As hard as I try and regardless of how pictures of my sewing room appear on Instagram, I am a messy sewer. The amount of time I spend picking up random scraps of fabric, thread, pattern pieces and instructions piled high on my “work surfaces“ looking for my scissors/tweezers/awl/seam ripper/glasses, must equate to at least … More How to Sew Sustainably by Wendy Ward
I recently made my daughter a pair of joggers on which she fancied some bright pink piping. I had some satin bias binding the correct colour in my stash so decided to use that. Well what a faff that was. Using a stable and slippery fabric to produce piping on a lightweight loop back jersey … More Piping in an alternative
If you have got all the way to this, the sixth and last of my knicker making mini series, thank you so much for sticking with me. I hope it has been interesting and useful to you. For this final post I am going to share with you some of my favourite free patterns, some … More Ideas for you to knick(ers) and a few free patterns too.
The side seams have been sewn and your knickers are looking good, all that is left now is part 5, and penultimate post, in my knicker mini series – adding the FOE (Fold Over Elastic) to the waist. This step is easier than adding the FOE to the legs as you are dealing with a … More Certainly not a waist of time
The FOE (Fold Over Elastic) is attached and your knickers are now ready for part 4 of my knicker making mini series – the side seams. I have seen a couple of tutorials where the side seams are finished before the FOE is attached to the leg. Constructing your knickers this way is definitely a … More So it (side) seams we are smashing this
The fabric is all sewn together, gusset and all, and the next stage is what some people consider the most complicated step. I am hoping that part 3 of my knicker making mini series will dispel all fear and you, like me, will LOVE fold over elastic. I am continuing to use the Megan Nielsen … More Fear not the Fold Over Elastic
I have been having a great time recently playing about with knickers. I have been wanting to understand more about their construction for a while and finally got to a point where there were no urgent big projects on my list, so I could sit down and play. Lots of you have been very kind … More Now let’s talk Gussets
I thought it would be best to start my mini series on knicker making with a few words about fabric. To be honest, you can make your knickers out of almost any fabric you want, you just need to be able to match it to a suitable pattern. A comment was made on one … More So what fabric can I use to make knickers?
I have been making face masks at school to try and reduce the number of disposable ones we have been using. Below are the steps I take to make my version of the Big Community Sew pleated face mask. Hope you find this useful.
I may have mentioned this before, possibly more than once, but I do love sewing with stretch fabric and because of this love I treated myself to the Juki MCS-1800 coverstitch machine. As with all Jukis I have found this machine a joy to work with and it produces a stitch of outstanding quality. The … More Finishing the boxers – Cover Stitch 101