Choosing the right size pattern

Choosing the right size pattern – the first hurdle in making great looking clothes. Not wishing to state the obvious, but I’m fanatical about fit.  (Not to be confused with fitness – most definitely not!) There’s pretty much always an answer to...

Why don't commercial patterns fit properly?

How many times have you been excited about starting a new dressmaking project, raided your stash for the perfect fabric, carefully cut the pattern out and faithfully followed the sewing instructions – only to be disappointed with the result?  More times than you...

Top sewing tools

One of my lovely ladies at a recent Beginners Sewing class asked me a great question – ‘what’s your favourite sewing tool?’ I have to admit I was speechless for a few moments (and that doesn’t happen very often!). Like with most hobbies,...

Adventures in Bra Making

Being obsessed with perfect fit, I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to get round to running a bra course!  If you are waiting to book onto the course, I thought I’d titillate you (yes, pun intended – sorry!) with this bra making tutorial...

Hemming a full-circle skirt

Are you watching the new series of GBSB? Love Esme, the new judge! In the first episode, many of the skirts in the final round were marked down for having uneven hems. I sympathise! A little while ago I made the dresses for my daughter’s bridesmaids.  The...