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Michelle Pye January 5, 2018 2

Happy New Year everyone, In the last post, I was trying to decide what to wear for the New Year’s Eve dinner & dance we were going to. I had a problem in that at midnight we had to go outside on to the patio of the hotel we were

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Michelle Pye December 20, 2017 2

One of my favourite designers is Zandra Rhodes. So I was delighted to find that there was a new jacket pattern by her when the Vogue pattern book came out in the Autumn. I have a habit of buying patterns & not using them. I bought this Zandra Rhodes pattern

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Michelle Pye December 11, 2017 2

I was brought up by two parents both of whom loved Christmas. My Mum was the biggest child ever, always waking up at the crack of dawn to open her presents. My Dad would hang Christmas decorations from anything that didn’t move. He always had streamers, balloons & tinsel up

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Michelle Pye September 19, 2017 0

Zip Placement. There must be hundreds of ways to put in a zip. Lots of people swear by the method they use & won’t use any other. I use 3 different zip placements for my dressmaking & tailoring projects. I never use concealed zips, as they are the weakest zips

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Michelle Pye September 15, 2017 2

Jackets are Finished. I have at last finished the two jackets I started work on during the two tailoring courses I ran in the Summer. I thought you might like to see the difference in the sleeve application. I use silk organza selvedge  to make putting sleeves in very easy.

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Michelle Pye August 15, 2017 0

Tailoring Interlinings. One of the main differences between Traditional & Speed Tailoring are the interlinings used in the front or T-Zone. In traditional Tailoring a Canvas is used as the main interlining. This is then teamed with a heavier canvas plus a domette chest piece or plastron. These are basted

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Michelle Pye August 3, 2017 0

Wrap or Kimono? I’ve been watching with interest the latest growing fad in the fashion industry. I first heard whispers of this about two years ago. Wearing short kimono’s as a soft jacket. I’ve always viewed kimonos in two ways, first the beautiful full length Japanese traditional dress made of

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Michelle Pye June 6, 2017 0

Balenciaga Exhibition at the V & A Last week when I was on holiday I went down to London for a couple of days.  Whilst I was there I visited my second home, the V & A museum to see their latest exhibition on the fashion designer Balenciaga. If you

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Michelle Pye May 22, 2017 2

Tailoring, Speed or Traditional? Is a question I’m always being asked about. To start with what is the difference? Speed tailoring is a form of tailoring using fusible interfacing’s. Traditional Tailoring is as the name suggests a form of tailoring using traditional canvases. Which one should I use? My answer

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Michelle Pye May 3, 2017 2

Unfinished Projects.. I’m feeling rather smug about my sewing at the moment. I carried on with the theme of finishing up all my unfinished projects & the dress in this picture which only needs hand finishing is the last one. The list I have done is far too boring to

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