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MEASURE TWICE CUT ONCE: How to measure yourself for the perfect fit.

MEASURE TWICE CUT ONCE: How to measure yourself for the perfect fit.

Knowing how to measure yourself accurately is key to a well-fitting garment.  For best results, ask a friend to help or take your measurements whilst looking in a full-length mirror. Wear the undergarments you would normally wear under clothes and use a flexible tape measure.  When measuring, hold the measuring tape so that it's comfortably snug but not tight. Remember to jot down your body measurements on a piece of paper for reference.

The Etta Shirt Dress: A guaranteed show stopper!

The Etta Shirt Dress: A guaranteed show stopper!
African wax print fabrics are also perfect for new beginner dressmakers, being woven they are easy to create a variety of different projects from. From the projects within the book, the Etta dress was the one I just said ‘wow” as I turned the page! A classic shirt dress which a closely fitted bodice teamed with a flared skirt. A timeless piece that will be perfect for the summer days to come.

Wax Print Lottie Culottes: A Super Comfy Staple

Wax Print Lottie Culottes: A Super Comfy Staple
The Lottie Culottes pattern was an incredibly easy sew, without the pockets they took me less than two hours from start to finish. African wax print is always a joy to sew and when the pattern is this straightforward, making these culottes is such a pleasurable way to spend a couple of hours. The instructions and illustrations were so easy to follow!

The Dorothy Dress: Work from home in style!

The Dorothy Dress: Work from home in style!
I chose to make the Dorothy dress, an straightish tunic with patch pockets, a boat bracket and bell sleeves.  For me, it's the right balance between casual and dressed up. I'm working from home for the foreseeable future, and even before the pandemic I didn't have the kind of social life that required a lot of fancy frocks, but I do love a dress, and I thought the sleeves add that extra bit of interest.

Sewing with African wax print fabric? Here are 5 top tips to get you started.

Sewing with African wax print fabric? Here are 5 top tips to get you started.
  Remove any manufacturer’s labels. African wax print fabrics are made from 100% cotton and are printed using a wax-resist method of printing ont...