m: 07572 544 623 e: enquiries@sewjanetmoville.co.uk

Sewing Techniques

Zip guard application

A zip guard does as the name suggests, guards against a blouse or undergarment getting trapped in the zip when closing. It also serves to neaten a waistband underlap providing a professional finish.               […]

Pocket making tip

When making pockets, place a pin at each end of the pocket mouth between the last stitch on each side. This is to safeguard against cutting too far! Use a fabric sealant such as ‘fray check’ before cutting, on fabrics […]

Fly Zip Insertion Made Simple

Illustrated by Liz Rugman Fly zip insertion can appear complicated at first glance. All those layers and twists and turns. Heres a method Ive devised that takes away the stress, leaving you free to get on with the assembly details! […]

Foolproof Invisible Zip Insertion

Foolproof invisible zip insertion Invisible zips are a wonderful invention and with a little know-how are incredibly simple to insert. Follow the step by step guide and illustrations and see how easy it is! Working from the wrong side, mark […]

Clothing Alterations – professionally

Sometimes it’s necessary to alter existing clothes for a better fit. Here Janet Moville provides some professional tips for the most common alterations Trousers and Skirts – Hem Allowances Let down existing hem if necessary before marking new hemline. Allow […]

Three steps to trouser re-shaping

Trouser fashion shapes change with current trends, the latest being the ‘skinny black pant’. Unfortunately, fashionable shapes don’t suit every figure so knowledge of how to change these to a style of your choice is very valuable. Here’s how to […]

Bodice Embellishment

Turn a simple plain top or dress into something unique by adding some decorative elements to the fabric before you cut out the pieces for a fitted bodice and create a stylish ‘one-of-a-kind’ garment. Some sewing experience required. Method Cut […]

Decorative insets and piped edges

Inserting a decorative inset into pocket flaps, collars and cuffs adds a designer touch to a garment which is further enhanced by piping the edges. Here we provide the step-by-step techniques. Preparation Use general purpose sewing thread for seaming and […]

Dress Shields

What are they? They are small shaped pads, primarily made out of pure cotton that fit over the underarm seam of sleeved dresses. The purpose is two-fold; firstly to increase comfort, providing a smooth cushion under the arm, followed by […]