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  • How to use a clapper

    How to use a clapper

    When making tailored items, getting a good finish on your seams is essential to a professional finish. Lots of people ask us how to get the best finish possible and a clapper is key to this. To help you along, we have produced a video guide on clappers and how to use them to start you on your journey to professionally finished garments.

    Clappers are available to buy from most sewing shops, but you can use a piece of remnant wood which will do the same job. If using remnant wood, make sure it isn't treated, stained or coloured as this will bleed when you steam. Make sure the wood is dried and is a hard wood such as maple or tulipwood, if you don't use a hard wood the clapper may split or in cases such as pine may leak a resin or sap and nobody needs that. If you do want to use a remnant, popping to your local DIY store is a great idea as they always have offcuts that otherwise would go to waste.

    Here is a video to get you started. Happy clapping!

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  • Making the litmus jacket without the lining

    Making the litmus jacket without the lining

    With the changing seasons we don't always want a lining in our jackets but we still want a beautifully tailored finish.

    One way to do this is to add bias binding to your seams this allows you to add personalisation to the jacket but is an approach that is simple and very effective. We recently made a lovely green cotton drill jacket with a dark brown bias and it looks great - we've dropped in a picture to show you.

    When adding bias binding you can get some fantastic ready made ones off the shelf but its also a great way to use up your scraps by making your own - there really is so much opportunity for fun and bespoking the jacket to be very special.

    We have created a video for you showing you how to attach the bias binding so that you can go and create some magical seams.

    We look forward to seeing your creations!

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  • Meet the patterns | The Litmus Jacket

    Meet the patterns | The Litmus Jacket
    Litmus is a classic jacket perfect for layering over the Bromo shirt and Bogan trousers or really any other garment in your wardrobe. The buttoned front allows for the wearer to create a standalone style or tap into the shacket trend and layer over a t-shirt, shirt or even a dress.
    Inspiration
    Shackets are huge news right now and with the Litmus on your side you can't go wrong. Create a workman style jacket in plain, hardwearing fabric or go for festival style casual with prints and denim.
    Fabrics
    As with any sewing project, it’s all about the perfect pairings and we’ve picked these fabrics from some of our favourite indie stores to get you started:
    Lady McElroy cotton twill - Minerva
    Navy & white Loose Weave Wool – Misan
    Royal Pin Cord - Ditto Fabrics
    Details
    From the casual collar detail to button up front, the Litmus jacket gives a huge range of styling options perfect for any wardrobe. Wear the shacket open or closed, layered up or down - this jacket is the ultimate wardrobe work horse.
    Ready to get going on your own Litmus jacket? Pick up a copy of the pattern here or if you're looking for more inspiration, why not check out our dedicated Pinterest board?
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  • Meet the patterns | The Bogan Trousers

    Meet the patterns | The Bogan Trousers

     

    Every wardrobe needs a simple pair of trousers that you can dress up or down, that compliment every item in your wardrobe. Look no further than Bogan with their sophisticated clean, tailored lines and simple button fly closure, these trousers are the ones to covet for those who appreciate timeless style. Ready to get started? Read on for inspiration, fabric suggestions and our top tips for getting to grips with the Bogan trousers.

    Inspiration
    The perfect pair of trousers can be hard to find which is why making your own is so rewarding. Perfectly fitted on the waist and tailored to perfect, layer these pants up with shirts or jumpers for classic style, or with a t-shirt and converses for chic off duty style.
    Fabrics
    As with any sewing project, it’s all about the perfect pairings and we’ve picked these fabrics from some of our favourite indie stores to get you started. From classic plain fabrics and checks to bolder prints and on trend gingham, there’s no end to the variation this pattern has:

    Grid Twill Suiting - Fabric Godmother

    Lashes – Art Gallery Premium Cotton - Sewisfaction

    Indigo Constellations Are Cool - Denim - Selvedge and bolts

    Details
    From the high set waistband to the zip fly, the subtle details of the Bogan trousers keep them clean and sophisticated ready for you to put your own unique stamp on them. Crop them or make them longer to turn them up - the main thing is you make them seamlessly blend into your wardrobe.
    Ready to get going on your own Bogan trousers? Pick up a copy of the pattern here or if you're looking for more inspiration, why not check out our dedicated Pinterest board?
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