5 Sewing Tips for September

Not all fabrics shrink and require prewashing, in fact doing so may make your fabric harder to handle during the cutting and sewing process. I recommend prewashing a test swatch and calculating shrinkage before throwing fabric in the machine willy-nilly. All the details about how to do this are in this previous blog post. When cutting […]

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5 Sewing Tips for August

  Last month Kristen inquired about correct sleeve grain. This picture (my coat mock-up from the Ready To Wear Tailoring Sewalong) shows the sleeve grain marked in pen. This is a one-piece sleeve with a back sleeve dart, ie a slightly shaped tube. You can see the lengthwise grain following the curve of the arm, […]

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5 Sewing Tips for July

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, […]

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5 Sewing Tips for June

  I know, I know, it’s July! I hoped to post 5 Sewing Tips for June last weekend, but we nipped south to visit my parents instead – and nippy it was: So here goes – better late than never! Do you have some fabric that you’d love to make into a top – but […]

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5 Sewing Tips for May (even though it is now June!)

5 Sewing Tips is late this month because I’ve been on holiday! I was hoping to post before we left, but no such luck and it is now June. Better late than never as they say! If you are sewing a bias skirt or dress, pin it to a dress stand before you sew the side […]

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