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The Cressida is the Jumpsuit for everyone
Circular patch Pocket
This is wonderful alternative to the usual shape of a patch pocket.
Hermione Wrap Top
This is an exclusive pattern just for our Members and is a really easy project to make.
These are a brilliant and utilitarian addition to any project
Welt pockets look wonderful as a detail on a jacket and are very straightforward to sew.
This pocket can be inserted into most seams, both horizontal and vertical
A tutorial to help you create cut-away pockets in your new garment.
Sewing with Sequins
Sewing with Velvet
A wonderful guide to sewing with Velvet fabrics
Sequin Regan Top
It’s time for a bit of Sparkle and Glamour on the run up to Christmas!
Peaseblossom top with Pocket
Our Peaseblossom top with a pocket
Digital Sewing Planner
Our lovely digital planner to help you plan all your new projects!
How To Sew a T Shirt
Learn how to make a wardrobe staple!
How to Sew Gathers
Gathers are great and so easy to achieve
Pattern Cutting Series Part 3 – Two Dart Bodice Block
Learn to draft your own blocks from your personal measurements
Rosa Batwing Top
An exclusive pattern just for our Silk Members
Eleanor Shirt Course
Eleanor is the perfect addition to you handmade wardrobe
Pattern Cutting Series – Part 4 – The one piece sleeve block
Now you have your bodice block we can create a sleeve to fit it.
How to sew darts
Learn how to sew the perfect darts
How to sew Pintucks
Watch the video from the Helena Course to show you how to sew Pintucks.
Fabric Focus – Cotton Lawn
Cotton lawn is a beautiful fabric both to wear and work with.
Choosing the right fabric for your project can make all the difference.
Fabric choices for Hermione
Hermione works best with lightweight woven fabrics
Prepping the pocket
Getting started with your pocket
Getting started on your pocket
Types of sequin fabrics
Different types of velvet
Laying, Cutting and Marking the pattern
All the technical info!
Fabrics and Supplies For Your T Shirt
Jules talks you through what fabrics and supplies you will need for this course
The Measurements you need for the 2 Dart Bodice Block
Follow the list of measurements you need for this block
Fabrics for Rosa
Choose the right fabrics for your Rosa top
Sleeve Block Prep
A bit of background and prep before you draft your sleeve
How to sew a Basic Dart
Basic Darts are the simplest to sew.
All the other things you'll need for this project
Getting started and a bit of prep
Cutting and prepping the fabric pieces
Attaching the Welt
Sewing pocket bags together
Creating a nice curve
Sewing with sequins – Do’s
Sewing the Shoulders
Cutting and making the pocket
Top Tips On Working With Knit Fabrics
Jule's top tips to working with knits and jerseys
Checking Your Cup Size
This will be your pattern cutting cup size!
Supplies for Rosa
What you'll need to make your Rosa Top
Supplies for the Eleanor Shirt
Everything you need to make your Eleanor Shirt
Sleeve Block Meaurements
Taking the measurements you need for the sleeve block
How to Sew a Fishtail Dart
Fishtail darts give shape through a garment
Checking body measurements to get the fabric quantity right for you.
Sewing the darts
Make sure to press the darts downwards
Cutting the opening
Adding Pocket bag
Finishing the pocket
Sewing with sequins – Don’ts
Laying and cutting out the pattern
Sewing the Neckband
Attaching the pocket to your garment
Stabilising and Sewing The shoulder Seams
Drafting the Front Bodice
Let's start with the Front
Cutting and Marking Out
Cutting out and transferring the pattern information
a little bit of prep
A bit of prep before we start the Eleanor Shirt
Drafting the Sleeve block
Drafting the sleeve step by step
Pressing darts properly will make such a difference
Finishing the leading edge
Neaten off the front curved edge first
Finishing the Welt
Marking out Stabilising
Making and finishing the rest of the top
Sewing the Shoulders
Putting in The Sleeves and Sewing Up The Side Seams
Learn how to sew in the sleeves and finish the side seams
Drafting the Back Bodice
Now we can look at the Back Bodice
A little bit of prep
Before we get started. . .
Making up the Shirt Back
Putting together the back pieces for the shirt
Drawing in the Sleeve head
Cutting Out and Marking Up
The best way to cut out and transfer pattern markings to your fabric.
Sewing the shoulders and back neck facing
This is a great way to neaten everything at the same time.
Attaching the Neck Band
Making Up and Attaching The Neckband
How to make up and attach the neckband to the garment
Tracing off the Pattern
Trace the pattern onto another sheet of paper
Rosa shoulders and neckband
Making up the neckband and attaching it
Making up the Front shirt
Attaching the front and yoke pieces
Transferring the balance marks
A little Bit of Prep
Attaching interfacing and stay stitching
Sewing the Sleeves and side seams
Make sure to leave a gap in one of the side seams
Finishing off the hems
Finishing The Hems and Cuffs
How to finish the hems and cuffs of your T Shirt
Trueing up the pattern
True up the pattern to make sure it works
Making up the Waist tie
The waist tie is only one way you can finish the Rosa top
Attaching the Front and Back
Now let's attach the front and back.
Your Finished Sleeve Block
Pinning, sewing and pressing the darts
Finishing off the Hems
The bottom edge and the sleeves are finished in the same way
Finishing seams and hems
How to Sew a T Shirt Round Up
Adding a seam allowance
This is the cheats way to add seam allowance
Your finished Rosa Top
Well done on finishing your Rosa top!
Attaching the facing and inner yoke
We can neaten off the collar and yoke at the same time.
Making up the Top
Sewing up the top and creating the cuffs
The finished top
Your finished Hermione
finishing the yoke
Now we can neaten everything up.
Making up and attaching the collar
Attaching the Sleeves
Sewing in the sleeves is very simple
Starting the trousers and sewing the front and back pockets
Sewing up the side seams
Now we can turn it into a proper shirt
Joining the Trouser Fronts to the Backs
Sewing the fronts to the backs - it's looking more like a pair of trousers now!
Joining the Trousers to the Top
It's all coming together now!
Marking and sewing the buttons and buttonholes
We are on the home stretch now!
Sewing and Attaching the Facings
Neatening the opening and the collar edge.
Your finished Eleanor Shirt
Now you have completed your Eleanor Shirt you can wear it with pride!
Finishing the Front Opening
Topstitching around the front opening and strengthening the crotch seam
Buttons and Buttonholes
Marking and sewing buttonholes and sewing on the buttons
Finishing the hems and anchoring the facings
Sewing the Tie Belt
Making the tie belt to finish things off
Bonus Feature – Belt Loops
You can also add belt loops!
The Finished Cressida Jumpsuit
The finished Jumpsuit - easier than you think to make and so very comfy to wear.
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