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 website The Dressmaker’s Closet  or on Instagram, Facebook or You Tube. 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, it always feels like a fresh start or a chance to re-evaluate the year before.  Either way it really makes me…

Project Planning Tips

Spending a bit of time planning your projects out can help to save you time and stress in the long run. Sometimes it can be hard to decide what to make next, so many ideas and so little time! Our tips below will help you focus and prepare for future craft projects. Think about how much time you have –  If you haven’t got a lot of time in the next few weeks then why not go for some quick makes so you get that finished project satisfaction, and it doesn’t feel like it’s going on forever. If you…

Expanding your Maker’s Workbook

Do you ever wish there were a few more pages in your Maker’s Workbook?  Do you want to write about more than 25 projects?  Do you have a large stash and require more stash pages? Good news!  We’ve just made some of the workbook pages downloadable so you can print extras and add them to your workbook.  Find all our downloads here. If you’re wondering how to store these extra pages, we have a solution.  Below is a simple tutorial for adding a pocket to the back cover of your workbook which you can store the extra pages in.…

Swedish Tracing Paper Stockists

As well as buying online you can also find Creative Industry products in the following fabulous stockists; UK Dot to Dot Studio – East Hoathly, East Sussex Fabrics a go go – Sheerness, Kent Fiona’s Fabrics – Woodbridge, Suffolk Harvey Jacobs – Online Minerva Crafts – Online/Darwen, Lancs Ray Stitch – London Sew Crafty – Online SEWN – Bristol Sewisfaction – Online School of Sewing – Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire The Crafty Mastermind – Online Village Haberdashery – London Denmark Meter Meter – Aarhus  USA Style Maker Fabrics – Online For an up to date list please have…

Maker’s Workbook: The beginning

Friends it began with this, Brilliant isn’t it?! 😉 A little while back I decided to get organised,  after making my favourite garments several times over I wished I had a way to document my makes, note down the modifications and keep a record of the fabrics I’d used. I decided to try writing down the crucial points as I went along, but the scrap of paper you see above  was the result of me making a Socialite Skirt (seriously). Five minutes after I’d finished I didn’t have a clue what my hieroglyphics meant. Combining a love of sewing and…