shoulder seams and

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edge, and finish the other raw edge. Gather cuff piece along the unhemmed side. With RST, pin then tack the gathered cuff piece to the sleeve. Ease the gathers all around to fit and sew them in place. (See pics C and D.) Pin, tack, then sew the sleeve into the armhole, matching the notches. (See Pic E.) Finish the raw edge and press the seam allowance towards the body. D

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Commercial patterns are designed to fit a B cup size, and as many of us are now C cup or over, to get a good fit through the bust, chest and back frequently requires some alterations to the pattern tissue before you cut into your fabric. The first step is to check which size you should be working with because for those over a C cup, you choose your dress, jacket and top size by your high bust measurement and then make adjustments.


To find out whether to choose from bust or high bust/chest size, first take your full bust measurement – around the fullest part of your bust and straight across the back. Then take your high bust/chest measurement – above the bust and under arms at the front, straight across the back. If there is a difference greater than 6.5cm (2½”), you should choose your pattern by your high bust/chest measurement and then make the adjustments noted below. This will help ensure the pattern fits better across your shoulders, chest and back. TIP: Before making adjustments for a fuller bust, check the finished garment measurements (printed on the tissue pieces or pattern envelope). If they are over 5cm larger than your bust, you may not need to do a full bust adjustment. Tissue-fit by pinning the pattern pieces together and trying on, or make a calico test bodice.


Having chosen the right size to work with, the next step is to check the markings on the pattern to check that the bust apex point is in the right place for you. This is particularly important on dresses with princess seams where the curve of the seam needs to fit around your curves accurately. If your clothes wrinkle above or below the bust, you will need to alter the pattern. Most commercial patterns have the bust point marked on the tissue by a large circle with a cross inside. Hold the pattern piece against your body, with the shoulder seam in line with your shoulder and centre front at centre front of your body. The bust point marking should fall at the apex (point) of your bust, if not you will need to make an adjustment.

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Draw two parallel lines, at right angles to Draw a line across the bodice just below the centre front, just below the armhole, the armhole, at right angles to across the bodice an equal distance the centre front (A), slash apart to the amount the bust along the line and spread point needs to be raised (D). the tissue apart by the Fold the bottom line up to the required amount. Add top line and tape. Redraw extra tissue and tape Don’t forget to adjust the centre front and the in place. Redraw the side edge (E). Again, this all front pieces the centre front and side adjustment means you have same if working with edges (B). Doing this shortened the garment so to a dress or top with does extend the front adjust it back to the original length, so to return it to princess seams length draw a line across the the original length, draw bodice at right angles to the centre two parallel lines an equal front, slash on the line and spread distant apart (the same as the apart the pieces by the same amount you extra you have just added), just above the just folded out. Tape in place and redraw waistline. Fold the bottom line to the top centre front and side edge (F). and tape in place (C).

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Enjoy your sewing – you have the power to get a great fit! FULLER BUST

For C cup and more, you may need to make a full bust adjustment. But first check the finished garment measurements. On loosefitting garments, this adjustment is only necessary if your body measurement is less than 5cm difference to the finished garment measurements.


Draw a straight line across the bodice through the bust point marking, at right angles to the centre front. Draw a second straight line from the curved portion of the armhole to the bust point and from this point continue a straight line down to the lower edge, parallel to the centre front (G). Slash along these lines, keeping a pivot point at the armhole, and then spread the pieces out to the required amount (see below). Add tissue and tape. Reshape the darts (H).


Measure up from the waist 15cm along the side edge and mark with a dot. Draw a straight line from this mark to the bust point/apex on the tissue. Again draw a

straight line from the curved portion of the armhole to the apex and then from there down to the lower edge as before (I). Slash and spread the tissue by the required amount and add extra tissue and tape in place. Now to close up the side opening created, draw a dart equal to the width of the side opening with the tip of the dart 2.5cm (1”) from the bust point. Lengthen the centre front to match the side length and redraw the lower edge (J).


Having taken high bust and bust measurements, deduct bust from high bust. Then deduct 6.5cm (2½”), which is already allowed for in the pattern. Halve the remaining figure to determine how much extra room is needed. For example if your bust is 91cm (36”) and your high bust is 101cm (40”), the difference is 10cm (4”). Deduct 6.5cm (2½”), which leaves 3.5cm (1½”). Half of this is 1.75cm (¾”) thus the tissue needs to be spread by 1.75cm (¾”).


If your cup size is smaller than a B cup, you may need to make a small bust adjustment. Folds will appear in garments over the bust if there is excess fullness that needs to be removed. Check/correct the bust point/apex as noted previously and then take high bust and full bust measurements. If you have less than 6.5cm (2½”) between the measurements, you may need to make an adjustment.


Mark a dot at the apex and draw a straight line across the bodice, through the dot and at right angles to the centre front. Draw a straight line from the curved area of the armhole to the dot and then straight down to the lower edge, parallel to the centre front (K). Cut along these lines. Overlap the cut edges to the required amount and tape. Reshape the darts as needed (L).



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Sew-along Part 2


elcome back to the Lingerie Sew-along. In the last issue I looked at patterns and fabric and laces. Have you chosen yet? I am now going to look at cutting out, seams and attaching lace.

I would expect the pattern you have chosen to be cut on the bias. Why? Bias cut will stretch and mould itself around the body, eliminating the need for darts and multiple seams.


The bias cut is usually cut on single-layer fabric, and the diagonal grain line printed in the pattern needs to be placed parallel to the selvedge. A large flat cutting table is essential for this process. Pin carefully and cut using long scissor strokes, or you could use a cutting mat and rotary cutter if you feel this gives you more control.


Check the seam allowance on your pattern, is it 6mm (¼”) or 15mm (⅝”)? Many lingerie patterns have just a 6mm seam allowance, which may limit seam options. If you have a 6mm seam allowance try this seam. Place the fabric together RS to RS and stitch a 6mm seam using a straight stitch. Press the seam as stitched and then overlock the edges of the seam together


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Alison Smith MBE talks us through the next few steps on our luxurious Lingerie Sew-along with a three-thread overlock stitch – this will probably take up all the 6mm seam allowance – see if you can adjust your overlocker for a narrower stitch, or try a rolled hem to neaten the seam! Yes, a rolled hem works. If you don't have an overlocker, sew the seam allowances together using a tiny zigzag stitch of a length 1.5 width 2.5. If however you have a 15mm seam allowance, why not try a French seam? Pin the fabric together WS to WS and sew at 5mm. Press open and then fold the fabric RS to RS along the seam line and stitch a 10mm second seam. The result is a very strong seam that is very flat and comfortable against the skin.


Tack the two layers together. The lace is now zigzagged in place; set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch, length 1.5 width 2.5. Zigzag the lace into the fabric, making sure the stitch is on the lace, not half lace and half fabric, following the shape of the lace. This is secure as bias cut fabric does not fray. On the WS, trim back to the zigzagging. Press. On a camisole, slip or nightdress, join the front to the back at the side seams by your chosen technique, matching through the lace.



The lace is the most important part of the garment in many respects and care needs to be taken in attaching it. On a camisole, a nightdress or slip, the lace is applied to the top edge prior to the front and back being stitched at the side seams. Why? To stop the top edge, which is bias cut, from stretching too much! With the pattern piece flat on the table RS upppermost, place the lace trim over the fabric, making sure it overlaps by at least 1cm on a straight0edged lace or by half the depth of the lace on a scalloped piece.

Attach lace to the bottom edge if required using the same technique. If you are making French knickers or pants, the lace trim at the hem edge is applied after the side seam on the pants has been made.


Pin the lace to the fabric, working from the CF or CB to the sides and making sure you place a dominant motif on the lace at CF and CB. At any corners or points, either mitre the lace or trim around a motif and overlap the following motif.

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If your chosen fabric is super fine or super sheer, or super fraying like my blue georgette, I would advise you neaten the raw edge prior to attaching the lace. This is more unusual. On the blue georgette I neatened the raw edge prior to attaching my organza lace trim; use either a threethread overlock stitch, a rolled hem on the overlocker or a tiny zigzag stitch. Once this has been done attach the lace to the garment, but do not trim back. Next time I will explain how to make hems, straps and elastic inserted casings, plus I'll take you through the important finishing touches!

ABOUT ALISON SMITH Awarded an MBE for her services to dressmaking, Alison is an industry expert in classic couture and a published author. Alison has her own shop and line of patterns, and you can also learn with Alison at one of her exclusive workshops. Find out more on her site

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