The High Neck Smock Hack!

The High Neck Wendy Smock Hack Sometimes I make things up as I go along, this pattern hack is one of those occasions. One day, I decided I fancied making the Wendy Smock with a slightly higher neck. I...

The Barcelona | lining tutorial – part 2

How to add a lining to the Barcelona Dress | part 2 | sewing the dress lining | This is part 2 of our lining tutorial, in which we are adding a lining to the Barcelona dress. This is where we find out...

The Barcelona | lining tutorial – part 1

How to add a lining to the Barcelona Dress | part 1 | the lining pattern | I had really wanted to include a lining pattern in with the Barcelona but there is only so much I can fit into a pattern and ...

The Strap & Facing Tutorial – the Maria Apron

Oh wow! This photo tutorial has turned into a monster tutorial on how to sew the straps and facing for The Maria Apron! You will need to have followed the instructions included with the pattern so the...

The Barcelona – in-seam pocket tutorial

So here at Maven, we do our in-seam pockets a little differently. You may have noticed our pocket bags have a curvy bit, which has many a function. “So why a curvy bit, Mrs M? Go on then, talk p...

Sewing with Stripes

The Barcelona dress…. all the stripes in all the directions!  Stripes can be tricky little blighters, on the move when you think you’ve got everything straight! It does tak...

The Barcelona – Neck Dart Tuck Tutorial

This isn’t a very complicated part of the Barcelona dress but a few extra photos never hurt anyone! So what is a dart tuck? A dart tuck is really just a dart that is only partially stitched alon...

the BARCELONA – invisible zip tutorial

The Barcelona Dress | Invisible zips & stripe matching Invisible zips (sometimes called concealed zips) strike the fear into many a sewist, and our lovely Barcelona dress has an invisible zip and ...

The Rochester – FBA tutorial

The Rochester sewing pattern has no bust dart and a gathered neck, so how does one go about doing a full bust adjustment (FBA for short) to add a little more room where one may, ahem, require it?? It&...

The French Dart | Full Bust Adjustment (FBA)

What is a Full Bust Adjustment (FBA)? Sewing patterns are generally (and there are exceptions) drafted to accommodate a B cup. All Maven Patterns are drafted with a B cup. Unfair I know, but unfortuna...