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  • Making a bardot top

    Sew Your Own Bardot Top

      The bardot top (or off the shoulder top) was a huge trend last year. This year it looks set to return with a vengeance. They are perfect for when the…

  • sew your own Christmas gifts

    Sew Your Own Christmas Gifts

      We are fully in the swing of sewing Christmas gifts here at Croft Mill. I am leaving hints around the office for a tweed coat. How well my pot-it notes work,…

  • Sewing Bee News

    The Great British Sewing Bee: Semi-Finals

    This week, we had minor heart palpations. We tuned into BBC 2 at 9pm, and found tennis instead of sewing. We do like tennis, however we do like sewing more… A…

  • The Great British Sewing Bee: Episode 4

    Maybe it is just a coincidence that the Euros are starting this week, where all the national football teams get together for a kick about. Maybe the brains behind The Great…

  • The Great British Sewing Bee: Episode 3

    The third episode of The Great British Sewing Bee was all about how the sewers managed with delicate fabrics. As such, what better way to test them than to have lingerie…

  • The Great British Sewing Bee: Episode 2

    Last night we saw the second episode of The Great British Sewing Bee, which was entirely dedicated to children’s wear. The first round was doubly challenging, as not only were the…

  • Tower Mill Cotton Spinning English Fine Cotton Company

    Cotton Spinning Returns to the North

    In days gone by, the local towns surrounding Croft Mill relied heavily on the various local cotton mills. Fabrics were made in the mills for everything from turbans to first aid,…

  • What to Make with Waterproof Fabrics?

      Now then, I am only speaking from personal experience here, so I may seem like a bit of an odd ball. When I first started sewing I started on cottons…

  • Tips for Sewing with Lace

    A while back we all watched the contestants on The Great British Sewing Bee struggle while sewing with lace. As such we thought we help to demystify the process by sharing some…

  • Sewing for Spring

    Sewing for the Holidays I don’t know about you, but it seems like a lot of people are beginning to book their holidays. One of the (many) things I love about…

  • GBSB: Cotton Fabrics for 1950’s Dresses

    On the last episode of The Great British Sewing Bee the order of the day was vintage. The first challenge was to make the 1950’s ‘Walk away’ dress. During the patterns…

  • knit fabric tips

    Knit Fabric Sewing Tips

    We have lots of lovely new knit fabrics, so we thought it might be helpful to compile a list of knit fabric sewing tips. We’ve questioned and debated with all the…

  • jersey sewing pattern

    Jersey – Easy Sewing Patterns

    Many of you were interested in our ‘Just Jersey Tips’ post, which, as you can guess from the name, had some tips for sewing jersey fabric, so we decided it was high…