Cutting Down a Dress Into a Top

If you have a damaged dress, which is damaged below the waist, or that simply doesn’t flatter you the way it used to, cutting it down into a top can be a practical alternative to throwing it away. This doesn’t work with every dress, but most will only need a …

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Werewolf and Vampire Costumes

Thanks to the success of the Twilight books and films, werewolf and vampire costumes are enormously popular with children and teenagers. They’re always a good bet for fancy dress parties and they can be fun to wear for adults too. If made well, they can last a long time and …

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Beadwork and sewing

If you’ve paid any attention to fashion over the past few years, you’ll have noticed beadwork making a big comeback. It’s used to decorate tops, dresses and jackets, to create pretty ornamental bags and to add a glamorous touch to home furnishings. So what do you need to know to …

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Sewing with Children

If you’ve enjoyed learning to sew and discovered what a useful skill it can be, you’ll want to pass on your skills to your children. Starting Out It’s never too soon to get your kids interested in sewing, and you can start when they’re just babies. For an infant, the …

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How to Make a Hat

Few fashion items say more about us than hats. They’re also great things to make for practical reasons, to keep out the cold or shade us from the sun. Beginners to sewing often shy away from them, thinking they must be far too difficult. Whilst some types of hats do …

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How to Repair Holes in Clothing

Developing your sewing skills isn’t just about making exciting new things. It can also, importantly, be about repairing the things you already have, so that you can save money and enjoy the clothes and furnishings you love for longer. It’s easy to adapt your skills to repairing seams, buttons and …

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Altering a Sewing Pattern

Shoppers frequently complain that all the clothes on the high street seem to be in the same narrow size range, and the same complaint can be heard about sewing patterns. Few of us have bodies that fit exactly into the standard shapes, but resizing a pattern isn’t just a matter …

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Sewing with Difficult Fabrics

It’s all very well to learn good basic sewing skills, but when it comes down to it, some fabrics are difficult and just don’t want to behave. How can you get these difficult fabrics to cut, fold and run through your machine the way they should? We take a look …

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How to Make a Boned Corset or Bodice

One of the exciting things about making your own clothes is the ability to create glamorous outfits for special occasions. A boned bodice can put the finishing touch to a dramatic evening dress, and it’s surprisingly easy to make. You can also adapt it if you want to try making …

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Baby Friendly Fabrics

Many people are inspired to start sewing when they discover that there’s a baby on the way. Baby clothes can be quicker to make than larger garments and they allow lots of room for creativity. But if you’re going to make clothes the baby will be safe and comfortable in, …

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