So a little diversion as I present another video tutorial; this time about an overlocker. The Singer 14SH754 has become a bit of a thing in the UK since the grocery store Lidl started selling them cheap. The machine in question is actually very good (actually very very good) but many people buy one and then get a little stuck. So here is part 1 of my tutorials to help you out.   Until nextRead More →


Back to the 3-piece tailored suit make and time to make the waistcoat. If you have missed the previous instalments here is the direct links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6. The trusty waistcoat is what really got me back into sewing back in 2014. I’ll not re-tell the story but I made 6 waistcoats for my wedding day. Things have moved on and my sewing has improvedRead More →


Now I love social media, well sewing social media that is, as I am always amazed by what my fellow sewers are doing. I love seeing their makes and find it all too inspiring. Occasionally though I see something I really want to make: Or as in this case was challenged to make! A few weeks ago Lainey who writes acraftteacuppa blog mentioned me in an Instagram post. She shared a photo of a somewhat crazyRead More →


Following on from my last post, we can finish off the jacket. The lining is checked thoroughly on the inside of the jacket to ensure it has been attached correctly. A slip stitch is used to secure the lining in place using a suitable colour thread. The lining can optionally be pick-stitched, along the edge to give a nice finish inside. What colour thread to use? (I’ve still not decided!) Buttonholes The buttonholes in the sleeves haveRead More →


I left you last time with the lapels finished and half of the collar complete. Today we will finish the collar and move onto the sleeves. Upper Collar The under collar is finished and attached to the jacket as per the last post here. Now attention turns to the upper collar. Unlike many commercial patterns, the upper collar is attached by hand. It first might seem a more difficult method but in fact is easyRead More →

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