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How to organise a local sewing meet up

Do you want to find other people who love to sew and live locally? Here are some handy tips for organising a sewing meet up to go fabric shopping or visit a craft event or fair. First things first, find out if there are any existing groups in your local area that meet up already. […]

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The History of the Trench Coat

There are quite a few iconic coat designs we could have written about today, from the Coco Chanel jacket designed in 1954 to the leather biker jacket popularised by youth culture in America and the UK in the 1950s and 60s. Like many styles, their origins date back further than the fashions of the mid-century and that’s […]

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LOOK BOOK: Winter Coats

This month’s sewing pattern LOOK BOOKhighlights some great winter coats and jackets. Although November has started off quite mild the chilly months will soon be here so this is the perfect time to get your winter wears in order. Take a look at our top dressmaking pattern picks and some lovely fabric matches to inspire you. […]

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The Sewing Pattern Round Up – October

Keeping track of all the new pattern releases can be tough so we’ve put together a bitesized round up for October with the lovely Fiona of Diary of a Chainstitcherblog @diaryofachainstitcher. Fiona has a great sewing blog where she showcases her makes with really useful and detailed reviews of each pattern. She has kindly given us her […]

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Halloween: Fancy dress sewing patterns

On the blog today … With less than a week to go are you looking for Halloween craft project inspiration? Or perhaps a fancy dress pattern for a spooky night out? We’ve just added a load of Halloween dressmaking and sewing patternsto the site and wanted to share with you some of our favourite garment patterns…. […]

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Sew Saturday

  Today is the day to go and visit your local sewing shopand support lovely independent businesses! Many have events on, workshops running throughout the day and special discounts! Sew Magazine with Simplicityhave put together an interactive mapto show you what’s going on near you. We are celebrating our local sewing shops with aCOMPETITION! Win a […]

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The History of the Breton Stripe

Admit it you have at least one striped top… if not a whole drawer of them like myself. But what is it about the stripethat keeps us coming back for more? It has been a long love affair spanning almost a hundred years, but how has something that started out as a uniform become a […]

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Charlotte’s Shopping Guide to Paris

This weeks stripethemed mini blog series continues and after we kicked off with yesterdays Look book we are feeling un petit peu French around here. We will be adding shopping guides to the blog and we thought why not go a bit further a field this time with Paris(have you seen our free sewing city guides yet?) We came up with a […]

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LOOK BOOK: Stripe patterns

  We are kicking off our launch with a themed blog seriesthat will be running for the next week. Of course when it came to brainstorming ideas Kate was quick to drop in ‘stripes‘, which aside from the colour mustard and Gin is her next favourite thing. In fact she has no less than 7 striped garments […]

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