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Book Review 8/19/14 4:38 AM
The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing
Like the earlier volume Liberty Book of Home Sewing this is a pleasure to look at with its fabric cover, pretty endpapers, snippets of historical background to the print designs and stylish photography. It would make a lovely gift, particularly with a bundle of Liberty remnants to get the recipi... more...
Book Review 8/19/14 3:46 AM
made at Home
Made at Home a guide to simple sewing by Lisa Stickley Four project chapters cover soft furnishings for kitchen, living room, bedroom and laundry. Amazon shows the contents page. This is a beginners book that makes a good accompaniment to a first sewing machine. The projects are practical, ... more...
Book Review 7/27/14 5:41 AM
Basic Black 26 edgy essentials
Subtitled 26 edgy essentials for the modern wardrobe. There are patterns for 7 blouses/shirts/tunics, 3 vests, 10 dresses, 1 skirt and 5 jackets/coats. An envelope in the back contains sheets of full-size patterns to trace off onto tissue paper. Some of the simpler shaped pieces, like rectang... more...
Sewing Tip 1/12/14 6:54 AM
Pressing velvet without a velvet board/needle board
Getting a good seam finish is so important that I think it's worth buying a sample piece of fabric to test before even buying the project fabric. Failing that, test on scraps to be sure of a safe method. I found this works when the velvet will take steam: The idea is to get the steam doing the wor... more...
Sewing Tip 11/28/13 10:16 AM
Organising magazine pattern designs
I don't have a huge number of pattern magazines, but even my occasional purchases of Burda and La Mia Boutique need some organising, or I fear nothing would ever be made up from them. Here's what I do: 1. Keep the magazines together, in date order. 2. Once the pattern sheets are unstapled for t... more...

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