Florals and Pleats

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Hello sewing-lovahs! Been a bit of a break as I got sick like the puppy, but I am back and mildly raring to go (antibiotics suck the life outta you, don’t they). Here I present to you another franken-dress: the bodice is from Simplicity 1873, the sleeves are self-drafted using a Topshop dress I like, and the shirt is self-pleated using my own new technique (Which I will do a tutorial on this weekend). Let me tell you, pleating without a pattern and getting everything to match was an… interesting experience, one I could have avoided with some maths. But I don’t like maths. And this way it was a voyage of discovery. *cough*. Continue reading

Nothing like a good Ham (and a Sausage)

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One of the most pressing issues* a sewist can face  when crafting a really professional-looking garment is ironing seams, hems and necklines. Getting the iron into fiddly areas like sleeves, armholes, curves etc can be a bit of a daunting task at best, and hair-rendingly frustrating at others.  I had been using  “bunching up a lot of random scrap threads and shoving them in the garment” technique and was of course unsatisfied with it, when I discovered there were these magical things called Tailor’s ham and Sausage. Continue reading