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'Press' as you sew: 'Pressing' tips for a professional finish.

'Press' as you sew: 'Pressing' tips for a professional finish.
Pressing blends and sets your stitches, eliminates or reduces bulk in some areas and helps create a garment that lies flat and falls properly when you wear it.  When you "press," you move the iron across the fabric by lifting it up and putting it back down in an overlapping pattern. When you "iron," you slide the iron across the fabric with a back-and-forth motion. Ironing may stretch or distort the fabric; pressing won't. 

PRISCILLA TEE Sizes 8 - 26 with box pleats at the neckline finished with bias binding

PRISCILLA TEE African wax print sewing pattern Sizes 8 - 26 with box pleats at the neckline finished with bias binding
This pattern is perfect for beginners.  Whether you are new to sewing, new to African wax prints or both! For more experienced sewers, you'll be able to complete this project in about an hour or so. Pattern matching can be tricky when sewing with wax prints, however, with only 2 pattern pieces, pattern matching is a breeze!

An Introduction to sewing with African wax print fabrics!!

An Introduction to sewing with African wax print fabrics!!
Come and learn how to sew with African wax print fabrics! During this four week course, you will learn many basic machine and hand sewing skills an...

What is African Wax Print Fabric?

What is African Wax Print Fabric?

The term ‘African wax print’ is a term of art used to identify a category of textiles in vibrant colours which are printed by machine using wax resins and dyes so that they have a batik-like effect on both sides of the fabric. 

 

The Festival of Quilts is back!!!

The Festival of Quilts is back!!!
The Festival of Quilts is back!! This event is the biggest patchwork and quilting event in Europe and will be taking place between 1 - 4 August 2019 at the Birmingham NEC.

Dovetailed African wax print fabrics featured in Sew Magazine's August 2019 edition!!

Dovetailed African wax print fabrics featured in Sew Magazine's August 2019 edition!!
Great news! Dovetailed African wax print fabrics have been featured in the dressmaking section of Sew Magazine's August 2019 edition!  

'Althea' Sewing Pattern: The A-line Skirt with an elasticated waistband and huge pockets!!

'Althea' Sewing Pattern: The A-line Skirt with an elasticated waistband and huge pockets!!
I wanted to create a sewing pattern that was genuinely easy and 'Althea' is that pattern. It's perfect for new sewers and with only two pattern pieces, it makes pattern matching a breeze. More experienced sewers should be able to make this skirt in about an hour or so. 

So I learnt to sew

So I learnt to sew
It was when on maternity leave for the second time that I decided to start a number of Adult Education evening and weekend classes. I studied cloth...