LAST ORDER DATES FOR CHRISTMAS 2018

Need your pattern in time for Christmas? Don’t miss the last post! These are the last days to order your pattern to catch the last post as recommended by Royal Mail but, please note, they a...

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 ...

A Little Inspiration and Philosophy

Do you ever wonder where the inspiration behind a sewing pattern comes from? Ideas can literally come from anywhere and everywhere. I mean, who hasn’t followed someone around a supermarket to ge...

The Barcelona | corduroy skirt hack!

So Autumn is truly here in the UK as I write this…all the leaves are brown(ish) and the sky is, in fact, grey…it could be a completely different story by the time I publish the...

French Dart Update – paper pattern

Dear Maven Makers, We were alerted yesterday to an error on our lovely French Dart Shift paper pattern. Unfortunately the fabric measurements have not been ported across from the inside of the instruc...

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...

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 Festival of Quilts 2018

  Come and join us at this year’s Festival of Quilts! 9th – 12th August || NEC Birmingham, England Not a quilter? Don’t worry there are lots of stitching and sewing fun to ...