Friday, April 5, 2013


It's  been a long time since my last post ! Unfortunately have had other matters come up that didn't leave me much time to post.  I am hoping to start posting again with very interesting articles.  I will also be selling Sewing Patterns either by PDF Download or by post.

For now I am selling some Clothing and Shoes (all new) never worn that I used to sell on Ebay.
Some of them are from Italy which I bought a couple of years ago. 

I will list selling price but I will have to find out about postage costs for you at the time of purchasing, depending on your location!!

 Denim and Fur Trim with centre front Zip and fleece on the inside to keep you warm.
"Made In Italy"
Size: Medium

Gorgeous Top in Olive Green with Wooden Beads
"Made In Italy"
Size:  Small

Gorgeous Orange top in stretch fabric with Sequins and Lace
"Made in Paris France"
I will be listing more clothing in the next few days!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Ease is the difference between body measurements and the measurements of a finished garment.
The amount of ease added to a pattern will affect the look, fit, style and comfort of a garment.
In clothing manufacture there is usually a small amount of ease added to patterns just to give the right amount of comfort and movement. For example a skirt may have 3cm ease added to the hip and 1 - 2 cm ease to the waist, this would provide a minimum amount of comfort and movement. Each manufacturer would have their own standard set of ease measurements depending on who their client base is. For example if they are manufacturing garments for the older person they would most likely add more ease around the waist and hips to provide a certain look with greater comfort and movement.
Then there are the knitted fabrics that would not require any ease at all as these garments would stretch to fit the shape and size of the person. However, there are certain knits that may require some ease as they don't have much stretch and need to be treated similar to woven fabrics.
When buying a commercial pattern you don't have to consider ease when cutting out the fabric as the pattern company would have already calculated and included the ease to each pattern. If you like the silhouette and style of the pattern and think that enough ease hasn't been added then you can always add the extra ease that your require yourself. Commercial Pattern Companies usually have a standard set of ease measurements that they adhere to just like clothing manufacturers.
When adding ease to patterns first consider the type of garment your wish to make. You need to consider the function and style of the garment and the fabric that you intend to use. Also how is this garment going to be worn, do you require a zipper opening, in that case it may require less ease, etc.
Will you be making a loose fitting garment or a tight fitting garment? In both cases you will require a different amount of ease. What type of fabric will you be using?? Soft fabrics may suit a more loose fitting garment, for example an A-line skirt. A heavier and thicker type fabric may require a tailored type of garment, for example a jacket.
Adding ease is not difficult and it all comes down to experience and trial and error. As you become more familiar and experienced adding ease will become second nature.
Be confident and start experimenting and soon you will figure out the right amount of ease to add to each pattern.!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010


A Seam may be defined as where two or more layers of fabric are held together by stitches. There are many types of seams that have been developed over time to be used with different types of fabrics and different types of uses.

There are seams that are used in the production of industrial goods, for example tent manufacturers, upholstery manufacturers and seams that are used in the production of clothing. Whatever the use, seams play an important role and deciding which seam to use will depend on the fabric the end use and the type of finish you want.

There are many kinds of seams produced by many types of machines. Some more common seams are the straight stitch, zig zag, overlocked seams, mock stitch, coverstitch, felled seams, french seams, etc. In my next post I will go into more detail about each seam and how to pick the correct seam depending on the end use of the garment and fabric type.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Free sewing patterns

It's been so long since I've posted I can't believe how time flies but I've been so busy working that I haven't had much time for anything else. I promise that in the coming weeks I will be posting heaps of information, so for anyone following my blog please stay tuned for futher information. In the meantime I came across an interesting website. They have heaps of free sewing patterns to download and print at home. .

Friday, August 21, 2009

International Pattern making job

To everyone that contacted me about this pattern making position I am just advising you all that this position has been filled. Thanks to all of you for your interest. If I come across anymore pattern making postions I will post them on my blog.!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Thanks for the emails!!!!!!

Wow, it seems forever since I last posted, so much has happened that I haven't been able to keep up with the blogging. I will resume shortly with many interesting articles.

I say thank you to all of you who send me emails and I will try to answer all of you. It's just that I receive so many that it's really hard to answer everyone. I'll try my best, promise!!

I would just like to mention to everyone that asked me about the book that I am writing. I am still writing the book and it should be complete within the next 6 months. Don't worry I will put a link on my blog for all those who are interested in purchasing it.

I also forgot to mention I'm off on holidays soon for about 5 weeks, leave May 7 destination Italy. Can't wait it will be fantastic!!!!!!! Hope to come back with some new ideas, I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


I've been asked recently about types of fusing to use when making up a jacket. I would recommend woven fusing. It works great on jackets or anywhere else for that matter.

Area's you would fuse are entire front, no matter what type of fabric, back shoulder and underarm, all hems including sleeve and jacket hems, collars, lapels, facings, any pocket flaps, jets or welts. The fusing should extend over the foldline by at least 1cm to avoid any stress on the foldline.

And just remember when making pattern pieces for fusing it's good idea to trim some off to avoid a lot of thickness in the seams when sewing pieces together and it also helps the seams to remain flat.

The home dress maker would probably have other methods of fusing garments, the above methods are used mainly in manufacturing. But it's also a good method for anyone sewing at home.