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 the shirt length top, with a scoop neck and a straight sleeve. I knew I’d get the most wear out of that, but I…

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 pattern, the stitching on the spine especially is just perfect! [responsive] [/responsive][responsive] [/responsive]                 I’m making the…

The Top Indie Sewing Patternmakers

[gap height=”30″]If you’re anything like me, you’re  a big fan of independent pattern makers, there’s nothing wrong at all with the ‘big four’ (McCalls, Simplicity, Butterick, Vogue) it’s just that the new raft of independents for me at least, provide much (much) better instructional information in the form of colour photos, well laid out instruction books and sewalongs WITH VIDEO! Coupled with the modern clean designs and I can’t remember the last time I used a ‘big four’ pattern. I definitely have my favourites but I’m always worried that I’m missing someone. This is a list of the excellent…

Top 5 Autumn Sewing Patterns

I’ll accept it finally now the clocks have changed, Autumn is here. This is the time for warm cosy layers and of course the opportunity to add a few more handmade items to your wardrobe! I’m looking for an autumn skirt pattern, these are my finalists, what do you think?   Tilly and the Buttons: Arielle Skirt   You can’t beat a skirt with thick tights and boots! Arielle is a pattern for a confident beginner and comes in mini and below the knee lengths       Sew Over It: Tulip Skirt   In Tulip Lisa has designed…

10 Sewing projects for your home

  This week a collection of not too tricky projects for your home! A drawstring bag: the handiest of handy things. Make it big for a laundry bag, medium for a PE bag or small for a gift.[gap height=”10″][gap height=”10″] Pillow cases: Great for jazzing up a bedroom cheaply and easily[gap height=”10″][gap height=”10″] An apron: a kitchen win, or perhaps a a gift for someone?![gap height=”10″][gap height=”10″] Cushions: Fancy cushions for funky sofas[gap height=”10″][gap height=”10″] Floor cushions: a quick and satisfying project to brighten up your room[gap height=”10″][gap height=”10″] Ironing board cover: When you’re old one is wearing thin,…