• Close up of the finished regency stays worn over a white linen shift
    Costume,  Historical Costuming

    Hand Sewn Regency Stays – Relaxed Regency

    At the end of last year I went through a really tricky time with my health. I had to abandon all my current sewing and knitting projects as I was on strict bed rest and my brain was too fried to keep up with the complex fair isle knitting project I was then working on.

    However, I knew I still wanted to do some sort of sewing and so the idea for some historical sewing practice was born. This I could do from my bed with nothing more than a needle and thread.

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  • Sewing,  Vintage

    I Made a … 1950s Vintage Dress – From a Vintage Sewing Pattern Simplicity 3274 – Part One

    My latest vintage sewing project is a 1950s vintage dress. I used a vintage pattern that I bought from Wave of Nostalgia in Haworth; Simplicity 3274. I wanted to try and create a really authentic feel for this dress by using vintage fabric, notions and techniques. This post details the making of the bodice. The making of the skirt will follow in my next post.

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  • Sewing,  Vintage

    I Made a … 1940s Vintage Dress Butterick B6485

    This 1940s vintage dress is actually a modern reprint of a vintage sewing pattern. I have been collecting these types of pattern for years and I decided that it was finally time to actually make one and I chose this Butterick pattern from 1944 for my first Youtube project video.

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  • Bound Buttonhole Tutorial - How to sew a bound buttonhole
    Sewing

    Bound Buttonhole Tutorial – How to sew a bound buttonhole

    Bound buttonholes are a great alternative to machine worked buttonholes. They are commonly found on coats but if made narrower can also be used on lighter garments.

    In this tutorial I am using boiled wool so imagine that this buttonhole would be at the centre front of a coat. 

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  • Sewing

    How to Sew a Rolled Hem by Hand – Rolled Hem Tutorial

    Rolled hems are so delicate and neat and I adore the way they look. However, I don’t think I have ever been 100% happy with how they turn out on a sewing machine. Sewing a rolled hem by hand is surprisingly simple and gives such a chic finish. It is perfect for finishing those special, slippery fabrics like silk and chiffon. This tutorial will show you how to master this couture sewing technique.

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  • Slant Hemming Stitch Tutorial - Retro Claude
    Sewing

    Slant Hemming Stitch – Overcast Hem Tutorial

    An overcast hem uses a slant hemming stitch. The words used to describe this type of stitch are all kinds of confusing. But whatever you choose to call it this is a really quick, easy and secure way to hem a garment.

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  • Herringbone Stitch Tutorial - how to hem trousers
    Sewing

    Herringbone Stitch Tutorial – How to Hem Trousers

    Herringbone stitch hems are mostly used for heavy weight fabrics like wool. It is also the most common type of stitch used to hem trousers. In this tutorial I will walk you through how to master a herringbone stitch and how to hem wool fabrics.

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