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Although on the face of it, it would seem like a smart move to always pin your work before sewing, sometimes it’s better or easier not to. Here are some tips to help you decide whether to pin or not to pin…   Fabrics to Pin Cotton and linen respond well to being pinned and it’s pretty hard to damage these fabric with pinning. You can of course pin denim, but this is sometimes tricky – more on that later! Jersey, stretch and knit fabrics may all be pinned, but you should take extra care.  If you force the pin through one of the fibres of the fabric it could snap, leaving your finished item with little holes or, at worst, unravelling completely! If the pin does not slide gently through you are most likely going through a fibre.  Take the pin out and try again, looking carefully at what…

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Here’s some roman blinds I’ve recently completed for customers in and around the Chichester area. I really enjoy making a nice, crisp blind!  These have been made using both traditional wooden fixing with a pull cord, and with a cassette fixing, with a chain.

I am a self-taught dressmaker, and have been dressmaking for some time now.  I have learned so much – YouTube, Lorna Knight’s Dressmaking Bible and other books have been invaluable sources of information, but some things can only be learned through experience.  So here’s 4 lessons learned in dressmaking (the hard way).   1. Press, press, press At first I was so excited to get an item finished that I would race through all the steps without pressing anything.  I would start by pinning creased pattern pieces to un-ironed fabric.   Other unpressed bits included seams, darts, facings and sometimes pleats.  Yes, I am ashamed of myself. Unsurprisingly I got shabby results without fail, leaving me disappointed with a dress or skirt that I thought I was going to be in love with.  And it was all my fault.  Not so deep down I knew that avoiding pressing was a bad idea but…

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I made this bespoke waistcoat for someone who was going to the Goodwood Revival last summer. Shopping for vintage items or clothing with a retro style can be time consuming, and a little frustrating.  This is especially true if you have an exact picture in your mind of what you’re looking for.  Additionally, wearing true vintage isn’t everyone’s cup of tea! We overcame that problem this year by making this vintage inspired pinstripe waistcoat, with stylish curving lapels and covered buttons in a contrast colour.  I was so pleased with this as it looked really smart.  Being made-to-measure really helps keep a look sharp.  It was worn with a white shirt, blue burgundy tie, navy chinos and a trilby hat on the day. If you’re thinking of having something made for a special vintage occasion, maybe a wedding or the Revival, here’s some little tips on where to start.. Research If…

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If you have never sewn before, or if it has been a long time since you last threaded up your needle, the thought of starting a new project can be a little intimidating.  But fear not! Just like many other creative activities, success is largely down to good preparation.  Therefore, I have put together a checklist of 5 preparation tips for sewing to run through before you start, which should help you feel more confident about sitting down to your new project (or perhaps to finish an old one). Here we go… 1. PREPARE A PLAN OF ACTION This, for me, is the most important part. Have in mind exactly what you want to accomplish before you start.  I find it helpful to draw everything out, and colour in if necessary.  Using squared paper is a great idea, as you can incorporate your measurements into your drawings.  Check your measurements…

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