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Petersham ribbon (not to be confused with Grosgrain ribbon, although it looks similar) is a strong corded ribbon with a tiny scalloped edge. It has many uses, but the one we’re going to look at is how to use it as a facing for a waist seam, so that you don’t need to use a waistband.
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I write this at the end of my second week in isolation, in awe at how much the world has already changed for so many in such a short space of time. Here in the UK, and the rest of the world, we have some way to go, and the expected peak of this Covid-19 pandemic is still several weeks away. My heart goes out to all those who have already been affected by Covid-19 in ways so much more significant than simply being asked to stay at home.
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The end of one year and the start of the next is always a time for reflection and contemplation. Like many people’s, my main resolution for 2020 is to make changes to my lifestyle in order to be more thoughtful about my (and my family’s) diet, health, and impact on the environment.
I think I first came across the idea of making reusable cotton pads while looking for DIY Christmas gift ideas. Ultimately, I didn’t actually make any Christmas gifts, as we eventually decided to hold a family Secret Santa exchange this year which meant that, apart from my husband’s gift, I only had to get one other adult a gift. My Secret Santa recipient had indicated that they’d love to receive a particular item, so I bought that for them instead.
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So I finally made a shirtdress, and boy did I pick the right one! I think this dress has now convinced me to move out of my ‘separates’ comfort zone and start making All. The. Dresses. Immediately!!
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I have been fortunate enough to have some time off from work this summer, and in amongst various family trips and activities I managed to fit in something that was just for me: a short course at the London College of Fashion.
There were a few courses that I’d been thinking about doing – they have so many good options! – from couture bridal/occasion wear sewing, to tailoring, to embroidery. Many of those courses mentioned LCF’s ‘sewing skills’ courses as an example of the prerequisite level of sewing, and being mainly self-taught, I started to wonder whether I should take a sewing skills course before venturing on to any of those.
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