Do you ever fall in love with a pattern and suddenly start seeing fabric for future versions everywhere you look? That’s currently me with Rowan. Every stretch fabric I see is just another potential Rowan, waiting to happen. Since making my first Rowan tee at the very start of this year, the situation has snow-balled. My current count is sitting at around 11 completed tees, with 2 half made and fabric bookmarked for around 3 more – making Rowan, without a doubt, my most repeated make ever. I just can’t stop & frankly I don’t want to.
Do you have sewing day-dreams? Those moments when you zone out of life and into that little world in your head where all your great ideas float around, hoping to one day be made. The idea of a Rowan ringer tee has been floating around my imagination for a while now, and with the release of our updated sizes this month I decided it was finally time to make those dreams reality!
What’s a ringer tee you ask? It’s a retro style tee that’s found it’s way back into our wardrobes again – think 70’s youth, gym classes and rock & roll. Ringer tees are simply t-shirts which have neckbands and sleeve bands made in a contrasting colour to the rest of the tee. They’re such a cool style and are super fun and easy to make, so I thought I’d take you guys through 3 different methods to turn your new Rowan tee into a ringer!
So you’ve heard that we’ve just released Mini Darling Ranges, you’ve got 10 daughters and you’re thinking to yourself, can I be bothered making enough bias binding for ALL those gorgeous matching dresses? Well, firstly, woah. That’s a lot of daughters, and that’s a lot of binding. I can’t relate on the 10 daughters part, but I have had to make ridiculous amounts of bias binding before, and I’m here to tell you –
I KNOW AN EASIER WAY!
This method involves a bit more sewing than the continuous strip method which i know is really popular, but it results in less seams in your binding, and also gives you the opportunity to line up stripes or checks if you’re a big fan of pattern matching like me. It involves some fancy folding and accurate cutting, but taking it step by step, its a super easy way to make a huge amount of binding relatively quickly. And when i say huge, I mean HUGE! Today I’m making around 40m (almost 44 yards) of binding! But of course the same technique can be used on a smaller scale too.
This method isn’t just for people with lots of daughters, it’s also great for making binding for the edges of quilts, super easy bunting or spaghetti straps, for binding seams on the inside of garments or for a decorative bound edge on the outside of garments – the list goes on. Having your own giant stash of binding, ready to go at a moments notice, is ridiculously handy – so let’s get started!
Hey everyone, Naomi here! Is it just me, or has everyone else’s sense of time gone out the window this year? I could have sworn that it was just last month we had the Sewing Community Project makers in the studio, excitedly picking out patterns and fabric, then on shoot day getting their makeup done! But at the same time, it also feels like a lifetime ago. A LOT has changed since then. One thing that hasn’t changed though is how incredibly important it is to maintain and nurture our communities! Which is what got me reminiscing about our wonderful community project in the first place.
I know you all enjoyed the beautiful photos that our photographer Bronnie Joel took, and the wonderful interviews with each of the brilliant makers (check out the links at the end if you haven’t had a chance to read them yet!). However, something you folks haven’t seen much of is the behind the scenes! So, I thought today I’d tell you a little more about what went into the project!
Hey guys, Naomi here! So I have a little confession to make to you today…I have lots (and lots) of fabric in my stash. Don’t judge me! I just love natural fibres. Wool, cotton, linen, silk- they’re breathable, beautiful, biodegradable, and I can’t explain it, but they just make me happy! Unfortunately though, it’s not just me who loves them. Some of the things that make them wonderful for us, are the things which make them most attractive to those with a lot more legs, and lot less regard for your fabric stash. Yep, I’m talking about moths & silverfish. When they see that gorgeous silk you’ve been saving for something special, they don’t see a lovely bias cut skirt, they see lunch.