Labels, Pins and Badges – Adding Those Finishing Touches

[responsive][/responsive] Over the last few months I have totally engrossed myself into creating my own handmade wardrobe.  I have loved every minute, from the planning stage, to choosing patterns, fabrics, sewing and adding those finishing touches. I am a bit of a perfectionist, and will spend a lot of time faffing about, as my husband calls it, until I am 100% happy with my finished project.  This may mean unpicking a wonky line of top…
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Using Patterntrace to pattern hack or make toiles

  [responsive][/responsive] 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 its definitely getting my creative juices going.   Ruffle Sleeve Top Let me explain in more detail. The Ruffle Sleeve Top, designed by In The Folds and available as a free…
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Eco Friendly Sewing projects

[responsive][/responsive]   We’re all becoming much more conscious about our impact on the planet and the environment and many of us are looking for ways to reduce that impact. At Patterntrace we use eco-friendly packaging, our paper products are all made in a local mill plus our Patterntrace Swedish Tracing Paper is compostable!  We’ve found several eco-friendly sewing projects which can help you make a difference.   [responsive][/responsive]   Reusable kitchen roll This is a…
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Rebekah Top from Sonia Estep Designs

You might have seen that Patterntrace has partnered with In a Haystack this month. Kate provides a digital monthly sewing subscription and this month’s package included a treat from us, the Rebekah Top from Sonia Estep Designs and a fabric discount from Loubodu.    [responsive][/responsive] With such lovely things on offer I thought it’d be rude not to try them out! I decided (after a lot of thought, there are so many options!) to make…
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New Year, New Dressmaking Plans

This is a guest post from Jayne at Loopy Mabel’s Closet. Jayne is an avid stitcher who is creating her own handmade wardrobe one garment at a time. Follow her journey on her Blog, Instagram or You Tube channel.  [responsive][/responsive] I don’t know what it is about the start of the year, but I always feel it’s time to plan my dressmaking projects for the months ahead.  It must be because it’s a new year,…
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Free winter sewing patterns

[responsive][/responsive] It looks like we are set for a long cold winter this year, so our thoughts have been turning to nice warm garments and layers to keep us warm. We’ve found several great free patterns to help keep you cozy and warm this winter. Why not grab one of our Maker’s Workbooks to keep a log of the ones you choose to make.    [responsive][/responsive] Deer & Doe Plantain T-shirt This free 3/4 length…
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Gifts for Stitchers 2019

  [responsive][/responsive]   [responsive][/responsive] Patternweights Ideal for using with our Swedish Tracing Paper, Patterntrace, these metal patternweights will hold the pattern and Patterntrace still whilst you trace. They are also great for keeping the pattern pieces on top of your fabric whilst you cut out (removing the need for pins) and for stopping fabric from pulling or shifting when you have some hanging off the edge of your cutting table. Patternweights have partnered up with…
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Tracing patterns for children

[responsive][/responsive] One thing you can rely on is that children are always growing! There are so many brilliant childrens patterns on the market and most of them cover a very large size range making them excellent value. We were gifted a copy of Two Stitches Charlie Hoodie so we could show you how to really make the most of sewing for the small people in your life! First things first, this is a beautifully presented…
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Pin Cushion Project

 [responsive][/responsive] This cute pincushion is a great way to use up pretty scraps, or you could use a single fussy cut fabric for the centre if you prefer. It’s a quick and easy make so you can knock one up in no time. We have some gorgeous purple ergonomic pins which would look great in this pincushion.    Supplies A fat eight of fabric for the front corners and backing. I used Art Gallery Fabrics’s…
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Project Pouch Tutorial

Project Bag Tutorial  [responsive][/responsive] This large project pouch will easily hold the fabric and pattern for your next project, or your works in progress. Why not make several because let’s face it we never just work on one project at a time! I’ve designed the pouch to showcase some of your favourite scraps, but if you wanted to you could just use a single fabric front and back and show off a large-scale print instead.…
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