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Hello,Alice here👋 If you’re the only garment-maker in your family or friendship group, chances are that over the years you’ll have been the recipient of gifts contained variously in vintage plastic bags, battered cardboard boxes & dented biscuit tins. These offerings are usually made with hopeful good wishes along the lines of “We found this & thought you might be able to make use of it - you’re the only person we know who sews”. The contents of these donations can vary! I have a box of metal-toothed zips, each carefully cut from a garment long gone to the big wardrobe in the sky; they look so colourful I haven’t the heart to dispose of them. However I have also tins of safety pins, snap-fasteners and hooks-&-eyes that are regularly augmented gratefully from various sources.
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In particular, I have numerous button tins and boxes which I rummage through hopefully every time I finish a garment, wondering whether I have a set of buttons which might just do the job. Like many of you, I have memories of rattling through button boxes as a child, many passed down through generations.

This enchanting button bag came to me at Christmas having been made by brother-in-law’s mother, Jean. The top & sides are embroidered in chain stitch, framing two friends on the front, holding hands & with smiling faces made from embroidered cloth buttons. Their beaming eyes are formed from French knots; their arms, legs & clothes are picked out in stem stitch.
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The buttons tell a story of a lifetime of sewing; I particularly love the vibrant primary colours of the early plastic buttons. As someone who was taught to sew by two generations of needlework teachers, I can’t help but be moved by its significance. Who better to share it with than people who will understand its true worth?
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Oh - and to cap it all, & completely by coincidence, my youngest daughter sought out a copy of #TheButtonBox by #LynnKnight as my Christmas present. It tells the story of a family’s 20th century generations through the contents of an inherited button box. It’s a wonderful read that arrived at the perfect moment.
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-Buttons- Hello,Alice here👋 If you’re the only garment-maker in your family or friendship group, chances are that over the years you’ll have been the recipient of gifts contained variously in vintage plastic bags, battered cardboard boxes & dented biscuit tins. These offerings are usually made with hopeful good wishes along the lines of “We found this & thought you might be able to make use of it - you’re the only person we know who sews”. The contents of these donations can vary! I have a box of metal-toothed zips, each carefully cut from a garment long gone to the big wardrobe in the sky; they look so colourful I haven’t the heart to dispose of them. However I have also tins of safety pins, snap-fasteners and hooks-&-eyes that are regularly augmented gratefully from various sources. ⠀⠀ In particular, I have numerous button tins and boxes which I rummage through hopefully every time I finish a garment, wondering whether I have a set of buttons which might just do the job. Like many of you, I have memories of rattling through button boxes as a child, many passed down through generations. This enchanting button bag came to me at Christmas having been made by brother-in-law’s mother, Jean. The top & sides are embroidered in chain stitch, framing two friends on the front, holding hands & with smiling faces made from embroidered cloth buttons. Their beaming eyes are formed from French knots; their arms, legs & clothes are picked out in stem stitch. ⠀⠀ The buttons tell a story of a lifetime of sewing; I particularly love the vibrant primary colours of the early plastic buttons. As someone who was taught to sew by two generations of needlework teachers, I can’t help but be moved by its significance. Who better to share it with than people who will understand its true worth? ⠀⠀ Oh - and to cap it all, & completely by coincidence, my youngest daughter sought out a copy of #TheButtonBox by #LynnKnight as my Christmas present. It tells the story of a family’s 20th century generations through the contents of an inherited button box. It’s a wonderful read that arrived at the perfect moment. • • • #clothspot #sewingstory #sewingbook #buttons #vintagebuttons
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Hello - Alice back again 👋 with some tips on the interlining I’m using on my #oslocoat. As you can see, the mohair fabric I’m using, is very loosely woven. To add some warmth & much-needed stability, I’m interlining it with a lightweight Vlieseline fusible knit interfacing (H609). Interlinings are  a layer of fabric between the outer shell of a garment & the visible lining. It’ll be hidden away inside the garment I’ve chosen black, as white or grey would’ve have shown through. Interlinings can also be sewn in & you don’t have to use special interfacing. Stable, lightweight fabrics such as lawn or organza are often used to interline a garment. ⠀⠀
It was touch-and-go as to whether I’d be able to use a fusible interfacing on my mohair as the pile on both sides is so long. I certainly wouldn’t have used it without testing first + it helps that the interlining edges will be caught up in seams so will be stitched in at the edges too. The stretch of this interfacing means that it will have an ease similar to that of the fabric. In fact I was amazed at how well it adhered - I've only had to re-fuse one corner through the whole of the construction process.
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I applied my interfacing using a dry iron on a low heat (no steam!) + a pressing cloth to protect the iron from any of the glue. To protect the texture on the right side of the mohair fabric I used a hand towel with a good pile underneath, folded twice over. Then I could apply the pressure required with the iron for 10-15 secs without pressing the loft out of the mohair.
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Just by using a lightweight interfacing to interline all the outer pieces  I’ve added some much needed density to my fabric. I will also interface the recommended elements of the Oslo coat. The right interfacing makes such a difference & elevates your finished garment.
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We’ll be introducing some new interfacings to our website in the next month, watch this space!
Back later in the week with the finished coat! 🤞

Remember you can bookmark all our sewing tips & keep them all together🗝
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-Sewing Tip- Hello - Alice back again 👋 with some tips on the interlining I’m using on my #oslocoat. As you can see, the mohair fabric I’m using, is very loosely woven. To add some warmth & much-needed stability, I’m interlining it with a lightweight Vlieseline fusible knit interfacing (H609). Interlinings are a layer of fabric between the outer shell of a garment & the visible lining. It’ll be hidden away inside the garment I’ve chosen black, as white or grey would’ve have shown through. Interlinings can also be sewn in & you don’t have to use special interfacing. Stable, lightweight fabrics such as lawn or organza are often used to interline a garment. ⠀⠀ It was touch-and-go as to whether I’d be able to use a fusible interfacing on my mohair as the pile on both sides is so long. I certainly wouldn’t have used it without testing first + it helps that the interlining edges will be caught up in seams so will be stitched in at the edges too. The stretch of this interfacing means that it will have an ease similar to that of the fabric. In fact I was amazed at how well it adhered - I've only had to re-fuse one corner through the whole of the construction process. ⠀⠀ I applied my interfacing using a dry iron on a low heat (no steam!) + a pressing cloth to protect the iron from any of the glue. To protect the texture on the right side of the mohair fabric I used a hand towel with a good pile underneath, folded twice over. Then I could apply the pressure required with the iron for 10-15 secs without pressing the loft out of the mohair. ⠀⠀ Just by using a lightweight interfacing to interline all the outer pieces I’ve added some much needed density to my fabric. I will also interface the recommended elements of the Oslo coat. The right interfacing makes such a difference & elevates your finished garment. ⠀⠀ We’ll be introducing some new interfacings to our website in the next month, watch this space! Back later in the week with the finished coat! 🤞 Remember you can bookmark all our sewing tips & keep them all together🗝 • • • #clothspot⠀⠀⠀ #clothspotsewingtip⠀⠀ #interfacingfabric #interfacing #interlining #interlinings #oslocoat⠀ #sewingtip⠀⠀⠀ #tessutipatterns