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Sewing a Facing to a Sleeveless Bodice

Today’s blog guest is Nikki from Bubby & Me.  She’s sharing with us a cool method for Sewing a Facing to a Sleeveless Bodice.  She uses this method in the Penny Dress pattern that she contributed to Issue 6 but even if you’re not sewing a Penny Dress, it’s a nifty trick to have in your sewing toolbox!

Nikki designer Bubby @ Me

When I was first designing the Penny Dress I wanted to include little ruffles on the shoulders rather than sleeves.  I also wanted to have facing for the bodice instead of using bias binding for the neckline and armholes, but the method I knew of to sew facing (or lining) into a sleeveless dress called for the shoulder seams to be sewn AFTER the facing was attached and this would not allow for the ruffles to be included.

I was then shown a way to do this, that at first, was quite tricky to get my head around, but once I did it slowly it was like a light bulb moment.  Something that seemed impossible was actually quite simple.

It’s a technique that can be difficult to understand through pictures and text so I created a short YouTube video to actually show you how to do this.

I really hope you find this technique useful for other patterns, not just the Penny!

Looking for some Penny Dress inspiration? Check out these sweet dresses!
If you’ve got a Penny Dress to share be sure to show us in the One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts group on Facebook!

Picture You can purchase Nikki’s pattern for the Penny Dress as a single pattern HERE 
or visit Nikki’s website to find out more about her other patterns HERE
or Purchase Issue 6 which contains this pattern HERE
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Book Review : 12 Secrets to rock sales in your online shop in 2015


I was really chuffed when I was given the opportunity to review this e-book.  It’s written by Brooke from Take & Make who was inspired to write this book after talking to lots of creators and analaysing what works best to help them boost their sales.

I opened my first etsy store in mid-2010 and have been on a huge on-line selling learning curve ever since.  I think people at all points along their handmade selling journey could benefit from this book – I wish it was around when I was first starting out!  Those just starting out could use it as a framework for making sure they’re starting off on the right foot, and those with more established businesses could use it to check in with how their businesses are going.

I still find it overwhelming to know where to look for business information specific for handmade businesses and finding it in one spot is definitely a huge plus!  This is the sort of book I can see myself going back to when I’m feeling at a loss as to what I should do next.  I particularly liked checking out how the businesses mentioned in the “Take some inspiration” sections are doing things.  There’s nothing like seeing practical examples of where the advice has been applied! The thing that I love best about this ebook is the “Take-Aways” at the end of each chapter.  They’re little tips you can follow to help you achieve the chapter aims.

The focus of this ebook is on etsy stores but the advice given can definitely be applied to selling on other online platforms.  It’s 41 pages long and has 12 chapters.  Each chapter is devoted to a “Secret” and includes details of how to achieve it followed by the take-aways which are the actionable tips.  Because its in a PDF format you can download it to your computer or mobile device.  I first downloaded it to my phone and read it while waiting to pick Kt up from school and then came back to it on my computer to take some notes.  I’d say its the perfect length to be achievable and not overwhelming.

You can buy your copy HERE from Take & Make (and while you’re there be sure to check out the fabulous branded DIY kits they sell) or get your FREE download code in Issue 6 of One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine HERE.

I downloaded a complimentary copy of “12 Secrets to Rock Sales in your Online Shop” from the link in the article Brooke provided for One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine  Issue 6.  I am the editor of One Thimble and have reviewed this ebook on my own volition.  I was not compensated for my time and the thoughts contained in this post are completely my own.

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