Thread’s thread, right? It would amaze you what a difference poor quality sewing thread can make to your sewing machine – from bad tension to skipped stitches, even a noisier bobbin case. At a glance, all threads look the same, but there is actually a big difference. Budget thread is often spun loosely and prone to stretching. This means that as the thread makes the quick and intricate journey around your bobbin case to form a stitch, it will stretch rather than travel, so when it’s time to connect with the
Catherine Alekna is a blogger who loves all things 1960s. Her tribute to Norma Tullo, Australian fashion designer of the same era, is a fascinating read. We re-blog it here, with Catherine’s permission.
I had bought 2 sewing patterns last week by designer Norma Tullo. I wanted to find out a little bit more about this woman who released a significant number of patterns with Butterick in the 60s and 70s, but strangely there was not a main source of info about her. So I decided to sit myself
Have you ever attempted to make a dress form to replicate your body? There are many different methods and none are quick and easy. However, putting in the hard work can certainly be worth the effort. Hear what Kathy Moore has to say about the dress form she constructed for her daughter, using Bootstrap Fashion’s DIY pattern.
I have spent hours (easily into the high teens if not the 20’s) in the past trying to adjust my expensive dummy. Sewing this was far quicker, and quite simple. I would think anyone
ASG member Julie Livingstone tells us what inspires her to re-fashion clothing and how she approaches the task.
I’ve recently been exploring the idea of making new clothes from other people’s cast offs. This was encouraged by the Castaway to Couture contest first run in 2015 by the Australian Sewing Guild, but I had already completed a few projects before then.
There is obviously an ethical reason for this practice, sustainability and all that, but to be honest I find it just fun! There is a challenge in seeing how inspired I
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Castaway to Couture competition
…and thank-you to all those who participated. We received 36 very impressive entries this year, making it difficult for the judges to decide the winners. Nearly 900 people voted for viewers’ choice!
For those not familiar with the format of this competition, the focus is on sustainability, re-fashioning & recycling. Entrants could use up to three garments to create a single garment, using as much of the original items as possible. Additional materials such as lining and trims was allowed but at
Recently Kath Truran (co-ordinator of the Geelong Neighbourhood Group of the ASG) wrote to share about her recent involvement in the Boomerang Bags movement.
What are Boomerang Bags?
Boomerang Bags is a grassroots, community driven movement tackling plastic pollution at its source.
Volunteers from all walks of life get together to make re-useable ‘boomerang bags’ using recycled materials, as a means to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic bags.
The bags create a platform to start conversations, make friends, up-cycle materials and work towards shifting society’s throw away mentality to a more sustainable
May is National Sewing Month in Australia which aims to promote community awareness on the rewards of sewing. If you are looking for a fresh idea to keep young hands busy, sewing is a satisfying activity that provides many benefits for children. It helps build their self-confidence, improves dexterity & hand-to-eye coordination skills and promotes creativity. Sewing can make your kids become independent when they start making things that they need such as clothes for dolls, their own art projects or a new personalised shirt. There are plenty of things
The next AUSSEW-Along is coming your way, starting 29 May 2017
What exactly is a sew-along? In a nutshell, it is when a group of people all work on the same project in bite-size chunks. The beauty of a sew-along is that participants don’t have to all be in the same location. Instructions are distributed via a blog, facebook or email. These instructions can be written text, illustrations or videos. You can work on the project in your own sewing room, in your own time. Social media is generally the platform
In late 2016, eight members of the Vic Park Sewcialists met fortnightly – over coffee in a local café – to discuss, explore and define our individual styles. The plan was to use these new definitions to inspire and inform our future sewing plans!
The Sewcialists undertook the wardrobe planning process using Colette Patterns’ Wardrobe Architect resources. Each fortnight, participants were set homework to be completed ahead of the meeting.
At the first meeting we talked about our motivations for taking part in the Wardrobe Architect series. Reasons included poorly defined style,
Rhodes Fashion Sewers are hosting their annual sewing retreat
at the Stanwell Tops Conference Centre in NSW
“So what happens at a sewing retreat?”, you ask. Not much in the way of mundane and dreary chores; just lots and lots of sewing, laughter, fun, sharing and learning. There is no telephone to annoy you (unless you choose to keep your mobile phone turned on), no housework to be done and no family wanting to be fed. The only chore required is to make your bed every day.
This particular retreat will commence at