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
I have been asked a couple of times now to expand on my comments on the Full Bust Adjustment. So I thought I would tell you a little story that I hope will explain all about why it is needed and how to choose the correct size pattern to do your FBA on. Once apon … More The story of the need for the Full Bust Adjustment according to Mercedes Christian-Anderson
To say I was delighted to be part of CICOBooks Blog Tour for Wendy Ward’s latest book “Sewing Basics for Every Body”, is a bit of an understatement. As I have said before, I credit Wendy for my love of stretch fabrics after joining a “sew your own leggings” day at her old sewing school … More Sewing Basics for Every Body – Blog Tour
One of my March rituals is to join in with @thatwendywards #MIYMarch challenge. My first Instagram post EVER was for day one of MIYMarch15 and I have been there in some form or other ever since. This year instead of a daily prompt, Wendy is giving us weekly prompts around the theme of Sustainable Sewing and Making … More Joining in with #MIYMarch 2020 – Sustainability