Rafiki Mwema

About Rafiki Mwema

Do you ever wish that you could use your sewing to help other people? Well read on my friend because next Friday you’ll have the opportunity to do just that! From the 22nd January 2016 you’ll be able to purchase a bundle of the Dolly Clothing PDF Patterns I’ve been working on (Dolly Disco Dress,…

How to sew lazy girl bunting

Lazy Girl Bunting

Sometimes unexpected problems give rise to wonderful solutions.  That’s what happened with this bunting! I was making bunting to go around the top of the Hoop Tent I contributed to One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine Issue 9 and because it had to co-ordinate with the rest of the magazine, I had a specific colour scheme…

Shirring how to and troubleshooting

Shirring 101

You’re doing the kindy the pick-up when it happens … “Oh – we just love seeing what little Katie wears each day…  She says you make her clothes! How clever…  Actually our dress up box has been looking really tired…  Will you make us some fairy dresses?  About ten should do the trick!” Now if…

How to edit out an ugly background

Have you ever faced this problem?  You have a handmade business and you’ve made a beautiful custom party dress.  You want to take a stellar photo of the dress to show your customer but it just plain doesn’t work as a flatlay and its too big for your backdrop … This problem has been bugging…

How to sew a run and fell seam

How to sew a run and fell seam

Now you might be thinking … run and fell seams – how the heck are they relevant to sewing party dresses.  I’ve got to admit I would’ve been thinking the same thing until the Billie Dress, but playing with the waist contrast seam for that dress has me relooking at all the seam finishes I…

How to add piping to a party dress

How to add piping to a Party Dress

  I LOVE piping! It adds a POP of colour, visually breaks up large expanses of fabric AND people think you’re a sewing star when you use it!            The Billie Party Dress includes piping as an option but  you could use these instructions to add piping to any of your party dresses for some added…