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    Seasonal Sewing Plans – Autumn 2021

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    It’s that time of year again when I’m thinking about my wardrobe and my seasonal sewing plans. This Autumn I have a few things my wardrobe is lacking and I want to plan the projects I need to fill these gaps. I love to use the change in seasons to give my wardrobe a bit of an audit. To think of what styles I’m loving right now. And what combinations of  my current clothes I can put together in a new fresh way. I don’t want to be making things for the sake of making. I want to make things…

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    Waltons Fabric in Goldthorpe

    Waltons Fabric is in Goldthorpe which is between Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham. It is easily accessed from the A1 if you are travelling from further afield. And without a doubt it is worth the journey. There is usually free parking…

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    One Year of Sewing in the Love & Stitches Club

    It’s been over a year since I started my online dressmaking club. Which is now call the Love & Stitches Club, previously the Learn to Sew Membership Club. So a whole year of sewing within our lovely community! Since starting…

  • Srap busting

    Scrap Busting Garments – Florrie’s Hoodie

    As a dressmaker I do tend to accumulate a lot of scraps of fabric. Last week my sewing has been all about scrap busting! I’ve even been using tiny pieces that are pretty much good for nothing. Let me tell…

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    Celebrating Sewing Success

    We’re just coming to the end of the current term of Sewing School courses. And let me tell you there have been some amazing sewing success! You are all so amazing and I love hanging out with you for a…

  • progress not perfection

    Aim for Progress not Perfection

    Progress not perfection is what you should be aiming for when learning a new skill. Sewing is the same as other skills. Such as learning to play a musical instrument or to speak a foreign language. When students first come…

  • Mending Makes a Difference

    Mending makes a Difference

    Mending your clothes is just one little thing that makes a big difference. There’s no dispute that the planet is a breaking point. We have consumed and consumed for the last 50+ years to the extent that clothing is now…

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    Pattern Markings – What are they all about?

    Pattern Markings seem like hieroglyphics when you first start dressmaking. A lot of marks and squiggles on your patterns that don’t mean anything to you. But pattern markings are essential to helping you put your pattern pieces together in the…

  • Up your Sewing game

    Up your Sewing Game – 5 Techniques to Master

    Want to up your sewing game? Mastering these 5 techniques will give big gains when it comes to the finish of your garments. When you start out dressmaking, there is so much to learn, you don’t really realise how much.…

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    Beginner Top Tips & the Sewing Bee

    I was asked to go on the radio last week to talk about The Great British Sewing Bee. They also wanted to know about my beginner top tips and that got me thinking about all the things I regularly tell…