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How to create a strong faux flat-lock seam with an overlocker.

By Julia Claridge | April 29, 2022
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How to create a strong faux flat-lock seam with an overlocker. A cover stitch machine can offer a professional finish for sports and jersey garments. It can create neat hems and flat covered seams that are ideal for sports wear. However unless you plan to make a lot of sports garments or garments that require…

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How to start making your own clothes.

By Julia Claridge | April 16, 2022
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How to start making your own clothes If I was to pull a positive out of the last two years I would probably have to say the amount of people who have had a go at sewing or reconnected with sewing. My classes since lock down ended have been full of new sewers or sewers…

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Tips for sewing with laminated fabrics.

By Julia Claridge | June 5, 2021
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Tips for sewing with laminated fabrics. Written by Louise Ambrosi of Sew Sofia  I first discovered laminated cotton fabrics back in 2012. I was in the early stages of setting up my sewing business and developing my product line for kids. With two young children of my own I wanted to make items that were…

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Introducing new sew-alongs.

By Julia Claridge | May 10, 2020
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Ever since the start of lockdown and the temporary end of my sewing classes I have been saying I would offer some sew-alongs for my sewing patterns. I had begun to build a library of techniques as video tutorials with the help of Dean Leivers before lockdown. However in the absence of my classes, I…

Decorative upside down stitching tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | June 28, 2019
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Decorative upside down stitching on the Mary dress pocket. This is a fun technique to try. In this tutorial I am showing this upside down stitching technique on the pocket of the Mary dress. I have included the pattern for this design if you wanted to use the same design on a Mary dress or…

The Essential sewing kit list.

By Julia Claridge | January 8, 2019
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The Essential sewing kit list. I originally thought about writing this post for beginners. People who might have been lucky enough to receive a sewing machine for Christmas or are just planning to get stuck into sewing as a new hobby this year. When thinking about what you need to get started I realised it…

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6 tips for using your first sewing pattern.

By Julia Claridge | July 6, 2018
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Six tips for using your first sewing pattern. When I say sewing pattern, I am actually referring to patterns for clothing. Patterns for clothing are historically called dressmaking patterns. These days indie pattern makers in particular are referring to patterns for clothing as sewing patterns. I think probably because dressmaking patterns sounds as though the…

How to insert a lapped zip – tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | June 15, 2018
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This is a tutorial to show how to insert a lapped zip. I’ve just launched my third dressmaking pattern, a little girls sleeveless dress with a gathered skirt, that zips at the back. Zips are one of those things that people sometimes prefer to avoid because they seem a bit tricky. However with a little…

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How to measure a child for making their clothes.

By Julia Claridge | May 24, 2018
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Measuring up before starting to make a garment is one of those tasks that can sometimes gets ignored, its tempting to just get stuck into sewing, picking a size closest to what you buy off the peg from the shops. However just like sizes vary from shop to shop, sizes also vary between pattern brands.…

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Tips for tracing a dressmaking pattern.

By Julia Claridge | May 17, 2018
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There are quite a few reasons you might need or want to trace a dressmaking pattern. I am busy designing and producing children’s wear patterns, I think it can seem like a short lived investment buying a child’s pattern as potentially in 6 months to a year you may need to buy it again, when…

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