The Flat Felled Seam Finish

How, where and why to sew a Flat Felled Seam finish. One way to hide your raw edges.

  Looking again today at how to get a nice neat finish on the inside of your projects.  This isn’t one technique that might immediately spring to mind and it’s certainly not right for every project, but if you look closely you’ll be surprised how often you might find it on your store-bought clothes. How can we use the Flat Felled Seam? The places you’ll find the seam give clues to its features.  Looking down right now, I’m wearing a pair of board shorts and the side seams and the central seam running front to back between the legs are both flat felled seams.  It’s generally used on heavy weight fabrics such as jeans and on seams where extra strength is needed. You can often also find it on children’s wear where the seams might undergo a bit more stress … Continue reading

Turning corners with bias binding

How to turn sharp corners with bias binding

Earlier this month we looked at making bias tape or bias binding (is there a difference?) How to make continuous bias tape and use the Clover bias maker tool How to work out how much a square of fabric will make, or how to decide how big a square you need to start with for any given length – swanky calculator spreadsheet or handy table Now it’s time to start using it.  But oh dear, it’s not as easy as you might think when you start out.  A straight line is fine, but corners – oh my!  I just assumed because it was on the bias and stretchy, that I just would bend it slightly round the corners and that would be fine.  You do not want to see my first attempt – its a sewing nightmare! So after much … Continue reading

Continuous Bias Binding Calculator

Continuous bias binding calculator. Work out how much you will get from a square, or what size square you will need.

  Did you enjoy the tutorial on how to make your own cute bias binding? So now you want to have a go at creating your own.  But how much do you need to make?  What size square will you need to start with.  Or how much will get you from a piece of fabric?  There’s nothing worse than running out of bias binding before you get to the end of your project, so make sure you always have enough with this handy Continuous Bias Binding Calculator.   You know from my background in finance that I love working with numbers and formulas and I’ve already shared a couple of handy spreadsheets to use for pattern drafting, for the pencil skirt pattern and the custom fit leggings. This project is perfect for another spreadsheet, so I’ve made one that works … Continue reading

Making continuous bias binding tape

Easy to follow steps for making continuous bias binding tape from a square of fabric. No more fiddly sewing strips together.

I was so inspired by some of the projects shared as part of the Seasonal Sewing Series back last November that I have been keen to try my hand at lots of non-clothing sewing projects.  On my list for this month – sewing for the kitchen and I wanted to make some swanky potholders.  Oh no, they need bias binding, and I’ve never made or even used it before.  So here’s my first attempt at making continuous bias binding tape – shared for you all to enjoy or laugh at, depending on how it turns out! Materials You will need: A square of cotton fabric A ruler and Fabric Marker Scissors An iron Optional but highly recommended – a Clover Bias Tape Maker Two ways to make bias binding It seems there are two main ways to make bias binding … Continue reading

Sewing an Invisible Zipper video tutorial

How to sew the perfect invisible zipper - a video tutorial.

I know that I have readers of all levels of sewing ability visiting the site.  From those who are just starting out, or are interesting in learning, to those readers with decades of sewing experience and an expert level of sewing ability.  And everyone in between. So today I’d like to share a skill I am finally getting to grips with.  Some of you will already have sewn hundreds of these and for some, it might be your first time.  So draw up a chair and follow through as I show you my sewing an invisible zipper video tutorial. Sew an Invisible Zipper – a video tutorial One of the sewing techniques that took me a while to master was sewing an invisible zipper.  However hard I tried to work it out, more often that not I would end up … Continue reading

How did I learn to sew – and how can you?

Learn to sew. The best resources online for taking your sewing from yikes to Yes!

I recently received this comment on the site from Krista in response to my teaser post about the upcoming Little Black Dress pattern: Hi Deby, it already looks amazing, can’t wait to see what the finished project will look like! I love reading your blog by the way. I was wondering if you could explain how you grew from a beginning sewer to where you are now in such a short time. Did you just practice a lot? I know you followed Craftsy courses (I do too, that’s where I found your projects first), but I still find the quality of my projects vary from nice enough to wear to “yikes!” I would love to hear how you perfected your techniques to the point where you were confident to wear what you made yourself. Thanks and keep up the great … Continue reading

Understanding a sewing pattern envelope

Understanding a Sewing Pattern Envelope. Easy when you know how. Good useful explanations, lots of good info.

You’ve heard me moan on and on before about my early fitting issues with commercial patterns.  Some All of those early issues were my own fault – in many cases I simply didn’t know how to pick my correct size from the pattern or used the wrong fabrics.  If you suffer from the same issues, you might welcome my beginners guide to Understanding A Sewing Pattern Envelope.     The front of the envelope This is where the company ‘sells’ the design to you.  You will usually see several designs that can all be made from the same pattern.  Sometimes in a multi-pattern you might be able to make a skirt, shirt and pants all from the same pattern.  But usually you will be able to make several variations of the same item such as a dress.  It might come … Continue reading

How to Sew Darts – How to Sew A Skirt Series

How to sew darts perfectly. From the Sew A Skirt beginners tutorial series from So Sew Easy.

Welcome to Episode 5 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is: How to sew darts Let’s recap so far How are you enjoying the Sew A Skirt series so far?  If you are new to sewing you may already have learned a lot about fabric, measuring, patterns, and the preparations you need before even starting to put a needle to your skirt.   To recap the series so far – Overview, tools and equipment and choosing your fabric Drafting your custom fit pattern, and all about ease and seam allowances Cutting your fabric and pattern matching Marking darts perfectly Today it’s time to start sewing.  And the first step is to sew the darts in all 3 pieces of your skirt, the front and the two back pieces.  If you have followed and drafted … Continue reading

How to mark darts – How to Sew A Skirt Series

How to mark darts. Part of the Sew A Skirt beginners tutorial series from So Sew Easy. I never thought of doing it this way - quick, easy and accurate!

Welcome to Episode 4 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is: How to mark darts   A quick recap of what we have completed so far in case you have missed a step and need to review : Overview, tools and equipment and choosing your fabric Drafting your custom fit pattern, and all about ease and seam allowances Cutting your fabric and pattern matching   How to mark darts on your fabric accurately Many of the traditional sewing tutorials will tell you that you need to ‘thread trace’  pattern markings onto your fabric.  To do this, you sew directly through the pattern into the fabric to transfer the markings and then pull the pattern away leaving the marking stitches in place. Nah – sounds like too much hard work, I’m not a fan … Continue reading

Pattern matching and cutting fabric – Sew A Skirt Series

Sew A Skirt series from So Sew Easy. All about laying out and cutting fabric, pattern matching and grain lines. Great beginners series.

Welcome to Episode 3 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subjects for today are:  Cutting your fabric and pattern matching.   How to cut out your fabric Well let’s take a look at fabric.   You might have bought something plain without a design like the navy skirt, or you might have something with a border or scallop like the green skirt, or something with a large pattern like the floral skirt.  Each one will need a different approach for cutting your fabric.     Cutting our skirt will be very simple but I wanted to explain to you as much as possible so that you are well equipped for cutting more complicated patterns in future.   For cutting fabric There are some things to bear in mind that will apply to cutting out your fabric … Continue reading