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‘How To’ With SQ


Our favourite TV competition makes its comeback after 3 years off air!

This year, we are joining in the festivities with our very own series. Tune in every Friday for an added kick of inspiration. Each week our fantastic team will be taking inspiration from the latest episode and creating demos, tutorials, top-tips and hacks so you can create your very own sewing specials! We will also have guest designers and presenters including last seasons winner and regular Sewing Quarter superstar, Charlotte Newland!

Not only will we be giving you an action packed Friday (every Friday!) but we will also be blogging every Tuesday evening, AND chatting on our Facebook fan page. Keep an eye open for all things sewing here at Sewing Quarter!

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Tune in every Friday for inspired demos. Find out what's on this Friday here!
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HOW TO: Episode 1 - Wiggle dress

What an incredible first episode! All contestants are fantastic and it has really got us 'buzzing' for our first ever episode too. From Wiggle dresses to Denim transformations, the creativity this year is fantastic. We are super excited about what we have lined up for you this Friday, including a fantastic schedule of dressmaking basics, denim hacks and wiggle dress patterns, but until then here's a little inspo to keep you going!

What is a Wiggle Dress?

A Wiggle dress, also know as a sheath dress, is a structured tight dress that is narrow at the hips to create a beautiful curve. This dress is as the name suggests and causes the wearer to ‘wiggle’ their hips as they walk! Similar to the Pencil Skirt, a Wiggle Dress certainly inspires the modern Bodycon dress and is hugely popular with women of all ages.

Perfect for women with curves, the wiggle dress cinches and contours to the body creating a flattering and beautiful finish. The Wiggle dress also creates curves for those with less shape! A perfect allrounder.

The History of the Wiggle Dress

Likely found in 1910, but made popular in the 1950s, the Wiggle dress was the go to shape that never went out of fashion. Accessories transform this dress from vintage to modern, whether you are in to a bold red lip or barely-there heels, this dress is a staple for every wardrobe.

At its peak of fashion, the Wiggle dress was found on every A-List celebrity, from Marilyn Monroe to Dita Von Teese, Grace Kelly to Joan Collins and can even be found on todays celebs such as Taylor Swift, Scarlett Johansson and even Adele!

Wiggle Dress top tips

  • Not too tight! And not too loose!
  • Experiment with materials, a slight stretch and heavier material
  • Create structure with added belt
  • Comfortable go-to heels are a must for this classic dress
  • Accessorise with simplicity
Get Inspiration with our Wiggle Dress Moodboard on Pinterest! Share your favourites!

What do you need to make a wiggle dress?

To find out how to make a Wiggle dress, tune in on Friday 15th February 2019 at 11am for our live demo with Charlotte Newland! Want to learn more about dress making? Tune in from 8am on Friday for the top tools, materials, mannequins, dress making top tips, new sewing machines and much more!

Have you made a Wiggle Dress? Share your Wiggle dress makes on Facebook & Instagram and tag @sewingquarter with #HowToWithSQ

We will be revealing our Wiggle Dress hacks LIVE on Facebook on Friday 15th February at 1.30pm

Find out more with our friends at Simply Sewing
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HOW TO: Episode 2 - Children’s Clothing & Faux Fur

And we are back with Episode 2 of Sewing Quarters HOW TO Series with fantastic demos on Children’s Clothing and Faux Fur. Taking inspiration from our favourite show, we have created a line-up of informative demos to help you create your own sewing spectacular!

Friday’s How to episodes will dive into dressmaking for children and adults! Taking inspiration from Tuesdays competition, we will demonstrate how to make your favourite pieces, as well as top tips for using an overlocker, pocket and collar makes, as well as sewing with Fur.

To start, Jenny McCreary our ‘Search for a Star’ winner will be back to demo the perfect kids’ Hoodie!

How to make children's clothing - Top tips

  • Find smaller patterns to alter to size
  • Use fabrics with slight stretch and comfortable wear such as cotton
  • Practise with plain block colour fabric first
  • Take time to cut your patterns - the smaller the item the more obvious mistakes can be!

Expanding on the dress making theme, we will also be welcoming Emporia and teacher Clair Heal, as we make easy-to-wear joggers, perfect for the summer!

Learning to sew? Where to start?
When you are learning to sew, everything seems so daunting. We are teaching a beginner-friendly pattern and easy-to-sew Faux Fur trimmed Shawl. Lovely to wrap up for those cold evenings.

Shawls not your scene? Clair Heal is back with a stunning Kimono dress, offering a fuss-free design and minimalism. Sewing a fast and simple dress with belt and sleeves.

Tune in on Friday for our live demo Children’s Hoodie and Faux Fur tutorials!

Use code HOWTOWITHSQ1 for free P&P on Fridays auction kits.

Share your makes on Facebook & Instagram and tag @sewingquarter with #HowToWithSQ

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