New Pattern: The Kitty Dress!

It’s August Bank Holiday here in England and traditionally the whole of the UK either queues in traffic on the M5, or does a spot of DIY, falls off a ladder and queues up in the local A & E....

How to Make a Button Loop Tutorial

A handy little tutorial to show you how to make a handworked button loop….. SUPPLIES to make a button loop: Firstly gather your supplies: garment (obviously) button (1.5-1cm in width works well ...

Block Fuse and Spot Fuse Tutorial

 HOW TO BLOCK FUSE OR SPOT FUSE  Block fusing your facings is a great little industry trick that anyone can use. Why? It is more accurate to cut out facings from a pre-fused piece of fabric, rather...

How to Grade Between Two Sizes

How to Grade Between Two Sizes We are a unique and amazing bunch of individuals, all different shapes and sizes. Even those of us with the same measurements can be different shapes! You’ll under...

Lengthen or Shorten a Sewing Pattern Tutorial

How to Lengthen or Shorten a Sewing Pattern This is just about the easiest pattern alteration to do! You’ve probably noticed, many patterns have horizontal length adjustment lines marked on them...

Pattern Magic – an experiment

  “Garments we design ourselves appeal to the emotions as well as the eye. Unexpected shapes and forms can be converted into flat patterns and ultimately into garments. From this new ideas ...

#MAVENMAKERS – a jersey surprise!

#MAVENMAKERS – A Jersey Surprise! I had a Facebook message from a very lovely lady called Elfi from Germany, asking if I had ever made the French Dart Shift in Jersey. No, I replied, I’d t...

#MAVENMAKERS | The French Dart Shift

  #MAVENMAKERS | THE FRENCH DART SHIFT Check out this amazing version of The French Dart Shift! Made by Sybillance in a print designed by Sanne Van Winden for Vlisco. If you take your fabric se...