Friday, October 9, 2015

Make your own panties - This one is for our Level 1's:)

This blog post is specially written up for our Level 1's who did undies as your first project in your Level 1 sewing class. You are welcome to trace the pattern in class. For those of you who don't have the pattern you can download it here:

For each size up, add 12mm on the side seam and 6mm to the waist and crotch.

Please check that the pattern comes out with these measurement:

This project is great to use up all your off-cuts from past projects.

1) Cut the front once on the fold and the back once the on fold. Gusset cut one.

 2) Overlock or zig zag gusset front.

3) Place the front onto the back, with right sides onto rights sides so that the crotch seam lines up. Place the right side of the gusset onto the back. Pin all 3 edges together at the crotch. Ensure edges are lining up. 

4) Sew seam with a 1cm seam allowance. Use a straight stitch, 2 1/2 stitch length and back-tack at the beginning and at the end.

5) Flip the gusset to the front and tack the sides down to prevent the gusset from slipping around. For tacking, use stitch length 4.



6) Cut 3 strips of lace. For size medium: 2x 51cm and 1x 77cm.

7) Pin the lace onto the printed side of the fabric along the edge of the panties. The lace and fabric should overlap by about 1cm. 


8) Use a zig zag stitch to stitch the lace down. The zig zag allows for more stretch. Stitch length should be 1 1/2 and stitch width 5. 

9) Place right sides onto right sides and pin one side seam closed. Leave the other side seam open for now. Stitch with a straight stitch first and then overlock or zig zag the edge. (Straight stitch 2 1/2 stitch length). Remember to back tack at the beginning and at the end to avoid seams from coming loose. 


10) Use the lace elastic piece which measures 77cm and pin it along the waist edge. Starting at one side seam and ending again at the other side seam. Repeat stitching as you did in step 7. 

11) Place right sides onto right sides and pin the second side seam together. Stitch with a 1cm seam allowance and overlock or zig zag the edges. 


12) To finish off your overlocking threads pull them back into the stitching with a large hand sewing needle as demonstrated in the picture.

Your panties are now complete.

Happy Sewing!!!:)

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Upcoming Sewing and Pattrenmaking Courses for September - December 2015

Level 1:

Our next Level 1 course start dates are:

- Monday evening  5 October 2015, 6-7:30pm 
- Friday morning 2 October 2015, 10-11:30am. 

The Level 1 course is R1990 and includes all materials. 
The course is 8 weeks long and lessons are 1 ½ hours each, once a week. We show you from scratch how to use a sewing machine. We also show you how to insert elastics, zips, buttons, hems and we teach you how to read a bought pattern.  
To practice your basic sewing skills we also complete 2 exciting sewing projects. 
We also are offering a Level  1 course now on a Saturday morning. Lessons are 2 hours long and the course runs over 6 weeks. The next start date is:
- 16 January, 11:00am - 1:00pm.  (Please note that we close every 4th weekend) 


In November and December we will be offering sewing workshops . Each workshop is 3 ½ hours long and the cost including materials is R770. In the workshop we will show you how to use a sewing machine and we will complete 1 project. The available workshop dates are:

- Saturday 28 November;  9am-1:30pm
- Monday 30 November;  4;30pm-8pm
- Friday 4 December; 9:30am-1pm

Level 2:
In Level 2, we sew up a skirt, a dress, pants and a blouse. 

Our next level 2 course start dates are:

-Thursday 8 October, 10am-12pm 
-Saturday 19 September, 1:30-3:30pm. (Please note we close every 4th weekend) 
- Tuesday 19 January, 6-8pm

Lessons are 2 hours each. The course is 14 weeks long and lessons happen once a week. The cost is R3380 excluding materials and R3860 if you would like materials included.

Level 3: 

In Level 3 you learn to trace a ready-made garment and we sew up a tailored Jacket, a sleeveless designer hood,  leggings, a top with binding straps and appliqué, a handbag and to finish off the course we up-cycle a men’s shirt.  
The course runs over 15 weeks with lessons once a week. The course excluding materials is R3620.
-Start date Thursday 8 October; 6-8pm

Kids Sewing Camp:

Our next kids sewing camp will run 5-7 October, 9:30am-12:30pm. The 3 day camp is R990 and includes all materials. 
Kids get to sew up 3-4 projects with a sewing machine. 

Patternmaking - Basic blocks and manipulation 

Join our Patternmaking course on Wednesday 14 October, 6-8pm.
The course runs over 9 weeks,
We draft a basic bodice, skirts, sleeve and trouser block and learn to manipulate patterns. 
The course is R2450 and includes brown paper for pattern drafting.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Building Create Hobby Sewing Centre

To celebrate Create. Hobby's 2nd Birthday I thought  I would share our start-up story.

Just over two years ago we took the big leap and decided to change from private home sewing lessons, to opening up our studio. The leap was a big one and we knew it would be a challenge, but we were excited to give it a go.

We are now in full swing and still enjoying every moment of it.

Here is how we got to where we are today:

Step 1 - Finding an office space. We needed a large room with lots of light. This place had potential. A long strip of clear roofing was positioned in the center of the ceiling allowing lots of natural light in.

Step 2 - Creating something to work towards. My sister, Jenni-Jane Fudge was kind enough to draw up a plan. She was brilliant, from just some pictures I had sent her and listening to my million and one ideas, she managed to put this together.

Step 3 - Putting dreams into action. I had some chandeliers left from my wedding. I felt these would bring good luck as the first time we used them was the best day of my life and they added a elegant touch.

Step 4 - Having outdoor table and rails made. Searching high and low, I managed to find a guy in Ottery who could weld up the chairs that I wanted. Great way to support local welders.

Step 5 - Ordering chairs.

Step 6 - Getting insulation and a ceiling re-done. It was time to get started on the inside revamp.

Step 7 - Getting table tops delivered.

Step 8 - Having my awesome sister help out...

Step 9 - Buying trestles for the cutting table.

Step 10 - Start painting with my sister and a random guy, Lucky - who felt the need to help two girls paint ... and saved us hours of work as he was a mater in painting...

Step 11 - Ordering and collect sewing table bases. Our local welder managed to weld this up from some rough pencil sketches I had drawn up.

Step 12 - Cleaning & painting table bases and then attaching them to table tops.

Step 13 - Having our custom designed cupboards delivered and built up.

Step 14 - Having our Sign put up.

Step 15 - Our Singer sewing machines were delivered and we were ready to launch.

              Before & After 

A big thanks to everyone that supported me from start to finish. I could not have done it with out you.

Also a big thanks to all my students. Without you, we would not be where we are today.

Building your own business is truly one of the most exciting challenges one can embark on. It comes with lots of tears of joy and frustration, but every minute is worth it.

If you are interested in getting sewing, we sell a range of Singer sewing machines. For sewing machine options you can find a variety of models that we can order in for you at

To view our sewing class options, feel free to read up about them at