By Di, Feb 22 2019 05:29PM
I've not updated my blog for ages, but I have been busy writing. I can now tell you about two exciting developments!
Sew Over 50 in Love Sewing Magazine
On a rainy November day I met up with nine other wonderful makers who are part of an Instagram group @sewover50 After a great chat over lunch we headed to the studios of Love Sewing mag where we had our make up done by their professional artists and talked a lot more whilst we had our photos taken. I'd love you to follow me @sewitwithdi
Sew Over 50 is all about celebrating that turning a milestone birthday doesn't mean we can't be stylish and derserve to be featured more in publications and on pattern covers! Principally, we into sharing ideas, tips and generally to support each other. We'd love to see more men in the group as well.
We all turned up with clothes we've made and were proud to wear. I love my Butterick 5891 shirt, it's so different, Katherine and Marcy Tilton create some amazing designs that offer comfort as well as style..
Thanks to everyone who made the day possible and we're all sharing happy memories now the article is in Issue 64, in the shops now and online from the 28th Feb. If you buy Love Sewing from Sainsbury's this month you even get an extra free pattern!
Issue 2 of the online magazine Bartack is available from 24th Feb. I was really proud to be asked to contribute to the first issue and I have two articles in Issue 2, which I'm hoping will be the start of a series!
The magazine is filling a gap in the market by focussing on men's fashion, men who sew and sewing for them. However many of the magazine's articles are really about sewing clothing and the information and techniques are great advice whoever you sew for.
Fibres and Fabrics - Cotton
Knowing about the many different fabrics and what to use them for is one of the hardest parts of making clothes, epecially with the decline in face to face shoppping.
I'm creating a fabric glossary with plenty of close up pictures to help you. In the first part of this series I'm explaining all about cotton, it's origins, production, properties and characteristics. Read about more than 30 fabrics made from cotton from voile to canvas.
Ever Wanted to Make Your own Active Wear, even if you don't own an overlocker or coverstitch machine?
Many years ago I made and sold leotards to my local aerobics group. Now I make all my own exercise wear, including swimwear.
The first part of this series of articles takes you through different fabrics to use and how to stitch 4 way stretch fabric. Although I use an overlocker for my gear I've included detailed guidance about using your domestic sewing machine.
I've already written a blog about creating flatlock seams on the over locker and this article includes a cheats method for coverstitch seams using an overlocker and a twin needle in your machine.
Look out for finishing armholes, necklines and waists in Issue 3!