I made some shorts last year, quite some time ago now, from a commercial pattern. A Simplicity I think it was. Not to speak ill of the large pattern companies, but well, they clearly assumed I knew how to sew a fly front zipper and that therefore they barely needed … Continue reading →
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 I used the wrong fabrics. If … Continue reading →
I’ve been working on some new bag ideas and one of the areas of bag-making that has been a bit of a puzzle to me until recently is how to close the top of the bag. Of course, not all bags need to be closed. Some simple tote bags are … Continue reading →
So you have a basic purse pattern or have a pattern that includes a basic slip pocket and you would like a zipper pocket. Not a problem – this sort of thing can usually be added to any bag. You can add them on the outside like in the Nautical … Continue reading →
Most garments you sew are going to need some kind of hemline, and there are lots of options to choose from on how to achieve that. Many of them depend on the type of fabric you are sewing. A knit fabric would require a different approach than a wool or … Continue reading →
We’ve been looking at seams and seam finishes in order to get a good looking result on our seams both inside and out. Today, one of my favorites – the overcasting stitch. Where to use Overcasting stitches The overcasting stitch is one of the most versatile on your machine. My … Continue reading →
Hello again from Laura at CraftyHour! I’m here today to share some of my favourite techniques for working with sheer and lightweight fabrics. The first experience I ever had sewing any sheer fabrics was when I made my wedding dress 8 years ago. There was ample opportunity to learn – the … Continue reading →
Appliqués are shapes or letters with an adhesive on the backside so that they can be applied, using an iron, to everything from clothing, (think adorable initials on Children’s coats, for example) to pillows, to tablecloths. Making your own appliqués is a great, simple, project to do with children and … Continue reading →
We are going to be learning how to sew an unlined patch pocket or “applied pocket” as they are professionally known. This is the third tutorial in our pockets series. As I have mentioned before, pockets are classified in three categories: inseam, slashed and applied pockets and of course, there are variations … Continue reading →
Just like the waistline, the neckline style is a defining factor when it comes to the overall look and feel of your outfit. Your choice of neckline styles defines whether your outfit is formal or casual, feminine and playful or sophisticated and stylish. There are a few factors to consider … Continue reading →
This week I want to show you how to add extra pockets to any tote bag. I’ll demonstrate this with the extra pockets I added at the bottom of the small canvas tote bag that was recently published on our site. Please also check out the full video tutorial showing all … Continue reading →
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