Modern Sewing Starts Here Edition 10

Modern Sewing Starts Here is the digital publication which features articles, reviews and handy tips for anyone with an interest in contemporary sewing In this edition ... Pick of the latest sewing patterns ... Focus On Fabrics .... what's new and coming soon ... Trendsetter - 3 dresses to make for summer ... Danish designer Chrisina Albeck talks about her pattern brand Wardrobe By Me ... Wear The Trend ... Sewing blogger, Rachel Pinheiro shares how to elevate a simple white blouse ... Sarah Ashford shows how Art Gallery Fabrics' Waterfall colour way is perfect for this time of year ... + More ...

Modern Sewing Starts Here is the digital publication which features articles, reviews and handy tips for anyone with an interest in contemporary sewing
In this edition ...

Pick of the latest sewing patterns ...
Focus On Fabrics .... what's new and coming soon ...
Trendsetter - 3 dresses to make for summer ...
Danish designer Chrisina Albeck talks about her pattern brand Wardrobe By Me ...
Wear The Trend ... Sewing blogger, Rachel Pinheiro shares how to elevate a simple white blouse ...
Sarah Ashford shows how Art Gallery Fabrics' Waterfall colour way is perfect for this time of year ...
+ More ...


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<strong>Edition</strong> <strong>10</strong> – May 2020<br />

<strong>Modern</strong><br />

sewing<br />

starts here..<br />


Fabric Wonders<br />

Win a fabulous pack of<br />

the new pre-cuts from<br />

Art Gallery Fabrics<br />

wear the<br />

TREND<br />

3 dress styles for summer<br />


Ideas & inspiration for using the<br />

Waterfall bundle from Art Gallery<br />

Fabrics’ Color Elements<br />

16 fat quarter bundle<br />

HELLO<br />


Feast your eyes on<br />

the latest fabrics<br />



All the latest patterns &<br />

easy makes to start you sewing!<br />


<strong>Sewing</strong> patterns that<br />

allow you to create your<br />

own style and stand out<br />

in the crowd

Editor’s Letter<br />

Hello<br />

In these unprecedented times, a little light relief is in order so we are all<br />

about looking forward to warmer days in this edition with lots of lovely fabric<br />

collections to brighten your day!<br />

For those of you that sew – we have three dress trends to share with you<br />

that you can make and wear and on the second page of Pick of the Patterns,<br />

if you fancy learning to sew while in lockdown, there’s three easy patterns to<br />

get you started! And of course, we have all the latest pattern launches too.<br />

Sarah Ashford is always brimming with inspiration for quilters, and this<br />

time she has some great ideas to make with the Waterfall Color Elements<br />

bundle from Art Gallery fabrics, which will lift your spirits while we all sit tight<br />

at home. For Wardrobe By Me sewing pattern fans – we interview Christina<br />

Albeck, the designer behind this Danish brand as she starts to sell her<br />

patterns in printed format here in the UK.<br />

Happy stitching!<br />

Hantex team<br />

www.hantex.co.uk<br />

www.modernsewingstartshere.co.uk<br />

Subscribe free to get your copy – click here<br />

WIN WIN WIN!<br />

We have 3 prizes to giveaway.<br />

Each winner will receive a<br />

<strong>10</strong>in pack of Oh Meow Fabric<br />

Wonders from Art Gallery Fabrics,<br />

which contains 42 pieces for<br />

small projects.<br />

For a chance to win – click here<br />

Closing date is 30 th June 2020<br />


Hantex is delighted to announce it has added the popular Style Arc<br />

brand to its range of sewing patterns. Style Arc sewing patterns are real<br />

industry-based patterns, and include dresses, skirts, trousers, blouses,<br />

jackets and even some special occasion or bridesmaid dresses. Each<br />

pattern contains a construction sheet, with the pattern pieces numbered<br />

and easily recognisable fabric estimates.<br />

They do assume some sewing knowledge,<br />

which is reflected in the ‘straight to it’ style<br />

instructions. Stock arrives mid May for the<br />

initial range, and the range will increase<br />

throughout the year.<br />

To view the complete range –<br />

click here<br />


Trendsetter<br />

Dress rehearsals<br />

3 dress trends to make and wear for the summer<br />


The Slip dress has made a comeback. This straight dress<br />

pattern hits mid calf and has exposed bias binding that<br />

extends into long ties to form a bow. It’s crying out to be<br />

made in silky fabrics, and has adjustable shoulder straps for<br />

the perfect fit.<br />

To view the Calvin Wrap Dress from True Bias –<br />

click here<br />


Calf-length dresses can be worn for all sorts of<br />

occasions, and they are extremly flattering. This easyto-sew<br />

dress has relaxed and elegant style but also has<br />

bust darts for shaping, and on-seam pockets and sash.<br />

To find out more about Terrace Dress from Liesl + Co -<br />

click here<br />


THE GUYS<br />

A shirtdress is such a practical<br />

staple to your wardrobe and<br />

borrows its detailing from a<br />

man’s shirt. Matilda is a modern<br />

utility style A-line shirtdress with<br />

princess seams; drop shoulders,<br />

and pleated breast pockets.<br />

To see more from the Matilda<br />

Dress from Megan Nielsen -<br />

click here

Wear the Trend:<br />

An elevated classic<br />

Brazilian-born sewing blogger, Rachel Pinheiro shares how<br />

to elevate a classic white blouse into something special!<br />

This edition, we have another<br />

recurrent wardrobe staple – a white<br />

blouse. This sewing pattern from<br />

Closet Case Patterns has been reimagined<br />

with the ‘keep it simple<br />

but never boring’ mantra, and has<br />

been elevated by adding a blouson<br />

gathered sleeve. Classic white blouses<br />

transcend the seasons, so you can<br />

wear this style for years to come. Style<br />

the neckline with a golden pendant<br />

or chain necklace to highlight the<br />

speckled golden dots.<br />

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Tips for working<br />

with double gauze<br />

Rotary cutters and sharp pins<br />

are helpful tools, along with<br />

Microtex size 80 needles and<br />

cotton thread.<br />

Pre-wash gently and take care<br />

when pressing to not flatten the<br />

texture.<br />

Cut fabric with nap option.<br />

Make sure you overlock or finish<br />

the seams, as this fabric tends to<br />

fray easily.<br />

Because of the open weave,<br />

manipulate as little as possible<br />

to avoid distortions.<br />

Don’t skip on that all-important<br />

neckline stabilising stitch!<br />

Perfect Fabric<br />

Gatherings on this fabric look<br />

particularly dashing. <strong>Here</strong> are my<br />

top tips on how to sew gathers and<br />

getting a clean finish:<br />

It’s made from my favourite springsummer<br />

fabric. Double Gauze has a soft,<br />

lightweight, and slightly crinkly texture. The<br />

fabric is made from two light-layered fine<br />

open muslin, which are joined as one, and<br />

has a slightly transparent feel. It’s naturally<br />

breathable, really soft and is semi-stable.<br />

Editor’s notes<br />

The Cielo Dress & Top is an easy, breezy take on<br />

a boxy tee and shift dress. It’s loaded with lots of<br />

interesting details and interchangeable features<br />

such as semi-cropped top with a cuffed short<br />

sleeve or dramatic gathered long sleeve. All views<br />

have a slightly dropped shoulder, angled shoulder<br />

yoke and roomy fit, with a choice between an<br />

elegant bias binding or faced neckline finish.<br />

To view this pattern – click here<br />

The fabric Rachel has used is Moondust Double Gauze in white from Modelo<br />

Fabrics. It comes in a range of stylish colours and enhanced with a gold or silver<br />

dot design. To view – click here<br />

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Best way to achieve even<br />

gathering is to sew two rows<br />

of basting stitches. One of the<br />

basting stitches should be on<br />

the seam allowance.<br />

Don’t backstitch and try to leave<br />

a long tail both sides.<br />

Gently pull the long thread tails<br />

at stages to gather the fabric.<br />

Use the upper thread only.<br />

If you don’t have an overlocker,<br />

French seams are your best<br />

friend! To achieve a neat finish:<br />

Divide the seam allowance by<br />

WS/WS: 1cm, trim and RS/RS:<br />

0.5 cm.<br />

Press the seam as it was sewn,<br />

and finger-roll the seam to sit<br />

perfectly at the centre. Don’t<br />

over trim.<br />

When sewing the underarm<br />

curve, stretch the curve<br />

slightly to avoid any puckering<br />

when finished.

New sewing pattern releases that<br />

you’ll want to sew!<br />

JALIE<br />

An easy make<br />

The Geneviéve pull-on gathered<br />

skirt is just one of 15 new patterns<br />

that Jalie has added to its<br />

collection. This below-the-knee<br />

skirt has inseam pockets, elasticated waistband<br />

that sits at natural waist, and optional waist pouch.<br />

Choose fabrics with a soft hand and nice drape<br />

for best results!<br />

To find out more about this skirt sewing pattern –<br />

click here<br />



Love wearing wide leg trousers<br />

Elevate your look with the Calder Pants & Shorts!<br />

These wide-legged woven trousers feature a flat front,<br />

elasticated back waistband, faced in-seam pockets, and<br />

three length options – mid-calf, full, and shorts. Choose<br />

between a dart-less apple fit and a darted back pear fit for<br />

ideal bottom shaping. Designed for advanced beginner<br />

sewers, this pattern comes in sizes 12-32 (US).<br />

To find out more about this pattern from<br />

Cashmerette – click here<br />

Get organised!<br />

The Hillside Tote is perfect for when you want something a little<br />

simpler but still keep organised. Make this classic cross-body<br />

bag in your favourite print or keep it simple with a solid! With<br />

lots of front and back exterior and interior pockets, you will<br />

be able to find everything easily. It can be made in either the<br />

regular size or the mini!<br />

To view this bag pattern – click here


EASY<br />

Peasy<br />

Virginia leggings<br />

Every one needs a comfy pair of leggings.<br />

These ones come with an elasticated waist,<br />

two choices of rise, and extra length to allow<br />

for easy adjustments. Make with a ruched<br />

ankle too in stretch fabrics with<br />

at least 40% stretch.<br />

To view these leggings – click here<br />

Do you fancy learning to sew while in<br />

lockdown? <strong>Here</strong> are 3 easy patterns to<br />

get you started!<br />


Satsuki dress<br />

This simple and elegant slip-on dress<br />

is easy to wear and even easier to<br />

sew! The dress has two full sleeves,<br />

that allows you to create a loose,<br />

draped fit with a flounce front<br />

detail, or hug your waist with<br />

the sash. You can also<br />

make it into a top and a<br />

classic cold shoulder.<br />

To see more views of this<br />

dress – click here<br />


Adventure Tank<br />

This top pattern has been designed by Amber Corcoran, and comes<br />

in two styles – a muscle tee or racer-back tank. It’s perfect for those<br />

who want to try their hand with mid to lightweight knits.<br />

To find out more about the Adventure Tank – click here<br />

Check out the free-to-use resource listing of the very best Indie patterns and filter by fabric, garment, brand or skill<br />

level by visiting www.hantex.co.uk


to wear<br />

Christina Albeck talks to us about what inspires her Danish designs and why<br />

she has decided to start offering printed patterns<br />

Tell us a bit about your<br />

background?<br />

I have worked as a Pattern<br />

Designer in the Fashion<br />

Industry for the past 25<br />

years. First in California,<br />

where I lived in my twenties,<br />

and then upon my return to<br />

Denmark, I became a teacher<br />

of pattern making on CAD<br />

and started working in the<br />

Danish Fashion industry. I<br />

worked mainly as a freelancer<br />

and got to work on women’s,<br />

children’s, and menswear.<br />

What inspired you to start<br />

Wardrobe By Me?<br />

As a freelancer, I experienced<br />

the ‘on and off’ periods<br />

significant to the fashion<br />

cycles, and felt frustrated<br />

that I had to wait for work<br />

coming my way. After<br />

discovering the Indie PDF<br />

market, I thought; “Hey,<br />

this is easy, I can do this!”<br />

Little did I know!<br />

The first couple of years,<br />

Wardrobe By Me was more<br />

of a hobby for me, but since<br />

January 2018, it has been my<br />

full-time job..<br />

How would you describe<br />

your style of patterns?<br />

I would describe the<br />

women’s collection<br />

as simple, modern,<br />

contemporary. I focus on<br />

the types of garments that<br />

I wear myself. And clothing<br />

that is worn over and over<br />

because you love the fit, the<br />

comfort, and the fabric. The<br />

fit is very important to me<br />

and style is best reflected in<br />

well-fitting garments.<br />

The men’s collection<br />

is focused around the<br />

pieces that men wear on a<br />

daily basis such as shirts,<br />

T-shirts, sweaters, shorts,<br />

chinos, or light jackets or<br />

cardigans. I do look at what’s<br />

in style currently, but tend<br />

to gravitate towards what I<br />

would call ‘normcore’. Men<br />

tend to stick with what<br />

works, and again where the<br />

fit is key.<br />

Recently Wardrobe By<br />

Me patterns have become<br />

available in a printed format.<br />

Tell us why you’ve decided<br />

it was time to do this?<br />

Selling PDF patterns is great,<br />

but some people still prefer<br />

going to the fabric shop to

obvious and simple. I’m<br />

happy that I finally decided<br />

to go ahead, and I know my<br />

customers are too!<br />

I designed Mirri for<br />

my sister (her name is<br />

Marianne, but we have<br />

always call her Mirri). She<br />

has always been a sucker for<br />

a good wrap dress. The Mirri<br />

Jersey Dress is stunning,<br />

and I love the fact that there<br />

are only four pattern pieces!<br />

The best-selling men’s<br />

patterns are the Tropical<br />

Shirt and The Cargo Shorts.<br />

It’s quite interesting to see,<br />

that on the women’s side,<br />

it’s the easy, uncomplicated<br />

patterns that sell best,<br />

whereas the men’s patterns<br />

are much more complicated.<br />

When we first launched<br />

the line of patterns for<br />

men – we were targeting<br />

women sewing for men, but<br />

it has turned out that there<br />

are many men out there<br />

that sew. And what’s more,<br />

they are not intimidated by<br />

more complicated sewing<br />

techniques.<br />

What pattern plans do you<br />

have for the rest of this year?<br />

We plan three months ahead,<br />

and try to focus on a mixture<br />

of wardrobe staples, spiced<br />

up with an occasional trendy<br />

piece.<br />

We are releasing a front<br />

button skirt next and have<br />

a cute boho dress and a<br />

jumpsuit in the pipeline. If<br />

they do well, they will also<br />

become paper patterns in the<br />

near future.<br />

In the autumn, I have ideas<br />

for a ‘loungewear’ collection.<br />

I’m thinking about the type<br />

of garments that you want to<br />

wear when you come home<br />

from work. For the men’s<br />

collection, we are planning a<br />

coach jacket, which is simple<br />

front zipper jacket with welt<br />

or patch pockets and a collar.<br />

To find out more about<br />

Wardrobe By Me patterns in<br />

print here in the UK –<br />

click here<br />

touch the fabric, and get<br />

inspired to buy a pattern<br />

and the fabric together for a<br />

specific project. Expanding<br />

into paper patterns is a way<br />

for Wardrobe By Me to reach<br />

new customers, and also<br />

to place our product where<br />

it really belongs, in the<br />

fabric shop.<br />

How can sewers get hold of<br />

your printed patterns?<br />

The paper pattern collection<br />

is available in fabric shops<br />

in the UK (distributed by<br />

Hantex), Denmark, Norway,<br />

Sweden, The Netherlands,<br />

Spain, USA, and Canada. We<br />

now only sell PDF patterns<br />

from our website. We have<br />

a list on the website with<br />

links to all the shops that<br />

sell the WBM Paper Pattern<br />

Collection. We have chosen<br />

this solution to minimise the<br />

cost of shipping for<br />

the customer.<br />

What is your best-selling<br />

sewing pattern and why do<br />

you think this is?<br />

The best-selling women’s<br />

patterns are Mirri Jersey<br />

Dress and Asta Jersey Dress.<br />

Both are very simple, but<br />

great fitting dresses that<br />

are easy to style, and quick<br />

to sew.<br />

When I first designed Asta,<br />

I had the dress hanging<br />

in the studio for several<br />

months before deciding to<br />

release it. I felt it was too


Art Gallery Fabrics has just launched a<br />

range of <strong>10</strong>0% cotton pre-cut fabrics that<br />

are perfect for smaller sewing projects.<br />

This collection comes in four of its latest<br />

designs – Mayfair, Oh Meow, Her & History<br />

and 365 Fifth Avenue, and is available in a<br />

<strong>10</strong>in square pack and fat quarter bundle.<br />

To see more from this pre-cut collection<br />

from AGF – click here<br />

Focus on<br />


Feast your eyes on the latest fabric<br />

collections that are perfect for spring<br />


Rayon is such a popular choice for dressmakers at the moment as it is the<br />

ultimate soft and drapable fabric. This new Praia range from Modelo is made<br />

from 65% rayon and 35% polyester, and comes in 14 lovely colour ways so<br />

there’s bound to be a shade for your next make.<br />


Protect-Me is a new innovative fabric from<br />

Albstoffe that’s made from Trevira-Bioactive. This<br />

fabric contains fibres impregnated with silver<br />

ions that have an antimicrobial effect and inhibit<br />

the growth of bacteria, which is perfect for those<br />

garments that you exercise in! The fabric remains<br />

permanently fresh after washes and is odour-free.<br />

It’s not only perfect for sports and activewear but<br />

snoods and non-medical facemasks, and is also<br />

kind to your skin.<br />

To view this new fabric collection – click here<br />

To find out more about this beautiful range – click here<br />


Designed by illustrator and pattern<br />

designer, Louise Cunningham for<br />

Cloud9. This collection features<br />

flora and fauna from around the<br />

world from lush foliage and forests,<br />

to parrots and monkeys, to giraffes<br />

from Africa. The collection is ideal<br />

for making bags and other fun<br />

accessories.<br />

To see more of the lovely designs in<br />

this collection – click here


Feel the warmth of the coastal sun in Katie’s latest<br />

collection, Hello Sunshine! Mix and match these<br />

gorgeous bold and vibrant prints to make summerworthy<br />

garments and accessories. Choose from fruity<br />

pineapples, chic geometrics, and birds of paradise<br />

flowers – all of which would make a fun holiday shirt or<br />

sundress! The cotton collection also includes a knit and<br />

rayon fabric option.<br />

To view the full range of prints available – click here<br />


This soft <strong>10</strong>0% viscose fabric features the popular<br />

crinkle finish and added Swiss dot. The range comes<br />

in lots of summer’s trending colours including mustard<br />

yellow, mango and vibrant orange. It’s the ideal fabric<br />

for a lightweight, floaty summer dresses. For some dress<br />

inspiration, flip to page 7.<br />

To see all of the colours available – click here<br />


Linen is always a favoured fabric for summer<br />

because of its breathable and cooling properties.<br />

The new line of linen from Modelo is light and airy,<br />

and such a versatile and easy to sew fabric too.<br />

The viscose and linen mix means it is less likely<br />

to wrinkle, and is also softer on the skin. It has<br />

a great drape and weight meaning it will work<br />

wonderfully for dresses, trousers, shorts and tops.<br />

It comes in 11 muted and brigher colours.<br />

To see more from this linen range – click here<br />

Dress and top illustration is from Megan Nielsen’s popular River sewing pattern

Put a spring in<br />

your step!<br />

Sarah Ashford, obsessive quilter and fabric lover shares her<br />

ideas for working with the colourway, Waterfall from AGF’s<br />

Color Master Elements<br />

Ideas to inspire<br />

Spring arrived and with it has this gorgeous<br />

Art Gallery Fabrics Color Elements Waterfall<br />

bundle to lift our spirits as we all sit tight<br />

at home. Now is the perfect time to make<br />

something in these gorgeous greens, and<br />

if you can’t go outside, bring the outdoors<br />

inside!<br />

There’s such a lovely selection of prints<br />

and shades in this 16 fat quarter bundle.<br />

From zesty green circles and neon squares<br />

to emerald green florals and aqua triangles,<br />

there’s a shade for every project.<br />

There are so many possibilities with this<br />

beautiful bundle. Why not make a picnic<br />

blanket using blocks such as this pretty<br />

antique star block. We might not be able<br />

to go to the park or beach right now but<br />

you can always have a picnic in your back<br />

garden or on your balcony!<br />

Failing that, it would make a happy<br />

drape for a child’s den. Or just make<br />

one block and turn it into a cushion<br />

or set of cushions – they would look<br />

lovely in your kitchen or on the patio<br />

chairs. This star block comes together<br />

surprisingly quickly as it’s just made<br />

up of half square triangles in a clever<br />

orientation.<br />

If you’re looking for a quick finish, why<br />

not make a set of napkins. You could<br />

add some appliqué detail or add some<br />

embroidery to make them extra special. It’s<br />

always lovely to bring a handmade touch to<br />

the dinner table.<br />

Or why not keep the kids organised and<br />

make a cute patchwork pencil case. It’s the<br />

perfect and stylish way to keep those felt tip<br />

pens and crayons tidy! My daughter<br />

has snagged this one already!<br />

Colour combos<br />

This bundle would also look great<br />

paired with sunny yellows and<br />

oranges, or why not add in hot pinks<br />

for a wonderful tropical feel. With 16<br />

fat quarters to choose from in this<br />

bundle, the possibilities really are<br />

endless!<br />

Editor’s notes<br />

To view all the colourways<br />

in Color Master Elements<br />

collection from Art Gallery<br />

Fabrics – click here


Elizabeth Hartman has just released two new patchwork<br />

sample pattern books that are perfect for children’s rooms<br />

and nurseries. The Dinosaurs Quilt Pattern Book features<br />

Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, and Triceratops<br />

blocks and The Puppies Quilt Pattern features three dog blocks<br />

– Smokey, Toby, and Lulu. Both are made from square and<br />

rectangular pieces sewn together using conventional patchwork<br />

techniques. There are no templates or paper piecing, and the<br />

pattern includes two quilt sizes, both of which can be made<br />

using either <strong>10</strong>in x <strong>10</strong>in squares or fat quarters.<br />

To view more quilt pattern books – click here<br />

WHAT’S<br />

NEW<br />

We keep you posted on the latest launches<br />


The battery-operated lint shaver from Prym leaves<br />

woollen clothing looking like new! Behind the<br />

shaving head with holes lies a shearing device<br />

with sharp blades that rotate. When you pass this<br />

over the fabric and apply slight pressure, it shaves<br />

the surface lint and little pilled fibre balls off, and<br />

collects them in the collection cup. The spacer has<br />

three settings to suit different materials.<br />

To see more about this handy tool – click here<br />


Vlieseline has just brought out two weights<br />

of high loft polyester wadding that is<br />

entirely made from recycled polyester – R80<br />

and R200. R80 is a lighter weight, whilst<br />

R200 is a heavier (200gsm) weight wadding<br />

but both have the same qualities. The bulky<br />

sew-able wadding has a soft handle made<br />

from<strong>10</strong>0% recycled polyester fibres with a<br />

high migration resistance. They are ideal<br />

for all your quilting, patchwork, and<br />

garment projects, and can be sewn by<br />

hand or machine.<br />

To find out more about Vlieseline products<br />

– click here

Super useful<br />


Julie Bonnar from The Pattern Pages shares 5 of her favourite sewing<br />

tools that are a must-have for dressmakers<br />

When making your own clothes, do you dread certain sewing techniques, I<br />

know I certainly do? But with the correct tools in your sewing box<br />

the sky’s the limit to what you can sew!<br />



The Turning Set is such a practical<br />

tool, and makes turning those tubes<br />

of fabric that make shoestring straps,<br />

rouleau and belt loops that bit<br />

easier! It’s easy to use, just take your<br />

fabric tube on one side and place<br />

over the plastic tube. With the plastic<br />

rods you can now push your fabric<br />

through on the stitched side, and<br />

turn. This set has three sizes.<br />

To view this one from Prym – click<br />

here<br />


Does the mention of self-fabric bias<br />

binding fill you with dread? Then you<br />

need this little tape maker to form<br />

perfect lengths of bias binding. By<br />

cutting the fabric strip at a 45 o angle<br />

to the grain of the fabric, the bias<br />

binding is more elastic and can be<br />

used on necklines and armholes as<br />

a finishing. After the fabric strips are<br />

cut and joined together, it can be<br />

pulled through the wide opening of<br />

the tape maker and smoothed out<br />

with the iron. They come in a wide<br />

range of sizes – 6mm, 12mm, 18mm,<br />

25mm and 50mm so there’s one for<br />

your sewing project. Use for binding<br />

fabric edges such as armholes,<br />

necklines and hems.<br />

To view all the sizes – click here<br />


If you are like me, you like to have all<br />

your sewing tools to hand when you<br />

are cutting out fabric. This Stash ‘n<br />

Store organiser is great to have by<br />

your side on the cutting table to stow<br />

all those marking tools, small scissors<br />

and rulers. The silicone pockets are<br />

smooth and offer a sturdy grip and<br />

it is also simple to clean. It comes<br />

in lots of lovely colours to fit your<br />

sewing room’s colour scheme, and<br />

there’s a mini version too.<br />

To view the complete range of<br />

colours from Oh Sew! – click here<br />


Any area sewn where you have to<br />

fold while you press, there’s a chance<br />

of burning your fingers! This Quick<br />

Press Seam Roller by Lori Holt has<br />

been designed for quilters but is the<br />

perfect tool to flatten seams as well<br />

as appliqué shapes. Made of sturdy<br />

wood, the seam roller creates fast<br />

and flat seams with just the slightest<br />

pressure so you can finish your<br />

project faster and heat-free or why<br />

not use it with a steam iron.<br />

To find out more – click here<br />


The plum blue corner and edge<br />

shaper, with its asymmetrical pointed<br />

and rounded blunt tip, enables the<br />

moulding of turned over corners,<br />

edges and curves without damaging<br />

the fabric. This tool has no sharp<br />

edges but rather a rounded tip,<br />

making it the perfect moulding aid<br />

when sewing small items and collars.<br />

It’s also useful for spreading out<br />

seams without ironing.<br />

To view this sewing tool – click here


of scrubs<br />

Many of you in the sewing community have been busy supporting the NHS<br />

to #StayHomeAndSew<br />

Nurse, Ashleigh Linsdell works in a busy A&E, and her original quest was to make scrubs for her department after they<br />

ran out of paper ones. Now she is gathering thousands of volunteers to make uniforms at home for NHS workers amid<br />

coronavirus scrubs shortage. Thousands of sewers have joined to help make PPE clothing and this has become a national<br />

campaign. ‘For The Love of Scrubs’ makes scrubs for the doctors and nurses and other key workers in health centres, and<br />

those retired NHS workers, and new volunteers who are returning to work and don’t have scrubs to wear.<br />


Understandably, over the<br />

last few months sewers<br />

everywhere have been keen<br />

to help out where possible<br />

with the production of much<br />

needed scrubs for the NHS.<br />

Hantex was able to donate<br />

400 metres of suitable fabric<br />

to the ‘For the love of scrubs’<br />

groups in their local area.<br />

Fabric was also made available<br />

at a ‘non-profit’ price for<br />

everyone to make scrubs.<br />

Some of the brands that we distribute for or buy from us have<br />

designed scrubs patterns.<br />

<strong>Here</strong> are just two<br />

that we are aware<br />

of:<br />

1. Unisex Scrubs<br />

From Sew Me<br />

Something – click<br />

here<br />

2. Eliane Scrub Top<br />

as pictured here<br />

from Jalie<br />

To find a stockist<br />

near you – click here<br />


A facemask will help prevent the spread of Covid-19 but it should be emphasised that non-medical masks are not a direct<br />

replacement. That said fabrics with a high thread count such as Art Gallery Fabric’s Pima cotton should have an improved<br />

performance. Ideally you want an OEKO-Tex certified fabric as it has no hazardous chemicals. Fortunately Art Gallery Fabric is OEKO<br />

-Tex certified, and also its Pima cotton has very low shrinkage when washed so added bonus!<br />

Hantex will be offering an alternative design face mask pattern shortly, which uses a sandwich of fabrics that are high-thread count<br />

Pima cotton on the outside and a lining of Albstoffe Protect-Me anti-microbial fabric on the face side, (see page <strong>10</strong> and 11 for details<br />

about this fabric).

Available in<br />

<strong>10</strong>in squares and<br />

fat quarter<br />

packs<br />

A collection of pre-cuts to cater<br />

for all your sewing projects -<br />

click here

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