• Ruby Sewalong – part 4

    Hi again!  First the good news – the video in this post was made with my iPad and a new tripod.  So hopefully they will be better and also I think some of you have had a few issues with the sound, which I also hope will be better this time. OK – so, how […]

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  • Ruby Sewalong – part 3

    Hi everyone! How’re you getting on with the wonderful Ruby pattern?  Hopefully by now you have cut out and sewn your cup pieces together.  This time we’re going to be finishing off the cups with fold-over elastic (FOE). As well as the sewing instruction, I’ve done a couple of other little videos with additional info […]

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  • Ruby Sewalong – part 2

    Welcome back!  Hopefully you’ve had a chance to grab your pattern and think about the fabrics you want to use. Since Ruby can be made with or without foam, I think it will be useful to include both styles in the sewalong so as not to limit your creativity 🙂 To avoid confusion, the foam […]

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  • Ruby Bra Sewalong

    I’m so excited to be sharing the wonderful Ruby bra with you! To kick-off this sewalong I’ve done a couple of videos explaining the sizing and a little bit about suitable materials.  I’m going to make up a full Ruby kit which will include fabrics, foam and findings and I’ll let you know when they […]

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  • Work hard, play hard in equal measure

    As most of you know, I recently visited Bra Makers Supply in Canada for the Master Swimwear course. It was a combined ‘work and play’ trip as I headed to Florida after the course for a holiday where I tried and tested my brand new swimsuit…..made by hers truly. On arrival, we were greeted by […]

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  • Five Good Reasons to Make Your Own Bra

    We’ve all been there ladies, wearing the wrong size bra for years and then you finally discover your correct size and voila, life is complete! Well, the good news is you can change the way you feel ‘supported’ forever. My top five reasons below will help you understand why making your own bespoke bra really […]

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  • 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. The first […]

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  • 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 most fit issues, but making  great-fitting clothes is a whole lot easier when […]

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  • 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 care to remember, if you’re anything like me. Loads of people I […]

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  • 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, there are loads of sewing gadgets and bits & bobs out there […]

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