How to use a sewing pattern: beginners’ guide

How to use sewing patterns

So you’re new to dressmaking and you’ve treated yourself to your first ever sewing pattern! Now what do you do with it? From cutting and joining the pieces, to understanding the markings and knowing how much fabric to buy, our essential guide is here to help.

Dressmaking basics: How to adjust a sewing pattern to fit

How to measure yourself

Welcome to week 2 in our Sewing School series of essential dressmaking guides for beginners. This week, find out how to adjust a pattern to fit your measurements perfectly.

How to measure yourself

How to take your body measurements accurately

Are you new to dressmaking or wondering where to start? We’re here to help! Our new Sewing School series is a set of free virtual workshops to answer all your questions about how to get begin making your own clothes. 

Beginner’s Guide to Embroidery: 6 easy stitches to try

The best is yet to come

Join the stitchy revolution with our free essential embroidery skills workshop! Embroidered details are a big trend on the high street and this is an easy way to refashion plain garments in your wardrobe.

How to sew Chain Stitch and Split Stitch

How to sew chain split stitch

Our series of basic guides to embroidery stitches continues with this look at two nifty little stitches that you can have a lot of fun with…

Workshop: Sashiko stitching

How to sew sashiko stitch

Our social media feeds are filling up with the cutest of first day of school snaps, and it’s put us in the mood for a new term of embroidery classes! Autumn always feels like the start of new adventures for us, so we’re sharing this new blog series with you all to celebrate. Over the coming weeks we’ll be posting some… Continue reading

Skills boost: How to clean your sewing machine

How to service your sewing machine

They’re our most trusty and valued piece of kit, and as we sew more and more with our chosen sewing machine, we get to know it intimately! From it’s best tricks to it’s not-so-happy quirks, each machine is different, but they all need regular maintenance for us to get the best results from them. So today we’re… Continue reading

10 top tips for sewing with lightweight fabrics

Sew Over It sewalong

Are you joining in with this month’s Florence dress sewalong? We’re so excited to be the first to feature the new pattern from Sew Over It. As Florence is best-suited to fluid fabrics with plenty of drape, we’ve asked the team at Sew Over It to share their tips for how to get better results from lighter fabrics. Scroll down on to read more… Join the Florence… Continue reading

Your guide to sewing machine threads

which Sewing machine threads

Our sewing machine skills for beginners series continues today with a focus on which is the best thread to use with your machine. So, you’ve chosen your fabric and are ready to start stitching – but have you got the right thread? Our guide will help you pick the best type for your project so you can… Continue reading

Know your sewing machine needles

Know your sewing machine needles

Our Sewing machine skills series continues with our guide to finding the right needles for your sewing machine. Fitting the right needle is a must for smooth stitching. Different fabrics and different stitch styles can benefit greatly from a spot of careful needle selection. Read on to find all you need to know about selecting the best type… Continue reading