Tips for cutting fabric from the Ainslee Fox Sewing Den

Tips for cutting fabric

Yesterday’s task in the ainsleefrocks_easter sewalong was cutting out your fabric.  We had a group post in the Ainslee Fox Sewing Den and lots of people shared their best cutting tips.   General Tips Do your cutting on days when you’re feeling really switched on & store the cut out pieces in zip lock bags.…

Dolly dress sizing Blog Post

Dolly sizing

Each of the patterns come with 5 dolly sizes so I thought now was a good time to chat about dolly sizing so you’ll know what sizes you’ll want to sew.  Dolly patterns are available to purchase HERE. The trickiest thing with making these patterns was deciding what size dolls I should make the patterns…

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…

Free cherry applique template

Rockabilly Cherries Applique

Welcome to Billie Week! I’m so excited about the Billie Dress, which releases on Friday 16th October, so to celebrate I’ve got a week of fun and freebies planned! When I was researching for my new dress, a couple of motifs kept coming up … the first was cherries. I started thinking how adding cherries…

How to sew a french seam on a party dress

How to sew a French Seam

Picture this … your overlocker is in for a service and not expected back for another week, but your niece’s first birthday is just a few days away and you still haven’t finished her party dress. You really don’t want to have zigzag finished or pinked seams on such a special dress so what on…

How to handstitch your bodice lining

How to Ladder Stitch

Have you ever topstitched a waist-seam and thought that you were catching the lining on the inside as you went, only to proudly turn your dress right side out to reveal … a crooked mess!   There’s a heap of different methods to catch that sucker and keep it where it’s meant to be while you…