We absolutely love supporting people on their sewing journeys and we also really love when people let us know what they’d like help with! We had an awesome sewer ask a question in the comments section of the blog a little while ago about how to do a broad back adjustment for their Matilda dress and we thought we’d whip up a little tutorial to help them & any other sewers who might need this adjustment! [Read more…]
Taekwondo is a really big deal in our house and has been for the last four years ever since Buddy saw a class through a window and was instantly hooked. If you ask me about what Taekwondo means to Buddy I will probably cry. It’s not something I talk about online, but he struggles with severe often crippling anxiety, and out of all the things we have done to help him, Taekwondo has done the most. It’s a combination of the philosophy behind the art as well as amazing mentoring instructors, and I can’t recommend this incredible martial art enough. His strong desire to practice this martial art motivated him to overcome so many personal fears and challenges and I am beyond incredibly proud of him. He loves it so much that after watching him train for two years, his sisters fell in love with Taekwondo too and it’s such a joy (and dare i say adorable?) to watch all three training together! Being able to break boards with your kicks is an integral part of the journey and a skill you need in order to progress to senior belts. With three kids practicing we decided to get a kickboxing bag that all of our kids could use to train and develop strength in their kicks. And guess what you fill kickboxing bags with – FABRIC SCRAPS! And guess what I have coming out of my ears – FABRIC SCRAPS! So today is the story of filling a kickboxing bag with fabric scraps I’ve been hoarding for much too long!
Every now and then tragedy strikes and one of our samples is damaged. We had a photoshoot a few years ago at a cafe, and after the shoot we noticed some odd bleached sections of on the back of our Dawn shorts sample. I almost cried. I love this sample and knew this fabric wasn’t available anymore. I washed them in the hopes it was just something white on the surface, but to no avail. Our currently running theory is that when our model was perched on the edge of tables that there might have been leftover cleaning liquid? Who knows. But finally I figured out a solution! I love my embroidered back pocket Dawn jeans, so I thought why not add some embroidery below the pocket to cover the stain! Today is the story of my Geraldton Wax embroidered Dawn shorts and covering stains with embroidery!
I’ve been wanting to make some overalls for quite a while using my favourite organic linen Flint pants and our free Flint overalls add on, and have had the fabric prewashed and ready to go since I cut out the Flints. So this week I set aside some time to make them and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out! My regular sewing machine (Bernina 530) is out for a service so this was a really fun opportunity to pull out my Vintage Elna Lotus and take it for a spin.
Previously we’ve shown you how to make Flint overalls using our free add on Overall pattern pieces, but today I’ll be sharing a video tutorial for how to make a detachable overall bib! I wanted to be able to wear my Flint’s as pants sometimes and as overalls other times, so making the overall bib detachable gives a lot of flexible in wearing.
If you’d like to watch my tutorial for how to make Flint overalls with detachable bib and see what it’s like to sew with my Vintage Elna Lotus check it out via the video embedded below, or on my Youtube channel here. Flint is available in sizes 0-20 and Curve 14-30.
Whether you’ve been sewing for decades or have only just recently joined the party, you’ll have realised that sewing and collecting fabric go hand in hand! You might have a fabric stash because you like to plan ahead or maybe because plans change and projects get put on hold. Maybe it’s because you fell in love with some fabric and haven’t quite decided what it’s perfect for yet…and sometimes all you know was there was a sale and you walked in and next minute you’re on your way home with a big bag of fabric (it happens!). The fact of the matter is, if you sew, you’re going to have a fabric stash! So how do you store your fabric stash?
Do you have a meticulously organised and categorised collection? Or do you take a more relaxed approach to all? So much depends on the space you’ve got, the amount of fabric you have, and the way you interact with your fabric – whether you need to be in and out of it all the time or only once in a blue moon.
Today on the blog we’re delving into the stashes of our team! Each of us with our own way of organising and storing. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to manage your own collection you might find some useful tips and if you’re looking for reassurance that you’re not the only one with a big stash – you’ll definitely find that too! We love sharing hacks & knowhow here at MN so don’t forget to get involved in our comments section if you’ve got any great advice to share! [Read more…]