Floral shirt complete! On to something vintage…..

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Although the last few weeks have been busy after the birth of my son I have managed to grab a little time in the sewing room to finish another shirt using the Burda pattern 7045 and a nice floral print poplin I mentioned in my last post. I didn’t alter the pattern in any way […]

It’s a boy!

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Exciting news! In the early hours of Wednesday our first son Harry arrived, weighing in at 9lb 6oz! He is doing well but will be in hospital for a few more days whilst he gets used to feeding. Mum is doing well, although wants to come home with him. So I’ve been doing lots of travelling […]

Tutorial – The Welt/Jetted pocket

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Ok, I have been asked about doing some tutorials. I have wanted to do some and the most asked is about pockets. Pockets for most who sew can seem really daunting. I admit when I made my wedding waistcoats I didn’t add pockets because I didn’t understand the instructions. I Googled it but still was not sure, hence […]

The coat is finished!

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Well I have just finished my coat. I am a happy man. The idea behind this project was to see if I could make something I wanted rather than from a pattern I like. I don’t think I’m yet ready to draft my own patterns from scratch but decided to do as many seamstresses and […]

Coat update and a lack of buttons!

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Coat progress has gone well today. I set in the sleeves which unusually went without a snag. I normally pin one wrong or upside down or inside out etc but they went in a dream. Wool has a forgiving nature and allows for a bit of movement. Alas it was going well until I realised […]

Coat update

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Well after the idiot mistake the other day with the pocket here, progress has been more to my liking. I have put the concealed button in the vent and made a shoulder yoke. This did take some time as it was tricky to get a flat piece of material to fit comfortably around shoulders and […]

A New Coat…Big mistake but coming along…..

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Well the new coat is coming along nicely…well it was until I made a really stupid error! I decided to forego the simple, and put proper jetted pockets. I even took loads of photos to show you how I do it. All was going well until I cut though the fronts for the pocket hole. […]

New coat part 2…..

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So how is my new coat coming along? Well after looking at the Burda pattern I referred to in my last post I made my own pattern pieces and I have cut out most of the pieces. I basted the fronts and back to check fit – looking OK so far. The back seam and vent […]