Category Archives: Projects for Magazines

No. 2 of my Finishing Touches Series for Sewing World Magazine

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Last month was bound buttonholes, this month it’s “Decorative Seams” for my Finishing Touches series.

It covers piped seams and slot or channel seams.  Piping is a great way to pick out details like collar edges, pockets, etc and to highlight seams, slot seams can look fab down the sides of skirts and trousers.

Two techniques to give your garments the edge.  Have a go, before you know it you’ll be piping everything.

It’s on pages 64 to 66 of the April issue of the magazine which is out now priced £4.99 which isn’t going to break the bank and that also includes a full-size pull-out pattern section.  It’s stocked in WH Smiths if you were wondering…..!

A New Series for Sewing World Magazine – Finishing Touches

The March issue of Sewing World magazine is out now and has the first article of my new series on pages 68-71.  The series is called Finishing Touches and will explain how to add beautiful and professional details to a garment.

The first in the series shows you step-by-step how to make a perfect bound buttonhole.  They’re not as scary as you may think and look a squillion times better than a machine made buttonhole, especially on coats and jackets.

Go on, try one.  You might just surprise yourself and start putting them in everything you make…..!

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Last Customising Project for Sewing World Magazine

The last in my customising series for Sewing World is in the February issue which is out now.  Everyone has an old pair of jeans sitting in the back of the wardrobe.  Dig them out and turn this….

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Into this…….

jeans-after

There are so many different ways you can do this, I’ll bet everyone that has a go ends up with a totally different style of skirt…..long, short, contrast fabrics, flared skirt, pencil skirt, finished with bias binding, frayed hem……  It’s on pages 69 to 71.  Go on, what are you waiting for!!

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In March I have a new series starting in Sewing World called Finishing Touches.  The first in the series will be all about how to make beautiful bound buttonholes.

Customising Project Number 3 for Sewing World Magazine

If funds are a bit tight after Christmas but you still have the urge for something new in your wardrobe, how about customising a plain old grey sweatshirt?  We’ve all got one lurking at the back of the wardrobe and you could turn this……

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……into this……….

sweatshirt customising sewing world

…….or this……..

sweatshirt customising sewing world

Pages 60-62 in the January issue which is available now at the bargain price of £4.95.

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Next month, another thrifty project; I’ll be showing you how to turn jeans into a skirt.

My Next Cutstomising Project for Sewing World Magazine

Look what I just found on Sewing World Magazine’s Facebook page…..

sweatshirt customising sewing world magazine

A nice little project to while away the Christmas holidays….?!

Customising Project Number 2 for Sewing World Magazine

It’s party season!  If you need a party outfit but don’t want to go out and buy something new, my customising project in the December issue of Sewing World magazine (on sale now!) may be just what you need.

Start with a plain old skirt…….

skirt customising

Add a few frills and ruffles……….

skirt customising……and ta-dah a party-worthy skirt!

skirt customising

In January’s issue I’ll be reviving a tired old sweatshirt…….

Start of my Series for Sewing World Magazine

I’m really pleased to be writing a series of monthly projects for Sewing World magazine.  The first one is out now in the November issue which is currently on sale.  In the first project I show you how to use stencilling and shirring to customise a plain t-shirt on pages 60-62.

Both techniques are quick and easy and give really professional results.

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Here’s some more pics of the finished samples:

stencil print t-shirt customising

shirred t-shirt customising

If you need a bit of help with designs for the stencilling, you could always treat yourself to a pack of my new stencils to use for appliqué, fabric painting and quilting designs.

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They’re available for £5 a pack from my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MIYcollection

In the next issue of Sewing World I’ll be customising a skirt with ruffles…………just in time for the party season…..!