Back again with more sewing tips from the blog archives!
First up is a note on sewing those little triangles at the end of jet/welt pockets. In the image below, the end of the two jets don’t align perfectly. In theory they should, but in real life there is often a bit of fabric creep as you sew them on.
Of most importance is that the line of the fabric fold (ie where you are going to sew) is square to the line of the pocket. If I force the ends of these jets to match, it will skew this line and the end of the pocket will be slanted. Not good!
An oldie but a goodie, and something I needed to remind myself as this week I struggled to detect the right side of a fabric I was sewing!
It takes only a second to chalk the wrong side of your fabric while cutting, and can save a lot of heartache later on – especially if you sew at night like I do!
I remember clearly the a-ha moment when taught this trick at fashion school:
Taping the armhole on a tailored jacket prevents those curves from growing – both during sewing and during wear. It also prevents inadvertent stretching of the upper armhole as the sleeve is eased to fit. I’ve used fusetape here, but twill tape is also used.
Sometimes when sewing seams on scalloped lace you end up with odd pieces of seam allowance that need sorting out:
Here the seam allowance was neatened by folding it in on itself and backtacking in place. You can do this with any thread tails from overlocking too.
This month’s tutorial from the archives is how to make custom piping to spice up your own creations. Just as important is how to accurately attach the piping for best results – it’s all here:
Hope there is something new-to-you here this month!