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...

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 – our new PDF pattern!

  Our new PDF pattern The Barcelona is out now!And she’s a beauty with her feature dart tucks and flattering boat neck… & Oh My! Look at her chevroned detailed skirt!And she...

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...

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 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 ...