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Staley Top Pattern Hack : Straight Hemline

Staley Top Pattern Hack : Straight Hemline

Hey mates, today I'll be showing you how to alter your Staley Top pattern to have a straight hem with a band that goes all the way around. As much as I love the cool hemline action in the original design - it's super handy to have some basics in the wardrobe and I think view A of the Staley Top is ideal for this purpose. It's a very easy change to make to the pattern and sews up so quickly! Let's crack on. Start by tracing the front piece of the pattern onto a fresh sheet of paper. Use...

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Sewing Hats - Tips and Tricks

Sewing Hats - Tips and Tricks

Hey mates.  Two of my most popular sewing patterns are the Sorrento Bucket Hat and the Serpentine Hat. They're a quick and satisfying make and don't use much fabric. Huzzah. Francis is wearing the Sorrento Bucket Hat made out of rigid, hand painted denim. While I adore seeing your photos on Instagram of these, I do notice the odd floppy brim. So this blog post is about how we can avoid that. Most important thing is fabric choice! These patterns call for denim, canvas, cotton drill, mid to heavy weight woven fabrics that hold their structure. Sturdy, reliable -  the type of...

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Reznor Skirt - Blending Between Sizes for View A

Reznor Skirt - Blending Between Sizes for View A

Today I’ll be showing you how to blend between sizes for the Reznor Skirt. It’s straightforward enough for most of the pattern pieces, but I want to focus on the Front Skirt Top piece, as that is where things get a bit different! First things first, let me explain what is going on with this pattern piece so you have a better understanding of why we’ll be blending between sizes this different way. When I grade the side seam of a garment, there is usually a 1.27cm difference (1/2 inch) between each size. And you’ll notice that the left side...

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Sewing the Waistband of the Fremantle Pants and Trigg Shorts

Sewing the Waistband of the Fremantle Pants and Trigg Shorts

I get a lot of feedback that my pattern instructions are clear and easy to follow, but I know that some techniques are better shown over video. Which brings me to my first (poorly filmed) video tutorial. Watch me in all my awkward glory, showing you how to sew the waistband for the Fremantle Pants and Trigg shorts. This video is intended as a supplement to the written and illustrated instructions that come with the sewing patterns. It's not a standalone tutorial. So if you're keen, you can buy the patterns here! 

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Sewing With Bulky Fabric

Bulky Fabric sewing bulky fabric Sewing heavy fabric sewing tips

Sewing With Bulky Fabric

I'm writing this blog post to coincide with the impending release of my next pattern - the Akerfeldt Coat. This pattern is finished with flat felled seams and there are some areas in which these seams are folded over, or meet another seam and it creates a fair bit of bulk. Not a good time if you're unprepared. An industrial sewing machine is the preferred choice for sewing this pattern. But fear not. The following tips should get you through on a domestic machine with minimal broken needles and swearing.    1. Use the appropriate needles for your fabric. Most sewing...

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