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Anyone fancy making something to wear?!

(7 Posts)
RollerCola Sat 06-Apr-13 11:06:19

Has anyone who watched the Great British Sewing Bee been inspired to make something to wear? I've bought the book and love the idea of making something original to wear.

I reckon I could do it if I had a pattern to follow, I just need some inspiration (and something very easy to start with!)

Anyone fancy it?

MoreSnowPlease Sat 06-Apr-13 11:10:35

DP bought me a sewing machine for Christmas so I could make something to wear.Haven't been able to touch it yet as DS gives me no free time, but think I could manage it if I got organised with a pattern, which book have you got?

RollerCola Sat 06-Apr-13 11:17:41

This is the book I've got, it has patterns in the back

DancingRoundTheKitchen Sat 06-Apr-13 19:50:22

Is the book any good, what are the patterns for? I loved the programme the other night and was thinking about ordering the book. I was inspired by the programme and ordered two patterns, one for a shell top (which I'm imagining in pretty liberty prints) and one for a short skirt.
I've had success making children's clothes but have never made anything for myself that I've actually worn!

ujjayi Sat 06-Apr-13 20:30:29

Not heard of this programme but just a few pieces of advice for dressmaking:

Iron your seams after sewing.
Learn how to sew french seams (even where not indicated in a pattern they will give you a beautiful, couture finish on unlined items)
Do a basic pattern cutting course - you need never buy commercial patterns again.

RollerCola Sun 07-Apr-13 08:50:41

I've never made an item of clothing before so can't really say whether the book is any good but it seems quite clear & concise. It has a couple of chapters on the basics, talks about different types of stitching/hems etc and as far as I can see the patterns seem to be good.

For a tenner it seemed a bargain for the patterns alone (although not entirely sure how much patterns are so that could be a load of rubbish lol grin)

CardiCorgi Sun 07-Apr-13 13:30:48

I haven't watched it yet (it's available on YouTube but DH keeps interrupting me) but it sounds like a good idea. I'm trying to plan a realistic number of sewing projects so that I actually get some of them done in time.
One idea is a broderie anglaise dress if the Gap one I would like doesn't fit.

Does anyone here ever get Stitch magazine, published by Interweave? It has a mixture of home, children's and adult sewing and some interesting articles.

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