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Mrs Bowden’s top tip – piping part 3

Mrs Bowden’s top tip – piping part 3 Something I was particularly partial to as a child (I daresay I would also be tempted nowadays) was liquorice, particularly pipes as you had the extra feature of the pink bobbly bits on the end!  There lies my introduction to piping part 3. Last week we went…
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Mrs Bowden’s top tip – piping part two

Felixstowe Sewing School Mrs Bowden’s top tip – piping part two. Following on from last week’s top tip I thought I would delve into piping insertion.  I found this splendid photograph of mega pipes – thankfully the scale we are working with is much, much smaller! Onwards to insertion.  With the right side of the…
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Mrs Bowden’s top tip – introduction to piping

Mrs Bowden’s top tip – an introduction to piping As a small child I would often visit a Tobacconist, not too different in looks to the one in the photograph, to purchase my Father’s Christmas and Birthday presents.  A new packet of soft but wirey pipe cleaners, wrapped in a greasproof like paper with a…
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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…
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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…
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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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