Tag Archives: alterations

Re-Fashioning Collars in Sewing World Magazine

In the next in my Alterations series for Sewing World magazine is all about collars – removing, swapping and changing.

It’s on pages 78-80 of the June issue.


How to Shorten – 2nd in my Alterations Series for Sewing World Magazine

sewing world alterations series - how to shorten

The 2nd in my Alterations series for Sewing World magazine goes through all the basics of how to shorten garments neatly and accurately!  No shortcuts!!

It also includes tips for how to get over those bulky seams in jeans.

It’s on pages 64-66 of the May issue.

A New Alterations Series for Sewing World Magazine

Last month saw the end of my “Knits Know-How” series in Sewing World magazine, bit sad as most of you probably know this is one of my favourite subjects. But fear not, it means this month sees the start of a new series all about Alterations!

Here’s the first one from the April issue which is out now, it’s all about how to remove sleeves from a garment including which garments will be suitable to do this to and different ways to finish the armholes.

sewing world magazine - how to remove sleeves

I hope you find it both useful and inspiring and if it prompts you to do something to one of your old garments, send me a picture!

More industrious students

December has proved a very productive month for my students, here’s a few more creations from recent classes and workshops:

First up my Alterations students at the Friends Centre.  Here we’ve got skirts made from trousers, customising with appliqué, dresses and skirts altered to fit better and shortened jeans.  And that’s only a small selection of what they achieved in 10 weeks.

Two students from my Drop-in Sewing & Dressmaking classes; Joy in a beautiful cashmere wool coat that was a labour of love with bound buttonholes, handmade shoulder pads and fully lined in silk, and Brenda in another silk frock made from a pattern taken from a favourite dress.

Productive results of the “Make your own Christmas Gifts” Sunday workshop; an apron, 2 cushion covers and a make-up bag.  Pretty good for a day’s sewing.

And students from Varndean in their perfectly fitting skirt toiles after my pattern cutting workshop.  Why they were so surprised that the skirts fitted so well, I don’t know!