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A few sewing tutorials

4 Aug

I was taught the basics of sewing by my mother when I was a little girl (think a LOT of scrunchies), then more skills at secondary school.  I think we spent a lot of time on cushions before moving onto clothes.  My final projects were an ankle length skirt with four thigh high splits (an interesting look), and an oil cloth piece for storing baby items on a pram.  My abiding memory is of having bleeding fingers due to opting to sew four layers of oil cloth!

Since those important lessons, I’ve been relatively self taught and that means I’m always searching for easy to follow, well written tutorials to develop my sewing skills.  In the spirit of sharing, I thought I would list some of the best ones I’ve found recently:

Making your own continuous bias tape

Length suggestions for children’s skirts

Nice tutorial on French seams

Ladder / slip stitch for closing bag interiors / broken seams etc by hand

More sizes for girls clothes


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I’ll be adding to this list as I come across more tutorials and useful pages, not least because it was a perfect bookmarking exercise for me!



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Day 78: Say Cheese


Another Sunday morning stroll around South Melbourne Market sampling and buying. Some lovely, stinky, squidgy brie was the highlight of this trip. Continue reading

Duck themed baby dress

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Hand sewn baby dress with duck decorations

After a little break from my sewing machine it was back out to make a present for a friend who is having a baby in September.  A group of us met up over the August bank holiday weekend for afternoon tea at The Charlotte Street Hotel for a low key Baby Shower.  This was my contribution. Continue reading

My first project – a dress for my niece

24 Jul

Burda Child's Dress

This was very much a test of whether I had the ability to make clothes. I was taught to sew at school but apart from cushions I’ve done very little since. Watching the Great British Sewing Bee this year reminded me of how much I enjoy creating things and how my office job in marketing just doesn’t use my brain in this way. Continue reading

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