Welcome to 5 Sewing Tips for July – I’ve tried to make them as random as possible!
A problem with many prints is that they are not accurately aligned with the horizontal grain, like the one below (the lengthwise grain alignment is usually fine).
What to do? For a small all-over spot like this one, the off-grain print is not going to be that noticeable in the finished garment. In this case I ignored the print and cut following the grainline.
A large print could pose a more serious problem, and depending on the circumstance you might need to cut following the print, like I did with this geometric design:
Or you could always choose a bias cut pattern!
We all know you should let bias skirts hang to ensure the finished hem is level, but did you know that you should also assess your side seams at this stage?
If your side seams are curling to one side or flipping outwards at the hem, unpick them, allow them to fall naturally, and the cause will be revealed. In this instance one panel is a bit too short. Resew the seam in the position the fabric is telling you to and then trim the hem level. Hello perfect side seams!
Do you struggle to get the edges of tucks to meet in the middle every time?
The secret is to tack those soon-to-be-folded edges together first. Sew the foldlines together from the cut edge and a few stitches past the stitching line. Remove them once you’ve sewn the adjoining seam to reveal your perfectly meeting tucks!
To stop going dotty when sewing collars – add more dots!
Using a chalk pencil mark any pivot points 1cm in from each edge (or 1.5cm if that is your seam allowance width). So much easier to match those points while sewing!
Did you know that double welt pockets with flaps are only 10 easy sewing steps away?
Don’t believe me? Check out this tutorial showing you how.
I hope you learnt something new from the archives this month! Any topics that you’d like me to mention in August?