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Halloween is a Nightmare!

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As someone who doesn't even have kids I know Halloween can be stressful.

So here's my top 3 last minute sewing tips, to give yourself a break this Halloween!

Leave those raw edges raw!

Ain't nobody got time for the perfect Halloween costume, and I mean literally! You might never wear this again so why are you so worried about raw edges and perfection? The fact you are making it is AMAZING and will mean your costume totally stands out anyway.

If fraying fabric DOES really annoy you then opt for fabric that doesn't fray! Most stretch fabric don't fray and, well they're stretchy so you or your kid can wear it again next year haha!

Use the 3 S's - Staplers, Sharpies, Safety Pins...

I think I just heard some season sew-ers GASP at this one? Let me explain.

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Most people are time poor. Most people are feeling a bit of pressure to make a costume for themselves or their kids and can't believe how quickly Halloween has come around so give yourself a break. As your sewing tutor AND friend I am giving you permission to absolutely WING IT!

Not got time to applique the eyes on that dog costume? Use a sharpie!

Hem fallen down on a grim reaper costume making it trail on the ground at the last minute? Use a stapler!

Has a seam burst on pirate costume the night before the party? Safety pin it!

If all else fails, buy one!

You might be getting the vibe from this email is mainly to GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK! So if you totally run out of time and you have to buy something, so what? You'll be more prepared next time right?

Sewing is a great skill, it's so useful but most of all it should be enjoyable and it should de-stress you, if the opposite is happening my advice is to step away. You're not a failed parent for not spending 3 weeks on your kids Halloween Costume, and if you own a sewing machine but bought a costume so what?

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Got any hilarious Halloween related disasters or confessions? I want to hear them to make us all feel a bit better about not being the perfect human. Get in touch and let me know!

We still have a few spaces on this Fridays Halloween Inspired Sewcial in Glasgow? Want to join Jenny? Go here!

Ultimate Sew-ers Guide to Halloween

So it's almost Halloween, and if you are a customer of mine you have already armed yourself with the ULTIMATE Halloween skills...the art of sewing! Those of you who know me might have witnessed my competitive side, if there is a costume competition on the go YOU(my lovely Sew Confident Customer) are winning it and here is how!

1. We've got to assume that someone with  bit of imagination is judging this. I honestly think it should be some kind of social law that costumes from a shop be immediately disqualified. No imagination. So already that wipes out about 75%* of the competition. The odds are in our favour already!

*These statistics are made up

2. Since 75%* of the party have shop bought costumes, and most shop bought costumes are TERRIBLE, you're costume is going to look amazing in comparison. I mean how many crap witches will you be up against?!

*These are still made up
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Be better than this crap witch!

Be better than this crap witch!

3. The WORLD is your costume oyster! If you want to go out dressed as a cheque book, you can do it. A biscuit? No bother. A map of the world, absolutely! Think outside the box and you're already halfway to winning. 

4. Anything is actually possible. You can combine sewing skills with papier mache and tin foil, maybe you'll even embroider some parts. Are you wondering how? Let me tell you how I made my favourite bacon and egg costume.

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The story here is I actually had a mermaid costume until my friend who lived in London at the time announced she was coming up and was up for coming out for Halloween. So after a few texts back and forward I had offered my skills to make two ridiculous costumes.

These are SO simple. You need the heaviest interfacing you can find. It's almost like a fabricy cardboard but you can sew through it. Draw your shape straight onto the interfacing. Cut a back and a front that are exactly the same shape and size except for the head hole(which is only on the front). Cover your front piece and back piece with cheap white fabric. Stitch all the way around the outside and around the head hole. Now Cut out and stitch on your red or yellow bit. You can even use fusible web or fabric glue for this bit. Place your front pieces and back pieces wrong sides together and stitch around the edges leaving space for your arms and your legs of course!

YOU HAVE A COMPETITION WINNING COSTUME!

Of course If you have an idea or you want to make your own Bacon and Egg you can come along to our Halloween Costume Workshop here

5. If all else fails and you run out of time to make a costume, remember all you need is a white sheet with two eye holes and you are STILL better than a shop bought witch!

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