Mrs Bowden’s top tip – hem preparation

Mrs Bowden's top tip - hem preparation If you have been to my classroom recently you may have noticed a rather nice triple pure wool crepe 1950's coat on the stand.  It has been there for some time....... Here are a few close ups of the coat showing the underlay in the hall before carpeting and the back inverted pleat with holding … [Continue reading...]

Mrs Bowden’s top time saving tips

First of all Happy New Year to you and thank you for subscribing to my blog/tip/sewingnatter thing..... Let's face it - life can sometimes get in the way of our sewing time. We are all pretty busy and occasionally our hobbies are pushed to the back burner.  Here are a few tips I use to maximise my sewing time. Use a double thread when sewing on buttons - it's surprising how much times this saves. Tacking can … [Continue reading...]

Mrs Bowden’s top tip – a bit of bling!

December is knocking at our door and, if we are lucky, we will be celebrating at various festive events.  This week’s top tip encourages a bit of vintage glamour by looking at beading and sequin techniques. I don’t know about you but I am a big fan of 1950s style beaded cardigans.  Here are some […]

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Mrs Bowden’s top tip – remembering the old ways

I recently attended a very good flea market in Ipswich and came back with a bundle of goodies including; 6 vintage tins for making Chritmas presents, a hat pin, a 1930’s clutch bag (green), a splendid feather for a hat, 2 dress buckles, 3 buttons, a Dressmaking book and what I call a ‘naughty cup’ […]

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Mrs Bowden’s top tip – using tailor’s chalk

Following last week’s top tip about keeping your chalk in tip top order I thought it would be beneficial to look at different ways of using chalk when dressmaking. Use chalk to mark the wrong side of a piece of fabric.  This is particularly useful when the ‘right’ side and ‘wrong’ side are very similar.  […]

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Mrs Bowden’s top tip – keeping your tailor’s chalk in tip top condition

Tailor’s chalk is a hard chalk used to make temporary markings on cloth or a garment.  It’s traditionally made in a triangular shape so you have 3 sides of equal length and it fits into the hand nicely. After much use the sharp edges wear down meaning that less accurate marks can be made and […]

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Mrs Bowden’s top tip – safe removals

Mrs Bowden’s top tip – safe removals! This marvellous van lives in Felixstowe and belongs to a local firm that occasionally give it a drive out for shows.  I am including it in this week’s top tip as this week it is a quick one about safe removals……. I have been working on this dress […]

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Mrs Bowden’s top tip – so many button types

Here is the lovely Mr Button

So  many buttons types of buttons! Thank you so much to one and all for supporting the Festival of Fabric on Saturday.  It was very busy day with a heaving trading hall, particularly in the morning, piles of fabric, threads, patterns and yarns not to mention the buttons – my oh my, the buttons. It’s […]

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Mrs Bowden’s top tips – fitting systems

Mrs Bowden’s top tip – fitting advice One of the reasons you may make your own clothes is because you want your garments to fit you.  Very few of us are a standard size which means that we can become a wee bit frustrated shopping for ready to wear (RTW) particularly if clothes are mean […]

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Mrs Bowden’s top tip – variations on a theme

Variations on a theme…. There are just some ‘go to’ patterns that I have in my stock and this is one of them.  I have made it 4 times with slight variations and just about to embark on my 5th version.  This time in chestnut brown pure wool crepe.  I thought it might be interesting […]

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