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Anna chats about working with the new lace and jersey fabric

Hello! I’m back from holiday (we were very lucky with the weather, I’m glad it wasn’t this week!) and as promised here’s a little more about making my new t shirts from the lace and jersey materials…

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I didn’t use paper patterns for the t shirts, instead I made patterns from t shirts I have and like – making your own patterns in this way is surprisingly easy, especially with stretch materials/looser fits which require little or no shaping, they are basically just 2 pieces – a front and a back! Just lay the garments out flat and draw around onto dressmakers tracing paper, adding seam allowances at the sides, shoulders and where needed for hems/necklines.

 

The main seams on the jersey t shirt were put together on my overlocker, using 4 threads/2 needles – overlockers are the best for sewing stretch, although you can do it without one by using a small zig zag stitch. I overlocked and turned the sleeve and waist hems, topstitching on my regular sewing machine, with a ballpoint needle of course! My machine doesn’t really like using twin needles so I didn’t push my luck, but if yours does this would be ideal. I made matching jersey binding for the neckline – did you know stretch binding doesn’t have to be cut on the bias? The jersey handled really well, it does tend to stretch out a little as you work with it and you have to be careful not to pull it out of shape, but I was pleased with how it springs back into shape if you steam as you go along.

 

 

The Lace t shirt is based on a cream one I’ve worn loads, it’s unlined and you wear a vest top underneath. To make it neat as it’s sheer I french seamed the shoulder and side seams. For the hem I trimmed around the edge of a scallop in the lace – this is some thing I often do with bridal dresses, it’s a bit fiddly cutting along the motif and you have to test to check it will not unravel, but it gives a lovely delicate finish and shows off the lace. I also did something similar for the sleeve and neck bindings, which I machined on and then hand stitched along the motif edges so there is no topstitching showing.

The t shirts were quick and easy to make and have washed well, I’m particularly impressed with the jersey as it is a really nice in between weight and isn’t at all see through. Next up I’ve got some of the lace in yellow ready to make a skirt, although I think Becki has beaten me to it…..

 

Anna x

Events

Master class- Zips & Buttonholes

Why is everyone scared of inserting concealed zips and sewing machine buttonholes?!

Set aside a couple of hours to practice these sewing essentials and leave with your own samples of the techniques and clear photographic notes to refer to.

You’re welcome to bring your own machine, please check you have buttonhole and double sided/adjustable zip feet attachments. Workshop suitable for beginners or those needing a refresher class.

£25 per person

all materials included

basic sewing machine skills required

 

Part of the master class series book all 4 for £90

3rd July – paper patterns

10th July – zips and button holes

17th July – Hems and finishing touches

24th July – working with stretch fabrics

Make Baby leggings

Join dressmaking tutor Anna Vickery and learn how to work with stretch jersey fabric and make a cute pair of baby leggings. Anna will show you how to sew jersey with a traditional sewing machine and an overlocker.

All materials included

 

Master Class – How to use a paper pattern

Dressmaker Anna Vickery will show you how to work with a paper pattern. During the 2 hours you will learn markings, techniques, cutting and placing.

**part of the Dressmaking Masterclass Series starting 3rd July 2018

basic machine skills necessary

 

Master Class – Dressmaking

Back again for the summer season is this great masterclass series with Anna Vickery

This 4 session  class is aimed at perfecting your skills.

session 1 –  3 July  2018- Using Paper Patterns 6-8pm

session 2 – 10 July 2018 – Zips and Buttonholes 6-8pm

session 3 – 17 July 2018 – Hems and finishing touches 6-8pm

session 4 – 24 July 2018  – using stretch fabrics 6-8pm

Each session is 2 hours

£90 for all 4 session

( or you can book one session at £25)

basic machine skills necessary