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A Beginner's Guide to Jersey: Our Top 5 Jersey Fabrics

Beginner's Guide

A Beginner's Guide to Jersey: Our Top 5 Jersey Fabrics

When choosing a pattern that requires a jersey fabric, it can often be difficult to know which type of jersey to pick; with jersey fabric coming in a range of weights and stretches, all with different qualities, it can be hard to know where to start. We love working with jersey at Workshop, so, in no particular order, we have compiled a list of our top 5 jersey fabrics! These are perfect for use alongside our eBook, The Loungewear Edit: Stretch Edition, or for whatever stretch pattern you have in mind! Organic Cotton Ribbed Jersey from Ray-Stich Coming in a few colours, this organic cotton...

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A Beginner's Guide to Jersey: Jersey Buying Guide

Beginner's Guide

A Beginner's Guide to Jersey: Jersey Buying Guide

When choosing a pattern that requires a jersey fabric, it can often be difficult to know which type of jersey to pick; with jersey fabric coming in a range of weights and stretches, all with different qualities, it can be hard to know where to start. We love working with jersey at Workshop, so have compiled this concise jersey buying guide to help you pick the right jersey for whichever pattern you choose to make!  Stretch Once you've picked your pattern, take note of what type of stretch (i.e: 2 way, 4 way) and what stretch percentage the pattern requires. This will provide...

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Sewing Your First Garment: The Basics

Beginner's Guide

Sewing Your First Garment: The Basics

As we enter yet another lockdown, you may be looking for a new hobby to fill the increasing time spent at home. So, why not try sewing your first garment? Whilst it may seem daunting, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite beginner patterns and fabrics to help get you started.  Pattern Ideas Sarah Wraparound Skirt Sarah is a gorgeous draped wraparound skirt with a flattering tied waist, and you only need your fabric and some bias binding to make her. As she has no complicated shaping, she’s an ideal first garment! If you want to make her a bit...

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Beginner's Guide: Rotary Cutters vs Fabric Scissors

Beginner's Guide

Beginner's Guide: Rotary Cutters vs Fabric Scissors

Whilst fabric scissors have always been an essential item in any home-sewer's kit, the rising popularity of rotary cutters has seen many people contemplating the switch. Rotary cutters (as seen, for example, in the Great British Sewing Bee) appear to be much faster for cutting your fabric, however do require more practice to cut accurately. That, coupled with the additional costs using a rotary cutter requires, may put people off ditching their trusty scissors. But what really is the best tool for cutting out your pattern pieces? We've compiled a list of the pros and cons of both rotary cutters and scissors to help people...

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Beginner's Guide: Basic Machine Stitches

Beginner's Guide

Beginner's Guide: Basic Machine Stitches

Starting on a machine? With the sheer amount of features and options available on even the most standard of sewing machines it can be hard knowing where to begin, so we've put together a short guide to the most basic - and versatile - machine stitches that are key to the construction and finishing of garments. We've also included ideas on how to alter the features of each stitch in order to get the most out of your machine! Straight Stitch If you’ve sewed using a machine before, you’ve likely come across a straight stitch - its the most basic stitch used...

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