'Love at First Stitch' book review

'Love at First Stitch' book review

Regular readers will be familiar with my reviews of online classes, but as my sewing library expands I realise how handy it would have been to have a little more detail to hand before I bought some of my books. This is the first of one of my more in depth book reviews where you'll hopefully see what projects are like to make as well as what is in the book and who it might be suitable for.

If you are brand new to sewing or want a handy reference book for your essential techniques, then 'Love at First Stitch' by Tilly Walnes is a great place to start. It's perfect for complete beginners, but also has some great patterns in there for anyone with more developed skills. I know this book has been out for a while, and there are quite a lot of reviews, but it's always new to someone....

'Love at First Stitch' book review
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Visiting New York City for the first time....part 2

Visiting New York City - essential guide for your first time

Welcome to part two of the essential guide to visiting New York City for first timers. This week is about getting the most out of those iconic sights that you just have to see in NYC...what to book, how to plan your trip and how to save a little cash too. You can find travel, food and other money saving tips in part one here.
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#wardrobebuilder Trousers - taking an online class

Sew Over It Ultimate Guide to Sewing and Fitting Trousers Online Class

So far I've been nervous about taking on trousers. I tried making jeans earlier in the year and was pretty pleased with how those turned out but thought that trousers might require more skills in terms of adjusting for fit. That's why I signed up to the Sew Over It Ultimate Guide to Sewing and Fitting Trousers Online Class. The class comes with two sewing patterns, videos and a whole suite of fitting guides to help perfect your trousers. Such a useful class!
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the #wardrobebuilder project - Trousers

the #wardrobebuilder project - Trousers

Every wardrobe needs a good pair of trousers! For me, they are usually plain so that I can pair them with patterned tops, and often reside in my workwear section. However, this month I'm turning my sights to the casual end of my wardrobe and thinking beyond classic tailored trousers to cropped capris and activewear....they won't fit in anywhere else on the #wardrobebuilder schedule so I'd better take advantage of this month! Will I be able to fit a pair of trousers properly? I have a feeling they will be trickier than the dresses I usually sew!

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