I nearly went crazy today. I’m working on a new pattern and it requires gathering a longer fabric into the shorter piece of fabric. Lots of it, lots of times in very long lengths. The end result is going to be very pretty I know, but I wasn’t sure I … Continue reading →
Over the last few months, I’ve had several readers write and ask about how I design and produce my sewing patterns. I thought it might be interesting to see how a pattern is developed right from the early stages of first idea through to pattern development, testing, and the production … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
A detachable collar is perhaps the easiest way to “bling” an outfit and make it more elegant without having to go and spend a whole bunch of money on jewelry. A removable collar is also a great alternative to the current trend of chokers that are in every jewelry … Continue reading →
I’ve been making a few throw pillows (cushions if you are British) just recently and been looking for ways to close the back so they are still easily accessible for removing the insert and washing the cover, but I don’t have any long zips right now (and I admit I’ve … Continue reading →
I’m such a lazy sewer that I feel almost embarrassed to share what I did last week. I had to sew on a couple of buttons and rather than get out a needle and thread and hand-sew them, I actually took the time to look at my machine manual and … Continue reading →
Do you find fashion unforgiving? Perhaps clothes look great on hangers but don’t suit your figure. The trick to always looking fabulous is to make your style match your physique rather than the other way around. You can’t make clothes look flattering if it’s designed with a different body shape … Continue reading →
The double welt pocket with flap using the butterfly method is a really easy and contemporary technique to make a pocket and attach a flap at the same time. I have already shown you the five lines technique that is used mostly on thin fabrics. How to Make a … Continue reading →
I am sharing with you the best hand-sewing stitches for making clothes by hand. Let me first clarify that there are many hand-sewing stitches and combinations of stitches that can be used to make clothing by hand. But I will focus on the three that I have used in the … Continue reading →
I am going to show you how to make a double welt pocket using the traditional, but simplified, tailoring method called “five lines”. There are a few ways to make a double welt pockets, this is just one of them. Before we get started, let’s make sure to define our terms. … Continue reading →
The baby seam finish hails from the faraway land of Haute Couture, France. Who exactly came up with such a stitch is unknown, as well as when it came into use. However, by the 1920s and ’30s, it became very widely used and we can see many period examples. This … Continue reading →
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