Mrs Bowden’s top tip – contrasting thread

It's a simple one but effective!Here are a couple of garments that I am presently making which inspired this week's top tip.On the left is a modern 'retro' Butterick pattern for a charming tea dress. You can see I have created quite ornate hand embroidered motifs on the front yolks; based on a lily.On the right is a jacket pattern from the 1950's.  It has double darts on the front to … [Continue reading...]

Mrs Bowden’s top tip – to wash or not to wash?

Mrs Bowden's top tip - to wash or not to wash?   That really is the question.Felixstowe Sewing School http://www.felixstowesewingschool.co.uk To prewash or not to prewash......that is the question!An extremely frequent question I get asked in my Dressmaking classes is 'should I wash this fabric before I use it?'.This is a 'how long is a piece of string?'kind of question but I will attempt to offer some advice … [Continue reading...]

Mrs Bowden’s top tip – blouses the 50’s way

If you know me,  you will know that I am forever pursuing either vintage clothes in a size to fit (tricky as I do have a full figure) or I make my own.  I also have a bit of a  ‘thing’ for vintage or vintage style patterns.  I can easily justify my frequent purchases of […]

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Mrs Bowden’s top tip – NDS part 2

Felixstowe Sewing School Mrs Bowden’s top tip – Needlework Development Series part 2 http://www.felixstowesewingschool.co.uk This is the second part of a little series about the Needlework Development Scheme which was started in collaboration with J P Coats Threads and 4 Art Schools in Scotland in 1934.  The NDS was temporarily suspended due to the outbreak […]

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Mrs Bowden’s top tip – Needlework Development Series (NDS)

Needlework Development Series or NDS part 1 A trip down memory lane….. http://www.felixstowesewingschool.co.uk On occasion I get contacted in my capacity as the proprietor of a sewing school. It’s usually by people who have an interesting book or maybe some fabric they want to sell/donate or those just seeking some advice about a sewing related […]

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Mrs Bowden’s Top Tip – inserting a puffed sleeve

Mrs Bowden’s Top Tip – puffed sleeves of loveliness A few tips on setting in a puffed sleeve – this is useful as the same technique applies for a gently gathered sleeve too!

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Mrs Bowden’s top tip – applying interfacing

Felixstowe Sewing School http://www.felixstowesewingschool.co.uk Mrs Bowden’s top tip – the dark art of applying interfacing I know that some people have had tricky experiences with applying interfacing ending up with a curled up, sticky and singed piece of fabric and a messed up iron…….If this applies to you or somebody you know, or you think […]

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Mrs Bowden’s top tip – Celebrate the tape measure!

Felixstowe Sewing School http://www.felixstowesewingschool.co.uk Heavens to Betsy! – it’s National Tape Measure Day on the 14th July 2017. Here I am wearing my tape measure dress…. A very lovely lady called Sian alerted me to the fact that there is a National Tape Measure Day on the 14th July.  Now, this is an American invention […]

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Mrs Bowden’s top tip – interfacing intelligence

Felixstowe Sewing School http://www.felixstowesewingschool.co.uk Mrs Bowden’s top tip; interfacing intelligence. We had an interesting chat in one of my Dressmaking classes this week about interfacing and why/how it is used; also the variety of interfacings can sometimes be baffling.  Hence this weeks’ top tip – aimed to help you skip through purchasing interfacing – next […]

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Mrs Bowden’s top tip – zip stuff

Felixstowe Sewing School http://www.felixstowesewingschool.co.uk A few zippy facts…. I would like to introduce this chap to you.  He is Mr Gideon Sundback, a Swedish-American electrical engineer who is commonly associated with his work on inventing the modern day zipper.  Funnily enough the basic principal of the zipper hasn’t really changed since he patented his invention on […]

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