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Marie makes McCalls 7969

Marie Lawlor shares about her make of the ever-so-popular McCalls 7969 dress. Happily, a favourite fabric finally found the perfect pattern. The Pattern This McCalls pattern has been a sewing community cult favourite for over 2 years now, and I can finally understand why!  I will admit, that when I first saw it, M7969 wasn’t …

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Celebrating St Lucia’s Day

Did you know that Scandinavian countries will be celebrating St Lucia’s Day on Monday? St Lucia’s Day is a Swedish Festival of Light celebrated on December 13th. In the old Julian calendar December 13th was the date of the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Lucia or Lucy means light. The Legend Legend …

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Sew Sustainable Santa Sacks

Happy St Nicholas Day! In real life Saint Nicholas was a 4th century bishop in what we now call Turkey. Legends grew up around him about his kindness to maidens, children and sailors. By the Renaissance he had become the most popular saint in Europe. Dutch settlers brought Sinter Klauss to the American colonies. When …

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Straight-Line Quilted Christmas Postcards

Send a hug through the post with these straight-line quilted Christmas postcards. This straight-line quilting technique is super satisfying. And it doesn’t need special equipment. Anybody can stitch these Christmas postcards on their regular sewing machine. What you need festive fabrics fleece or wadding pretty thread + 100/16 Topstitch needle ribbons or rickrack printed postcards …

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Marie sews silk chiffon

The Fabric Sewing with crinkle silk chiffon is possibly the most challenging substrate I have sewn with to date. I am the kind of person who can become bogged down in minor details, talk myself in circles and procrastinate on a seemingly difficult (or new) task. I was extremely lucky to have the opportunity to …

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Jen’s Upcycled Tablecloth top with Japanese Nuno fabric buttons

This May we saw the opening of a new Japanese sustainability and textiles exhibition, Making Nuno, at Japan House, London.  It features innovative fabrics by Sudo Reiko, one of Japan’s foremost textile designers who combines Japanese traditions with new engineering techniques and unusual combinations of materials including silk, handmade paper, nylon tape and thermoplastics. The …

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Fabricating Postcards

I have a pet project. It’s fabricating postcards. I’ll show you a simple way to make fabric postcards with favourite fabrics on your sewing machine. Small is Beautiful One of my favourite things about fabricating postcards is that they’re a small fast, easy-to-finish project; a perfect opportunity to try out something new on a small …

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Making the Jily Top in summery linen – version one

Rose shares her experience making the Jily Top as a beginner sewist Today I thought I would share a little bit about the process of making the Jily Top by the Fold Line, from a beginners points of view, sharing things I learned in the process. As someone who has not made garments properly before, …