• #SWAPSHARESEW Challenge

    The original idea behind the challenge was to pair up like-minded amateur dressmakers through Instagram, swap pretty sewing notions to add to a garment and more importantly make new friendships!  We also had some amazing prizes donated from pattern companies too! It was such a great success last year and so many new sewing friendships created that we are running…

  • The Getaway Jeans Sewing Pattern Review

    The Getaway Jeans Sewing Pattern Review For my third sewing project as a contributor for The Sewing Directory I have chosen the Getaway Jeans by The Sewing Workshop. Working in conjunction with Hantex and Modelo Fabrics, who have a vast selection of fabrics and sewing patterns. June Makes Post #3 The Getaway Jeans Sewing Pattern Review I chose this pattern…

  • Avenir Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern Review

    Avenir Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern Review So in my second sewing project as a contributor for The Sewing Directory I have chosen the Avenir Jumpsuit by The Friday Pattern Company. Working in conjunction with Hantex and Modelo Fabrics, who have a vast selection of fabrics and sewing patterns. April Makes Post #1 For my first sewing project last month I made…

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    Rhapsody Blouse – Love Notions Patterns

    I have always loved the sewing patterns from Love Notions and I have got quite a few in my collection now. I almost bought the pattern a few months ago but I can’t remember why I didn’t. Rhapsody Blouse Well I am so glad I waited as The Rhapsody had been updated and re-tested in April 2020 to include a…

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    Kalle Shirt Dress – Make and Pattern Review

    Kalle Shirt Dress Pattern Review So I have been kindly asked to work with The Sewing Directory as a blogger/contributor on a monthly basis. As an avid dressmaker, I leaped at the chance and was so thrilled to be involved. Working in conjunction with Hantex who are a fabric and creative sewing product distributors. Each month I will be choosing…

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    Choosing The Right Vlieseline Product In Dressmaking

    As my journey in dressmaking progresses, I now realise that there is more than one interfacing to use. Although not very exciting, interfacing is a necessity when dressmaking. I know I would much rather be buying pretty fabrics, sewing patterns, and trims, but there comes a time when I also need to replenish my interfacing supplies. Last year, when I…

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    How To Make A Twist Knot Headband Tutorial

    Twist Knot Headband Tutorial Coronavirus Pandemic I don’t know about you but I have so much nervous energy during this awful Coronavirus pandemic. Whilst we are all in lockdown and confined to our homes for weeks to come I thought I had to turn my attention to something creative. If only to take my mind off things and to try…

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    Making A Toile with Swedish Paper

    So, I am getting much more confident with my dressmaking, so much so that I am delving into the world of pattern hacking.  Well, when I say pattern hacking I mean adjusting the neckline on a pattern.  But it’s a start and it’s definitely getting my creative juices going. Ruffle Sleeve Top Let me explain in more detail. The Ruffle…

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    Wilder Gown Blouse Beautiful Botanicals

    An old fashioned girl I am an old-fashioned girl at heart and love fabrics with that vintage touch. So this beautiful botanical viscose print was a perfect choice for my Wilder Gown Blouse. Or anything with a hint of days gone by and especially with those soft muted colours of yesteryear. If you know me or follow me on social…

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    Sewing With Scuba Fabric – My Coco Dress

    I chose pretty gingham Sewing with Scuba fabric. I love trying out new fabrics and especially fabrics that have different characteristics and qualities. So, when I chose this pretty gingham Scuba from Minerva I was so looking forward to working with it. Never having sewn with it before I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I only knew that it was…