Making a tester bra

Making a tester bra

Making your own custom-fitted bra is a really rewarding experience.  Having to make two or three tester bras on the way to that perfect fit – not so much.  But sewing a tester bra is defintiely a necessary evil. Unlike with other clothes-making projects, you...

How to sew a Gothic Arch

Adding a gothic arch to your bra band is a must if you find the conventional straight band rides up or is generally uncomfortable.  Or if you just prefer the look of it.  So here’s a little guide for how to sew a gothic arch – the way I do it, at least....

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...

Buying Fabric Online

Buying fabric online is pretty much a necessity these days. Probably the most common question I’m asked at my classes is “Where do you get your fabric?”. A lot of my stash has been built up whenever I’ve been to America (at Palmer/Pletsch...

5 tips for flattering clothes

When we sew our own clothes we all have a vision of how we want to look, don’t we?  I happily put my hands up to wanting to look younger, but certainly flattered by what I’m wearing, This is especially true when I’ve put time, money and effort into...