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5 Sustainable Haberdashery Switches Many of us are trying to be more sustainable in our daily lives by making sustainable switches at home but how about making some sustainable switches next time you are shopping for haberdashery? Many of us have become thoughtful fabric shoppers, but let’s take a look at some sustainable switches we could make with our haberdashery…
Warmer weather is definitely on the way, and its time to put the ‘big’ coat away in the wardrobe and get out something a little lighter and stylish! We round up 10 of the most popular jacket patterns that our readers love making!
When you say ‘vintage fashion’, most people’s minds jump to the ’40s or ’50s. However, the oft-overlooked ’70s packed an almighty fashion punch. Yet so many current trends stem from this decade’s fashion, so whether you want to fully embrace it or give it a subtle nod – here are my top picks for sewing the seventies.
Don’t you just love flare sleeves and full circle skirts? Those styles bring the volume and drama to any sewing project. However, I know all too well that it also leaves a lot of hemming to be done! Sewing curved hems can be a bit tricky but with lots of pins and a little patience, you will have yourself a nicely finished garment
There are just three basic forms of hem – turned-up (the most common), faced and enclosed but we use a whole host of methods within those types to achieve the finish we’re after! Some are simple, familiar and great for our ‘everyday’ sewing, and others are couture finishes that you may not have encountered before but if you master them they will give you a superb result to a special garment. Sue Young shares just a few examples that might be useful:
Vick Hall share an easy-to-follow tutorial for how to sew this style of seam. French seams are a lovely way to finish seams for a clean and professional finish that gives strength to even the lightest of fabrics. It’s often seen on lightweight, sheer or delicate fabrics and is frequently used in designer or high-end garments. Despite it’s status as a couture seam finish – it really isn’t hard to sew at all!
Whether we’re recycling a bit more or trying to use less plastic. Everyone is becoming more conscious of the impact we’re having on the planet. But have you thought about how to apply that to your sewing? Maybe you already try to use all your scraps but have you thought about Zero Waste Designs? Find out more here